Rank and Salary Scale
3621-Assistant Librarian, Potential Career3617-Associate Librarian, Potential Career3613-Librarian, Potential Career(Commensurate with Experience)
Organizational Unit Content and Discovery
Position Overview The University of California, Riverside (UCR) seeks a motivated, proactive, user-oriented STEM Collection Strategist. The successful candidate will be dedicated to collaborative, stakeholder focused and evidence-based collections’ management. The STEM Collection Strategist will work collaboratively with a subject-based team of Collection Strategists to develop and implement systematic data-driven and user-centric collection assessment and evaluation methodologies.
Located an hour’s drive to the east of Los Angeles, an hour west of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley, an hour east of ocean beaches, ninety minutes north of San Diego, and an hour south of mountain ski resorts, UCR is located in an area of dramatic landscapes and rich cultural traditions. The University is a dynamic, aggressively-developing land grant research institution dedicated to preparing its diverse student body to be successful competitors in the world marketplace of ideas. UCR boasts the first new School of Medicine to open on the West Coast in 43 years; a new School of Public Policy; and the Bourns College of Engineering, ranked 10th in the world according to an international ranking organization. The UCR Library is a critical partner in preparing UCR’s students to be globally competitive while simultaneously preparing them for careers in the Inland Empire and beyond. The mission of the UCR Library is no less than to bring the world’s information resources to the UCR community and to ensure that UCR students, faculty, and staff have the skills to fully exploit those resources to change the world for the better. The UCR Library is a team of intensely collaborative, forward-thinking colleagues dedicated to providing excellent services to our students, faculty, and community members in a rapidly evolving information environment.
The successful candidate will be technologically sophisticated; committed to problem-solving in local, regional, national, and international arenas; and able to develop innovative solutions to complex problems; and a dynamic and effective leader. The UCR Library is comprised of three facilities housing more than 3,800,000 volumes, 940,000 electronic books, 97,000 print and electronic journals, and 2,300,000 microforms. The Library provides services to more than 22,000 students and nearly 2,000 faculty and other academics in an institutional environment planning for and experiencing extensive growth. The successful candidate will join an enthusiastic staff of 131 FTE librarians, support personnel (including student FTE) in building a research library of excellence within a dynamic and diverse university ranked among the top 50 in the nation. The UCR Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). Among the unique collections of the UCR Library is the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy, the Water Resources Collections & Archives, the Rupert Costo Library of the American Indian, the Paul Chou Collection of Chinese history and culture, the George Brown Papers, the Tomás Rivera Papers, and the Inland Empire Memories Initiative. Information about the UCR Libraries is available at http://library.ucr.edu/. The UCR Library is an integral part of the University of California library system. With collections totaling 30 million volumes, UC’s more than 100 libraries are surpassed in size on the American continent only by the Library of Congress collection. In addition, UC’s California Digital Library (CDL) provides the core of the Universitys digital collections. CDL also assists UC to share resources and holdings more effectively, and provides leadership in applying technology to the development of library collections and services. Organizationally situated within the UC Office of the President, the CDL operates in close collaboration with all UC campuses and their libraries. UC professional librarians are academic appointees and are represented by an exclusive bargaining unit; The University Council-American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). This position is in the bargaining unit.
Reporting to the Interim Department Head for Collection Strategies, the STEM Collection Strategist will work collaboratively to develop, manage, and implement robust collections utilizing quantitative and qualitative assessment methodologies that focus on stakeholder needs.
- Collaboratively develops and implements evidence-based processes to analyze, acquire, assess and evaluate library content;
- Acts as the collection management subject-expert in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics;
- Communicates and collaborates effectively with Faculty and other stakeholders in developing collection assessment metrics;
- Collaborates with the Director of Distinctive Collections and other collections managers to identify, develop, and maintain selected areas of Distinctive Collections;
- Works collaboratively with other collection strategists, to assess, evaluate and select multi-format, cross-disciplinary and/or assigned subject resources;
- Participates in the establishment of policies, procedures, and guidelines for lifecycle management of collections in all formats;
- Contributes to vendor license negotiations and coordinates vendor-led training and communication;
- Maintains knowledge in and contributes to the development of library engagement in emerging and transformative collections’ development and scholarly communications models;
- Collaborates and liaises with the Research Services Department and the Digital Library to develop policies and assessment tools, and preservation strategies for datasets;
- Collaborates with and provides collection strategy support to the Medical Education and Clinical Outreach Librarian;
- Provides effective communication to library and UCR-wide stakeholders on new and existing content;
- Participates in general administrative duties, library-wide activities, committees, special projects and library programs; represents the UCR Library on various University of California standing committees and ad-hoc groups;
- Master of Library and Information Studies from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent;
- Ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with Faculty in developing collections;
- Current knowledge of library content development and scholarly communications models and techniques;
- Experience with library content/collection development, management, and budgeting;
- Strong data analysis skills including gathering, interpreting, and presenting information and proficiency in spreadsheet applications such as EXCEL, or Google Sheets and productivity software such as Microsoft Office Suite or Google Drive;
- Ability to analyze, implement and adapt to evolving technologies;
- Excellent organizational skills, and effectiveness in balancing multiple assignments and projects;
- Effective written and oral communication;
- Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work successfully in an intensely collaborative environment with a broad range of people from culturally diverse backgrounds including healthcare providers, colleagues, administrators, students, faculty, donors, and alumni.
- Experience in effective systematic collections evaluation and assessment;
- Experience in collaborating with Faculty in collections building or research support;
- Experience developing collections in a STEM area;
- Experience negotiating/working with vendors;
- Experience in or advanced coursework related to assessment or evaluation models in academic library collection development;
- Academic degree in a related field and/or advanced coursework at the post-graduate level;
- UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification. UCR librarians are members of the Librarians Association of the University of California (LAUC). Research, publication, and/or service to the University and profession are expected for continuing advancement.
Salary and Benefits: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Appointment at rank of Assistant Librarian to Librarian – Potential Career depending upon qualifications and experience. Advancement through the librarian ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every two to three years, each of which includes substantial peer review. Excellent retirement system, health, and vacation benefits.
Application: Submit resume, names and contact information of at least three references, and a letter of interest addressing qualifications and experience related to the primary duties of the position through APRecruit (https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/JPF01019). The search will remain open until the position is filled; for best consideration application should be received by December 3, 2018. For specific questions related to the position, please contact Kuei Chiu at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.