Head of Bancroft Technical Services – The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Head of Bancroft Technical Services
The Bancroft Library
Hiring range: Librarian
$91,996 – $117,964 per annum, based upon qualifications
This is a full-time appointment available starting May 2017

The Bancroft Library of the University of California, Berkeley, seeks a Head of Technical Services to manage the administrative unit responsible for acquiring, analyzing, processing, and cataloging the complex array of collections of The Bancroft Library, which include print, manuscript, archival, pictorial, microform, digital, and other resources.

The Environment
The UC Berkeley Library is an internationally renowned research and teaching facility at one of the nation’s premier public universities. A highly diverse and intellectually rich environment, Berkeley serves a campus community of 27, 400 undergraduate students, 10, 700 graduate students, and 1, 600 faculty. 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 University Library offers extensive collections in all formats and robust services to connect users with those collections and build their related research skills. Discover more about the University Library through our website at http://www.lib.berkeley.edu.

The Bancroft Library is one of the largest and most heavily used libraries of rare materials in the Western U. S. Its holdings include more than 600,000 volumes, 60 million manuscripts, 8.2 million photographs and other pictorial materials, 86,000 microforms, 3.2 million digital items, and 35,000 maps, as well as numerous other categories of unique material. The two largest collections are the Bancroft Collection of Western and Latin Americana, and the Rare Books Collection. The archival and rare book materials of the Judah L. Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life are also part of the Bancroft holdings. Bancroft is home to three research groups: the Oral History Center (formerly the Regional Oral History Office); the Mark Twain Papers; and the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri. The Bancroft Library is an active center of teaching and research. Supporting the programs of about 20 campus departments annually, it curates a regular series of public exhibitions, roundtable lectures, and open houses. For additional information about The Bancroft Library and its collections see: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/libraries/bancroft-library.

Job Overview
Bancroft Technical Services (BTS) is the division responsible for all of the technical operations of The Bancroft Library. BTS employs approximately 25 career and non-career staff. BTS operations include: acquisitions, cataloging (original and copy), archival, manuscript, digital, and pictorial collections processing, and digital initiatives. BTS is responsible for acquiring, preserving, and providing access to The Bancroft Library’s collections of printed materials, manuscripts, photographs, audio-visual, born digital and other materials in a variety of formats. BTS takes a leadership role in setting national standards for technical processing, digital access, and digital archiving of rare books, archives, and special collections materials. A significant percentage of BTS processing and digital archiving projects are funded by grants or donors; this requires BTS actively to partner with other campus and library units and with a variety of institutions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, the state, and the nation.

The position reports to the Director of The Bancroft Library and serves as a member of Bancroft’s Administrative Group, Collections Committee, and Budget Committee; the University Library’s management Roundtable; and other appropriate library councils and taskforces.


  1. RARE BOOKS, SPECIAL COLLECTIONS, AND ARCHIVAL MANAGEMENT: The Head of BTS exercises leadership at The Bancroft Library, in the University Library, with the UC Berkeley campus administration, and within the University of California system in the technical handling of collections of rare books, manuscripts, pictorial, and archival materials. The Head of BTS also plays a leadership role within Bancroft, on campus, regionally, and nationally in the development and implementation of standards-based solutions to special collections and archival access problems, using both digital and traditional methods. The Head of BTS is responsible for assuring that Bancroft adheres to all national archival and bibliographic description and access standards; that BTS operations are appropriately coordinated with those of the University Library; and that BTS shares expertise with and advises other library and campus groups on the development of joint projects to provide access to collections outside Bancroft.
  2. DEPARTMENTAL MANAGEMENT: The Head of BTS is responsible for the overall management and supervision of The Bancroft Library’s technical services operation for rare books, archival, and special collections. The Head of BTS plans, implements, and evaluates operations; establishes policies and procedures related to archival processing, cataloging, and related bibliographic control functions; sets priorities for processing in collaboration with the Bancroft Collections Committee; coordinates Bancroft’s preservation activities; works closely with the Head of Bancroft Public Services to ensure optimal access to the collections; devises strategies for seeking and expending state and extramural funding; and sets goals for BTS that will achieve the optimum levels of technical processing for materials in all formats held by The Bancroft Library. The incumbent supervises a staff of approximately 25, determines appropriate staff assignments and allocations to achieve BTS goals and oversees the training, evaluation, and scheduling of all BTS personnel. The Head of BTS manages a budget that comprises both state and extramural funds, and assists the curatorial staff and other library leaders in developing grant proposals to meet preservation and access needs (digital and analog) of Bancroft’s and the University’s research collections.
  3. DIGITAL INITIATIVES: The Head of BTS oversees the use of current technology to establish administrative and intellectual control over Bancroft’s collections, the integration of digital technologies into The Bancroft Library’s traditional archival practices, and BTS participation in the Online Archive of California and Calisphere. The Head of BTS also oversees Bancroft’s EAD and other metadata creation and encoding, digital collections development (including digitization and born digital archives), archival information systems, and digital initiatives, as well as Bancroft’s participation in broader digital initiatives of the University Library.

UC Berkeley librarians are expected to participate in library-wide planning and governance, and work effectively in a shared decision-making environment. The successful candidate will have demonstrated leadership and engagement with the profession. Advancement is based in part upon professional contributions beyond the primary assignment as, for example, to the Library, campus, UC System, and profession.

Minimum Basic Qualification at time of application:

  • MLIS or Masters in a related field or equivalent degree

Additional Required Qualifications by start date in position:

  • Minimum five years of demonstrated leadership and supervisory experience within a complex library operation including some budgetary responsibility
  • Minimum five years of demonstrated archival management experience
  • Demonstrated experience in and broad knowledge of archives and special collections acquisitions,
    cataloging, and collection processing, both analog and digital
  • Strong commitment to excellence in service and demonstrated ability to work independently as well as
    collaboratively in a complex, changing environment
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrated evidence of initiative and flexibility
  • Superior analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse staff and user communities in an academic setting

Additional Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with public services operations in special collections libraries and an awareness of current trends in scholarly use of rare books, special collections, and archives, including digital scholarship.
  • Knowledge of current developments in digital archival information standards (e.g. EAD, METS, MODS, linked data, and other digital content and metadata standards)
  • Experience in grant writing
  • Experience in fundraising for a research library
  • Experience in library or archival assessment functions

This position has been designated as sensitive and will require a Criminal Background Check. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of a Criminal Background Check.

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. This position is non-represented and not in a bargaining unit. This position is covered by the University of California Academic Personnel Manual (APM).

Librarians are entitled to appropriate professional development leave, two days per month vacation leave, one day per month of sick leave, and all other benefits granted 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/962784

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
Phone: (510) 642-3778
Email: librec@library.berkeley.edu

Apply at http://apptrkr.com/962784

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