Business & Data Librarian

University of California, Berkeley


Business & Data Librarian


Social Sciences Division

Associate Librarian

$53,116 – $64,006 per annum, based upon qualifications

This is a full-time permanent appointment available starting October 2015.


The University of California, Berkeley seeks a collaborative and user-centered librarian to join a team of specialists supporting world-class research and teaching in the social sciences through active engagement with data literacy initiatives, course-based instruction and workshops, individual research appointments, and outreach to students, faculty, and the broader academic community.


The Environment

The UC Berkeley Library is an internationally renowned research and teaching facility at the nation’s premier public university. A highly diverse and intellectually rich environment, Berkeley serves a campus community of 25,500 undergraduate students, 10,300 graduate students, and 1,500 faculty. 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 Library’s Social Sciences Division consists of six library locations – the Anthropology Library, Business Library, Data Lab, Education Psychology Library, Environmental Design Library, and Social Research Library – and support for social sciences collections and services located in Doe Library/Gardner MAIN Stacks. Collectively, the staff – 11 librarians, 12 library staff, and over 50 student library employees – support the research, teaching, and study needs of a diverse clientele. These libraries are primary service points and provide research-level print and digital collections in several languages to support the research and teaching programs of the Haas School of Business, Graduate School of Education, School of Information, Graduate School of Journalism, Goldman School of Public Policy, School of Social Welfare, College of Environmental Design, and College of Letters & Science. Additionally the collections and libraries are heavily used by other campus departments, research units, and the general public.


The Thomas J. Long Business Library, located at the Haas School of Business, provides both scholarly and professional-level business information from a primarily digital collection for the six degree programs and over 2,000 students, faculty, and staff in the Haas School as well as other campus departments needing business information.



Reporting to the Head of the Library’s Social Sciences Division, the Business & Data Librarian assists faculty and students in identifying and utilizing a complex array of numeric and textual databases, and effectively managing bibliographic and research data. In addition, the Business & Data Librarian supports the scholarly publishing efforts of business faculty and graduate students and provides information about UC’s Open Access Policy. The librarian works closely with faculty and students of the Haas School of Business 50% of the time, and the other 50% supports the broader social sciences with a particular focus on research data management, statistical analysis, and scholarly communication. The Business & Data Librarian works closely with colleagues within the Library, Library’s Data Lab, Social Science D-Lab, Social Science Matrix, and Research IT to assist faculty and students with quantitative research and data lifecycle management.


The Business & Data Librarian:

– conducts in-depth research consultations and provides reference via email, live chat, phone, and in person at the Long Business Library reference desk (6-10 hours/week).

– serves as a resource to other librarians in areas such as Research Data Management and quantitative research design, offering workshops and developing learning objects that can be integrated into course based instruction.

– works with business and social science faculty and staff to develop and lead coursebased instruction sessions and topic-based workshops.

– develops research guides for the Haas School’s six degree programs and assists with creation and development of the Business Library’s website, topic-based research guides, blogs, and other online content.


Additionally, the librarian will assume division-wide leadership responsibility for an initiative such as data management, instruction, scholarly communication, outreach, assessment, or data visualization.


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




Minimum Basic Qualification at time of application:

– American Library Association-accredited Master’s degree or equivalent degree.


Additional Required Qualifications by start date in position:

– Experience providing reference or research services in an academic library, research library, or corporate environment.

– Familiarity with business databases and resources, including SEC filings, market research, and company and financial data sources.

– Experience with statistical and data analysis software, such as SAS, SPSS, R, or STATA.

– Knowledge of trends and issues in open access and scholarly communication in the social sciences.


Additional Preferred Qualifications:

– Experience creating instructional and information materials.

– Experience teaching library instruction classes in an academic environment.

– Familiarity with research data management tools and practices.

– Proven commitment to public services and improving the user experience.

– Excellent analytical, organizational, problem solving, interpersonal, and communication skills.

– Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, creativity and the ability to work effectively both independently and as a team member.


The UC Berkeley Library is committed to supporting and encouraging a multicultural environment and seeks candidates who can make positive and imaginative contributions in a context of ethnic and cultural diversity.


UC professional librarians 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, vacation leave, 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.


DEADLINE:This recruitment will remain open until filled.


Submit applications online at 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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:


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


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