Friday, June 6, 2008

Outreach Services Librarian

The University of California, Irvine Libraries seek a creative and energetic Outreach Services Librarian to play a leadership role in the development, planning, promotion, delivery, and evaluation of the Libraries’ outreach efforts. A major focus of the position is to manage the Libraries’ School Partnerships in Research and Information Technology (SPIRIT) Program. The Outreach Services Librarian works closely with the campus Center for Educational Partnerships to coordinate the Libraries’ participation in SPIRIT and a variety of other academic enrichment programs and serves as the contact person for area schools and other community groups seeking library orientations or instruction.
Reporting to the Head of the Education and Outreach Department, the Outreach Services Librarian works collaboratively with librarians and staff in the Education and Outreach Department and throughout the UCI Libraries.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Outreach Services Librarian is actively involved in programs designed to fulfill the University of California system-wide goal to facilitate the academic transition of students from middle school, high school and community college to the university. The SPIRIT Program is an outreach effort that brings middle and high school students to campus and takes UCI librarians into the community in order to help students develop academic research skills and expose them to a university environment. The program targets local schools especially those serving populations which are under-represented in the University of California. The Outreach Services Librarian works with teachers to integrate information literacy skills into the school curriculum. Three fundamental goals of the program are 1) to teach information literacy and life-long learning skills, increasing students’ confidence in their ability to locate and use information appropriately, 2) to facilitate access to, and use of scholarly electronic resources, 3) to prepare students to become eligible and competitive when applying for admission to the University of California, and to succeed academically as a university student. The Outreach Services Librarian provides administrative oversight of extramural funds obtained through grants and contracts in support of the SPIRIT Program and other outreach activities.
As an integral member of the Education and Outreach Department, the Outreach Services Librarian participates in a wide range of instructional activities directed toward non-traditional and underserved populations, K-12 schools, community college transfer students, and other community users of particular interest to the academic programs of UC Irvine. These activities include a summer science program for high-achieving high school students called COSMOS, Transfer Student Information Literacy Workshops, the Day at College Experience, and Teacher Information Literacy Institutes. The incumbent provides leadership to initiate partnerships with University of California, Irvine faculty who develop outreach programs involving undergraduates as well as middle and high school students. The Outreach Services Librarian also participates in other Education and Outreach Department initiatives including Welcome Week, Celebrate UCI, and the Libraries general education program which includes library instruction sessions for the lower division undergraduate courses, Writing 39C and Humanities Core. In addition, the Outreach Services Librarian participates in a variety of library committees, task forces, and teams. The position supervises student assistants.

  • 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
  • Commitment to user-centered services
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to effectively teach and work with middle and high school students
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and in a dynamically changing environment
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies
  • Ability to effectively manage contract/grant funds
  • Skill to write grant proposals
  • Skill to negotiate terms of partnerships and extramural funding contracts
  • Ability to supervise student assistants
  • Ability to meet the University of California requirements for advancement and promotion


  • Skill in developing, organizing, and maintaining web-based instructional resources
  • Experience working with middle or high school students
  • Experience developing, promoting and providing programs to non-traditional library users
  • Familiarity with current and evolving information technologies
  • Ability to create and maintain web pages to support instruction

The Education and Outreach Department

The Education and Outreach Department 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 University of California, Irvine 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 25,000 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: $46,164 – $68,892 (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 are equal to approximately 40% of salary.

Deadline for Applications: Applications received by July 14, 2008 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: libhr@uci.eduLibrary Human ResourcesUC Irvine, P.O. Box 19557Irvine, CA 92623-9557confidential 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, with links to additional Web sites featuring campus and community information.
The University of California, Irvine is an equal opportunity employercommitted to excellence through diversity.

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