Research Librarian for Student Success and Instruction

The University of California, Irvine Libraries invites applications for the position of Research Librarian for Student Success and Instruction. Inspiring students to accomplish their goals, the UCI Libraries seeks a dynamic public service library professional who can develop, implement, and assess educational programs and outreach initiatives that demonstrate a steadfast commitment to student success.

Qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds and life experiences are encouraged to apply.  The UCI Libraries is committed to recruiting a diverse workforce and advancing UCI’s Commitment to Inclusive Excellence.

Scope of the position

The UCI Libraries motivates students to become lifelong and self-sufficient learners in an information-laden society.  Based in the Department of Education and Outreach, the Research Librarian for Student Success and Instruction will work closely with library colleagues, relevant academic departments, student support units, and campus partners to define, envision, and create a vibrant community of scholastic inquiry that supports undergraduate education and retention. To facilitate this process, the Research Librarian will contribute to the UCI Libraries’ ongoing information literacy instruction services and expand outreach efforts to UCI’s growing student population, particularly first-generation students, traditionally underrepresented students, and international students. The incumbent will take a leadership role in the Libraries’ nascent data information literacy efforts, contribute to the UCI Libraries’ in-person and online reference services, and assist students, faculty, and staff with issues related to emerging pedagogical technologies. Finally, the successful candidate will act as the UCI Libraries’ liaison to the School of Education. In this role, the Research Librarian will develop collections and promote library resources and services that serve the School of Education and its mission to promote educational success and achievement of diverse learners of all ages through research, teaching, and service activities.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Contribute to the Libraries’ information literacy instruction programs for students enrolled in lower-division writing courses and other information literacy initiatives.
  • Partner with appropriate individuals and groups across campus to develop, implement, and assess outreach initiatives that support undergraduate and graduate student success.
  • Contribute to the UCI Libraries’ existing outreach initiatives to new students, first-generation students, traditionally underrepresented students, international students, and transfer students.
  • Provide leadership in the Libraries’ data literacy programming for undergraduates.
  • Serve as the UCI Libraries’ liaison to the School of Education, developing and managing appropriate collections and providing specialized reference and instructional support.
  • Monitor current developments in the field of Education in order to develop and implement assessable and pedagogical approaches to information literacy or other library-related instruction.
  • Participate in the provision of general reference services and provide reference assistance related to emerging library services (data, scholarly communication, digital scholarship, and/or digital pedagogy).



  • Graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution, or equivalent combination of relevant advanced degree and library experience.
  • Ability to teach information literacy.
  • Familiarity with the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.
  • Strong interest in planning, implementing, and assessing user-centered services and/or initiatives in an academic library or comparable academic environment.
  • Commitment to designing and implementing library outreach initiatives to students traditionally underrepresented in higher education.
  • Enthusiasm for, and knowledge of, pedagogies that encourage critical questioning and metacognitive thinking.
  • Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively and to promote teamwork, diversity, equality, and inclusiveness within UCI Libraries and the campus.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written).
  • Capacity to analyze, learn, and implement emerging and evolving technologies into library services and instruction.
  • Ability to meet the University of California criteria for advancement and promotion.


  • Two years recent academic library experience, preferably in public services.
  • Two years recent experience planning, implementing, and assessing user-centered services and/or initiatives in an academic library or comparable professional environment.
  • Formal coursework, training, and/or professional experience in the field(s) of education, rhetoric and composition, information literacy, and/or data literacy.

The Department of Education and Outreach

The Education and Outreach Department leads the UCI Libraries’ outreach and instruction activities and programs, which emphasize information literacy, research skills, scholarly communication, and critical thinking. The Department coordinates, integrates, and assesses library instruction and outreach activities, including subject-based, graduate, and professional school instruction. The Department operates in a collaborative, team-based environment and works closely with members of the Libraries’ Reference and Collection Development Departments in order to fulfill its mission.  The Department consists of 5 librarians (including the Department Head) and 1 library assistant.

The UCI Libraries

The UCI Libraries values innovation and collaboration.  We are committed to the University’s goal of diversity and inclusive excellence.  The Libraries consist of the Langson Library, the Ayala Science Library, the Library Gateway Study Center, and the Grunigen Medical Library.  These buildings contain over 3,300 public seats for study and research and provide nearly 525 public access computers.  The UCI Libraries have a staff of approximately 145 FTE plus approximately 25 student assistant FTE.  The library collection consists of over 3.8 million volumes, nearly 150,000 journals and serial titles, and an aggressively expanding electronic resources collection.  The UCI Libraries are a member of the:  Association of Research Libraries (ARL), California Digital Library (CDL), HathiTrust Digital Library, Center for Research Libraries (CRL), Coalition of Networked Information (CNI), Digital Library Federation (DLF), Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), Pacific Rim Research Libraries Alliance (PRRLA), International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), National Information Standards Organization (NISO), and OCLC Research Library Partnership (OCLC RLP).

University of California, Irvine

The University of California, Irvine, is nestled in over 1,500 acres of coastal foothills, five miles from the Pacific Ocean, between San Diego and Los Angeles.  Founded in 1965, UCI has more than 31,500 undergraduate and graduate students and about 1,600 faculty and staff.  Nearly 67% of UCI students identify themselves as Asian American, African American, Chicano/Latino, or Native American.  The University offers graduate degrees in more than 100 academic disciplines and interdisciplinary programs in addition to the M.D. and J.D.  UCI’s academic programs are ranked nationally among the top universities; several doctoral programs are ranked in the top ten.

Librarians at the University of California Irvine are academic appointees and receive potential career status at the time of their initial appointment.  Librarians periodically receive administrative and peer review for merit increases based on the following criteria: 1) professional competence and quality of service within the Library; 2) professional activity outside the Library; 3) university and public service; and 4) research and other creative activity.

Salary & Benefits:  Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience based on the University of California pay scales.  Appointment is anticipated to be at the Assistant Librarian or Associate Librarian rank with a salary of $48,438 – $74,337.

Librarians are entitled to two days per month of annual leave, thirteen paid holidays, and one day per month sick leave.  The University has an excellent retirement system and offers a variety of group health, life, and disability insurance plans.  Benefits are equal to approximately 40% of salary.

Consideration will be given to applicants with a wide range of years of experience, including qualified early career librarians.

Deadline for Applications:  Applications received by January 30, 2017 will receive first consideration, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

To Apply:  Qualified applicants who wish to be considered for this position should submit the information requested:  cover letter; complete résumé; a statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and a list of three references (names and contact information only) via UCI AP Recruit at:


Upon application, candidates should be in possession of proof of their legal right to employment in the U.S. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, verification of legal right to work will be required between the time of final selection and hiring, and is absolutely essential in ultimately being hired.

This position description is listed on the UCI Libraries website at with links to additional web sites featuring campus and community information.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

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