American Indian Studies Center Librarian, UCLA

Department: American Indian Studies Center

Rank and Salary: Associate Librarian – Librarian ($54,722– $77,490)

Position Availability: Immediately

Application deadline for first consideration: August 13, 2018

The American Indian Studies Center Library is a unit of the American Indian Studies Center (AISC), an Organized Research Unit (ORU) within the University of California, Los Angeles. The AISC Library is affiliated with the UCLA Library. The collection consists of approximately 11,500 volumes, including both monographs and bound serials. Unbound serials, including newspapers, approximately 100 video recordings, and a small collection of dissertations comprise the remainder of the collection, augmented by a vertical file. This non-circulating, specialized collection is focused on materials relevant to the study of Native Americans and both augments and is augmented by collections in other UCLA libraries. Electronic records for the collection reside in the UCLA Library’s online library catalog.

Position Duties

Under the general direction of the Director of the AISC the Librarian is responsible for the planning and operations of the AISC Library, including public and technical services, collection management and preservation. In public services the Librarian provides reference, instructional and bibliographic assistance to students, faculty and staff associated with the AISC and UCLA and to community members at large, and includes such activities as tours, lectures, orientations, and the creation and maintenance of the content of AISC Library web pages. The Librarian selects and coordinates the purchase of materials for the AISC Library so as to where possible augment the holdings in other UCLA collections while at the same time maintaining and improving the quality of the AISC Library collection as a specialized resource. The Librarian catalogs materials for the Library using modified Library of Congress Subject Headings and classifications and performs all aspects of technical processing of materials. The Librarian administers a program to preserve the various resources within the collection.

The Librarian attends conferences, workshops and pursues other necessary activities in order to maintain current awareness and develop skills in librarianship. To maintain current awareness and build knowledge in the American Indian studies in order to enhance ability to serve the Library’s users, the Librarian pursues a reading plan relevant to this purpose.

  • Maintains awareness of changes and trends within relevant disciplines and campus programs.
  • Builds and maintains collections to support student learning and research in American Indian Studies (AIS).
  • Provides reference assistance to library patrons.
  • Collaborates with faculty to provide library instruction as requested.
  • In cooperation with the UCLA Library’s Cataloging and Metadata Center, catalogs and classifies a variety of materials including print, audiovisual, and special format materials using existing cataloging record copy.
  • In cooperation with the UCLA Library’s Cataloging and Metadata Center, updates and maintains catalog and policies in the integrated library system (ILS).
  • Maintains membership in and participation in professional organizations.
  • Coordinates with AISC staff on special projects and events.

Required Qualifications

  • 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 experience applying cataloging standards such as AACR2/RDA, LCSH, and MARC21 format.
  • Experience providing research assistance in-person or online to a diverse population and users of all levels.
  • Commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive educational environment and workplace and ability to work with a diverse student and faculty population.
  • Familiarity with the research life cycle and information literacy principles.
  • Familiarity with the operation of a research university, and ability to work effectively and collegially.
  • Demonstrated communications and interpersonal skills, which includes strong writing, oral, and organization skills.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively and efficiently across several organizational levels.

Desired Qualifications

  • Background or academic work of American Indian Studies.
  • Strong technology skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional development and contributing to library/information science.
  • Evidence of professional engagement at local, state or national level.

General Information

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. Relocation assistance may be 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/JPF03903

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 applying by August 13, 2018, 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.

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, Pritzker 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 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

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.

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