Master of Library and Information Science Program Manager

Department: Department of Information Studies, GSE&IS
Title Rank: Associate Librarian – Librarian
Salary: $61,201- $101,535
Position Availability: Immediately
Application deadline for first consideration: October 24, 2019

The UCLA Department of Information Studies seeks applications for the position of Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) Program Manager. The MLIS Program Manager reports to the Chair of the Information Studies (IS) Department, and works in consultation with the Associate Dean for Information Studies, IS faculty members and staff, the IS Lab Director, IS Student Affairs Officer (SAO), Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (GSE&IS) Offices of Student Services (OSS), and External Relations (OER).

The MLIS Manager has primary responsibility for (1) managing the professional aspects of the student experience and (2) optimizing the program’s potential in the local, national, and international arenas.

In the first capacity, the MLIS Program Manager develops resources relevant to professional networks and opportunities in any area relevant to the MLIS student profile (e.g., librarianship in public, private, and academic settings, informatics, rare books, visual resources, media archives, information literacy). In that capacity, the Program Manager is responsible for the internship program, for serving as course instructor for professional development topics, and for fostering and monitoring the placement of graduates. In the second capacity, the MLIS Manager is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to optimize the visibility and viability of the MLIS program. This includes keeping abreast of ongoing trends and developments in peer institutions and professional bodies, and creating strategies to consolidate the program while raising its profile and competitiveness.

In both of these capacities, the Program Manager collaborates with others in outreach to multiple stakeholder groups (e.g., applicants, alumni, employers, professional associations); coordinates with relevant departmental committees and provides input on curricular needs and program development; tracks and manages departmental data on recruitment, admissions, placement, etc., and generates reports for internal and external assessment; and initiates projects that strengthen the MLIS program or works on special projects as identified by the Department Chair.

Specific duties and responsibilities include:

  • Has primary responsibility for managing all aspects of the MLIS students’ needs as future professionals using strategies that foster students’ active participation, leadership, and achievements in the various LIS professional communities;
  • Has primary responsibility for the ongoing administration and growth of the internship program;
  • Works with the Associate Dean to increase the visibility and ranking of the MLIS program at the national and international level;
  • Manages ongoing review of the MLIS curriculum, specialization areas, course offerings, emerging trends in hiring, and requirements for core competencies in the field;
  • Supplements individual faculty–student advising relationships with professional mentoring and formal and informal cohort-building activities;
  • Provides professional development opportunities for MLIS students, through teaching in formal course offerings, short courses, and workshops;
  • Works with the Student Affairs Officer as an additional liaison between the IS Department and appropriate professional associations (e.g., ALA, SAA, ASIS&T, AMIA);
  • Administers external evaluation and accreditation processes by creating data on applicants, current students, and graduates, and generating reports for informational and strategic planning purposes;
  • Initiates and/or cooperates on projects with other staff to enhance strategic connections between the MLIS program and its alumni community for recruitment, program promotion, internships and service learning requirements, etc.

Applicants with any of the following qualifications or professional experiences are strongly encouraged to apply:  Ability to work creatively, adaptively, and effectively, both as a team member and independently, and to promote teamwork among colleagues; 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; and ability to work with a diverse student and faculty population.

Basic 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.
  • Knowledge of hiring trends, employment markets, internship opportunities, career prospects, etc., for graduates of Master’s level degree programs in library and/or information science.
  • Knowledge of curricular trends, core competencies, specialization areas, course offerings, etc., in Master’s-level degree programs in library and/or information science.
  • Demonstrated supervisory experience.
  • Experience teaching in a professional setting.
  • Experience fostering a diverse educational environment and workplace.
  • Experience participating in local or national committee work, research, publications, etc., in some aspect of library and/or information science.

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 October 24, 2019, 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 a part of the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies (GSE&IS), the Department of Information Studies (IS) offers the following academic programs: the PhD program in Information Studies; the Post-Master’s Certificate of Specialization in Information Studies; and 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 IS Department has a current enrollment of approximately 140 students in the MLIS program and 35 students in the PhD.

The IS Department is committed to the advancement of social equity, community empowerment, and to the promotion of intellectual openness, diversity, and accountability. We seek to develop leaders and innovators who will help individuals, social groups, and institutions solve problems related to the use of information. Many of the curricular and research initiatives of IS examine the ways in which nontraditional information resources are designed, created, evaluated, preserved, and used, and the ways in which historically underserved groups gain access to information systems and services. All IS students are encouraged to actively explore new areas of knowledge within the mission and ethical commitments of the Department.

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.

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