Instruction/Reference Librarian – Sheldon Margen Public Health Library

University of California, Berkeley


Instruction/Reference Librarian
Sheldon Margen Public Health Library
University of California, Berkeley
Hiring Range: Associate Librarian I – Associate Librarian III
Full-time Salary Range: $49,464-54,444 per annum, based upon qualifications

This is a 50%-time, one-year, temporary appointment available starting August 2012.

Previous applicants need not apply.

The University of California, Berkeley is seeking an energetic, creative, and service-oriented librarian to provide instruction, outreach, and reference services; conduct public health-related literature searches; and perform other duties as needed in a dynamic environment.


Under the general direction of the Head Librarian, the Instruction/Reference Librarian will be responsible for providing instruction, outreach, and reference services to state agency health professionals.  Instruction is provided once a month to CDPH staff in both Richmond and Sacramento; the librarian will be required to travel to Richmond and Sacramento.  Special request instruction sessions may require travel to other state agency locations in California.  Outreach efforts will include the production of monthly and quarterly electronic newsletters.  The librarian will conduct public health-related literature searches for contract clientele utilizing databases such as PubMed, Agricola, and ERIC as well as using bibliographic management software such as EndNote.  The librarian will also assist the Document Delivery Unit with day-to-day operations such as bibliographic verification, commercial document delivery ordering, and CDPH-licensed electronic journal access issues as needed.  With the other Public Health Library staff, the librarian will share in the responsibility for providing library services to other clientele.

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. Professional contributions beyond the primary responsibilities are required for advancement in the Librarian series. The successful candidate will show promise or evidence of such contributions.



  • MLS or equivalent degree from an ALA-accredited institution.
  • Must be able to work 4 days per week including Wednesdays 8 am – 5 pm.
  • Demonstrated library instruction experience including bibliographic database instruction.
  • Successful experience utilizing public health or life sciences bibliographic databases (e.g. PubMed, Web of Science, Agricola, ERIC) and other reference tools to answer a wide variety of reference questions.
  • Proficiency in the creation of user-oriented materials such as online tutorials and guides.
  • Proficiency using bibliographic management software (e.g. EndNote, Reference Manager, RefWorks).
  • Experience with html or other web technologies and utilizing office productivity software, such as the Microsoft Office suite.
  • Strong commitment to excellence and providing highly responsive public service.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in independent activities as well as collaborative projects in a multicultural, complex, fast-paced environment.
  • Evidence of initiative and flexibility in adapting to change.
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, problem solving, interpersonal, and communication skills.


  • Experience providing reference in an academic health or life sciences library.
  • Strong bibliographic verification skills.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the information needs of public health professionals and the application of information technologies to serve them.
  • Experience using Inmagic DB/Text Works or Web Publisher Pro.
  • Online literature searching experience using free or fee-based search services.

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 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 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.

Term of appointment: This position is a one-year, temporary appointment commencing from date of hire and is funded by state agency contracts.

DEADLINE:  Consideration will be given to applications received by July 27, 2012.

Applicants are encouraged to submit applications by e-mail. Applications should include a letter addressing the candidate’s qualifications; a full resume of their education and relevant experience; and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references who are knowledgeable about their qualifications for this position.

Send applications to:

Susan E. Wong
Director, Library Human Resources
Library Human Resources Department
110 Doe Library
of California, Berkeley
, CA 94720-6000
(510) 642-3778

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer

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