Political Science, Public Policy and Government Documents Librarian

University of California, Berkeley

Political Science, Public Policy and Government Documents Librarian
Doe/Moffitt Libraries
Hiring range: Associate Librarian I – Associate Librarian V
$49,464 – $62,220 per annum, based upon qualifications
This is a full-time appointment available starting July 2013.

The University of California, Berkeley seeks an innovative and service-oriented librarian to serve as the liaison to the Department of Political Science and the School of Public Policy; to provide research support to the UC Berkeley community in political science, public policy, and government information; to develop and promote collections to meet the university’s teaching and research needs; and to enhance access to and use of federal and state government information.

The Environment

The UC Berkeley Library is an internationally renowned research and teaching facility at one of the nation’s premier public universities. In a highly diverse and intellectually rich environment, Berkeley serves a campus community of 25,500 undergraduate students, 10,300 graduate students, and a faculty of 1,500. The Library comprises 20 campus libraries – including the Doe/Moffitt Libraries, the Bancroft Library, the C. V. Starr East Asian Library and subject specialty libraries. With a collection of more than 11 million volumes and a collections budget of over $15 million, the Library offers extensive collections in all formats and robust services to connect users with those collections and build their related research skills.

The Library maintains a research-level collection to support the research and teaching programs of the Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science and the Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy, as well as other related disciplines, interdisciplinary programs, and professional schools. The Library is a depository for United States and California State government publications, which are heavily used by researchers throughout the university community and beyond.


This position is responsible for outreach to students and faculty in the assigned departments, ensuring that they are provided with quality reference and research assistance, instruction, and collection development. The librarian provides research and instruction support via consultation, course-integrated presentations, e-mail, and other modes to the UC Berkeley community in political science, public policy, legal studies, and government information. This position may also provide instruction in other areas working collaboratively with librarians responsible for other disciplines. This position contributes to a variety of reference services, both face-to-face and virtual, and develops and maintains web-based subject guides, tutorials, and other instructional materials.

As library liaison and selector for political science, public policy and legal studies, the librarian will select materials in all formats and will manage budgets and approval plans for materials in these subject areas. Collection development is coordinated through a number of consortial agreements with librarians in the University of California System, Stanford University, and national organizations. The librarian will manage the Library’s participation in federal and state document depository programs and will serve as the liaison to the agencies that administer those programs. The librarian will curate and develop the Library’s extensive print and digital documents collections and participate in ongoing statewide and national efforts relating to collaborative collection development.

UC Berkeley librarians are expected to participate in library-wide planning and governance, to work effectively in a shared decision-making environment, and to be active professionally. Professional contributions beyond the primary responsibilities are required for advancement in the Librarian series. The successful candidate will show promise or evidence of such contributions.



• MLS or equivalent degree from an ALA-accredited library school
• Degree in a subject area related to the responsibilities of this position
• Experience providing reference and instructional services related to social sciences in an academic or research library environment
• Experience participating in collection development in an academic or research library
• Demonstrated record of success effectively managing collection funds (including a variety of sources such as state funding, endowments, grants, etc.)
• Knowledge of government publications, FDLP guidelines, and new digital approaches to access
• Fluency in library and educational technologies
• Strong, demonstrated commitment to public services and improving the user experience
• Excellent analytical, organizational, problem solving, interpersonal, and communication skills
• Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, and ability to work creatively and effectively both independently and as a team member
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse staff and campus user communities
• Capacity to thrive in an environment of change and respond effectively to shifting needs and priorities


• Professional experience working with federal or state government documents in an academic, public, or research library
• Knowledge of legal resources and research methods
• Experience in grant writing and fund raising
• Experience with cooperative library agreements at the regional and national level
• Experience with numeric data and geographic information system (GIS) resources (such as relates to Census information)
The Library at the University of California, Berkeley is committed to the support and encouragement of a multicultural environment and seeks candidates who can make positive contributions in a context of ethnic and cultural diversity.

Professional librarians at UC are academic appointees and are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, University Council – American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). This position is in the bargaining unit.

Librarians 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.

Deadline: Consideration will be given to applications received by June 20, 2013.

Submit applications online at https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF00145. Applications must include a cover letter detailing a statement of qualifications, curriculum vitae noting degrees and relevant work experience, and the names and contact information of three references who are knowledgeable about the applicant’s qualifications for this position.

Send inquiries to:

Susan E. Wong
Director, Library Human Resources
Library Human Resources Department
110 Doe Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-3778
Email: librec@library.berkeley.edu

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.

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