Optometry & Health Sciences Library

Associate Librarian
$60,684-$83,674, per annum, based upon qualifications
This is a full time appointment. The expected start date is June 1, 2015.

The University of California, Berkeley seeks a collaborative and service-oriented librarian to provide research, teaching and learning support to the UC Berkeley community in optometry, ophthalmology, vision science, nutrition, health sciences, and medical sciences and to develop, promote, and enhance access to library collections.

The Environment

The UC Berkeley Library is an internationally renowned research and teaching facility at one of the nation’s premier public universities. In a highly diverse and intellectually rich environment, Berkeley serves a campus community of 25,500 undergraduate students, 10,300 graduate students, and a faculty of 1,500. The Library comprises 20 campus libraries – including the Doe/Moffitt Libraries, the Bancroft Library, the C. V. Starr East Asian Library and subject specialty libraries. With a collection of more than 11 million volumes and a collections budget of over $15 million, the Library offers extensive collections in all formats and robust services to connect users with those collections and build their related research skills.

The Life & Health Sciences Division consists of three libraries: the Marian Koshland Bioscience & Natural Resources Library, the Sheldon Margen Public Health Library, and the Fong Optometry & Health Sciences Library. These libraries maintain a research-level print and digital collection to support the research and teaching programs of the College of Letters & Science’s Division of Biological Sciences, College of Natural Resources, School of Public Health, and School of Optometry including the Vision Science Group and UCB-UCSF Joint Medical Program. The collections are also heavily used by researchers throughout the university community and beyond.


Reporting to the Head of the Life & Health Sciences Division, the librarian serves as selector for collections in optometry, ophthalmology, vision science, nutrition, health sciences, and basic medical sciences. The librarian selects materials in all formats, manages collections through storage and weeding, and monitors budgets and approval plans for the assigned subject areas. The librarian contributes to reference and instructional services including virtual reference, consultations, in-person classes, online subject guides, and other instructional materials. The librarian will promote library services and resources through outreach to students and faculty. The librarian collaborates with colleagues on campus and in the UC System on collection decisions for print and electronic resources. Additionally, the librarian will assume division-wide leadership responsibility for an initiative such as data management, instruction, scholarly communications, or web services.

UC Berkeley librarians are expected to participate in library-wide planning and governance, to work effectively in a shared-decision-making environment and to be active professionally. Advancement in the Librarian series is based in part on professional contributions beyond the primary assignment; the successful candidate will show evidence or promise of such contributions to the Library, campus, UC System, and profession.

Minimum qualifications

  • ALA-accredited masters degree or equivalent degree

Additional Required Qualifications:

  • Significant coursework or library experience in science or related fields
  • Experience participating in collection development in an academic or research library
  • Experience providing reference and instructional services in an academic or research libraryes
  • Demonstrated strong commitment to public services and improving the user experience
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, problem solving, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, and ability to work creatively and effectively both independently and as a team member

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience developing and managing optometry-related, health sciences, or science collections
  • Demonstrated knowledge of reference resources related to optometry, health sciences, or science fields
  • Knowledge of trends and issues in scholarly communication in the sciences

The Library at the University of California, Berkeley is committed to the support and encouragement of a multicultural environment and seeks candidates who can make positive and imaginative contributions in a context of ethnic and cultural diversity.

Professional librarians at UC are academic appointees and are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, University Council – American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). This position is in the bargaining unit.

Librarians are entitled to appropriate professional development leave, two days per month of vacation leave, one day per month of sick leave, and all other benefits granted 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.

DEADLINE: Consideration will be given to applications received by February 9, 2015. All completed applications received by this date will be given full consideration; this recruitment will remain open until filled.

Submit applications online at https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF00635. Applications must include a cover letter detailing a statement of qualifications, curriculum vitae noting degrees and relevant work experience, and the names and contact information of three references who are knowledgeable about the applicant’s qualifications for this position. References will only be contacted for individuals under serious consideration.

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, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

Send inquiries to:

Susan E. Wong
Director, Library Human Resources
Library Human Resources Department
110 Doe Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-3778
Email: librec@library.berkeley.edu




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