Department: UCLA Digital Library Program
Rank and Salary: Associate Librarian – Librarian ($76,227 – $117,964)
Position Availability: Immediately
Application deadline for first consideration: December 30, 2016
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, Pritzer 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 UCLA Library seeks an innovative and collaborative information professional to serve as Head of the Digital Library Program (DLP). This is a forward-looking, transformative leadership role for an individual with a passion for a wide range of cutting-edge activities within digital scholarship. These activities include building new digital collections; developing services in support of research, teaching and learning; and managing digital projects and project teams. The UCLA Digital Library Program places an emphasis on collaborations with faculty, national and international partners, and with Library staff responsible for metadata creation, data curation, collection development, and digital library software and service development. The Head of the DLP also leads the Program’s outreach, and participates with colleagues in ongoing collaboration with campus partners such as the Center for Digital Humanities, Institute for Digital Research and Education, Social Sciences Computing, and the Department of Information Studies.
Reporting to the Associate University Librarian (AUL) for Research and Development, the Head of the Digital Library Program works with the Digital Library Architect and other senior departmental managers to establish the vision, set strategic goals and identify projects and priorities for the Digital Library Program. The Head of the Digital Library Program manages day-to-day activities, collaborates closely with library and campus partners on DLP, establishes and adheres to policies and procedures, and ensures overall coherence within the organization. The Head of the DLP advocates and promotes the DLP within the library and across the UCLA campus.
The Head of the DLP assists the AUL for Research and Development and Library Development and leads the DLP in fund-raising activities; assists in identifying grant opportunities and writing proposals; defines procedures for effectively managing grant and gift funded projects; develops appropriate reporting procedures on funded projects; and creates templates for writing case statements and creating budgets. The Head is knowledgeable about campus policies and procedures for contract and grant administration and effective stewardship of gifts.
The Head of the DLP manages the department and serves as the Review Initiator for the three academic staff. As such, the Head mentors academic staff to maintain the excellence in job responsibilities and service to the profession expected of academic appointees at UCLA. The Head manages the operational budget of the department, ensuring that funds are expended appropriately, monitoring and projecting expenses to avoid over-expenditure, managing gift and grant funds according to campus guidelines, and developing budget plans and requests. In addition to the three academic staff, this position supervises two staff employees.
The position responsibilities are in the following major areas:
Outreach Project Development and Promotion
- Leads digital content teams to create engaging content and deliver on strategic objectives.
- Builds partnerships to support the effective production, distribution and promotion of digital content.
- Coordinates with other library divisions, OVCR, IDRE, IDRE-HASIS and academic schools and departments in the development, implementation, and support of DLP projects and services.
- Seeks out and develops opportunities for partnerships with faculty and academic units on campus.
- Provides orientation and instruction to project participants and others as needed to support Digital Library and partner projects.
- Participates in national and international meetings, symposia and projects in support of the Library’s and the University’s research and instructional mission.
- Maintains knowledge of developments in digital libraries and digital scholarship including both infrastructure and standards developments.
Staff and Project Management
- Devises and manages projects and project ingest process. This includes assigning project managers and allocating resources to projects; detecting resource over-allocation across projects; managing impact of schedule changes across project; and communicating with key stakeholders to secure continuous organizational commitment.
- Administers the DLP budget and grant-funded project budgets effectively and according to Library and campus policies.
- Assesses and oversees portfolio of activities and proactively works with resource managers and solutions managers to identify and resolve constraints and competing priorities, resource contention, timelines or budgets.
- Recruits, trains, mentors, and manages DLP professional staff, assigning work and developing staff specializations as appropriate.
- Manages three librarians and two professional staff members.
Infrastructure, Standards and Workflow Development
- Participates with information technology and academic colleagues in the development of infrastructure and standards to support digital collections and scholarship.
- Develops new workflows to support innovative scholarship around a variety of digital content, including traditional library content, born-digital material, research data and other digital products of scholarship, and other digital materials utilized by faculty in their research.
- Authors functional requirements for technical systems to support DLP projects and activities, in collaboration with the AUL for Research and Development.
- Develops new workflows to accommodate emerging data discovery and exchange standards, such as the Resource Description Framework and Linked Open Data.
- 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).
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Knowledge of national digital library standards for digitization and metadata creation across all standard formats (images, moving images, audio, video, text) and metadata domains (descriptive, technical, administrative).
- Knowledge of and demonstrated experience working with library XML standards such as MODS, EAD, TEI.
- Experience managing digital library or digital humanities projects in an academic setting.
- Ability to effectively lead teams with participants with a range of technical abilities.
- Experience with one or more digital library management systems (e.g. ContentDM, Islandora, Hydra).
- Ability to initiate and maintain cooperative working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, and managers. Ability to work harmoniously and as a team player, thrive in a team-based environment, and skill in fostering teamwork among others.
- Experience developing user interfaces for digital library content or digital humanities projects.
- Experience with post-completion project review and evaluation.
Professional librarians at UCLA are academic appointees. This is a non-represented position. Within the UC System, most librarians are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, University Council – American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). As academic appointees, librarians 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. UC 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.
Anyone wishing to be considered for this position should apply here: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF02733
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 30, 2016, 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.
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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