Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Head of Research and Collections for International and Area Studies

University of California, Berkeley
Head of Research and Collections for International and Area Studies Doe/Moffitt Libraries Hiring range: Associate Librarian VI — Librarian IV $64,560-$88,488 per annum, based upon qualifications

The University of California, Berkeley seeks an experienced, innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented librarian to manage the international and area studies department, and provide vision and leadership for the Doe/Moffitt Libraries’ collection development infrastructure and initiatives.

The Head of Research and Collections for International and Area Studies takes a leading role in shaping collections across the Doe/Moffitt Libraries. In partnership with colleagues in the Doe/Moffitt Libraries and the Associate University Librarian/Director of Collections the incumbent plans, evaluates and coordinates Doe/Moffitt Libraries’ collection development activities, policies, and collaborative initiatives. The Head provides vision and guidance to assist selectors in the Doe/Moffitt Libraries who negotiate and manage cooperative collection agreements, advise on preservation decisions, promote digitization projects, and are called upon to pursue extramural funding through grant writing and development activities.
As a significant contribution to supporting current and future research needs of Berkeley faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students across all disciplines, the incumbent collaborates with a broad range of library staff to coordinate the ongoing selection of items from the Gardner (MAIN) Stacks, which houses two million circulating and non-circulating volumes in more than 200 languages, for off-site shelving at the Northern Regional Library Facility which is shared with other UC campuses.

This position manages a department of 15 librarians and library assistants with responsibility for collections, instruction, reference, and academic outreach to international and area studies programs. Staff in this department cultivate and sustain collaborations with academic departments, interdisciplinary programs, institutes, and centers (many receiving US Government Title VI funding) focused on regions including Africa, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Near East, South Asia, Southeast Asia and Latin America. These staff also oversee public services and technical services processing for the South/Southeast Asia Library, the Newspapers & Microforms Library, and the Current Periodicals collection. The Head contributes to instruction and reference, and may assume liaison roles and collection development assignments as opportunities arise.
The Head is a member of the senior management team of Doe/Moffitt Libraries -- with the department heads of Circulation Services, Instruction and User Services, Interlibrary Services, and Research and Collections for Humanities and Social Sciences -- and reports directly to the Associate University Librarian for Educational Initiatives and Director of the Doe/Moffitt Libraries. This management team works collaboratively to guide and coordinate the strategic directions, programs, services, facilities, and policies associated with all units in the Doe/Moffitt Libraries. Managers are committed to supporting staff development and fostering an environment of collaboration, creative thinking, and continuous improvement.
UC Berkeley librarians are expected to participate in library-wide planning and governance, and work effectively in a shared decision-making environment. Advancement in the Librarian series is based in part on professional contributions beyond the primary assignment; the successful candidate will show evidence or promise of such contributions to the Library, campus, UC System, and profession.

-MLS from an ALA-accredited institution, or equivalent degree.
-Degree in an area studies-related field (language, history, culture, or literature), an advanced degree preferable
-Proficiency in one or more non-English languages.
-A minimum of three years experience supervising and guiding librarians and career staff, with strong interest in long-range planning and other managerial responsibilities.
-A minimum of three years experience participating in collection development in an academic or research library, including effective management of budgets.
-Experience with cooperative library agreements at the regional, national, or international level.
-Familiarity with current trends in scholarly communications.
-Demonstrated commitment to providing highly responsive public service.
-Experience providing reference and instructional services related to humanities, social sciences, and/or area studies in an academic or research library environment.
-Demonstrated ability to foster and maintain partnerships with a broad-based constituency.
-Demonstrated record of success managing and overseeing complex projects.
-Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse staff and campus user communities.
-Capacity to thrive in an environment of change and respond effectively to shifting needs and priorities.
-Excellent analytical, organizational, problem-solving, and communication skills.

-Experience working effectively in a large, decentralized library environment.
-Experience collaborating with faculty, students, and other campus stakeholders.
-Demonstrated ability to analyze user needs, develop solutions, and assess results.
-Experience in grant writing and fundraising.
-Knowledge of initiatives and trends related to research in international and area studies fields and to the evolving scholarly communication landscape.
-Knowledge of cataloging and access issues for non-English language materials.

DEADLINE : Review of applications will begin on August 28, 2008.

Professional librarians at UC are academic appointees and are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, University Council – American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). This position is not in the bargaining unit and is eligible for an administrative stipend.
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 is provided.

The Library at the University of California, Berkeley is committed to the support and encouragement of a multicultural environment and seeks candidates who can make positive and imaginative contributions in a context of ethnic and cultural diversity.

Applicants should apply in writing, including with their letter a complete statement of qualifications, a full resume of their education and relevant experience, and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references who are knowledgeable about their qualifications for this position.

Send applications to:
Barbara Kornstein Academic Personnel Specialist Library Human Resources Department 110 Doe Library University of California Berkeley, CA 94720-6000 Or FAX to: 510.642.8675 Or EMAIL: librec@library.berkeley.edu
Applications received via email preferred.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.
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