Emerging Technologies Librarian, UCLA

Department: Library Data Science Center

Rank and Salary: Assistant Librarian – Librarian ($55,014 – $98,865)

Position Availability: Immediately

Application deadline for first consideration: December 4, 2019

The UCLA Library seeks an Emerging Technologies Librarian to work with faculty, staff, and students to identify, evaluate and adopt new and emerging technologies that enable research and teaching.  This role heads the Lux Lab, a unit within the Data Science Center that provides emerging technology services offered by the UCLA Library, such as 3D printing and scanning, laser etching and cutting, 3D mapping, and augmented/virtual reality technologies. The Emerging Technologies Librarian supports research involving the application of these technologies and is also involved with supporting the management, curation, and ultimate preservation of research data that is produced by emerging technology industry standards. The successful incumbent will be responsible for keeping up-to-date with new and emerging technologies, which requires expert knowledge in using various technologies, as well as with the latest trends and how users are affected by these shifts.

Position Duties:

Reporting to the Director of the Data Science Center, the Emerging Technologies Librarian:

  • Oversees the Lux Lab’s physical and virtual technology, such as 3D printers and scanners, laser cutters, and both augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR) tools.
  • Supports the space and programming needs of the Lux Lab unit.
  • Provides excellent service, which develops and fosters learning communities, including supporting peer-to-peer learning opportunities.
  • Develops and extends connections between the Library and University faculty, researchers, and students engaging in emerging technologies.
  • Designs and teaches workshops or integrated course sessions on emerging technology tools, resources and best practices.
  • Leads outreach and awareness activities for faculty, graduate students, and other partners.
  • Participates in conversations around emerging needs for 3D/VR for UCLA researchers.
  • Implements project demos for interactive data visualization, augmented and virtual reality.
  • Develops connections with UCLA faculty to integrate Lux Lab services and technologies into the classroom and curriculum pedagogy.
  • Identifies trends in research practices and technologies and recommends strategies for aligning library services accordingly.
  • 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 engagement with and promotion of the UCLA Principles of Community. Applicants with any of the following qualifications or professional experiences are strongly encouraged to apply: Experience in donor relations and stewardship; proficiency in a data science and scripting language, such as Python or R; experience with managing, curating, and preserving research data.

Basic 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 two years’ experience working with 3D technologies in a library, research, or educational setting.
  • Experience with at least one of the following methodologies: VR/AR development, 3D modeling, 3D printing and fabrication.
  • Experience with virtual reality hardware and software, familiarity with 3D scanners and 3D design software.
  • Knowledge of virtual and augmented reality development and applications.
  • Knowledge of the current research and instruction needs of faculty and researchers in a research university setting.

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/JPF05108

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 December 4, 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

The Lux Lab is a collection of specialized Library services, including 3D printing, laser etching and cutting, as well as poster printing. In keeping with the Library’s commitment to open access, the Lux Lab is pursuing additional specialized services, such as 3D scanning services, 3D mapping with drones, and photogrammetry services, to help students and researchers become content creators.

The Data Science Center (DSC) supports researchers with acquiring, cleaning, using/reusing, publishing, and preserving data. Our team provides consulting and instruction on tools and leading practices supporting data and computationally intensive scholarship, including: R and Python scripting languages, data management, and reproducible science. We develop, operate, and maintain research applications that help researchers and learners collaborate on, manage, and share their research objects.

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 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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