Student Success and Engagement Librarian, UC Riverside

Position overview

Position title: Student Success and Engagement Librarian
Salary range: $58,365 – $99,445
Anticipated start: 10/1/2022

Application Window

Open date: May 16th, 2022

Next review date: Monday, Jul 18, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Jul 18, 2022 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.

Position description

Reporting to the Director of Teaching and Learning Services (at time of initial posting the AUL for Content and Discovery), the Student Success and Engagement Librarian will be responsible for collaborating with faculty and peers to provide integrated information literacy sessions within the curriculum. The Student Success and Engagement Librarian will work with a collaborative team of Teaching Librarians that supports the instructional and reference goals of the library. This opportunity is available to both experienced and qualified new graduates who have completed their degree by the end of the posting period.

Located an hour’s drive to the east of Los Angeles, an hour west of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley, an hour east of ocean beaches, ninety minutes north of San Diego, and an hour south of mountain ski resorts, UCR is located in an area of dramatic landscapes and rich cultural traditions. The University is a dynamic, aggressively developing land grant research institution dedicated to preparing its diverse student body to be successful competitors in the world marketplace of ideas. UCR boasts the first new School of Medicine to open on the West Coast in 43 years; a new School of Public Policy; and the Bourns College of Engineering, ranked 10th in the world according to an international ranking organization.

The UCR Library is a critical partner in preparing UCR’s students to be globally competitive while simultaneously preparing them for careers in the Inland Empire and beyond. The mission of the UCR Library is no less than to bring the world’s information resources to the UCR community and to ensure that UCR students, faculty, and staff have the skills to fully exploit those resources to change the world for the better.

The UCR Library is a team of intensely collaborative, forward-thinking colleagues dedicated to providing excellent services to our students, faculty, and community members in a rapidly evolving information environment. The successful candidate will be technologically sophisticated; committed to problem-solving in local, regional, national, and international arenas; able to develop innovative solutions to complex problems; and a dynamic and effective leader.

The UCR Library is comprised of two facilities housing more than 3,800,000 volumes, 940,000 electronic books, 97,000 print and electronic journals, and 2,300,000 microforms. The Library provides services to more than 22,000 students and nearly 2,000 faculty and other academics in an institutional environment planning for and experiencing extensive growth. The successful candidate will join an enthusiastic staff of 116, including 26 FTE librarians, 58 FTE support personnel, and 32 students, in building a research library of excellence within a dynamic and diverse university ranked among the top 50 in the nation. The UCR Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). Among the unique collections of the UCR Library is the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy, the Water Resources Collections & Archives, the Rupert Costo Library of the American Indian, the Paul Chou Collection of Chinese history and culture, the George Brown Papers, the Tomás Rivera Papers, and the Inland Empire Memories Initiative. Information about the UCR Library is available at http://library.ucr.edu.

The UCR Library is an integral part of the University of California library system. With collections totaling 30 million volumes, UC’s more than 100 libraries are surpassed in size on the American continent only by the Library of Congress collection. In addition, UC’s California Digital Library (CDL) provides the core of the University’s digital collections. CDL also assists UC to share resources and holdings more effectively, and provides leadership in applying technology to the development of library collections and services. Organizationally situated within the UC Office of the President, the CDL operates in close collaboration with all UC campuses and their libraries.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and Lead library engagement, outreach, and liaise with faculty, students, and staff involved in the University Writing Program and gateway STEM courses (including BIO 5LA and CHEM 1LA),
  • Collaborate with the University Programs Teaching Librarian to cultivate relationships with University partners supporting student success and academic preparedness such as the Academic Resources Center and the Writing Center,
  • Provide in-depth research consultations with faculty and instructors regarding information literacy course integration and appropriate supporting research materials,
  • Contribute to the development of reusable teaching tools (both digital and analog),
  • Provide general reference service support for students working on the information desk both virtually and in-person,
  • Contribute to DigiRef the UC-wide consortium virtual reference service,
  • Participate in departmental instructional rotations, reference support, projects, and service development,
  • Participate in assessment and other quality improvement activities,
  • Solicit and discuss information on research and instructional resource needs from faculty and patrons.
  • Participate in ongoing communication through discussions and recommendations for purchases to Collection Strategies and Special Collections and University Archives as appropriate.
  • Collaborate with library colleagues across the library on student engagement activities,
  • Independently and collaboratively participate in ongoing professional development.

UC professional librarians are academic appointees and are represented by an exclusive bargaining unit; The University Council-American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). This position is in the bargaining unit.

Appointment at rank of Assistant Librarian to Librarian – Potential Career depending upon qualifications and experience. Advancement through the librarian ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every two to three years, each of which includes substantial peer review. Excellent retirement system, health, and vacation benefits.

Department: https://library.ucr.edu/

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

  • ALA-accredited (MLIS, MLS etc.) degree or equivalent advanced degree.
  • One year demonstrated teaching experience and knowledge of pedagogical best practices.
  • Ability to present information effectively in a variety of settings and modalities.
  • Ability to provide excellent reference and instruction services in all formats for students and faculty in an academic library.
  • Experience creating web-based research guides or tutorials.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work creatively, collaboratively and effectively and to promote teamwork, diversity, equality, and inclusiveness.
  • Commitment to pedagogical professional development.

Preferred qualifications

  • Three years’ experience providing instruction or reference services in an academic setting.
  • Experience providing instruction services in an academic library or higher education setting.
  • Experience providing in-person and/or online reference service in an academic library.
  • Knowledge of or experience with instructional design concepts and/or educational technology.
  • UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

Application Requirements

Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research (Optional)
  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)
  • Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence – In a \“Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence\”, we ask applicants to describe their past and/or potential future contributions to promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, which is a key requirement of the role of every faculty member and administrator at UCR. There are numerous ways to contribute, and a commitment to this part of our mission can be reflected through research, teaching, supervision, mentoring, community engagement, service, and any of the other varied activities that are a part of an academic career.
  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements

  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Please provide contact information for a minimum of three references.

Apply link: https://apptrkr.com/3077308

Help contact: esteward@ucr.edu

Campus Information

UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

University of California COVID-19 Vaccination Program Policy
As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy (https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/5000695/SARS-CoV-2_Covid-19). All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location
Riverside, CA