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Reference and Instructional Librarian for Student Success and Outreach

Dominican University of California
San Rafael

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Reference and Instructional Librarian for Student Success and Outreach

Job Details
Job Location : Main Campus - SAN RAFAEL, CA

Position Summary
The Archbishop Alemany Library at Dominican University of California invites applications for an innovative, service-oriented, student-centered Reference, Instruction, and Student Success Librarian. This is a full-time, 9-month position. While this is not a tenure-track position, Dominican does provide a path for advancement.

The Reference, Instruction, and Student Success Librarian will help the library expand and strengthen instruction and outreach to students. The focus on student success and outreach includes collaboration with both academic and student support departments using a variety of in-person and online approaches. In collaboration with the Associate Director and library colleagues, this position will provide creativity in the design and delivery of information literacy instruction designed to support a diverse group of students, and collaborate with key campus partners that support the Dominican Experience.

Other duties will include serving as a subject librarian for one or more disciplines, providing information literacy instruction in the core curriculum, and providing general reference help during scheduled shifts.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

Dominican University of California declares its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through enjoining the campus community to uphold and further a shared vision of “unity in diversity.”

Our heritage is informed by a commitment to pluralism, defined by our understanding that our community draws strength from our differences. Dominican seeks to nurture attitudes and behaviors that promote global awareness, inclusive sensibilities, and respect for individuals' diverse experiences and identities, across such categories as race, ethnicity, language, gender, sex, sexuality, age, socioeconomic status, religion, and/or ability. For more on our commitment to inclusion, click here


Student Success and Outreach
  • Explore and implement ways to engage students through in-person and virtual outreach efforts, including social media, website design, tutorials, webinars, orientation sessions, or other offerings;
  • Be committed to developing and evolving programs and services for a wide variety of students with diverse backgrounds, life experiences, learning styles and demonstrate a commitment to participating in and building an inclusive, equitable and diverse campus community;
  • Collaborate with campus partners to make information literacy skills and library resources a part of the Dominican Experience. The Dominican Experience promotes student success through guidance from integrative coaches, development of signature work and a digital portfolio, and providing community engagement opportunities. For more on the Dominican Experience, please visit:

  • Instruction
  • Enhance student (and faculty) awareness of, access to, and ethical integration of diverse voices and expert information to support critical curiosity in academic, professional, and personal research;
  • Design shared instructional materials in various formats (including online tutorials, in-class activities, user guides, and training materials) — working closely with other librarians in doing so;
  • Provide in-person and online information literacy instruction in the core curriculum and in discipline-specific courses;
  • Demonstrate a willingness to stay up-to-date and improve knowledge and skills pertaining to user needs and trends in academic libraries, information tools and resources, emerging trends in teaching and learning, instructional design, web design, accessibility, and related fields.

  • Liaison Services
  • Partner with particular programs or departments to act as liaison between the library and our academic programs. This typically includes providing one-to-one research appointments to students in support of theses or research projects, building relationships with faculty to embed information literacy in discipline-specific courses, and promoting library services and resources to liaison areas and to the university community. Liaison area assignments may vary depending on need, and may at times ask librarians to work outside their academic expertise.

  • Reference
  • Provide research services, including assessing needs and providing point-of-need assistance and consultation supporting students, faculty, staff, and campus community;

  • Librarians are members of the faculty at Dominican and professional responsibilities include: maintaining excellence in librarianship; participation in campus and system-wide committees, and actively participating in academic functions. Professional development funds are available to librarians. Benefits

    Librarians are non-tenured members of the faculty with voting rights in faculty governance and enjoy professional development support. Dominican offers flexible hours and vacation time, competitive retirement and health plans, access to our gym, and much more. To learn more about benefits at Dominican, please visit:

    Campus Profile

    Our institutional mission is to educate and prepare students to be ethical leaders and socially responsible global citizens who incorporate the Dominican values of study, reflection, community and service into their lives. The University is committed to diversity, sustainability and the integration of the liberal arts, the sciences and professional programs. Our student community is not only extraordinary but also diverse; 68% of students are Persons of Color, 23% are First-Generation students, 33% are Pell-Eligible, and 66% are female. Dominican offers more than 60 programs of study, reflecting the diversity and creativity of our faculty, students and location.

    Required Qualifications
  • An earned Master’s degree in Library Science or related discipline from an ALA accredited college or university is required at the time of appointment.
  • Evidence of commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds;
  • Excellent communication skills, including demonstrated cross-cultural competency in communications with diverse groups of students and colleagues.
  • Experience with the use of emerging technologies and multimedia. For example: tutorials, webinars, gamification, or social media.
  • Experience in specialized and general reference service or consultation service.
  • Familiarity with information literacy concepts and emerging trends.

  • Preferred Qualifications
  • One or more years of professional (post-MLS) academic or research library experience relevant to this position;
  • Professional (post-MLIS) experience with instruction or information literacy instruction with undergraduate students;
  • Experience with instructional design;
  • Experience with the use of emerging technologies and multimedia in library and classroom settings, For example: online and hybrid teaching, webinars, or social media for student and campus outreach.
  • Willingness to stay up-to-date and improve knowledge and skills pertaining to user needs and trends in academic libraries, information tools and resources, emerging trends in teaching and learning, instructional design, and related fields
  • Familiarity with LibGuides and the Springshare suite of tools is a plus. Concepts of accessible and engaging website design are also beneficial.

  • Additional Position Information
  • Priority will be given to applications submitted by April 30, 2022; however additional applications may be considered until the position is filled
  • Must be willing to consent to a background check

  • For More Information Contact:

    Amy Gilbert - Associate Director, Archbishop Alemany Library

    [email protected] 415-257-132

    To apply, visit

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    Working at Dominican University of California

    Dominican University of California is an independent university offering the best of Liberal Arts combined with a rigorous professional education. Founded in 1890, Dominican enjoys an over century-long reputation for excellence in scholarship, research and community outreach.

    The University offers more than 60 academic programs that reflect the diversity and creativity of both the faculty and the students. With about 1,900 students and a student to faculty ratio of10:1, Dominican is able to successfully blend the personal attention associated with smaller schools with the academic resources of a larger university.


    Dominican University of California educates and prepares students to be ethical leaders and socially responsible global citizens who incorporate the Dominican values of study, reflection, community, and service into their daily lives. The University is committed to diversity, sustainability, and the integration of the liberal arts, the sciences, and professional programs.

    Academic Life:

    Dominican’s focus on interdisciplinary studies provides a challenging academic environment with four schools, 24 majors, and an average class size of 16.

    In the sciences, the University excels at involving undergraduates in sophisticated research projects that enable students to present at national academic conferences and publish alongside their faculty mentors in peer-reviewed journals.

    In the humanities, students may combine dance and musical performance with the study of philosophy, literature, world cultures, and religion. 

    Dominican offers strong undergraduate professional programs in business, education, and nursing. There are also graduate offerings in these disciplines, as well as in counseling psychology and occupational therapy. 

    Dominican Diversity:

    Dominican students come from across the United States. Although primarily from the Bay Area and Northern California, students come from 18 countries, including Brazil, China, Ireland, Japan, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, and  Turkey.

    More than 80 percent of undergraduate students attending Dominican receive some form of financial aid, allowing students from diverse backgrounds to further their education. The University focuses in global community outreach and bringing a diverse range of faculty and students to campus.

    Dominican University of California is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to excellence through diversity, and takes pride in its multicultural environment.

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    50 Acacia Ave
    San Rafael
    United States
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