Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian, UCLA

Department: User Engagement – Rosenfeld Library and Charles E. Young Research Library Humanities and Social Sciences Division
Rank and Salary: Associate Librarian – Librarian ($54,722– $77,490)

Position Availability: Immediately

Application deadline for first consideration: September 19, 2018

The Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian will be joining the UCLA Library at an exciting time, joining a recently-formed department that is using a matrix structure to better meet dynamic and evolving campus teaching and research needs. Although physically located in the Research Library, the incumbent will be part of a team working to support users at multiple Library locations and will have the opportunity to help shape that engagement. The incumbent will dedicate 20% of their time assigned in a leadership role in one of the multi-unit functional areas in the User Engagement division – either Collections, Outreach, Research Assistance, Research Partnerships, or Teaching and Learning. The incumbent will play a key role in building this collaborative program at the Library and furthering substantive engagements with the campus. To succeed in this multi-faceted role, the incumbent will need to be team-oriented, with the ability to both lead and support colleagues.

Position Duties

Reporting to the Director of the Rosenfeld Library and Charles E. Young Research Library Humanities and Social Sciences Division, the Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian provides instruction in the humanities and social sciences and develops strategies to actively engage with scholars during all phases of the research process.  Specific liaison duties will include urban planning, with opportunities to partner in supporting library engagement to additional departments.  Working with campus partners and library colleagues, the incumbent designs, implements and assesses library services and activities.

Specific duties and responsibilities include:

  • Provides instruction in the humanities and social sciences, both at the undergraduate and the graduate level, with specific attention to the methodologies frequently used in urban planning and related disciplines;
  • Works collaboratively to develop new approaches, services, systems, and strategies to actively engage with scholars during all phases of the research process: from research design, through discovery, analysis, and publication;
  • Both collaboratively and independently designs, implements, and assesses library instructional services, including face-to-face, hybrid, and online learning opportunities, instruction sessions and workshops, and other approaches to developing student research skills;
  • Provides research assistance in-person and online to a diverse patron community, working to advance equity in information access;
  • Develops and maintains relationships with campus partners in collaboration with library colleagues;
  • Promotes teamwork and inclusiveness within the library and across campus;
  • Invents ways to work across disciplinary divides to bring teams of researchers together with librarians to solve challenges while developing next-generation research and information services and programs;
  • Maintains awareness of changes and trends within relevant disciplines, engaging with new models of research within the humanities and social sciences;
  • Participates in outreach events and activities grounded in teaching, research, creative and civic engagement and that demonstrate a commitment to including diverse voices;
  • Contributes to one of the User Engagement Functional Teams.
  • Works with Library Development to cultivate and steward donors, collections, and gift funds.

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).
  • Capacity to thrive in the exciting, ambiguous, future-oriented environment of a world-class research institution and to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities.
  • Commitment to fostering an inclusive educational environment and workplace and ability to work with a diverse student and faculty population.
  • Demonstrated experience with instruction and culturally responsive teaching.
  • Strong pedagogical background with experience connecting instructional activities to library collections and programs.
  • Familiarity with the research life cycle and information literacy principles as applied to humanities and social sciences.
  • Proficiency with or desire to learn analytical tools, methods, and resources used in humanities and social sciences research (e.g. data manipulation, visualization, spatial analysis, statistical analysis).
  • Familiarity with the operation of a research university, and ability to work effectively and collegially in a team-based environment with colleagues, clients, and administrators at all levels.
  • Demonstrated evidence of initiative and flexibility. Ability to work independently and collaboratively, as a leader and team member, with library colleagues.
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, time, and project management skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience providing research assistance to a diverse population and users of all levels.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Background or advanced degree in humanities or social science discipline.
  • Experience with assessment, quantitative data / statistical analysis (e.g. SPSS), digital initiatives, research design and methods.
  • Strong technology skills in an area that relates to research methods and data analysis, for example: extracting and manipulating data from governmental repositories and agencies, social media collecting and encoding (NodeXL, Atlas.ti, Dedoose, oXygen), data cleaning (OpenRefine), text-analysis or text-mining (Voyant, MALLET), mapping (GIS), visualization (Tableau), network analysis (Gephi), spreadsheets and databases, version control (Git/GitHub) and online publications (WordPress, Scalar).
  • Experience with programming languages (such as R, SAS, or Python) for data analysis.
  • Evidence of instructional experience for hands-on instruction in classroom settings, workshops, and/or online spaces.
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional development and contributing to library/information science.
  • Evidence of professional engagement at local, state or national level.
  • Experience in donor relations and stewardship.

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 September 19, 2018, 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.

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.

Description of Unit

User Engagement (UE) unites 35 public services librarians and staff across three major divisions (Sciences; Arts, Music, and Powell; and Management/Humanities and Social Sciences) and five functional teams (Collections, Outreach, Research Assistance, Research Partnerships, or Teaching and Learning). The UE group is a matrixed organization designed to enhance library services through a cross-disciplinary and cross-functional approach.

The Rosenfeld Library and Charles E. Young Research Library Humanities and Social Sciences division connects librarians and staff in two library locations. The unit supports research and teaching in the humanities and social sciences, primarily at all levels.  The team consists of 9 FTE librarians and 2 FTE library assistants.

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