Equity & Open Access Librarian, CSU East Bay

By Diana Ascher June 20, 2019

California State University East Bay

THE UNIVERSITY: California State University, East Bay (CSUEB) is a comprehensive university serving the San Francisco Bay Area/Silicon Valley. It is known for award-winning programs, expert instruction, its diverse student body, and a choice of more than 100 career-focused fields of study. With an enrollment of approximately 15,000 students and 900 faculty, CSUEB is organized into four colleges. The University offers bachelor’s degrees in 49 fields, minors in 52 fields, master’s degrees in 34 fields, 16 credentials programs, 18 certificate options, and 1 doctoral degree program. California State University, East Bay

California State University East Bay has a mission to support a diverse student body through academically rich and culturally relevant learning experiences. The successful candidate will bring with them expertise or an openness to creating a welcoming and supportive environment for all students.

THE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES: The University Libraries are committed to educational equity and academic success that we support through comprehensive outreach, liaison, and information literacy programs at two campuses and online. Faculty librarians teach, consult with, and mentor highly diverse, undergraduate and graduate students in all areas of study across the University. Our active instruction and liaison programs reach approximately 3,000 students per year, and offer 80 public service hours per week. The Libraries have approximately 14 full-time equivalent faculty members, and 17 paraprofessionals. The collection includes over 600,000 volumes and approximately 85,000 online resources. Participation in the CSU system and regional consortia enhances these resources. The annual library budget is approximately $5 million.

DUTIES OF THE POSITION: Working collegially with the Library Faculty, the Equity and Open Access Librarian will create new opportunities for the Libraries to: engage with diverse learner communities, especially first generation, transfer, and commuter students, and design equity-informed library programming and services to meet their needs; coordinate with the outreach librarian and the scholarly communications librarian to improve campus awareness of critical open education/access issues; support faculty awareness, discovery, and use of open textbooks and open education resources to enhance student access to affordable materials; coordinate with the assessment librarian to design effective assessment strategies of the Libraries’ equity and open access initiatives; keep current with trends and developments in equity-oriented and non-traditional student services; and, serve as a liaison for open education initiatives at a local institutional level and at a CSU system-wide level.

The appointee to this position will participate in the full range of faculty responsibilities, including: teaching credit courses and other instructional sessions in the Libraries’ information literacy program; providing instructionally-focused reference services in person and online to undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff, and community members of the University during day, evening, and weekend hours; serving as a subject specialist and liaison to disciplinary departments; and, participating in faculty governance. Librarians may be scheduled to teach, provide reference, outreach and other services on days, nights and weekends on the Hayward and Concord campuses as well as other sites including the Oakland Center. Librarians enjoy faculty rank and privileges and are expected to participate in the full range of Library faculty responsibilities and activities, including governance and scholarship, expected of a member of tenure-track faculty. This is a 12-month appointment. Applicants should address the required and desired qualifications in a cover letter. Applicants are encouraged to draw upon a wide range of experiences, including but not limited to employment, coursework, internships, externships, and volunteer work.

Please note that teaching assignments at California State University, East Bay include courses at the Hayward, Concord and Online campuses. In addition to teaching, all faculty have advising responsibilities, assist the department with administrative and/or committee work, and are expected to assume campus-wide committee responsibilities.

RANK AND SALARY: Rank and salary are determined by experience. Subject to budgetary authorization.

DATE OF APPOINTMENT: Fall Semester 2019, or earlier.



    • MLS degree from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent by start date;
    • demonstrated experience working or collaborating with historically underrepresented persons and communities;
    • demonstrated interest or experience in open education or open access issues;
    • demonstrated ability to work collaboratively;
    • demonstrated interest or experience in serving a highly diverse, urban population.


    • Interest or experience in advocating for student access and success;
    • awareness of issues related to accessibility of resources and services;
    • interest or experience with equity issues in education; well-developed analytical, organizational, and communication skills (oral, written, and interpersonal);
    • interest or experience in research or scholarship.

Candidates should demonstrate experience in teaching, mentoring, research, or community service that has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. Additionally, applicants must demonstrate a record of scholarly activity. This University is fully committed to the rights of students, staff and faculty with disabilities in accordance with applicable state and federal laws. For more information about the University’s program supporting the rights of our students with disabilities see: Accessibility Services

Application Instructions

APPLICATION DEADLINE: First application review will begin August 15, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

Please submit a cover letter, which addresses the qualifications noted in the position announcement and your interest in the position and ability to meet the requirements; a complete and current resume or vita via Interfolio (see “Apply Now”). Applicants are strongly encouraged to also submit a one-page diversity statement that addresses how you engage a diverse student population in your teaching, research, mentoring, and advising.

Note: California State University, East Bay hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. All offers of employment are contingent upon presentation of documents demonstrating the appointee’s identity and eligibility to work in accordance with provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act. A background check (including a criminal records check and prior employment verification) must be completed and cleared prior to the start of employment.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, CSUEB does not discriminate on the basis of any protected categories: age, ancestry, citizenship, color, disability, gender, immigration status, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran’s status. The University is committed to the principles of diversity in employment and to creating a stimulating learning environment for its diverse student body.

For questions about the position, contact Andrew Carlos, Search Committee Chair, at andrew.carlos@csuestbay.edu

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