Department: National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region, Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library
Rank and Salary: Assistant Librarian – Associate Librarian ($47,722 – $59,089)
Position Availability: Immediately
Application deadline for first consideration: April 18, 2016
This is a 2-year temporary position.
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, Pritzer 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.
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) is funded through a contract with the National Library of Medicine (NLM), and the Regional Medical Library (RML) functions administratively as a division of the Biomedical Library. The mission of the NN/LM is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health, by providing equal access to biomedical information to all U.S. health professionals and by improving the public’s access to health information. The Pacific Southwest Region (PSR) of the NN/LM includes Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and U.S. Territories in the Pacific. The RML facilitates resource sharing and cooperative projects among a network of nearly 600 libraries in this region, including academic medical libraries, hospital and healthcare organization libraries, and a growing number of public libraries with consumer health collections. The NN/LM staff provides outreach programs, often in partnership with network libraries and other organizations in the region, to assist health professionals who have no direct affiliation with a health sciences library, and consumers who are seeking sources of reliable health information. Outreach activities include exhibits at conferences, classes in health information access, referrals to network libraries, and demonstrations of NLM databases and resources, including PubMed/MEDLINE, MedlinePlus, and ClinicalTrials.gov.
Reporting to the NN/LM PSR Associate Director, the Data and Technology Services Coordinator is responsible for the following duties:
• Oversees the development, performance and ongoing evaluation of instructional and other support for biomedical big data, data plan management, and location/submission to data repositories to assist NN/LM PSR Network members.
• Provides oversight for the NN/LM PSR website structure, content, and compliance with Section 508 accessibility regulations for website materials, and teaches courses that assist Network members with understanding these technological changes affecting libraries.
• Promotes NLM grants, provides advice to prospective applicants on outreach funding proposal preparation, and promotes NN/LM outreach subcontracts, coordinates proposal review, and manages awarded subcontracts.
• Assists as needed with other NN/LM PSR outreach and network activities to promote NN/LM and NLM resources, programs, and services.
• Contributes to NN/LM PSR regional blogs, web site, and social media as appropriate.
• 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).
• Knowledge and/or experience with big data, data management support, and data repositories.
• Knowledge and/or experience with Drupal website platform and 508 compliance policies.
• Experience with administration of project funding awards.
• Knowledge of NLM resources and services.
• Knowledge of NN/LM programs and services.
• Ability to travel throughout the Pacific Southwest Region.
• Experience using social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
• Experience with WordPress software.
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.
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.
Anyone wishing to be considered for this position should apply here: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF02088
Applications must include:
• a cover letter describing qualifications and experience;
• a current resume/vitae detailing education and relevant experience; and
• names and contact information for three professional references, including a current or previous supervisor.
Candidates applying by April 18, 2016 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.
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 nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy at http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct
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.