Teaching and Learning Librarian for Library Special Collections, UCL

Department: Library Special Collections

Rank and Salary: Assistant – Associate Librarian ($55,014 to $75,742)

Position Availability: Immediately

Application deadline for first consideration: November 27, 2019

The UCLA Library invites applications for the newly created position of Teaching and Learning Librarian for Library Special Collections. As an integral part of the Public Services, Outreach, and Community Engagement team, the Teaching and Learning Librarian will proactively lead and coordinate a robust and growing instruction program along with other teaching and learning initiatives within Library Special Collections (LSC) and the Distinctive Collections portfolio.

Position Duties

Reporting to the Head of Public Services, Outreach, and Community Engagement, the Teaching and Learning Librarian:

  • Coordinates, oversees, and implements a robust instruction program in collaboration with Distinctive Collections staff that seeks to integrate Library Special Collections materials into undergraduate and graduate curriculum with a focus on critical inquiry and active learning.
  • Proactively collaborates with teaching faculty to develop and conduct library instruction sessions and prepare course assignments using Special Collections materials.
  • Collaborates with LSC curators, librarians, and archivists to leverage embedded collection knowledge and develop, coordinate, and schedule instruction session using LSC materials.
  • Partners with other librarians engaged in library instruction to incorporate primary source literacy into general library instruction.
  • Develops and coordinates reference guides to collections and reference resources in support of instruction activities.
  • Develops and implements a framework based on effective pedagogical practice to create an inclusive, culturally competent instruction program that facilitates students’ critical engagement with original research using primary source materials.
  • Develops and implements an assessment program to measure and continually improve the efficacy of teaching practices using Special Collections materials.
  • As a member of the Library’s Teaching and Learning Functional Team, collaborates on designing, implementing, and assessing instructional modules and activities, including face-to-face, hybrid, and online learning opportunities, instruction sessions and workshops, and other approaches to developing student research skills using primary source materials.
  • Consults and collaborates with Library Communications on promotional and communications activities to highlight and promote LSC instruction activities.
  • Consults and collaborates with Curatorial and Collection Management units on instruction statistics, program priorities, and curricular trends.
  • Works closely with Library Development to identify and steward donors, collections, and endowed gift funds.

The successful candidate will be committed to promoting and enhancing diversity through curricular development, outreach, and instruction, and to serving the needs of a diverse population; have the capacity to thrive in a changing working environment; be able to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively and to promote teamwork, diversity, equality, and inclusiveness within UCLA Libraries and the campus; and will be able to work independently and be self-motivated.

Applicants with any of the following qualifications or professional experiences are strongly encouraged to apply: Experience with instructional design and/or teacher training; experience leading the design of a new program and/or service from concept through implementation; experience integrating information literacy and research skills learning outcomes into coursework and activities; ability to develop and sustain effective collaborations within and across organizations, including working with students, faculty, academic departments and/or academic support units; ability to exercise judgment and discretion; strategic thinking, negotiation, and change management skillsanalytical and problem-solving skills; record of engagement with professional groups and activities and/or contributions to professional or scholarly literature; knowledge of a language other than English. Individuals with a history of and commitment to mentoring students from underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.

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).
  • Minimum one year professional experience providing reference and instruction support in an academic or research library environment.
  • Experience providing reference and instruction in rare books, manuscripts, or archives.
  • Experience implementing current research and teaching trends, methods, and best practices.
  • Experience providing culturally responsive teaching.
  • Experience in working in a highly collaborative team-based environment.
  • Communication skills sufficient to work effectively in a collaborative team-based environment.
  • Experience with assessment tools and methods.

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/JPF05093

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 November 27, 2019, 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 Unit

Library Special Collections (LSC) is an enterprise-wide, organizational entity within the UCLA Library System that builds and stewards special collections resources, services, and operations. The department consists of three units: Curators and Collections; Collection Management; and Public Services, Outreach, and Community Engagement; as well as an Administrative Services Functional Team. The Public Services, Outreach, and Community Engagement Unit integrates public services for LSC including reference and instruction, exhibits, programmatic events and activities, outreach and community engagement, as well as the Center for Primary Research and Training. The Curators and Collections Unit is responsible for collection development and acquisition of materials in support of research and teaching. The Collection Management Unit supports the acquisition (purchase and gifts), and processing of special collections materials. The Administrative Services Functional Team collaborates to provide administrative and operational support services throughout Library Special Collections. The entire staff of approximately 30 FTE work together holistically as a team to build, preserve, and provide access to the outstanding special collections of the UCLA Library.

Library Special Collections is part of the Distinctive Collections Portfolio that includes International Studies and the East Asian Library and, as a portfolio, remains committed to advancing inclusivity and diversity in our collections and services. In collaboration with the Distinctive Collections Portfolio, UCLA Library Special Collections actively builds and stewards unique primary source collections to support and enrich research, teaching, and learning for UCLA’s students, faculty, and staff as well as an international community of scholars and the public. Its holdings encompass but are not limited to a significant rare book collection that includes an unusually large number of artists’ books, fine press editions, and examples of early printing as well as more than 2,000 archival collections including born-digital content, with particular strengths in twentieth-century photography, literature, art, music, and Los Angeles history and culture. It also houses significant and growing physical, virtual and born digital international content and collections. Library Special Collections partners with instructors during all quarters, hosting over 100 classes each academic year and bringing students into direct contact with cultural heritage materials in support of primary source literacy.

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.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are core values of the University of California and key components of the University’s commitment to excellence.  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 policy on discrimination, harassment, and affirmative action see:  University of California – Policy Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace at https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/DiscHarassAffirmAction

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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