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Engineering and Computer Science Librarian

Apply now Posting #: 4861
Position Status: Faculty, Full-time regular
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Faculty, Copley Library

Position Title & Department:

 Engineering and Computer Science Librarian
Posting #


Department Description:

USD’s engineering program was founded in 1987. It was established as a school in 2013 by Darlene Marcos Shiley, whose extraordinary vision and inspiration resonate in the hallways, communities, and hearts of engineering students and faculty. Through the years, engineering has grown into a bustling program. The School offers five undergraduate programs, including computer science, electrical engineering, industrial and systems engineering, integrated engineering, and mechanical engineering. Also, the five master’s degree programs consist of Applied Artificial Intelligence; Applied Data Science; Cybersecurity Engineering; Engineering, Sustainability and Health; and Innovation, Technology, & Entrepreneurship. The School is ranked #15 in the nation among non-doctoral granting engineering programs by U.S. News & World Report.

The Shiley Marcos School of Engineering contains three centers: the Center for CyberSecurity Engineering and Technology, the Center for Digital Civil Society, and the Engineering Exchange for Social Justice. The School serves 850 undergraduate students and 350 graduate students and has 48 full-time faculty and 30 part-time faculty members. For more information about the Shiley Marcos School of Engineering, see https://www.sandiego.edu/engineering/.

University Description:

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Contemporary Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:

The University of San Diego’s Copley Library seeks an energetic, entrepreneurial-style Engineering and Computer Science Librarian who is passionate about creating and providing library services to Engineering and Computer Science faculty and students. This librarian works onsite and is fully embedded in the Shiley Marcos School of Engineering, meaning the librarian’s office is in the Engineering School. This 12-month tenure-track faculty position reports to the Dean of the University Library and works under the direction of the Coordinator of Graduate programs.

The Engineering and Computer Science Librarian will be deeply engaged and work across a broad-based constituency in the School of Engineering as a member of the Copley Library faculty. This individual is responsible for cultivating a strong collaborative and consultative relationship with faculty and students through one-on-one in-depth research consultations, collection development, and instruction for both undergraduate and graduate programs in face-to-face, hybrid, and online environments. Teaching responsibilities will include curricula and research support, library research methods classes, course-integrated instruction sessions, online education courses, specialized trainings, and workshops. In addition, the Engineering and Computer Science Librarian will assist faculty and students with APA style, IEEE, Endnote, altmetrics, impact factors, literature reviews, copyright, publishing opportunities and procedures by locating data sets and statistics, and grant writing research support. The librarian will have experience using SpringShare products, creating tutorials, and understanding the academic landscape regarding open educational resources, scholarly communication, and electronic resources. The Engineering and Computer Science Librarian will periodically present at the School of Engineering faculty and department meetings. This librarian is responsible for promoting a positive image of the library in the School of Engineering.

This embedded librarian will possess the skill set and interpersonal abilities that will allow them to professionally build a rapport with and advocate for engineering faculty and students. The Engineering and Computer Science Librarian will collaborate with the embedded librarian cohort and consult with the Digital Initiatives Librarian to promote the library’s institutional repository. This librarian will partner on other services and new initiatives with the Engineering faculty and staff, Copley Library faculty, as well as serve on engineering, library, and university committees. They will refer the Engineering faculty and students to appropriate offices and services on campus. Performs other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements:


  • ALA accredited MLS or MLIS is required.
  • Minimum three years Engineering or Computer Science liaison librarian experience in an academic or research library or corporate setting
  • Knowledgeable of best practices in science and engineering librarianship
  • Conduct consultations in-person, phone, and email
  • Possess strong teaching and presentation skills; maintains currency in pedagogical practices and strategies
  • Possess strong knowledge of engineering literature (both print and electronic) and scholarly communication practices, e.g., Compendex, IEEE Xplore, INSPEC, Web of Science, and other resources
  • Adept at using resources to support instruction, e.g., Blackboard, LibGuides, EndNote, and tutorials as well as keeping up with emerging technologies
  • Possess personal attributes and experience to perform outreach work in the engineering school
  • Ability to work some evenings to conduct instruction sessions or consultations
  • Demonstrate ability to work collaboratively or independently
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills with strong customer service orientation
  • Excellent organizational skills, including time and project management
  • Approach work from an equity and inclusion perspective in dealing with students and faculty
  • Record of active membership in professional associations and scholarship (presentations and publications) to meet reappointment, tenure, and promotion criteria



  • Passion to work with undergraduate Engineering and Computer Science students.
  • Hold an undergraduate or graduate degree in engineering, computer science, mathematics, science, or related field
  • Experience working with Engineers in a specialized library or scientific research community
  • Experience with collection development
  • Experience serving online students and faculty and working remotely
  • Familiarity with information literacy outcomes and assessment in the scientific research community
  • Monitor and develop best practices for engineering librarianship
  • Capable of adapting to change in the School of Engineering and Copley Library
  • Experience with software and programming languages appropriate to engineering and computer science, e.g., Solidworks, Excel, SPSS, Tableau, and Stata and programming languages, e.g., R, Python, or others.
  • Experience with data science and big data
Posting Salary:

$81,544 to $138,774; Commensurate with qualifications, experience, and advanced degrees; Excellent benefits.

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package including:

  • Medical insurance
  • Dental, Vision, Life and Disability Insurance
  • Retirement plan 403(b) (immediately vested)
  • 24 paid vacation days as well as holidays
  • Tuition Remission available to you, your spouse, or a dependent
  • Professional development support
  • Moving expenses covered up to $5,000
  • One day per week devoted to research
  • One day per week work remotely
  • Conference/travel money

Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer.  USD: Human Resources: Benefits

For more information on faculty benefits, please see link: https://www.sandiego.edu/provost/administration/recruitment-and-relocation.php

The salary range provided in this posting reflects what we reasonably expect to pay for this position.  Actual compensation offered or earned is dependent on experience, education and other factors including departmental budget.

Special Application Instructions:

Deadline: Formal review of application will begin April 2, 2024, and continue until the position is filled. The selected candidate can begin work immediately or by July 1, 2024.

Click the 'Apply Now' button to complete our online application. In addition, please upload the following documents (please do not send any additional materials):
    1. Letter of application
    2. Curriculum Vitae
    3. Names, addresses and telephone numbers of four professional references (colleagues, liaison faculty, and previous supervisors)

Questions can be directed to:

Dr. Theresa S. Byrd, Dean of the University Library, (619) 260-2370, tsbyrd@sandiego.edu

If you have any technical questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at jobs@sandiego.edu.

Additional Details:

Princeton Review ranked the University of San Diego #6 most beautiful college campus in the nation. Student enrollment 9,041 undergraduate, paralegal, graduate and law students.

The university is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community. Candidates from underrepresented and underserved groups are encouraged to apply.

Special Conditions of Employment:

Effective June 1, 2023, based on CDC guidance, the University strongly encourages all campus members to stay up to date with Influenza and COVID-19 vaccination recommendations.  For more regarding information USD's COVID-19 protocols, please visit sandiego.edu/onward.

Background check:  Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. Serious candidates are encouraged to request official transcripts to help expedite the hiring process.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit www.sandiego.edu/smokefree.

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