Head, Arts Library and Music Library

Department: Arts Library and Music Library
Rank and Salary: Associate Librarian – Librarian ($73,126 – $103,551)
Position Availability: Immediately
Application Deadline: July 3, 2014

Description of Institution and Library One of ten University of California campuses, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is located in Westwood Village, approximately five miles from the Pacific Ocean near Santa Monica. Comprised of the College of Letters and Science and 11 professional schools, the 419-acre campus features 163 buildings. UCLA has more than 4,000 faculty and academic staff and approximately 26,000 employees overall. Founded in 1919, UCLA offers 337 undergraduate and graduate degree programs and has more than 28,000 undergraduates and 12,000 graduate students. Academic excellence, faculty distinction, and a comprehensive curriculum are hallmarks of UCLA, which is a member of the Association of American Universities. Among the faculty are fourteen Nobel Laureates, twelve Rhodes Scholars, ten National Medal of Science winners, a Fields Medal Winner, eleven MacArthur Grant winners, and seventy-eight Guggenheim Fellows. UCLA is California’s largest university and is a model for public institutions of higher education. As the seventh largest employer in the region, UCLA generates almost $14 in economic activity for every $1 state taxpayers invest in UCLA and generates an annual $11.9 billion economic impact for the state of California.

Consistently ranked among the top 10 academic research libraries in North America, the UCLA Library is comprised of 10 major libraries and 11 library wide departments including the Southern Regional Library Facility, the remote storage facility for the southern UC campuses, all of which report to the University Librarian. In addition, there are 12 affiliated library units located on the campus. There are approximately 105 librarians on the campus, and the UCLA Library has a staff of approximately 300, and approximately 400 – 500 student employees. The Library has an organizational structure that includes the use of teams in conjunction with departments and units. The library collection consists of more than 9 million volumes and more than 78,000 current serial titles and an aggressively expanding electronic resources collection. The Library’s annual budget is in excess of $44 million; more than $10 million supports the acquisition of print and digital material, and the library is part of the California Digital Library. The UCLA Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), and the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).

The Arts Library has the primary responsibility for providing collections and services in the areas of architecture, art, art history, design, film, television and theater at UCLA. The collection of over 300,000 volumes in the subject areas of film and television, theater, art, architecture, and design includes monographs, serials, microforms, and electronic resources. The Arts Library serves undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty and visiting researchers. Staffing includes 3 FTE librarians and 2 FTE library assistants, as well as student employees.

The Music Library provides teaching and research resources to the three music departments of the Herb Alpert School of Music (Music, Ethnomusicology, and Musicology) and to any other department or member of the University community that has an interest in music.  The collection consists of online resources (including streaming audio); books; music scores and sheet music; and audio and video recordings.  Staffing includes 1 FTE librarian, 3 FTE library assistants, and student employees.

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Sciences, Arts, and Music this position serves as the Head of the Arts Library and Music Library providing leadership and coordination for collections and services in support of the arts and music at UCLA.  This individual’s essential functions will include, but are not limited to, administration of the libraries, cultivation and stewardship of collections, coordination of collection and public services staff, and collaboration with all library units.  With regard to research collections, the Head works with library colleagues to assess existing strengths and weaknesses in the various collections and services, determine priorities, and develop plans that enhance and support the academic mission of the University. Mindful of trends related to research and scholarly communications in arts and music fields, and in partnership with colleagues in the Library, across campus and at other institutions, the Head will play a guiding role in initiatives supporting the current and future research needs of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students.

Required Qualifications

  • Experience supervising and/or leading librarians and career staff
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, problem solving, project management, and communication skills
  • Knowledge of initiatives and trends related to research in arts and music fields and to the evolving scholarly communication landscape
  • Must be able to work in a multi-staff environment with the demonstrated ability to provide leadership, work collegially, and participate in collaborative problem-solving
  • Ability to articulate and implement an innovative, flexible vision for library services
  • Experience participating in collection development and effectively managing collection funds in an academic or research library
  • Demonstrated commitment to providing highly responsive public service and innovative outreach programs
  • Ability to foster and maintain partnerships with a broad-based constituency
  • 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
  • ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library and Information Sciences OR equivalent education and experience (subject expertise combined with professional library education and/or experience)

Desired Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in music or arts
  • Ability to assume liaison/subject specialist responsibility for music collection
  • Fund raising and grant writing experience
  • Knowledge of technology applications and trends in arts and music libraries
  • Management experience in an academic library environment
  • Demonstrated record of success managing and overseeing complex projects
  • Experience developing innovative services to enhance research and/or teaching

General Information Professional librarians at UC are academic appointees.  This is a non-represented position.  Within the UC System, most librarians are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, University Council – American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT).  As academic appointees, 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.  UC 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 is 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: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF00257.

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 should apply by July 3, 2014 to be considered 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.

UCLA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ADA-compliant employer.  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.

Visit the UCLA Library Employment and Human Resources website at: http://library.ucla.edu/about/employment-human-resources.

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