The University of California, Irvine Libraries seeks strategic leadership for
the position of Assistant/Associate University Librarian (AUL) for Research
Resources. Reporting to the University Librarian, the AUL
plays a critical role in fostering local and collaborative strategies to shape
a robust and sustainable environment for scholarly
content. We are seeking an innovative,
creative, flexible, and knowledgeable leader to join an enthusiastic staff in
shaping the development of next-generation technical services, the integration
of print and digital resources into high quality 21st century collections, and
the development of services to support the efforts of faculty and students to
contribute digital content to the broader scholarly
community. The AUL will serve as the chief architect of the
integration of separate Collections and Technical Services divisions into a
single Research Resources division with enhanced capabilities to support the
full life cycle of knowledge resources and scholarly communication in
furtherance of the mission and academic programs of the University.
The UC Library System, of which UC Irvine is a member, collectively comprises
the largest academic library in the world. The UC Libraries have a long,
successful history of developing collaborative progressive services and
collections to better meet the needs of the UC community. The UC Libraries are
re-focusing their strategic efforts to develop a system-wide view of
collections, leverage resources to increase collection diversity, expose
hidden resources, and take full advantage of library expertise on the
individual campuses. Building and managing a world-class UC
Library Collection is increasingly challenging in the digital environment and
requires the integration of print and digital collections, including published
and non-published material of all types and formats (text, primary sources,
data, images, etc.). The new scholarly content will require curatorial
engagement with the research output of the University throughout the entire
research and scholarly communication life cycle.
The AUL is the chief architect in realizing this new model at the UCI Irvine
campus and contributing to its development in collaboration with the other
leaders in the UC Library System. Administrative
responsibilities encompass the Libraries' functions for acquisitions and
e-resource management, collection development, collection management,
cataloging, and preservation. The AUL will have oversight
over efforts to assess faculty and student scholarly communications needs,
develop recommendations for providing support for these needs, and explore and
develop a more formal suite of services around digital scholarship and
The AUL provides overall strategic leadership and coordination for the
development, management, evaluation, acquisition, cataloging, and maintenance
of the Libraries' collections to support the research, teaching, and clinical
activities of the University's faculty, students and staff.
The AUL oversees the preparation, allocation, and monitoring of the Libraries'
collection budget of approximately $7 million; in collaboration with
bibliographers and other librarians, serves as the spokesperson for the
collections and scholarly communication to faculty, students and other library
users; provides leadership for the Libraries' participation in
cooperative/collaborative collection development activities; and participates
in the Libraries' efforts to secure external funding for library materials and
services. The AUL collaborates closely with other library managers to
coordinate the provision of excellent public service.
The position provides direct administrative oversight for four units
(Acquisitions, Cataloging, Collection Development, and Special Collections &
Archives) including approximately 20 librarians and 35 staff, contributes to
the strategic development of local, regional, and national strategies in
digitization and digital preservation, and supports coordination of relevant
licensing and collection management strategies in coordination with the
California Digital Library. The position also has
responsibilities for helping the Libraries determine appropriate staffing and
infrastructure for Digital Scholarship Services.
The AUL reports to the University Librarian and, as a key member of the UCI
Libraries' Leadership Council, ensures organizational effectiveness and
efficiency and shares in responsibilities for decision-making, resource
management, and development of policies for library operations and
services. While each AUL position has an individual area of
responsibility, all AULs are responsible library-wide for collaborative
leadership, strategic planning, management, and decision-
making. The AUL serves as the Libraries representative on
various relevant consortial and collaborative venues to develop collective
strategies for efficient and progressive multi-institutional program
Master's degree or higher in library or information science or other relevant
Minimum five years of increasingly responsible, professional, relevant work
experience in an academic library.
Evidence of excellent leadership skills.
Expertise in collections, scholarly communication, digital scholarship, or
Ability to lead organizational change, encourage innovation, and delegate
Knowledge of emerging trends and new developments in collections, technical
services, and digital library initiatives.
Prior supervisory experience including recruitment, training, employee
relations and performance management.
Strong analytical and conceptual abilities and proven experience in solving
problems and initiating actions for effective management of a complex, multi-
Familiarity with principles of managing and developing both print and digital
collections in a research library, understanding of the nature of research
collection building, and an ability to articulate its crucial connection to
the University's mission.
Ability to collaborate and build successful partnerships for joint
institutional collection development or collection support efforts.
Strong commitment to staff development and mentoring.
Strong facility with technology and its application in knowledge management.
Excellent and effective interpersonal, verbal, written, and online
Solid project management experience.
Strong service orientation, initiative and ability to work both independently
and in a collaborative, collegial environment, with colleagues and vendors.
Experience with budget planning, projections, and creating budget management
Leadership experience within an organization of comparable scope and
Experience in promoting and engaging faculty, students, and administrators in
the various issues related to scholarly communication and/or digital
scholarship services (authors rights, open access publishing, data management
plans, data curation, digital publishing, etc.).
Evidence of effective human and financial resource management strategies.
Experience in publisher and vendor negotiations and collaborations.
Experience in consortial and multi-institutional program development.
The UCI Libraries are committed to innovation and excellence and are in a
major period of change. The Libraries consist of the
Langson Library, the Ayala Science Library, the Library Gateway Study Center,
and the Grunigen Medical Library. These buildings contain
over 3,600 public seats for study and research and provide more than 600
public access computers. The UCI Libraries have a staff of
approximately 140 FTE plus approximately 30 student assistant
FTE. The library collection consists of over 3.4 million
volumes and over 86,000 journals and serial titles and an aggressively
expanding electronic resources collection. The UCI
Libraries are a member of the: Association of Research
Libraries (ARL), California Digital Library (CDL), HathiTrust Digital Library,
Center for Research Libraries (CRL), Coalition of Networked Information (CNI),
Digital Library Federation (DLF), Council on Library and Information Resources
(CLIR), Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), Pacific
Rim Digital Library Alliance (PRDLA), and International Federation of Library
Associations and Institutions (IFLA).
University of California, Irvine
The University of California, Irvine, is nestled in over 1,500 acres of
coastal foothills, five miles from the Pacific Ocean, between San Diego and
Los Angeles. Founded in 1965, UCI has more than 28,000
undergraduate and graduate students and about 1,100
faculty. Nearly 67% of UCI students identify themselves as
Asian American, African American, Chicano/Latino, or Native
American. The University offers graduate degrees in more
than 100 academic disciplines and interdisciplinary programs in addition to
the M.D. and J.D. UCI's academic programs are ranked
nationally among the top universities; several doctoral programs are ranked in
the top ten.
Salary & Benefits: Salary commensurate with qualifications
and experience. The University has an excellent benefits
program including leave policies, retirement system, and insurance plans which
equal approximately 40% of salary.
Deadline for Applications: Applications received by
February 20, 2013 will receive first consideration, but applications will
continue to be accepted until the position is filled.
To Apply: Electronic applications are
preferred. Qualified applicants who wish to be considered
for this position should send their application materials including: cover
letter; complete resume; and the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of
three references, with a statement of each reference's professional
relationship to the applicant, to:
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Library Human Resources
UC Irvine, P.O. Box 19557
Irvine, CA 92623-9557
Confidential fax (949) 824-3270
Upon application, candidates should be in possession of proof of their legal
right to employment in the U.S. In compliance with the
Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, verification of legal right to
work will be required between the time of final selection and hiring, and is
absolutely essential in ultimately being hired.
This position description is listed on the UCI Libraries Web site at
http://www.lib.uci.edu/about/jobs/librarian-vacancies.html, with links to
additional Web sites featuring campus and community information.
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