Director, Information Studies Lab / Digital Instructional Support Librarian

Department: Department of Information Studies, GSE&IS

Rank and Salary:              Associate Librarian – Librarian ($54,722 – $119,734)

Position Availability: Immediately

Application deadline for first consideration: October 24, 2017

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, Pritzker 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.

To enable these accomplished students, faculty, and staff to create, disseminate, and apply knowledge for the benefit of global society, the UCLA Library is re-envisioning how it is acquired, synthesized, and shared across academic audiences and with the public.  It was among the first academic libraries to develop subject-specialist librarians and to launch a program to enhance students’ research skills. Its Special Collections pioneered the acquisition by public institutions of rare and unique books, children’s literature, pulp and detective fiction, works by or about women and minorities, screenplays, architectural plans, and Los Angeles-related materials and today leads the way in collecting archival resources in digital format such as emails and manuscripts.  It has launched innovative data management services and an affordable course materials initiative that have served as models for other libraries.

The Library serves UCLA students, faculty, and staff whenever and wherever they need its resources and expertise. Reconfigured, high-tech spaces and services in its ten campus libraries enable users and librarians to explore and work with print and digital materials collaboratively or individually, pursue new lines of inquiry, and develop new pedagogical approaches as well as novel forms of scholarship.  More than 3.5 million people visit annually, while an additional 3.4 million visitors enter online through its virtual front doors.

Whether on campus or online, the Library forms the intellectual heart of UCLA, a hub for cutting-edge discovery, scholarship, and instruction.

As a part of the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies (GSE&IS), the Department of Information Studies (IS) offers the following academic programs: the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program, which has several specializations: Archival Studies, Informatics, Library Studies, Media Archival Studies, and Rare Books / Print and Visual Resources; the PhD program in Information Studies; and the Post-Master’s Certificate of Specialization in Information Studies. The IS Department has a current enrollment of approximately 140 students in the MLIS program and 35 PhD candidates.

The IS Department is committed to diversity and social justice, and seeks to develop leaders and innovators who will change institutions and solve problems related to the personal and social use of information. Many of the curricular and research initiatives of IS examine the ways in which nontraditional information resources are designed, created, evaluation, preserved, and used, and the ways in which historically underserved groups gain access to information systems and services. All IS students are encouraged to challenge accepted ideas and to actively explore new areas of knowledge within the mission of the Department and its commitment to issues of social justice across the practices of information studies.

Within the IS Department, the Information Studies (IS) Lab provides an exploratory space that invites participation, collaborative learning, and self-directed activities. Lab resources include a collection of print and digital resources, and a multiplatform computing environment that forms a component of a larger network in GSE&IS. A core set of applications is loaded on the workstations, and additional software and resources can be made available to students based on curricular demands.

Position Duties

The UCLA Department of Information Studies seeks applications/nominations for the position of Director, Information Studies Lab / Digital Instructional Support Librarian (DISL).

Reporting to the Chair of the IS Department, and working in consultation with IS faculty members, the Director, Information Studies Lab / Digital Instructional Support Librarian (DISL) directs activities relating to the IS Lab’s services and resources, managing its daily operations as well as coordinating instruction in the digital tools and platforms that it offers in support of the curricular needs of the IS Department’s academic programs, in library and information science (MLIS) and in information studies (PhD).

The DISL is responsible for the planning, implementation, and maintenance of the Lab’s information services, and for the acquisition, development, and bibliographic organization of the Lab’s print and digital collections. The DISL provides reference and advisory services to IS students, ensuring that students enjoy optimum levels of access to Lab resources. The DISL also provides information services to IS faculty in direct support of the teaching, research, and service activities articulated in the Department’s vision statement and GSE&IS’s mission statement (see

Additionally, the DISL is responsible for the design, delivery, and continuous assessment of a program of workshops, short courses, and support services for IS faculty and students using digital tools and platforms in their research and teaching. (The functions of such tools and platforms include the following: authoring, content management, data modeling, collections management, preservation, online exhibition, visualization, mapping, search, data mining, and content analysis, of texts, images, and resources in all media formats.) The DISL also serves in a consulting role, helping faculty members and students to assess the infrastructural needs of their digital projects, to identify collaborators and appropriate resources inside and outside the Department, and to plan for project development.

The DISL hires, trains, and supervises professional and student staff. (Currently, these staff members include one half-time Programmer Analyst and several part-time student assistants.) The DISL liaises with staff of the GSE&IS-wide Educational Technology Unit (ETU). The DISL serves as an ex-officio member of the IS faculty’s Instructional Services Committee (ISC) and Professional Programs Committee (PPC). The DISL leads and consults on special projects as identified by the Department Chair. The DISL is expected to serve as a course instructor as needed, but is not expected to participate in hands-on software development.

Specific duties and responsibilities include:

  • Establishes and publicizes the goals of the IS Lab in the provision of information services and library resources for the IS Department’s students, staff, and faculty.
  • Identifies strategies to achieve goals and to ensure the continuous relevance of Lab services and resources in an ever-changing environment.
  • Creates and disseminates policy statements explaining the Lab’s strategies for (inter alia) collection development, bibliographic control, and information literacy instruction.
  • Creates and conducts continuous review of a business plan for the responsible use of funds in acquiring and licensing materials for the Lab’s collections, purchasing technology, employing student staff, maintaining the IS Lab’s physical space, fixtures, and fittings, etc.
  • Builds and maintains the Lab’s collections of print and digital resources by conducting continuous review of IS faculty members’ syllabi, identifying gaps in Lab holdings, and purchasing materials and licenses from approved vendors.
  • Establishes and maintains bibliographic control over the Lab’s collections by conducting continuous review of existing systems for classification, description, circulation, etc.
  • Designs and oversees a program of support for the integration of digital tools and platforms into the IS Department’s curricular offerings.
  • Supervises the provision of instruction for IS students and faculty members in the installation, management, preservation, licensing, and use of digital tools and platforms, in the Lab, on IS Department servers, or on personal laptops.
  • Develops and delivers workshops, short courses, class modules, etc., on specific tools and platforms.
  • Stays conversant with developments in new media and technology, and is alert to trends and changes in adoption and use.
  • Makes recommendations to IS students and faculty members of digital tools and platforms appropriate to their study and research needs and consistent with current trends of adoption and use.
  • Helps IS students and faculty members identify other opportunities, at UCLA, online, or elsewhere, to receive training or support in digital tools and platforms.
  • Selects, acquires, and oversees the installation and maintenance of computer equipment, media platforms, digital tools, and other hardware and software to be made available to Lab users in support of the IS Department’s curricula.
  • Provides supervision and guidance to the Lab’s student assistants.
  • Serves as a mentor for students in areas of professional expertise.
  • Acts as a liaison between the IS Department and UCLA Library, UCLA Center for Digital Humanities, and other units on campus that provide support for related teaching and research.
  • Acts as a liaison between the IS Department and appropriate professional associations (e.g., ALA, SAA, ASIS&T).
  • Represents the IS Department as a participant or presenter at appropriate annual meetings, conferences, and symposia.

Required Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and/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).
  • Minimum three to five years of professional experience.
  • Ability to work creatively, adaptively, and effectively, both as a team member and independently, and to promote teamwork among colleagues.
  • Excellent general library management skills.
  • Demonstrated supervisory experience.
  • Excellent organizational, time management, and project management skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills in order to communicate and collaborate effectively and confidently with faculty, students, staff, and other professionals.
  • Excellent proficiency with computers and software, capability in server-side installation and management of digital tools and platforms, and understanding of licensing agreements and preservation and sustainability issues.
  • Working knowledge of digital platforms and tools in several of the following areas: authoring, content management, data modeling, collections management, preservation, online exhibition, visualization, mapping, search, data mining, and content analysis, of texts, images, and resources in all media formats.
  • Excellent analytical skills in the critical assessment of the effectiveness of new technologies.
  • Excellent teaching skills for instructional support and training in the use of digital resources.
  • Commitment to exploring and assessing new technologies, and an interest in keeping abreast of developments and trends in digital tools and platforms appropriate to digital scholarship.
  • Commitment to fostering a diverse educational environment and workplace, and ability to work with a diverse student and faculty population.
  • Commitment to professional issues, demonstrated through strong interest in local or national committee work, research, publications, etc., in some aspect of technical or public services.
  • Ability to lift, shift, and shelve boxes weighing up to 25 lbs.

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:

Applications must include:

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

Candidates applying by October 24, 2017 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

Under federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally authorized to work in the United States as established by providing documents specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.  Employment is contingent upon completion of satisfactory background investigation.

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