Outreach and Public Services Librarian for Special Collections & Archives - University of California, Irvine Libraries - Irvine, CA
University of California, Irvine
The University of California, Irvine Libraries seeks a knowledgeable,
innovative, dynamic, and service-oriented professional for the position of
Outreach and Public Services Librarian in the Department of Special
Collections and Archives.
Qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds and life experiences are
encouraged to apply. The UCI Libraries is committed to recruiting a diverse
workforce and advancing UCI's Commitment to Inclusive Excellence.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Outreach and Public Services Librarian is responsible for coordinating
instruction, outreach, programming, reference, and access services for Special
Collections and Archives. Reporting to the Head of Special Collections and
Archives, the Outreach and Public Services Librarian provides educational,
programmatic, and promotional outreach to faculty, graduate and undergraduate
students, visiting scholars, and others whose research, teaching,
communications, and learning activities benefit from engagement with Special
Collections and Archives. In consultation with the Department Head, the
Librarian is also responsible for development and implementation of policies
and procedures for reference, duplication, access, and reading room services
in Special Collections and Archives in accordance with identified standards
and best practices.
As the public services lead for the department, the Outreach and Public
Services Librarian is responsible for developing and participating in new and
innovative approaches for effective outreach and reference services; managing
and performing user education, orientation, and instruction activities for
individuals and classes in collaboration with UCI Libraries' subject
specialists and the Education and Outreach department; promoting and marketing
Special Collections and Archives initiatives, collections, programming, and
services through tours, presentations, publications, social media, and other
appropriate means; coordinating collection management activities including
book and periodical processing, stacks maintenance, and other related
functions supporting the use of Special Collections and Archives materials in
consultation with the Head and departmental staff; serving a lead role in
curating and mounting the department's physical and digital exhibits programs
and assisting the UCI Libraries Exhibits Program with physical and digital
exhibits as appropriate; and serving as the collection development lead for
book and serial collections in the department in consultation with the
Department Head. The Outreach and Public Services Librarian may participate in
donor relations and grant proposals as appropriate.
• A graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution, or
a graduate degree in archival studies, or equivalent combination of education
• Minimum of two years of recent experience in a special collections setting
with experience in reference, instruction, and outreach.
• Formal coursework or training in archives management, rare books, and/or
special collections librarianship.
• Understanding of and commitment to the standards, ethics, security
guidelines, and best practices in use by special collections professionals and
related professional groups including ACRL's Rare Books and Manuscripts
Section and the Society of American Archivists.
• Commitment to planning, implementing, and assessing user-centered services.
• Excellent organizational and time management skills, as well as
effectiveness in balancing and completing multiple assignments and projects.
• Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively and to promote
teamwork, diversity, equality, and inclusiveness within the UCI Libraries and
• Ability to analyze, learn, and implement evolving technologies.
• Ability to successfully train and direct the work of library assistants and
• Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
• Strong interest in information literacy, primary source literacy, open
access, and scholarly communication.
• Ability to meet the University of California criteria for advancement and
• Three or more years of professional experience in an academic special
collections and archives environment.
• Formal coursework, training, or experience in the management and/or
description of rare books.
• Formal coursework or training in primary source literacy, object-based
pedagogical strategy, and/or active learning techniques using primary sources
and/or special collections.
• Familiarity with reference statistics reporting tools and guidelines, such
as the Reference Effort Assessment Data (READ) Scale and/or assessment of
outreach and public services.
• Experience in curating exhibits.
• Familiarity with archives management software including Archivists' Toolkit
• Familiarity with the digital and archival collections of the University of
California, including the Online Archive of California and Calisphere.
• Strong foundation in intellectual property issues related to libraries,
archives, and special collections.
The Department of Special Collections & Archives
Special Collections & Archives houses the UCI Libraries' collections of
manuscripts and archives, rare books, and notable subject collections.
Archival collecting areas of particular strength and distinction include
regional history (emphasizing Orange County and Southern California), the
Southeast Asian Archive, the Critical Theory Archive (including the papers of
Jacques Derrida, Wolfgang Iser, Paul de Man, and others), the University
Archives (documenting the UC Irvine campus), dance and the performing arts
(including the papers of Robert Cohen and choreographers Donald McKayle and
Eugene Loring), and distinguished UCI faculty (including Nobel Laureates
Frederick Reines and Sherwood Rowland).
The UCI Libraries
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
137,000 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.
Librarians at the University of California Irvine are academic appointees and
receive potential career status at the time of their initial appointment.
Librarians periodically receive administrative and peer review for merit
increases based on the following criteria: 1) professional competence and
quality of service within the Library; 2) professional activity outside the
Library; 3) university and public service; and 4) research and other creative
Salary & Benefits: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience
based on the University of California pay scales. Appointment is anticipated
to be at the Assistant, Associate Librarian, or Librarian rank with a salary
of $47,722 - $73,238.
Librarians are entitled to two days per month of annual leave, thirteen paid
holidays, and one day per month sick leave. The University has an excellent
retirement system and offers a variety of group health, life, and disability
insurance plans. Benefits are equal to approximately 40% of salary.
Consideration will be given to applicants with a wide range of years of
experience, including qualified early career librarians.
Deadline for Applications: Applications received by June 1, 2016 will receive
first consideration, but applications will continue to be accepted until the
position is filled.
To Apply: Qualified applicants who wish to be considered for this position
should submit the information requested: cover letter; complete resume; a
statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to diversity,
equity, and inclusion; and a list of three references (names and contact
information only) via UCI AP Recruit at:
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/job-openings-uc-irvine-libraries with links to
additional web sites featuring campus and community information.
The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative
Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will
receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion,
sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age,
protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC
More information about this recruitment: http://www.lib.uci.edu/
Cover Letter - Please address your qualifications for this position in a cover
Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated CV - resume style preferred
List of reference contacts - Names of 3 potential references including contact
information and brief statement of relationship to the applicant. Do not
include letters of recommendation here.
Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing how past and/or
potential contributions to diversity will advance UCI's Commitment to
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