Faculty Services Librarian

Department: Law Library

Rank and Salary:  Associate Librarian – Librarian ($62,323- $90,636)

Position Availability: November 1, 2016

Application deadline for first consideration: October 17, 2016

Description of Institution and Library

As one of the world’s great public research universities, UCLA integrates education, research, and public service so that each enriches and extends the others. From its beautiful neighborhood campus in a uniquely diverse and vibrant city on the Pacific Rim, teaching and research extend beyond the classroom, office, and lab through active engagement with communities, organizations, projects, and partnerships throughout the region and around the world.

UCLA’s diverse community of scholars encompasses nearly 30,000 undergraduates pursuing 125 majors, 13,000 graduate students in fifty-nine research programs, and 4,000 faculty members including Nobel Laureates; Rhodes Scholars; MacArthur Fellows; winners of the Fields Medal, National Medal of Science, Pritzer Prize, and Pulitzer Prize; and recipients of Oscars, Emmys, Tonys, and Golden Globes. UCLA ranks tenth in the Times of London Higher Education World Reputation Rankings, twelfth in the Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and fifth in the U.S. by Washington Monthly. The National Research Council ranks forty of its graduate and doctoral research programs among its top ten.

The UCLA School of Law has approximately 1,000 law students, 100 full- and part-time faculty, and more than 100 law school staff.  The School has a varied and demanding curriculum, highly productive faculty, an extensive clinical and externship program, more than a dozen research centers and programs, and 12 law journals.

The Law Library serves the Law School faculty and students as their basic library and study resource for teaching and research.  The Law Library also supplies legal resources for other UCLA researchers.  Heavy use of the Law Library is made by members of the bar.  The Law Library is one of the larger professional school libraries on campus and has 16 librarians and 16 staff members.  The library offers users an impressive collection that contains more than 600,000 bound volumes and documents, more than 98,000 microform titles, and access to more than 30,000 databases.  The day-to-day functions of the Library are divided into four sections, each headed by an Assistant Law Librarian: Access and Information Services, Bibliographic Services and Collection Management, Scholarship Support and Research Assistant Program, and Reference and Research Services.  The Law Library has a beautiful facility that opened in the fall of 1998.

Position Duties

Under the general direction of the Director, Reference & Research Services, the Faculty Services Librarian, as a member of the Reference Department, provides a high level of in-depth research assistance to the UCLA Law faculty, staff, and students, including Law School departments and deans, with an emphasis on faculty research.  This level of commitment offers the librarian an opportunity to work closely with a number of different individuals and units within the Law School.

In addition, the Faculty Services Librarian supervises a group of faculty research assistants, provides reference desk service, prepares research guides, and participates in the teaching of legal research sessions throughout the year.  The Faculty Services Librarian may be assigned an area of concentration or to a project that varies according to library needs and the Librarian’s individual talents and interests.

To effectively perform the above duties, the Faculty Services Librarian must possess a vast, in-depth knowledge of complex legal resources, covering a variety of jurisdictions in a variety of formats, in addition to a general understanding of and familiarity with research tools and applications in non-law academic disciplines.  This position may serve as a liaison to selected deans, department, and/or faculty members.

Specific duties and responsibilities include:

  • Provides in-depth research assistance to Law faculty, departments, committees, and students.
  • Prepares research memos, cite checking, and editing on faculty research and scholarly projects.
  • Serves as library research liaison to selected Law School deans, departments, and faculty.
  • Provides ongoing support and supervision to a group of research assistants.
  • Participates in library orientation programs.
  • Prepares research guides.
  • Performs reference desk service.
  • Teaches legal research classes as a guest-lecturer in Lawyering Skills, seminars, and workshops.
  • Contributes to the profession and represents the UCLA Law Library in the academic, scholarly, and professional community.
  • Serves as a member of the Law Library team and works to further the overall goals of the Law Library.

Required Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library or Information Science OR significant graduate-level coursework toward such a degree OR equivalent education and experience (subject expertise combined with professional library education and/or experience).
  • D. from an ABA-accredited law school.
  • Experience working in an academic law library.
  • Teaching experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of legal information sources, research methodologies, and related technologies.
  • Demonstrated competence in delivering legal research services and knowledge of legal bibliography and scholarly research.
  • Firm commitment to law librarianship and to a high level of service for faculty and students in a demanding academic environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to making the library hospitable and responsive to the needs of the Law School community, including excellent interpersonal, communication, and problem-solving skills and the ability to work effectively with library colleagues, faculty, students, and other library users.
  • Ability to teach in large and small group settings, provide individualized instruction, participate in curriculum development, and use a wide range of educational technologies inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in computer applications for legal research and ability to contribute to the development of instructional services for faculty, students, and library staff.
  • Ability to meet the University of California criteria for advancement and promotion of librarians.

General Information

Professional librarians at UCLA are academic appointees. Librarians at UCLA are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, University Council – American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). This is a represented position. They 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. Relocation assistance may be provided.

Appointees to the librarian series at UC shall have professional backgrounds that demonstrate a high degree of creativity, teamwork, and flexibility.  Such background will normally include a professional degree from an ALA-accredited library and information science graduate program.  In addition to professional competence and quality of service within the library in the primary job, advancement in the librarian series requires professional involvement and contributions outside of the library, and/or university and community service, and/or scholarly activities.  Candidates must show evidence or promise of such contributions.

Application Procedures

Anyone wishing to be considered for this position should apply here: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF02587

Applications must include:

  • a cover letter describing qualifications and experience;
  • a current resume/vitae detailing education and relevant experience; and
  • the names and contact information for three professional references, including a current or previous supervisor.

Candidates applying by October 17, 2016, will be given first consideration for this position.  UCLA welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applications and nominations from women and minorities.  UCLA seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

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:  UC Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy at http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

Employment is contingent upon completion of satisfactory background investigation.

Visit the UCLA Library Employment and Human Resources website at: http://library.ucla.edu/about/employment-human-resources.

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