Saturday, November 5, 2011

Research Librarian for Business


The University of California, Irvine Libraries seek a creative, knowledgeable, and user-centered Research Librarian for Business to plan and deliver innovative reference and instruction services, and to develop and manage electronic and print collections in business and management.

The Research Librarian for Business will provide liaison and outreach to faculty and students of The Paul Merage School of Business which has been ranked among the top 50 business schools nationally by the Wall Street Journal, Business Week and U.S. News and World Report.  In 2011 the Financial Times ranked the School #27 in the US and #53 in the world. The School offers a full-time Ph.D. program, and four MBA programs (Full-time MBA, Executive MBA, Fully Employed MBA, and Health Care Executive MBA), as well as a BA in Business Administration and a BS in Business Information Management.

The successful candidate for this position will be a member of the Reference Department, reporting to the Head of Reference.

Duties and Responsibilities

In the area of reference, the Research Librarian for Business will provide specialized business reference and individual research consultations.  In addition, the Research Librarian will be expected to provide effective general reference assistance at the Langson Library Reference Desk, supporting information needs in business, social sciences, government publications, humanities, education, and the arts.  The Research Librarian for Business may provide up to ten hours of general reference service weekly, including responding to in-person, telephone, and electronic inquiries. Occasional evening shifts are required.

In the area of collection development, the Research Librarian for Business will be responsible for the selection, assessment, and management of collections and resources in business and management including reference resources.  The Research Librarian will serve as liaison to the faculty and students in The Paul Merage School of Business to ensure that their information needs are being met and to promote the Libraries’ services and resources.  The Research Librarian will be responsible for monitoring budgets and making collections decisions that support the teaching and research needs on campus.  The incumbent will keep abreast of new publications and electronic resources in business and management and will develop and update subject web pages in support of curriculum and research in The Paul Merage School of Business. 

In the area of instruction, the Research Librarian for Business will provide and promote subject-based instruction ranging from general orientations and overviews of electronic resources in business to customized presentations for specific course assignments.  The candidate will also participate in the Libraries' information literacy initiatives and general education programs to assist campus and community users in improving their critical thinking, information seeking, and research skills.


  • Graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution or an equivalent combination of relevant advanced degree and library experience.
  • Substantial knowledge of business and financial information resources
  • Ability to provide effective instruction in the use of business and financial information resources.
  • Strong interest in building and managing business collections in all formats
  • Commitment to user-centered library services.
  • Strong interest in library information technology.
  • Strong interest in working with students and faculty.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication 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 criteria for advancement and promotion of Librarians.

  • Significant experience in teaching information literacy skills in business and management.
  •  Experience assessing, evaluating, and negotiating digital resources in business.
  • Skill in developing, organizing, and maintaining web-based information resources.
  • Educational background in business or management.
  • Experience in performing reference, instruction and/or collection development in business-related subjects in an academic or research library.

Consideration will be given to applicants with a wide range of years of experience, including qualified early career librarians.


Reference Department

The Research Librarian for Business will be based in the Langson Library and will be a member of the Reference Department, which consists of Langson Library Reference and Ayala Science Library Reference. Langson Library’s services and collections support research and teaching in the Arts, Education, Humanities, Social Sciences and Business and Management.  The Department provides reference services including research consultation and virtual reference. The Reference Department operates in a team-based environment and the staff consists of 9 librarians and 7 FTE career staff.

The 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 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), 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 has more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students and about 1,500 faculty members.  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 activity.

Salary & Benefits:  Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Preferred appointment level:  $47,544 - $84,996 (Assistant Librarian I – Librarian III).  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.
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 December 1, 2011 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: 

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, 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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