Film & Media Services Librarian

Film & Media Services Librarian

Instruction Services Division

Associate Librarian

$58,400 – $76,227 per annum, based on qualifications

This is a full-time appointment available starting August 2017.

The University of California, Berkeley seeks a collaborative, service-oriented librarian with subject specialization, technical knowledge, and a strong commitment to the user experience to develop media services that engage and support faculty and students in teaching, learning, and research.

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 27,400 undergraduate students, 10,700 graduate students, and a faculty of 1,600. 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 has notable film and media collections spanning a wide range of formats, disciplines, and languages, with a special emphasis on documentary films.

The Library’s Instruction Services Division is a team of seven librarians and professional staff who provide leadership for all issues related to the Library’s educational role. The Division supports course-integrated instruction, drop-in sessions, online tutorials, educational resources and guides, and individual consultations. Our instruction seeks to develop literacies and skills of lifelong, self-sufficient, and technology-proficient learners who understand how to access, critically evaluate, manage, and use information in a variety of formats, as well as create and publish their own works.


The Film & Media Services Librarian provides leadership for long-term vision and planning for the Library’s media collections, with primary responsibility for the Media Resources Collection housed in the Moffitt Library. Knowledgeable about video markets and distribution networks, evolving user expectations related to media and new technologies, and relevant US laws and practices related to use and preservation of legacy formats, this librarian provides high-level film and media related reference services to the UC Berkeley community as well as the general public.

The Film & Media Services Librarian serves as the primary liaison and selector for the Department of Film and Media which provides graduate and undergraduate degrees focused on film theory, film analyses, film history, and film production including emerging areas of digital and installation media. The incumbent also serves as the subject librarian for the interdisciplinary Media Studies major supported by faculty and lecturers from a variety of disciplines and perspectives who focus on the study of mass media in contemporary society. These various roles connect to a variety of academic disciplines in the social sciences and humanities such as film and media, ethnic studies, performing arts, anthropology, sociology, journalism, political science, linguistics, and international and area

studies; collaboration with the library selector/liaisons supporting these fields is critical. Liaisons at Berkeley are expected to establish strong relationships with the faculty and students of their departments, and to actively participate in the Library’s reference, outreach, and instructional services in a variety of online and in-person formats.

Media collection development and collection management aim to support and anticipate the curricular and research needs of individuals and groups across genres, disciplines, and languages through digital and physical media collections. The librarian identifies films for use in instruction and for research needs, assists in identifying film distributors and copyright holders in order to secure licensing and performance rights, assesses emerging digital video technologies for their potential application, advises and assists instructors in the production of digital video clips for use in instruction, ensures the needed playback equipment and platforms are available to keep our media resources accessible and transferable over time, and recommends policies and procedures to facilitate effective use of high demand titles while protecting at-risk materials. As part of the Library’s digitization program, the librarian will actively identify materials for digitization, hosting, streaming, and preservation and ensure the workflows and practices comply with current library and national standards.

As a selector, the librarian will also be responsible for selection, access, assessment, and disposition of wide-ranging print and digital resources that are appropriate to the research and teaching needs of the UC Berkeley campus. Through collaboration with colleagues and library leadership, the incumbent fully manages collections budgets, including endowments and collaborative purchases, and guides the development of the core and distinctive collections related to Film and Media studies.

Collaboration with library units and campus partners is key. Two campus partners of note include the American Cultures Center which supports faculty in the design and teaching of courses “committed to fostering academic excellence and civic engagement of issues critical to America’s dynamic ethnic, racial and sociocultural landscape”, and the Berkeley Language Center with whom we contribute content for the Library of Foreign Language Film Clips (LFLFC) with digitized, tagged, structured collection of video clips to support teaching and learning. With knowledge of best practices for video and new media collections, the Film & Media Services Librarian is an important partner for library staff across many departments such as the Access Services Division that handles the circulation of media resources, Scholarly Communication, Interlibrary Borrowing Services, Acquisitions, Cataloging & Metadata, Library Applications & Publishing, and Preservation.

Reporting to the Head of the Instruction Services Division, the librarian provides instructional sessions to individuals and classes on the use of the Media Resources Collection and media services. As part of the Library’s digital literacy program, this librarian has a central role in developing educational materials, programming, and partnerships that focus on media literacies, including digital media creation and emerging technologies.

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 Qualifications required by time of application:

• Master’s degree from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited program or equivalent degree

Additional required qualifications by start date in position:

• Academic or research library experience in a relevant area such as film studies, media studies, communications, journalism, and/or media services

• Experience providing instruction and/or reference services in an academic library environment

• Familiarity with core print and e-resources relevant to film and media studies

• Experience with film/media collection development, including knowledge of

licensing trends related to streaming and performance rights

• Knowledge of media distribution sources, including the evolving digital licensing


• Knowledge of standards and technologies for digital media creation and delivery

• Knowledge of general preservation, access, and use issues for media collections, and

best practices for large cultural institutions

• Knowledge of audio and video file formats, resolutions and digital media technology for online publishing and file preservation

• Experience digitizing and/or overseeing the digitization of legacy media collections for both access and preservation

• Demonstrated public service orientation and experience working effectively with diverse populations

• Demonstrated communication, analytical, organizational, and problem solving skills

• Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, and ability to work creatively and effectively both independently and as a team member

Additional preferred qualifications:

• Experience developing, implementing, and managing digital media projects/services

• Experience licensing digital media for an academic or library environment

• Experience managing a streaming media service in an academic environment

• Knowledge of issues surrounding scholarly communications

• Experience in fundraising and/or grant writing

• Advanced technical skills related to the creation and description of digital media content and the development of discovery and access tools for these resources.

The UC Berkeley Library is committed to supporting and encouraging a multicultural environment and seeks candidates who can make positive and imaginative contributions in a context of ethnic and cultural diversity.

UC professional librarians 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 of vacation leave, one day per month of sick leave, and all other benefits granted non-faculty academic personnel. The University has an excellent retirement program and sponsors a variety of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans in addition to other benefits.

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. References will only be contacted for individuals under serious consideration.

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:

Send inquiries to:

Susan E. Wong

Director, Library Human Resources

Library Human Resources Department

110 Doe Library University

of California Berkeley, CA


(510) 642-3778

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