Library Resident Opening

The Luria Resident is generously funded by The Luria Foundation. This is an opportunity for a recent library school graduate to explore community college librarianship by working in all areas of an award-winning community college library. The position is a temporary part-time and will be completed between January 21, 2014 – May 23, 2014 with the possibility for an extension into the following academic year.

About SBCC

Santa Barbara City College is a comprehensive community college serving the south coast of Santa Barbara County. Established in 1909, SBCC is renowned as one of the leading two-year community college in California – and the nation. The college has a wide range of associate degree and certificate programs, as well as transfer programs that provide the first two years of study toward the baccalaureate degree. Students are attracted to SBCC by virtue of its outstanding faculty, small classes, state-of-the-art facilities and numerous student services. We recently won the esteemed Aspen Prize as the #1 Community College in the United States.

About the Library

The Eli Luria Library, named after our benefactor Eli Luria, was built in 1989. The Luria Library offers a dynamic, innovative, and exciting place for students to learn. The Luria Library responds to the needs and learning styles of today’s student, helping them achieve their learning outcomes, enrich their lives, establish careers, and see the value of libraries in relationship to their learning. A tag line was created in 2007, with faculty and student input, to help focus this new vision: Explore. Learn. Grow.

In January 2011, we won the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award.


  • Possession of a Master’s Degree from an accredited institution in Library Science, Library and Information Science that was awarded in the last two years.
  • A career interest in community college librarianship.
  • Excellent interpersonal and written and verbal communication skills.; adaptable to a rapidly changing environment, and ability to collaborate with various departmental service units.
  • Energetic, innovative, and flexible.

Possible Tasks and Areas of Work

The Library Resident will rotate through different operations of the library. The list below is an example of the types of process and tasks the Library Resident might expect to participate in during a semester. The Library Resident is also encouraged to make suggestions and bring their own innovative ideas.

Technical services

  • Catalog archive collection
  • Enhance bibliographic records in integrated library system

Collection Development

  • Recommend purchases using acquisition plan and reviewing sources
  • Participate in collection review for deaccessioning


  • Participate in SBCC activities to promote library program
  • Create library blog and social media updates
  • Explore and implement eBook and database promotion
  • Create book and other displays
  • Create user survey or usability studies

Donations and Friends of the Library Book Sale

  • Review donations and identify possible additions to library collection
  • Support the online book sale using Alibris and/or Amazon
  • Fundraising
  • Attempt to sell books online from donation shelves
  • Look for appropriate grant application sources


  • Collaborate with librarians to develop and deliver research instruction in discipline specific classes
  • Create online research guides, video tutorials, and other learning objects for specific disciplines, courses, and assignments
  • Support and provide reference services

Schedule and Salary

The position will begin in January 2014. The Library Resident will work approximately 25-hours per week during the academic semesters. This is a part-time position and will end in May 2014 with a possible extension into the next academic year. Specific schedule will be mutually agreed upon with the Library Director. The position is formally an adjunct librarian and will be paid on that salary schedule (approximately $40/hr).

Steps to Apply

To be considered for this position, please email Kenley Neufeld, Library Director, the following information:

  • In the email, provide an introduction with reasons why you should be considered as our Library Resident. Please do not send an attachment.
  • In the email, identify when and where you received your Master’s Degree.
  • If you have an online resume or LinkedIn profile, please include the link in your email.  Please do not attach a resume.
  • IMPORTANT: complete the online application identified as Adjunct Pool – Library Science/Librarian.

Application Deadline: November 8, 2013