Earth Sciences & Physical Sciences Librarian


Earth Sciences & Physical Sciences Librarian
Hiring range: Associate Librarian I – Associate Librarian IV
$49,464 – $58,188 per annum, based upon qualifications
This is a full-time appointment available starting October 2013.

The University of California, Berkeley seeks an enthusiastic and service-oriented librarian with science collections experience for an appointment in the Engineering & Physical Sciences Division. This librarian will develop and manage collections to meet the teaching and research needs of faculty and students in earth and planetary science, astronomy, and physics. The librarian will also contribute to public services and assume lead responsibility in the Division for one of our initiatives such as data management, instruction and online education, outreach, scholarly communication, or web services.

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’s Engineering & Physical Sciences Division consists of five libraries – the Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Library, Earth Sciences & Map Library, Engineering Library, Mathematics Statistics Library, and Physics-Astronomy Library. These libraries maintain a research-level print and digital collection to support the research and teaching programs of the College of Chemistry, the College of Engineering, and the College of Letters & Science’s Mathematical & Physical Sciences Division. These collections are also heavily used by researchers throughout the university community and beyond.


Reporting to the Director of the Library’s Engineering & Physical Sciences Division, the librarian in this position is responsible for collection development and collection management for earth and planetary science, astronomy, and physics. The librarian selects materials in all formats, manages collections through storage and weeding, and monitors budgets and approval plans for the assigned subject areas. The librarian also collaborates with other librarians on campus and within the UC System on collection decisions for print and electronic resources. The librarian contributes to reference and instructional services including virtual reference, consultations, in-person classes, online subject guides, and other instructional materials. The librarian assumes lead responsibility for one of our initiatives such as data management, instruction and online education, outreach, scholarly communication, or web services.

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.

Basic Qualification
• MLS or equivalent degree from an ALA-accredited library school by start date

Additional Qualifications:
• Significant coursework or library experience in science or engineering fields
• Experience participating in collection development in an academic or research library
• Experience providing reference and instructional services in an academic or research library
• Demonstrated knowledge of information resources related to engineering or science fields
• Proven 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
• Knowledge of trends and issues in scholarly communication in the sciences

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 October 4, 2013.

Submit applications online at 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, CA 94720-6000
(510) 642-3778

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

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