University of California, Berkeley
Science Data & Engineering Librarian
Engineering & Physical Sciences Division
Hiring range: Associate Librarian
$53,116-$67,509 per annum, based upon qualifications
This is a full-time appointment available starting October 2015
The University of California, Berkeley seeks an enthusiastic, collaborative, and service-oriented librarian to join a team of specialists supporting world-class research and teaching in the engineering and physical sciences through active engagement with collection development, data and information literacy initiatives, course-based instruction, individual research assistance, and outreach to students, faculty and the broader academic community. This position serves as subject librarian for one or more engineering disciplines, and takes a leadership role in providing research data lifecycle support throughout the engineering and physical sciences.
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 25,500 undergraduate students, 10,300 graduate students, and a faculty of 1,500. 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’s Engineering & Physical Sciences Division consists of five libraries – the Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Library, Earth Sciences & Map Library, Engineering Library, Mathematics Statistics Library, and Physics-Astronomy Library. These libraries maintain research-level print and digital collections to support the research and teaching programs of the College of Chemistry, the College of Engineering, and the College of Letters & Science’s Mathematical & Physical Sciences Division. These collections are also heavily used by researchers throughout the university community and beyond.
The Science Data & Engineering Librarian provides expert advice and guidance across the research data lifecycle including data management, curation, sharing, and visualization to faculty, students, researchers, and fellow librarians in the engineering and physical sciences. The librarian develops outreach programs to promote the suite of data management tools and services available at UC Berkeley. The librarian creates and provides data and information literacy instruction in the form of workshops, classroom instruction, online guides, video tutorials, and other formats as appropriate. The librarian collaborates with other librarians, library systems staff, and Research IT staff on our growing Research Data Management program.
The librarian also serves as the selector and liaison for one or more engineering disciplines. The librarian selects materials in all formats, manages collections through storage and weeding, and monitors budgets and approval plans for the assigned subject areas. The librarian also collaborates with other librarians on campus and within the UC System on collection decisions for print and electronic resources. The librarian contributes to reference and instructional services including virtual reference, consultations, in-person classes, online subject guides, and other instructional materials.
Reporting to the Head of the Engineering & Physical Sciences Division, this position will collaborate frequently with colleagues in that division as well as with colleagues in the Life & Health Sciences Division and other divisions. The successful candidate will become the division’s knowledge leader for current trends in research data lifecycle support services and maintain awareness of data and metadata requirements, practices, and standards as they are adopted by various funding agencies and research communities.
UC Berkeley librarians are expected to participate in library-wide planning and governance, and work effectively in a shared decision-making environment. Advancement is partially based upon 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 Qualification at time of application:
– American Library Association-accredited Master’s degree or equivalent degree
Additional Required Qualifications by start date in position:
– Demonstrated expertise in research data lifecycle support including data curation and management through direct experience, degree specialization, or significant coursework
– Demonstrated understanding of the research process in the sciences and/or engineering
– Experience with outreach, marketing, and promotion of library services and resources
– Experience providing reference, consultation, and instructional services
– Proven commitment to public services and improving the user experience
– Excellent analytical, organizational, problem solving, interpersonal, and communication skills
– Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, and ability to work creatively and effectively both independently and as a team member
Additional Preferred Qualifications:
– Significant coursework or library experience in science or engineering
– Experience participating in collection development in an academic or research library
– Demonstrated knowledge of information resources related to engineering or science fields
– Demonstrated experience with data visualization tools
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, vacation leave, 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.
This recruitment will remain open until filled.
Submit applications online at http://apptrkr.com/651755. 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 identify, 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 94720-6000