Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Research Librarian for Education and Outreach

The University of California Irvine Libraries seeks a creative and energetic Research Librarian for Education and Outreach to play an integral role in developing and promoting the Libraries’ information literacy program. The Research Librarian for Education and Outreach will be a leader in providing instruction to UCI students and in providing outreach to campus programs and departments in support of library partnerships. The incumbent will specialize in instruction and may also have a collection development or a general reference component. The specific collection development and/or reference assignment is open and will be influenced by the needs of the Reference or Collection Development Departments and the profile of the most qualified applicant.

The successful candidate for this position will be based in the Department of Education and Outreach, a highly collaborative department that works across library departments, divisions, and functions to support the Libraries’ instruction program. The position will report directly to the Head of Education and Outreach and may have a secondary reporting relationship to the Head of the Collection Development Department or the Head of the Langson or Science Reference Department.


The Research Librarian for Education and Outreach is involved in the development, planning, promotion, delivery, and evaluation of the Libraries’ information literacy programs. The position teaches information literacy skills to undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and staff through active participation in the Libraries’ general instruction program which includes the required undergraduate writing courses. The Research Librarian for Education and Outreach actively pursues and expands outreach partnerships with campus programs to take advantage of opportunities to integrate library resources, information literacy instruction, and information technology into academic curricula and special programs. In consultation with the Head of Education and Outreach, the incumbent develops collaborative programs and library initiatives with the Division of Undergraduate Education and the Division of Student Affairs, including the Student-Parent Orientation Program, the Campus-wide Honors Program, and the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. The incumbent identifies and uses instructional technology to develop new educational materials that teach research skills, helps train and supervise the Writing and Library Research Peer Tutors, and assists in the provision of professional development activities that support the improvement of library staff members’ teaching abilities.

In the area of collection development, the Research Librarian for Education and Outreach may be responsible for the selection, assessment, and management of collections and resources in at least one assigned academic discipline and serve as liaison to the faculty and students in that discipline.

In the area of reference, the Research Librarian for Education and Outreach may provide reference assistance at one of the Libraries’ reference desks or through the Libraries’ online reference service.

The Research Librarian for Education and Outreach will be expected to participate in a variety of library committees, task forces, and teams.



  • Graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution or an equivalent combination of relevant advanced degree and library experience
  • Strong understanding of the key issues and trends in the design and delivery of library instruction in support of the academic mission of the university
  • Successful teaching experience
  • Skills to develop relevant and engaging instruction materials in collaboration with others.
  • Skills to deliver educational materials in an effective and interesting manner.
  • Ability to explore, recommend and use information technologies that further the instructional mission of the library
  • Commitment to user-centered services
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and in a dynamically changing environment
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies
  • Ability to meet the University of California requirements for advancement and promotion

  • Successful experience providing instruction in an academic library
  • Skill in developing, organizing, and maintaining web-based instructional resources
  • Educational background in or experience performing reference, instruction and/or collection development in a subject area that matches a collection development need of the UCI Libraries (subject specialist needs are too varied and too numerous to list).
  • Ability to develop collections and provide effective liaison to faculty and students in assigned subject area(s)

The Education and Outreach Department

The Department of Education and Outreach is responsible for leading an active, comprehensive instruction program which meets the needs of a growing campus and is responsive to the constantly changing environment of scholarly communication. The Department provides leadership for the Libraries’ ambitious outreach and instruction programs, emphasizing research skills, information literacy, information technologies, and life-long learning. The Department of Education and Outreach has a lead role in the coordination, integration, and assessment of all library instruction activities, including subject-based, graduate, and professional school instruction. The Department provides professional development opportunities designed to improve the teaching skills of library staff members. The Department is responsible for identifying and developing partnerships with all campus units and also provides leadership in the area of outreach to the K-14 community. The Department operates in a collaborative, team-based environment and works closely with members of the Libraries’ Reference and Collection Development Departments in order to fulfill its mission. There are 3 librarians (including the Department Head) and two library assistants in the department.

The Libraries

The UCI Libraries are committed to innovation and excellence and are in a major period of growth and change. The Libraries consist of the Langson Library, the Science Library, the Library Gateway Study Center, and the Grunigen Medical Library. The Langson Library primarily serves the Schools of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, Social Ecology, Business, the Department of Education, and Interdisciplinary Studies. The Science Library primarily serves the College of Health Sciences (including the School of Medicine) and the Schools of Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Information and Computer Sciences. The Grunigen Medical Library serves the clinical needs of the Health Sciences at the UCI Medical Center, located in Orange, 12 miles from the main campus.

The UCI Libraries have a staff of 273 FTE and an organizational structure that includes the use of teams in conjunction with departments. The library collection consists of over 2.7 million volumes, over 48,000 current 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), Coalition of Networked Information (CNI), Center for Research Libraries (CRL), Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).

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 is among the fastest-growing University of California campuses, with more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students and about 1,400 faculty members. UCI has had an extraordinarily rapid rise to distinction in its first forty years, including membership in the Association of American Universities, three Nobel prizes since 1995, and ranking in many surveys among the nation’s best public universities.

Student enrollment is planned to reach 32,000 by 2014 accompanied by a proportional growth in faculty and staff. Nearly 60% of UCI students identify themselves as Asian American, African-American, Chicano/Latino, or Native American. The University offers 40 doctoral programs in addition to the M.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 activity.

Salary & Benefits: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Preferred appointment level: $40,008 - $66,756 (Assistant Librarian I – Librarian I). Consideration will be given to applicants with a wide range of years of experience, including qualified early career librarians.

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, which may also include an attractive mortgage program, are equal to approximately 40% of salary.

Deadline for Applications: Applications received by December 3, 2007 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 résumé; and the names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of three references, with a statement of each reference's professional relationship to the applicant, to:

e-mail: hr@lib.uci.edu
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/libraries/jobs/libvac.html, with links to additional Web sites featuring campus and community information.

The University of California, Irvine is an equal opportunity employer
committed to excellence through diversity.

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