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Our Organization: Jobs & Opportunities

Jobs & Opportunities

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Library Positions

Librarian for Geological and Planetary Sciences (full time)

Librarians could be considered “human GPS devices” for other people. They help people navigate to their information destinations, connecting them to knowledge, resources, and even other people. At the Caltech Library, we’re looking for someone who enjoys making these connections and wants to learn more about librarianship and science along the way.

As the “human GPS” for our GPS (Geological and Planetary Sciences) Division, you’ll be responsible for connecting people to what they need in areas including geology, environmental science and engineering, and planetary sciences, among others. You’ll also be part of a team of subject librarians that work closely with each other, and across the Library, to provide stellar reference and instruction to the entire Institute.

The Caltech Library is a dynamic and innovative team of librarians, technical and public service staff, programmers, and managers. Together, we work on projects ranging from systems implementations and upgrades to cross-disciplinary teaching initiatives to campus outreach on data management, diversity in our collections, and more. As part of our Library, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in these kinds of projects and more, helping us improve service to our world-class institution, and grow your own skills and knowledge as well.

If you are inquisitive, outgoing, and the kind of person likely to be stopped and asked for directions, we’d like to chart a course together. Please get in touch with us at our Caltech Careers website.

Job Duties

  • Be the main point of contact for the GPS Division for Library-related questions around reference, subject materials, course reserves, and anything related.

  • Participate in the Library Public Services team to support all members of the Caltech community.

  • Serve on Library-wide projects, teams, and standing committees.

  • Contribute professionally through papers, conference presentations, or other service activities.

What We’re Looking For

  • Accredited master’s degree in library/information science, or a graduate degree in a field related to the primary subject assignment.

  • Experience conveying technical information to a general audience in both informal and formal settings.

  • Familiarity with internet access and finding information online; familiarity with library systems and tools as a user or as an instructor.

  • Familiarity with concepts, goals and methods of providing exemplary client service in an academic or research organization.

  • Familiarity with spreadsheet, database, and reference management software.

  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.

To view the full job description and submit your application, please visit https://phf.tbe.taleo.net/phf03/ats/careers/v2/viewRequisition?org=CALTECH&cws=37&rid=8391.

Work Study Student Jobs 

Students interested in working at the Library should contact library@caltech.edu. The Library's needs for student staff can vary, depending on the time of year.

Learn more about student positions.

Archives Volunteer Positions

Archives and Special Collections offers volunteer opportunities that involve working with historical collections. For more information on volunteering options for online and in-person projects, please email Mariella Soprano at mariella@caltech.edu.

Caltech Library Diversity Statement

We recognize that equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging are core to the mission of the Caltech Library. Equity goes beyond equality and means fair and impartial access to our collections and services for the entire Caltech community. Diversity means all of the various ways the members of our community are unique; it includes but is not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, and national origin. Inclusion means embracing all members of our community as part of a greater whole. Belonging means full acceptance of the members of our community and celebrating them for the richness their experiences bring to our collective work. These values are the primary guiding principle in our work, and they are both individual responsibilities and institutional imperatives.