Learning and Research Communities Librarian

University of California, Berkeley

Hiring range: Librarian

$73,238-$88,253 per annum, based on qualifications

This position is a full-time appointment with an expected start date of February 2017

The University of California, Berkeley seeks a collaborative, user-oriented librarian to lead the design, development, assessment, and adaptation of services, programs, and spaces to sustain forward-looking physical and virtual learning environments associated with the Library.

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 27,400 undergraduate students, 10,700 graduate students, and a faculty of 1,600. 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 Learning & Research Communities Librarian has a leading role in continuously improving learning environments in order to provide transformational library services to students on the Berkeley campus. This librarian will be called upon to collaborate with library and campus colleagues across our libraries and online platforms, and serve as the leader in developing the services, spaces, and partnerships of the Moffitt Library. The position calls for an experienced project manager who is familiar with user-centered design processes, effective pedagogical practices, and emerging trends in higher education; energized by collaborating with students, faculty and library staff across all disciplines; experienced in articulating, designing, and piloting new programs and services; knowledgeable about gathering and using quantitative and qualitative data to inform planning; and committed to building understanding and enthusiasm for the Library’s role in advancing the University’s teaching and research missions.

The Library seeks to provide students with literacies and skills to enable lifelong and self- sufficient learning in an information-rich digital society. The incumbent will develop programs and spaces to help students learn how to research, evaluate, and manage information; to effectively communicate their ideas; and to navigate ongoing technological change in various social and cultural contexts. With a goal of fostering a vibrant community of scholarship and inquiry across disciplines and in alignment with the campus’s focus on the undergraduate experience, the incumbent will work closely with students, academic support units, research groups, and library colleagues to give definition to the future vision for the programs and spaces of the Moffitt Library. A commitment to flexibility, experimentation, collaboration, assessment, and continuous improvement is critical.

Reporting to the Head of the Instruction Services Division, this position joins a team of colleagues that oversee a range of programs and services focused on the first-year and transfer student experience, information and digital literacy, reference and research services, media services, course-integrated instruction, online learning, and instructor development. This librarian will personally provide instruction and reference services, primarily supporting the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Additionally, this librarian will frequently collaborate with library colleagues, academic partners, and student groups as we continue to design and improve all of our physical and virtual learning environments.

UC Berkeley librarians are expected to participate in library-wide planning and governance, and work effectively in a shared decision-making environment. Advancement is partially based upon 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 Basic Qualification at time of application:

• Master’s degree from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited program or equivalent degree

Additional Required Qualifications by start date in position:

• At least five years of experience providing reference and instruction services in an academic library environment

• Experience leading the design of a new program and/or service from concept through implementation

• Demonstrated ability to manage complex projects and deliver to deadlines

• Demonstrated ability to develop and sustain effective collaborations with students, faculty, academic departments and/or academic support units, including working effectively across disciplines and with diverse populations

• Experience with assessment tools and methods; understanding of data gathering and analysis techniques to support descriptive and inferential statistical analysis

• Experience evaluating, implementing, and using digital tools and technologies to support teaching, learning, research and/or collaboration

• Familiarity with research and teaching trends, methods, and practices

• Demonstrated knowledge of information literacy concepts and issues and their connection with teaching and learning issues in higher education

• Experience assessing the effectiveness of services and/or spaces

• Demonstrated customer service orientation and success in improving the user experience

• Demonstrated communication, analytical, organizational, and problem solving skills

• Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, and ability to work creatively and effectively both independently and as a team member

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

• Experience writing grants and/or fundraising documents and securing funding

• Experience working with architects, graphic designers, and instructional designers

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 development 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.

This recruitment will remain open until filled.

Submit applications online at http://apptrkr.com/887507 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: 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, CA 94720-6000
(510) 642-3778

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