Associate University Librarian-UC Santa Barbara

Lead the UCSB Library Scholarly Resources & Content Strategies programs and explore new strategies providing scholarly information to support research and teaching missions; increase the visibility of the Library’s distinctive collections and their research value; align resources with the UCSB’s campus’s teaching and research mission; and facilitate discovery and use of data created and published by UCSB researchers and scholars. The University of California, Santa Barbara, one of ten campuses of the University of California system, seeks a successful Associate University Librarian (AUL) who will provide leadership and program oversight of key programs and services committed to the activities of UCSB researches and scholars. The AUL will set library-wide policy for collection development, data curation, digitization initiatives, scholarly communications, licensing, acquisitions, and preservation. Teamwork is essential-the chosen candidate will work collaboratively with faculty, subject librarians, collections staff, the California Digital Library (to provide access to electronic resources meeting the UCSB’s needs), sister UC campuses and other cooperative partners. The AUL will convene ad hoc or functional groups to work creatively together with all staff engaged in collection issues. A key new project will be exploring new ways to strengthen collaborative collection development, shared collections, and c-investments for content needed by UCSB researchers and scholars.


Responsibilities. With five direct reports and 45FTE personnel, the Associate University Librarian reports to the University Librarian. Key responsibilities include: establishing criteria of excellence and effectiveness for all aspects of the Library’s intellectual content—collection building, digital initiatives, and access to collections; mobilizing and supporting staff to meet criteria through shared processes and practices; managing the information resources budget and serving as key spokesperson  for collections to faculty, students and other patrons; providing campus wide leadership working closely with faculty and colleagues charting a sustainable future for scholarly communications; and supervising and providing strategic direction to the Library’s Acquisition & Resource Management Services, Cataloging and Metadata, Collection Development, Digital Services and Scholarly Communication departments. The AUL shares decision making authority for personnel actions, resource management, and policy development. The AUL also represents the Library in the appropriate University, regional and national bodies and contributes through publications, formal presentations, and professional participation.


Qualifications. Required qualifications include: an ALA-accredited MLIS or equivalent degree with relevant experience; significant work experience in an academic research library; demonstrated understanding of building research collections; demonstrated leadership fostering partnerships; demonstrated understanding of scholarly communication issues and new models shaping future publishing; proven management experience in a complex, multi-functional library; superior interpersonal skills and team builder; ability to work in a diverse setting with diverse staff and campus communities; a strong commitment to staff development; and superior analytical and problem solving skills. Preferred qualifications include: a second Master’s degree and/or Doctorate; playing a responsible role in acquisitions and collections; experience with digital scholarship, data-intensive research support, data curation, and digital initiatives and preservation; library fundraising efforts, and a significant record of publications and/or presentation experience. Compensation. The position offers a starting salary range of $99,100 to $178,500 and an attractive benefits package.


UCSB is one of only sixty-one research intensive institutions elected to membership in the Association of American Universities. The Library is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity, innovation, and collaboration with a vision to be the premier scholar resource and information leader advancing UCSB’s mission of research, teaching and service to California and beyond. The Library is actively engaged with partners to provide extensive resources and services to advance information discovery for research, scholarship and creativity in a dynamically evolving teaching and learning environment. The Library’s collections of 3 million volumes and 6 million non-print and digital resources supports undergraduate and graduate programs in thirty-three academic areas. The Library takes pride in providing outstanding service. For additional information on the Library, the University and the region, please visit UC Santa Barbara Links.


For further information, contact Bradbury Miller Associates via email or phone. To start the application process, send an in-depth cover letter and your curriculum vitae as Word or pdf attachments to  Jobeth Bradbury on or before the closing date of October 30, 2016.


Appointment and/or continued employment is contingent on successful completion of a background check. The Library is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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