California State University, Fresno 

Job Title

Special Collections Librarian for the Arne Nixon Center


Henry Madden Library


Opening Date: 04/28/2020
Closing Date:  04/28/2021

Job Description

The Henry Madden Library seeks a highly motivated, creative, and forward-thinking Special Collections Librarian for the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children's Literature, who will curate the collection and bring it to its full potential as a research collection.

This is a full-time, tenure-track librarian faculty position. Anticipated starting salary: $86,000 annually. 

For best consideration, apply by May 25, 2020. This position vacancy remains open until filled.

Job Duties

The successful candidate will collaborate with teaching faculty from multiple disciplines (for example, Art and Design, Art history, English, Creative Writing, and History) to develop high impact classroom practices and library instruction sessions that advance the University's goal of excellence in teaching, learning and innovation.

Experience with applications to textual analysis, creative writing, illustration, and the history of children's literature (especially as it relates to racial and ethnic diversity, foreign language materials, LGBTQ+ issues, and social justice) is highly desirable. The ANC Librarian serves as an ambassador from the Library to the University and the larger community, finding a balance between the academic purpose of the ANC while using its collections and programs to build relationships in the community to support and expand the Center. 

The ANC Librarian is an active participant in the shared governance of the library and in the academic life of the campus. The successful candidate will be a fully integrated member of the library faculty and will be expected to meet all of the requirements for retention, tenure and promotion, including service to the campus and the community. 

Tenure-track librarians receive an official probationary plan, mentoring, and funding. Specific assignments are dependent on departmental needs and the background of the individual.


Required Education:

An earned M.I.L.S (or equivalent) from an American Library Association-accredited institution or program recognized by the American Library Association as an international equivalent.

Required Experience:

  • Three to five years professional experience as a special collections librarian.
  • Minimum of one year of professional experience providing research, reference and instruction support in an academic or research environment.
  • Minimum of one year of professional experience managing the daily activities of a unit or department.
  • Minimum of two years of successful supervisory experience.
  • Demonstrated curatorial, organizational and planning skills with excellent attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively, both independently and in cooperation with faculty, staff, and students from diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds regardless of age, gender, marital status, religion, sexual orientation or disabilities.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Preferred Experience:

  • Demonstrated understanding of children's literature research and research trends in the field.
  • Demonstrated facility and successful experience with current and emerging technology as it applies to collection management, outreach, and instruction.
  • Experience creating or maintaining a collection development policy for a multifaceted collection.
  • Experience working with digital collections.
  • Experience with overseeing, planning and preparing department or collection budgets.
  • Experience in developing working partnerships with diverse academic departments and campus units and organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to build community relationships and increase support for the Center.
  • Experience with planning, organizing and executing successful events.
  • Experience designing and setting up exhibits.
  • Experience with grants and private fundraising.
  • Experience with working with an advisory board or friends group.
  • Experience with copyright issues and advanced research assistance.
  • Excellent presentation skills.
  • Experience with assessment tools and methods.
  • Foreign language ability.

Supplemental Information

The Arne Nixon Center is an internationally renowned research center. Its fast-growing collection includes more than 70,000 multicultural books published from 1865 to the present, in English and other languages (many inscribed first printings); artwork, ephemera, and the papers of authors and illustrators. Highlights include the papers of Alma Flor Ada, Michael Cart, Margarita Engle, and Robert San Souci. Other collection strengths include a Lewis Carroll collection (2,500+ volumes, plus art and ephemera), Spanish language books (2,000+ volumes), the Helen Monnette Amestoy Collection of Books on Cats (6,000 volumes), and the country's largest collection (about 500 volumes) of LGBTQ (Lesbian Gay Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning) books for young people. An endowment of more than $1,000,000 provides ongoing support for the Center.

The Henry Madden Library is the intellectual hub of Fresno State, where we encourage discovery, inquiry and learning in order to empower and inspire our 25,000 students. We think of our space as a launchpad for bold knowledge exploration, providing innovative technology, rich collections and inspiring spaces to serve our diverse student body and faculty. The Madden Library supports student success by providing technology lending to both faculty and students, growing digital resources, information literacy instruction, and student-centered campus projects. Our collections are some of the most thorough in the CSU system and include over a million print volumes, hundreds of thousands of electronic resources, and significant special collections of children's literature, teacher resources, music and media, as well as world, regional and local history. The Library also hosts numerous exhibitions and events to connect our campus with the larger community. Library personnel includes 17 library faculty, 36 staff, and over 100 student assistants, all of whom work to create a deep and rich experience for our campus community. For more information, visit

California State University, Fresno is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

How to Apply

Apply online at:

Attach the following:

  • Letter of interest or cover letter specifically addressing all elements of the required experience. Please also address any of the preferred qualifications you may have.
  • Current curriculum vitae.
  • Names and contact information of three professional references
  • Statement addressing your commitment to working with faculty, staff, and students from diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Philosophy on community engagement and donor relations.
  • List of past publications or professional creative activities or a statement of research interests and potential publications, projects or presentations.

Candidates invited for an on-campus visit must submit by mail/e-mail within the designated deadline. The Search Chair will send information and requests for these items.

  • Three current letters of recommendation (dated within 12 months of full consideration date.)
  • Official transcripts.

Committee Information Search Chair: Tammy Lau
Henry Madden Library
Email: [email protected]