Associate University Librarian for Collections, Technical Services and Scholarly Communication, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA

The Pepperdine University Libraries seeks nominations and applications for a dynamic, innovative, collaborative, and adaptable administrator to fill the position of Associate University Librarian (AUL) for Collections, Technical Services and Scholarly Communication.

The Libraries

Our Mission

The Pepperdine Libraries provide a global gateway to knowledge. At the academic heart of our educational environment, our libraries are sanctuaries for study, learning, and research, encouraging discovery, contemplation, social discourse and creative expression. As the information universe continues to evolve, our goal is to remain responsive to users’ needs by providing seamless access to both print and digital resources essential for learning, teaching and research.

Our Resources

The Pepperdine Libraries provides access to more than 1,100,156 items which includes 377,955 volumes, 358,366 electronic books, 36,656 print and electronic journals, and 109,960 physical and electronic media items. The Library provides services to nearly 7,826 students and 678 faculty located in multiple locations in and around Los Angeles and internationally.

The Boone Special Collections and Archives at Pepperdine University holds 10,600 rare books and 140 processed collections. The department’s collections are stored in an NEH grant-funded sustainable preservation and storage system, many of which are accessible to the public online through the Pepperdine Digital Collections. Pepperdine’s digital offerings include historic photography collections, digitized archival materials, and a wealth of scholarly material published on the Libraries’ digital publish platform, Digital Commons @ Pepperdine.

Our Team

The successful candidate will join an enthusiastic staff of 75 library personnel comprised of 17 librarians, 19 support personnel, and 39 library student workers who are committed to providing excellent service to Pepperdine’s scholarly community.


Located in beautiful, coastal Malibu, California, Pepperdine University is a top ranked, faith-based university committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service, and leadership. Pepperdine’s Malibu campus is home to Seaver College, the Pepperdine School of Law, the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School, the Pepperdine School of Public Policy and the Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Three libraries on the Malibu campus (Payson, Harnish Law and the Drescher Campus Library) serve these schools. Nine additional libraries serve Pepperdine’s graduate campuses located around the greater Los Angeles area and international programs of study located in Europe, Asia, and South America.

Working Environment

As an organization, the Pepperdine Libraries is composed of a team of intensely collaborative, forward-thinking individuals who are committed to providing excellent service to our students, faculty, and staff in a rapidly evolving information environment.

Reporting to the Dean of Libraries, the AUL for Collections, Technical Services and Scholarly Communication will serve as a member of the Dean’s Leadership Team, which consists of the Dean of Libraries; the Director for Administration, Finance and Operations; the AUL for Special Collections and University Archives; the AUL for Public Services and Programming; and the Director for Library Programming and Public Affairs. As part of this team, the AUL for Collections, Technical Services and Scholarly Communication is expected to participate actively in strategic conversations spanning areas of library operations, thinking broadly and collaboratively to produce initiatives that support student learning, faculty teaching, and research; increase operational effectiveness; and achieve alignment with University goals and objectives.


  • Supervise Technical Services librarians and staff in the areas of acquisitions, cataloging, collections management/maintenance, selection of scholarly materials, a subject liaison program, procurement, and management of organizational statistics and data reporting.
  • Provide strategic leadership and management for the planning, design, implementation, and operation of technical services and systems, including the Libraries’ cloud-based online catalog and its component parts; web and access systems, digitization lab software; and the core server, database, storage, backup and web infrastructure.
  • Lead department staff, including recruitment, hiring, training, staff development; promotion, mentoring, performance evaluation and management; and fostering a motivated and engaged work environment.
  • Oversee management of the library’s strategic budgeting process.
  • Work closely with community partners, staff, faculty, and campus departments on projects that support the University’s strategic objectives.
  • Serve as needed as the Libraries’ representative on university committees.
  • Represent the Libraries and provides leadership in local, regional, and national forums, such as ALA, CRL, ACRL, CNI, and other professional organizational venues.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Uphold University mission through work performed.

The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Skills and Qualifications

Required: Master’s degree in library and/or information science or equivalent. Minimum of five to seven years of experience managing a department or significant program related to technical services and collections in an academic institution, or other applicable experience. Excellent organizational skills, a proven ability to plan and carry out projects in a timely manner, understanding of budgets including expenditure tracking and allocation processes. Progressively responsible management and supervisory experience in an academic library or in higher education.Experience managing budgets, including developing spending plans. Demonstrated commitment and ability to engage others in collaborative planning and delivery of user-centered services. Excellent leadership, communication, interpersonal, and collaborative skills. Demonstrated experience with program development and collaboration. Technology skills and experience with its application and maintenance in an academic/research library setting. Effective oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated sound judgment, broad perspective, and emotional intelligence. Demonstrated record of professional achievement.

Preferred: Second master’s degree. Familiarity with metadata, linked data, and classification schema. Familiarity with ILS systems, server and cloud-based systems, emergent discovery tools, and IIIF.

Qualified individuals should be able to articulate a strong commitment to diversity, and have the ability to work effectively with individuals from different backgrounds.

Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal, education, and employment screening.

This is a librarian, exempt, 40 hour per week position.

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent health, vacation, and retirement benefits.

To Apply

Submit resume, names, and contact information of at least three references, and a letter of interest addressing qualifications and experience related to the primary duties of the position.

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