Jobs and Internships

Sonoma State University is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. In line with our Strategic Plan and our Seawolf Commitment, our values include diversity, sustainability, community engagement, respect, responsibility, excellence and integrity. We strive to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. We encourage innovation, experimentation and creativity, as well as contributions to equity and inclusion, in the pursuit of excellence for all members of our university community. The University Library couldn't function without our team of dedicated, creative, and knowledgeable staff and faculty. We strive to recruit dynamic, engaged, and student-oriented members to our team.

Faculty

Online Learning Librarian

The University Library is passionate about student learning in a diverse, inclusive, and globally-engaged environment. Library faculty foster curiosity and motivate students, faculty, staff, and the North Bay Community to access, evaluate, attribute, and create content while acknowledging how structures of power, knowledge, and discourse are inextricably woven into their practice. The Library is a respected leader in campus initiatives and service work, and is actively engaged with faculty in campus curricular efforts. Librarians provide transformational learning in realizing the Liberal Arts and Sciences mission of the University and supporting the University President's priorities of student success, on-time graduation, and diversity.

The Sonoma State University Library seeks a dynamic, collaborative, and innovative librarian to join our team. This new tenure-track position will provide leadership and direct the creation, implementation, and assessment of online learning services and programs that support the Library in reference, instruction, and outreach, as well as University goals for student success. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with units in the Library and on campus to build, position, and assess digital learning by creating effective solutions that address the information needs of Sonoma State's diverse community. Historically underrepresented and minoritized candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities 

E-learning

  • Leads and coordinates the research, development, and assessment of online tutorials, research guides, and other web technologies to advance Library and University curricula
  • Develops and provides training and support for teaching and learning in online environments for the Sonoma State community, including Library faculty and staff
  • Collaborates with Library and campus partners to design and implement technologies that enhance student success 

Faculty

  • As subject/department liaison, builds relationships to promote and integrate library instruction, collections, services, and initiatives into University life
  • Provides information literacy instruction and reference service
  • Partners with Library faculty to create a cohesive, progressive information literacy curriculum 
  • Selects materials for designated subjects/departments and recommends specialized resources and/or programming

Please visit the SSU Jobs site to apply, and select job ID number 104751. The position will remain open until filled.

Staff

Instructional Support Technician

Reporting to and under supervision of the Director of Library Technology (DLT), the Instructional Support Technician (IST) provides technical support for University Library equipment including, but not limited to, instructional technology in library classrooms, specialized equipment in support of library services, and technical computer support in collaboration with the SSU Information Technology (IT) Department.

The IST works closely with the DLT, the Library Technology Committee, and the university I.T. Department. to maintain and improve library equipment and the general technology environment, support library technology projects as assigned, research solutions and provide recommendations. The IST helps faculty develop new instructional activities by acting as a resource in materials and equipment utilization, and assists library administration in planning and implementing new services, and provides work direction and training to library technology and Makerspace student assistants.

Proficiency with computers and Microsoft Windows and Macintosh operating systems required. Preferred qualifications include experience with specialized library and Makerspace equipment and knowledge of standard academic computing applications, including multimedia applications; graphics applications and network applications such as WWW tools.

The incumbent must possess the following knowledge and abilities:

  • Knowledge of principles of providing support services; knowledge of the principles, methods, and techniques related to the library instructional support and technology.
  • Ability to operate and adjust and perform simple maintenance of technical equipment.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated customer service experience.
  • Ability to apply consultative skills to assess user needs and provide appropriate support.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and schedule activities and maintain records.
  • Ability to analyze, troubleshoot, and resolve problems.
  • Ability to be committed to a high standard of safety and be willing and able to comply with all safety laws and all of the University's safety polices and rules; and be willing to report safety violations and potential safety violations to appropriate supervisory or management personnel.
  • Must be able to adapt to change in the work environment, accept constructive feedback, effectively handle multiple tasks and competing demands, work well both independently and with others on a team or group situations and work actively to resolve conflicts.
  • Must have the ability to effectively communicate with all levels within the university and establish and maintain productive and effective, inclusive working relationships amongst diverse populations including staff, faculty, administration, students, and other internal and external constituents.

Please visit the SSU Jobs site to apply, and select job ID number 104843. This position is open until filled. For full consideration, please submit application, along with cover letter and resume, by 8am on June 28, 2019.

Electronic Resources Management Specialist

Reporting to the Director of Library Technology, with additional lead work direction from the Systems and Metadata Librarian, the Electronic Resource Management (ERM) Specialist participates in managing the electronic resources life cycle for the University Library. The incumbent independently and collaboratively coordinates the library’s electronic resources, including configuring resources in the library management system, overseeing proxy server configurations, verifying coverage and access, and changes to collections and records.

The ERM Specialist is responsible for overseeing daily operations, which may include directly or indirectly providing lead work direction to other library and staff, as well as student workers. The incumbent works collaboratively with the Technical Services department and plays an integral role in ensuring uninterrupted access to electronic resources, coordinating the e-resource acquisitions process, and assessing resource usage, discovery, and accessibility for the University Library. Knowledge of library management systems and discovery systems, preferably Ex Libris’s Alma and Primo and PeopleSoft preferred.

In addition the following skills are required:

  • Thorough knowledge of library vendors and databases and of library acquisitions and licensing processes.
  • Comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of electronic resource management principles, policies, practices and procedures and their relationship to overall library functions and other units, and the ability to apply this expertise and judgment to address unique problems.
  • Thorough knowledge of library collection itself, its organization, and classification schemes. Comprehensive knowledge of external on-line databases, systems and resources and trends pertaining
  • Comprehensive knowledge of external on-line databases, systems and resources and trends pertaining to electronic resource management, including expertise in searching strategies, database maintenance, journal linking, maintenance of proxy and authentication services, and e-resource troubleshooting.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of policies and practices associated with ethical use of and access to library and on-line resources, as well as general knowledge of library bill of rights and code of ethics.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of national electronic resource management standards and resources, including the ability to source and interpret information from such resources.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of national and institutional standards pertaining to copyright and intellectual property protection and the ability to apply this knowledge to ensure full compliance with legal requirements.
  • Expertise in most aspects of automated and on-line catalog systems, including database maintenance functions.
  • Ability to participate in long range planning through the collection, organization, analysis, and interpretation of data and information.
  • Ability to identify and troubleshoot complex technical and database problems that might involve multiple coordinated systems and services.
  • Ability to read, interpret, and apply complex information from technical and procedural documentation and manuals.
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively in a rapidly changing environment; ability to learn new technologies and technical skills and adapt workflows and processes in response to external
  • and internal change.

Please visit the SSU Jobs site to apply, and select job ID number 104852. This position is open until filled. For full consideration, please submit application, along with cover letter and resume, by 8am on June 28, 2019.

Internships

None at this time.

Student Assistants

The Library is proud to be one of the largest student employers on campus. Student assistants work on an hourly basis to support a wide range of Library services, including public services, book shelving, technology services, Automated Retrieval System (ARS) support, and various administrative duties. The Library aims to cross-train student assistants so they may work in more than one area.

Flexible work shifts are available, including evenings and weekends. Pay is dependent on experience and skill levels; in the few cases where specific and specialized skill sets are sought, such as graphic design, video editing, or foreign language proficiency, or when advanced job responsibilities are assigned, the pay rate may increase. Library student employees can work a maximum of 20 hours per week.

To work in the Library, a student must be currently enrolled at Sonoma State University. All students are encouraged to apply.

Learn more about student jobs in the Library and how to apply.