Digital Scholarship Librarian, UC Riverside

Rank and Salary Scale

Assistant Librarian – Associate Librarian – Librarian – Potential Career

$61,201 – $84,260

Organizational Unit

Research and Instructional Services

Position Overview

The University of California, Riverside (UCR) seeks applications for an innovative and dynamic librarian to work collaboratively to support the scholarly and research activities of UCR faculty, researchers, and students. The Digital Scholarship Librarian will be responsible for providing outreach and consultation for digital scholarship projects. The incumbent will work within the Research Services (RS) Department, and collaboratively with staff and departments across the library (particularly with the Digital Initiatives Specialist in the Digital Library division).

Located an hour’s drive to the east of Los Angeles, an hour west of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley, an hour east of ocean beaches, ninety minutes north of San Diego, and an hour south of mountain ski resorts, UCR is located in an area of dramatic landscapes and rich cultural traditions. The University is a dynamic, aggressively-developing land grant research institution dedicated to preparing its diverse student body to be successful competitors in the world marketplace of ideas. UCR boasts the first new School of Medicine to open on the West Coast in 43 years; a new School of Public Policy; and the Bourns College of Engineering, ranked 10th in the world according to an international ranking organization.

The UCR Library is a critical partner in preparing UCR’s students to be globally competitive while simultaneously preparing them for careers in the Inland Empire and beyond. The mission of the UCR Library is no less than to bring the world’s information resources to the UCR community and to ensure that UCR students, faculty, and staff have the skills to fully exploit those resources to change the world for the better.

The UCR Library is a team of intensely collaborative, forward-thinking colleagues dedicated to providing excellent services to our students, faculty, and community members in a rapidly evolving information environment. The successful candidate will be technologically sophisticated; committed to problem-solving in local, regional, national, and international arenas; and able to develop innovative solutions to complex problems; and a dynamic and effective leader.

The UCR Library is comprised of three facilities housing more than 3,800,000 volumes, 940,000 electronic books, 97,000 print and electronic journals, and 2,300,000 microforms. The Library provides services to more than 22,000 students and nearly 2,000 faculty and other academics in an institutional environment planning for and experiencing extensive growth. The successful candidate will join an enthusiastic staff of 214, including 26 FTE librarians, 90 FTE support personnel, and 98 students in building a research library of excellence within a dynamic and diverse university ranked among the top 50 in the nation. The UCR Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). Among the unique collections of the UCR Library is the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy, the Water Resources Collections & Archives, the Rupert Costo Library of the American Indian, the Paul Chou Collection of Chinese history and culture, the George Brown Papers, the Tomas Rivera Papers, and the Inland Empire Memories Initiative. Information about the UCR Libraries is available at

The UCR Library is an integral part of the University of California library system. With collections totaling 30 million volumes, UC’s more than 100 libraries are surpassed in size on the American continent only by the Library of Congress collection. In addition, UC’s California Digital Library (CDL) provides the core of the University’s digital collections. CDL also assists UC to share resources and holdings more effectively, and provides leadership in applying technology to the development of library collections and services. Organizationally situated within the UC Office of the President, the CDL operates in close collaboration with all UC campuses and their libraries.

UC professional librarians are academic appointees and are represented by an exclusive bargaining unit; The University Council-American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). This position is in the bargaining unit.


Reporting to the Director of Research Services (RS) in the Research and Instructional Services Division, the Digital Scholarship Librarian will work collaboratively to support the scholarly and research activities of UCR faculty, researchers, and students by developing specialized research and instructional partnerships; building a digital scholarship support program; and providing general research support and outreach.

  • Utilizes digital scholarship tools and methods in support of research and instructional applications
  • Proactively seeks out and develops opportunities for partnerships with faculty and academic units on campus, effectively deploying technical, scholarly, and project management skills to plan and execute innovative, sustainable digital projects, particularly in the humanities
  • Offers workshops and training on digital scholarship methods or tools
  • Helps plan and participates in special events or programs (for example, a research bootcamp or digital scholarship incubator)
  • Advocates for sharing digital outputs (for example, publishing a digital project using an open license) and advising on open research and reproducibility applications
  • In collaboration with the Digital Initiatives Specialist (and other library colleagues as appropriate) develops a robust digital scholarship support program, including advising on developing spaces to support this activity
  • Maintains knowledge and practical expertise in an evolving interdisciplinary landscape of digital scholarship tools and methods, including suggesting how new ideas and services can be applied to the local environment
  • Provides research support as part of the Research Services librarian team (consultations, workshops, chat reference, and other departmental and library-wide collaborations)
  • Promotes the UCR Library’s digital scholarship and other research support activities
  • Collaborates on research services projects with library colleagues across the organization, including Teaching and Learning, Digital Initiatives, Metadata, Preservation, Collection Strategies, and Special Collections & University Archives
  • Participates in library-wide activities, administrative committees, special projects and library programs; representing the UCR Library on University of California standing committees and ad-hoc groups, as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited Master’s Degree or equivalent experience or degree in one or more fields relevant to the position
  • Experience with methods, tools, services and/or spaces related to digital scholarship
  • Experience in the use and application of at least one digital scholarship or digital humanities technology or method, including but not limited to: digital exhibits, multimodal publishing, textual analysis, network analysis, data management or visualization, geospatial mapping, etc.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the research lifecycle and ability to analyze, implement and adapt new library services to meet emerging research needs
  • Demonstrated understanding of project management
  • Commitment to advocating for open research outputs and, when possible and desirable, providing alternative solutions to closed platforms and processes
  • Evidence of creative thinking about library services and technologies
  • Excellent organizational skills, and effectiveness in balancing multiple assignments and projects
  • Demonstrated high level of initiative
  • Effective oral and written communication
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to work successfully in an intensely collaborative environment with a broad range of people from culturally diverse backgrounds including colleagues, administrators, students, faculty, donors, and alumni

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in a digital scholarship center or comparable environment
  • Experience with The Carpentries (Software Carpentry, Data Carpentry, or Library Carpentry) or ability and willingness to become a certified Carpentries instructor
  • Engagement or active participation with national or regional digital scholarship initiatives
  • UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

UCR librarians are members of the Librarians Association of the University of California (LAUC). Research, publication, and/or service to the University and profession are expected for continuing advancement.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience within a range of: $61,201 – $84,260

Appointment at rank of Assistant Librarian to Librarian – Potential Career depending upon qualifications and experience. Advancement through the librarian ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every two to three years, each of which includes substantial peer review. Excellent retirement system, health, and vacation benefits.

Application: 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 through APRecruit: The search will remain open until the position is filled; for best consideration application should be received by October 20, 2019.

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, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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