Food Studies Librarian

Department: Sciences User Engagement, Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library

Rank and Salary: Assistant Librarian – Associate Librarian ($58,365- $80,356)

Position Availability: Immediately

Application deadline for first consideration: August 27, 2021

UCLA Library seeks a highly collaborative, knowledgeable, entrepreneurial and user-driven individual to work with students and faculty to advance research, scholarship, and teaching as the Food Studies Librarian.

Position Duties

The Food Studies Librarian works with students, staff, and faculty to advance collections, research, scholarship, and teaching broadly across many disciplines and programs related to food studies (e.g., food studies minor, graduate certificate in food studies, public health, environment & sustainability, etc.). Reporting to the Director of the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library and Science and Engineering Library, the librarian will provide expert literature searching, research support, and teaching in diverse set of science information resources. The librarian would also train, coordinate, and supervise library student research assistants (LSRAs).  The incumbent will serve on one of the multi-unit functional teams in the User Engagement division, while also supporting work across public services functions.

Specific duties and responsibilities include:

  • Builds and maintains collaborative relationships with students, faculty, staff, and research centers in Food Studies and related scientific disciplines through outreach, instruction, collection, and research support services
  • Collaboratively and independently designs, implements, and assesses sustainable approaches to library instructional services, including face-to-face, hybrid, and online learning opportunities, instruction sessions and workshops, and other approaches to developing student research skills
  • Supervises Library Student Research Assistants (LSRAs) including hiring & training, assigning work hours, providing research support, and coordinating special projects
  • Provides research assistance in-person and online to a diverse patron community
  • Participates in outreach events and activities
  • Works closely with Library Development to identify and steward donors, collections, and endowed gift funds

The successful candidate will be committed to promoting and enhancing diversity through engagement with and promotion of the UCLA Principles of Community ( and the UCLA Library Strategic Directions (  They will also creatively solve challenges, take risks to develop next-generation information services and also maintain awareness of changes and trends within relevant disciplines. The incumbent will contribute to a positive work culture and excellent services of the User Engagement division at the Library 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.

Basic 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).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of instructional strategies, information literacy frameworks, and tools and applications which support research and learning in health and life sciences, and the ability to learn new software and techniques as needed.
  • Knowledge of the current methods, resources, and service which support health and life sciences research and teaching, open initiatives, and scholarly communication.
  • Commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive educational environment and workplace and ability to work with a diverse student and faculty population.
  • Familiarity with the operation of a research university, scientific research life cycle, and ability to work effectively and collegially in a team-based environment with colleagues, clients, and administrators at all levels.
  • Strong pedagogical background with experience connecting instructional activities to library collections and programs.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, time, and project management skills.
  • Experience providing research assistance to a diverse population and users of all levels.

**Applicants with all the above basic qualifications and any of the following preferred qualifications or professional experiences are strongly encouraged to apply:** 1) Experience in donor relations and stewardship; 2) Supervisorial experience; 3) Skill in one or more of the following areas: outreach, instructional design and tutorial development, or public access compliance. 3) Familiarity with or course work related to academic sciences librarianship.

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 August 27, 2021 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 Unit

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

The Sciences division is comprised of librarians and staff from three library locations. The unit supports research, teaching, and clinical care in a wide variety of settings and at all levels (undergraduate through post-graduate), including specialized collections and services for health, physical, life, and applied sciences and engineering. The team consists of 9 FTE librarians and 1 FTE computer resource specialist.

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.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are core values of the University of California and key components of the University’s commitment to excellence.  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, disability, age or protected veteran status.  For the complete University of California policy on discrimination, harassment, and affirmative action see:  [University of California – Policy Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace](

Under federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally authorized to work in the United States as established by providing documents specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.  Employment is contingent upon completion of satisfactory background investigation.

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