Humanities & Germanic Studies Librarian

Humanities & Germanic Studies Librarian – Library
University of California, Berkeley
Hiring Range: Associate Librarian I — Associate Librarian V
$53,116 – $65,801 per annum, based upon qualifications
This is a full time appointment available starting August 2014.
The University of California, Berkeley seeks a collaborative, service-oriented librarian to provide research support to the UC Berkeley community and to develop, promote, and enhance access to library collections that meet the university’s teaching and research needs, with an emphasis on Germanic Studies in particular and humanities in general.

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. Discover more about the Library via our Web site:


The Humanities & Germanic Studies Librarian has primary responsibility for providing user-centered services in support of research, teaching, and scholarship related to countries where German, Dutch, and the Scandinavian languages are spoken. Cultivating and sustaining connections with faculty and students associated with key academic departments and centers — such as the German Department, Dutch Studies Program, Scandinavian Department, and Institute of European Studies — is critical to meeting the research and curricular needs of these scholars. The librarian provides research consultations for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students; develops guides and web pages to facilitate user access to resources; offers orientations and instructional sessions; and contributes to reference services for the humanities and social sciences in the Doe/Moffitt Libraries.

The Humanities & Germanic Studies Librarian selects materials in all formats that are appropriate to the research and teaching needs of the UC Berkeley campus. Materials are acquired through firm orders and approval plans with consideration of consortial agreements with libraries in the University of California System, Stanford University, and national organizations such as the German/North American Research Partnership administered through the Center for Research Libraries. In order to effectively enhance access to the collection of print and digital materials and identify which materials should be shelved off-campus, the librarian works collaboratively with other campus colleagues specializing in social sciences, humanities, area studies, and international documents. The librarian maintains an awareness of scholarly communication issues, and identifies relevant online resources to purchase through campus funds or in group agreements within the California Digital Library and the Center for Research Libraries.

Reporting to the Head of the Arts & Humanities Division, this position will collaborate frequently with colleagues in that division as well as with colleagues in the Social Sciences Division. The successful candidate will assume responsibility for additional liaison and selection areas in the humanities as best matches his or her expertise, and will become the division’s leader for a core issue such as scholarly communication, instruction, user experience, or digital humanities.

UC Berkeley librarians are expected to participate in library-wide planning and governance, and work effectively in a shared decision-making environment. Advancement in the Librarian series is based in part on professional contributions beyond the primary assignment. The successful candidate will show evidence or promise of such contributions to the Library, campus, UC System, and profession.
Minimum Basic Qualification Required by Time of Application

  • MLS or equivalent degree from an ALA-accredited institution

Additional Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrated comprehension of and competency in German
  • Experience participating in collection development in an academic or research library
  • Experience providing reference and instructional services related to humanities, social sciences, and/or area studies in an academic or research library environment
  • Experience developing innovative services to enhance research and/or teaching
  • Demonstrated understanding of the information needs of researchers studying topics in humanities and area studies fields
  • Demonstrated commitment to providing highly responsive public service
  • 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
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, problem solving, and communication skills

Additional Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree in an area studies-related field (such as language, history, culture, or literature)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and interest in exploring ways technologies are affecting research methods and scholarship in the humanities
  • Demonstrated comprehension of and competency in other non-English languages of Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark
  • Familiarity with book trade and bibliographic resources of countries of these regions (Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark)
  • Knowledge of initiatives and trends related to research in international and area studies fields and to the evolving scholarly communication landscape
  • Knowledge of cataloging and access issues for non-English language materials
  • Experience with cooperative library agreements at the regional, national, or international level
  • Demonstrated record of success planning and implementing projects
  • Experience in grant writing and fundraising

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 and imaginative 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 development leave, two days per month vacation leave, one day per month sick leave, and all other benefits granted 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: The initial review date for this position is June 16, 2014. All completed applications received by this date will be given full consideration; this recruitment will remain open until filled.

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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.

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, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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


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