Title: Instruction and Engagement Librarian
Department: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
Rank and Salary: Assistant Librarian to Librarian ($55,014 to $84,507)
Position Availability: Immediately
Next review date: Thursday, Sep 10, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Thursday, Oct 8, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
UCLA’s William Andrews Clark Memorial Library seeks an energetic, creative, culturally competent, and service-oriented professional to develop and administer an instruction and engagement program using the holdings and other resources of the Clark Library to support the teaching, research, and community engagement mission of the university. The incumbent will expand the use of the Clark Library beyond its existing audience and raise awareness of the Clark Library as a unique educational resource at UCLA for users from around the world.
Reporting to the Head Librarian of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, the incumbent’s responsibilities include the following:
- Coordinates the teaching program at the Clark, including overseeing class requests, scheduling classes in consultation and collaboration with other librarians, and monitoring technology and supplies in library class spaces
- Takes a leading role in preparing and leading instruction sessions with primary sources, including evaluating and selecting materials, developing lesson plans, and collaborating with instructors on assignments and learning objectives
- Works with faculty and other campus partners to strengthen instructional collaborations across the university, and integrate Clark collections and resources into new and existing classes and programs
- Partners with students, instructors, and other librarians to enhance learning, teaching and research through critical engagement with library resources as well as emerging technologies, digital pedagogy and research methods
- Works closely with public services colleagues to introduce new users to the Clark’s facilities, collections, and policies and procedures
- Establishes user-focused public programs and services, including collaborating with Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies staff and other campus and external organizations to publicize and promote use of the collections through tours, exhibitions, presentations, and other creative public programming and engagement initiatives with audiences on campus, in Los Angeles, and beyond
- Develops neighborhood-centered projects and programs by building and sustaining connections with local institutions, community organizations, and individuals
- Contributes to the Clark’s social media program
- Coordinates, collaborates on, and promotes Clark Library exhibitions and external loans
- Identifies and develops primary source and reference holdings appropriate for Clark collecting areas in consultation with Clark Library colleagues
- Develops reference guides to collections and reference resources for users
- Promotes inclusive teaching practices and a commitment to accessibility in the development and delivery of services and programs
- Participates actively in Center/Clark and campus committees
- Engages with regional and national professional organizations and participates in ongoing professional development relevant to position responsibilities
- Supervises and mentors graduate and undergraduate students and interns
- ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library or Information Science OR equivalent combination of education and experience
- Minimum of two years of recent library work experience in a special collections environment
- Experience closely engaging audiences with primary sources within a special collections setting
- Experience with research and teaching trends, methods, emerging technologies, and best practices
- Demonstrated understanding of current developments in archives and special collections librarianship
- Demonstrated understanding of current and potential uses of special collection materials and services
- Evidence of innovative program development and engagement with a variety of audiences
- Experience developing community contacts and relationships
- Demonstrated ability to work collegially and creatively within and across organizations and user groups
- Commitment to inclusivity within the workplace and interpersonal skills to work effectively with culturally diverse library users and colleagues
- Ability to flourish in a team-based environment and foster teamwork among others
- Proven success in complex project management that includes developing and evaluating programs, meeting deadlines, and overseeing the work of other team members
- Excellent organizational, time, and project management skills, and the ability to balance multiple tasks and demands
- Demonstrated proficiency and capabilities with library-relevant information technology applications (ex: Aeon, Voyager, OCLC WorldCat, ArchiveSpace)
- Ability to adapt to dynamic work conditions, including familiarity with both onsite and virtual work environments
- Capacity to thrive in the evolving environment of a world-class research institution and to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities
- Record of engagement with the profession, demonstrated through local or national workshop and/or conference participation, committee work, research, and/or publications
- Familiarity with library best practices and standards as issued by ALA, RBMS, SAA, and other relevant professional organizations
- Excellent public speaking and writing skills
Applicants with all the above basic qualifications and any of the following preferred qualifications or professional experiences are strongly encouraged to apply: (1) Second advanced degree in a relevant discipline; (2) Reading knowledge of at least one language other than English; (3) Knowledge of intellectual property issues related to archives, libraries, and special collections; (4) Demonstrated experience with digitization initiatives; (5) Demonstrated research expertise and/or publication in an area represented in the collections.
Professional librarians at UCLA are academic appointees and are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, University Council – American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). This is a represented position. They are entitled to appropriate professional leave, two days per month of vacation leave, one day per month of sick leave, and all other benefits granted to non-faculty academic personnel. The University has an excellent retirement system and sponsors a variety of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans in addition to other benefits. Relocation assistance may be provided.
Appointees to the librarian series at UC shall have professional backgrounds that demonstrate a high degree of creativity, teamwork, and flexibility. Such background will normally include a professional degree from an ALA-accredited library and information science graduate program. In addition to professional competence and quality of service within the library in the primary job, advancement in the librarian series requires professional involvement and contributions outside of the library, university and community service, and scholarly activities. Candidates must show evidence or promise of such contributions.
Description of Library and Institution
The William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, located ten miles from the UCLA campus in the West Adams district of Los Angeles, is a non-circulating research collection of some 110,000 books and manuscripts, specializing in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century books (with a traditional strength in British studies), Oscar Wilde and the fin de siecle, the book arts (with an emphasis on California), and the history of Montana and the West. Part of UCLA since 1934, the Clark is administered by the Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies, a statewide ORU (Organized Research Unit) within UCLA’s College of Letters and Science. In addition to the UCLA academic community, the Clark Library serves students and faculty from neighboring institutions, visiting scholars, resident fellows, and the general public. The Center/Clark presents a wide range of public and academic programming, including conferences, lectures, concerts, and workshops.
UCLA’s diverse community of scholars encompasses nearly 30,000 undergraduates pursuing 125 majors, 13,000 graduate students in fifty-nine research programs, and 4,000 faculty members including Nobel Laureates; Rhodes Scholars; MacArthur Fellows; winners of the Fields Medal, National Medal of Science, Pritzker Prize, and Pulitzer Prize; and recipients of Oscars, Emmys, Tonys, and Golden Globes. UCLA ranks tenth in the Times of London Higher Education World Reputation Rankings, twelfth in the Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and fifth in the U.S. by Washington Monthly. The National Research Council ranks forty of its graduate and doctoral research programs among its top ten.
Equity, diversity, and inclusion are core values of the University of California and key components of the University’s commitment to excellence. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California policy on discrimination, harassment, and affirmative action see: University of California—Policy Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace at https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/DiscHarassAffirmAction.
Under federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally authorized to work in the United States as established by providing documents specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Employment is contingent upon completion of satisfactory background investigation.
Candidates applying by September 10, 2020 will be given first consideration for this position. UCLA welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applications and nominations from individuals traditionally underrepresented in the library profession. UCLA seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.
- Cover Letter – Describing qualifications and experience.
- Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V. detailing education and relevant experience.
- References – Names and contact information for three professional references, including current or previous supervisor; contact information only.
For more information and to apply, please visit https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF05805.