Librarian/Curator for International Studies and Special Projects Coordinator

Department: Charles E. Young Research Library, International Studies

Rank and Salary: Associate Librarian – Librarian ($60,876 – $90,921)

Position Availability: Immediately

Application deadline for first consideration: December 11, 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 partner in the creation and dissemination of knowledge, the International Studies Department of the Charles E. Young Research Library supports the UCLA community by selecting the resources and providing the services necessary for world class research and instruction. The department is home to specialists in area and international studies, with particular emphasis on Africa, South and Southeast Asia, Western and Eastern Europe, Russia and the Slavic states, the Middle East and Latin America. These area specialists serve as liaisons to academic departments and research units in their areas of responsibility, partnering with faculty and students on a wide variety of research projects and teaching initiatives. IS librarians and support staff serve the faculty and students in these disciplines by cultivating research-level collections in a variety of formats, as well as providing high-level research services, in person and via e-mail and digital reference. Area specialist librarians in International Studies (IS) work closely together and in cooperation with librarians from other UCLA Library units to support interdisciplinary research, teaching and learning. International Studies librarians participate in a number of enterprise-wide initiatives, including the International Digital Ephemera Project (IDEP) and Collecting L.A. In addition, they engage in a variety of activities to expose UCLA collections to wider audiences, including digitization projects and exhibits featuring library materials.


Reporting to the Interim Head of International Studies the Librarian/Curator for International Studies and Special Projects Coordinator coordinates enterprise-wide initiatives including the International Digital Ephemera Project (IDEP) and Collecting L.A; engages in outreach and a variety of collections activities to expose UCLA collections to wider audiences, including digitization projects and exhibits featuring library materials. The incumbent directly supervises 0.5 FTE and works with other area and international studies librarians and library assistants to manage department workflows, and serves as liaison to one or more international studies departments in either Slavic, Eastern European or Western European Studies.


Specific duties and responsibilities include:


  • Develops and manages the library’s collections regardless of format, language, period, or place of publication, in the areas of the social sciences and humanities published in or relating to assigned European, Scandinavian and/or Slavic areas. Utilizes a creative and agile approach to collection development that is married with aggressive outreach and collaboration with scholars.
  • Manages library allocations from grant funds administered by non-library centers such as the Center for European and Eurasian Studies and/or the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.
  • Collaborates with development on donor cultivation and support for assigned areas; provides information for proposals and reports to donors.
  • Serves as liaison to assigned departments.
  • Participates in the subject consortia such as the Pacific Coast Slavic Librarians Consortium (PACSLAV), in CRL’s Slavic and East European Microfilming Project (SEEMP), the Western European Studies Section (WESS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and in other area-specific consortial and professional activities.
  • As subject specialist for assigned areas, provides in-depth reference, instruction and research assistance to faculty and students in relevant units. May take on additional subject areas based on expertise and Library need.
  • Collaborates whenever possible with relevant faculty and students on digital projects, research initiatives, and curricular/teaching activities.
  • Supervises, recruits and trains 0.5 FTE Library Assistant; assigning work and evaluating performance as appropriate.
  • Collaborates with Library Special Collections on the acquisition, processing, digitization and preservation of primary source collections and rare books.
  • In collaboration with other library staff, develops new projects, programming, services, instruction, and other activities that support scholarship, teaching, and learning.
  • Creates and manages exhibit workflows, in coordination with colleagues in Library Special Collections and Library Communications.
  • Coordinates departmental participation in digitization projects, in collaboration with the UCLA Digital Library and others. Manages the project pipeline and creates workflows to ensure timely completion of projects.
  • Serves as departmental contact for the International Digital Ephemera Program (IDEP), the UCLA Library’s initiative to digitize, preserve and provide broad public access to print, images, multimedia and social networking resources produced worldwide and for the Collecting L.A. initiative to document Los Angeles’ diverse communities.
  • Other projects/duties as assigned.

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).
  • Graduate-level study, or equivalent experience, in the humanities and/or social sciences.
  • Research-level knowledge of relevant subject literature and scholarship.
  • A thorough understanding of research needs and the organization of scholarly materials in the humanities and social sciences.
  • Research-level reading knowledge of two of the following languages: Italian, French, German, and Russian.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills.
  • Supervisory experience that includes training and directing the work of library assistants and/or student assistants.
  • Ability to work with staff, students and faculty from diverse cultural backgrounds and in a dynamic and complex environment within a large organization.
  • Commitment to professional development and service.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in library collections and services as well as the library organization.


Desired Qualifications

  • Minimum 3 years experience of selecting and managing research collections in one of the areas of responsibility.
  • Knowledge of current trends in information technology as they apply to collection development and management and the provision of reference and research services in the Humanities.
  • Experience with the design, provision and evaluation of curriculum and pedagogy for upper division and graduate students.
  • Advanced degree in a humanities discipline.
  • Reading knowledge of additional European/Slavic/Scandinavian languages (Ex: Czech, Polish, Serbian/Croatian, Ukrainian, Hungarian, Romanian, Greek, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, etc.).


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
  • the names and contact information for three professional references, including a current or previous supervisor.


Candidates applying by December 11, 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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