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Department: UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical LibraryRank and Salary:Assistant Librarian II-III ($48,504 - $49,464)Associate Librarian I-VII ($49,464 - $70,956)Position Availability: ImmediatelyThe Health and Life Sciences Community at UCLAAs a major academic health sciences center, UCLA plays an important role in teaching, research, and clinical care through its four health science professional schools located in the southern part of campus; these are the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, the Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health, the School of Nursing, and the School of Dentistry. Also vitally important is the Division of Life Sciences in the College of Letters and Science which includes five departments. UCLA Health is the major clinical organization that includes four hospitals and a number of primary and specialty care clinics in surrounding areas. The hospitals and clinics are particularly important, not only because of the clinical care they provide, but because they serve as the clinical training ground for medical students, residents, and fellows. Over $250 million dollars in National Institutes of Health funding was awarded to UCLA researchers in FY 2013, making UCLA the 12th largest recipient of NIH funding. Total research funding for health sciences amounted to $700 million in 2011/2012. Graduate student enrollment in the health and life sciences totaled 3,813 in 2011/2012. The undergraduate population in the health and life sciences totaled 7,504, over half of whom were upper division undergraduates. Of all graduate degrees conferred in 2011/2012, including Masters, Doctorate and professional practice degrees, 879 or 20.7% were awarded in the health and life sciences, while 1,793 or 24.4% of undergraduate degrees were awarded in the health and life sciences. Undergraduate science research is a major program effort at UCLA which involves 4,000 science students each year. The Louise M. Darling Biomedical LibraryThe Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library serves UCLA’s health and life sciences communities, which include upper division undergraduate students, graduate students, residents, fellows, faculty, and staff from the four professional schools and the Division of Life Sciences, as well as the health and life sciences information needs of the UCLA community as a whole. The library is the Regional Medical Library and serves as the headquarters for the Pacific Southwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. The collections are broad in scope and designed to support the teaching, research, and patient-care needs of its primary clientele. The total collection includes more than 679,000 print volumes and provides access to thousands of electronic resources including journals, databases, and other materials. The Reference, Instruction, and Collection Services (RICS) division is responsible for a broad range of services, including consultation, instruction, and collection services as well as an emerging program in data management. At the most fundamental level, resources are delivered to the desktop in the classroom, clinic, research laboratory, and office. Current staffing includes: 3 FTE librarians, 1.0 FTE administrative specialist, 1.0 FTE computer resource specialist, and 3 part-time reference desk students from UCLA’s Department of Information Studies.Position DutiesThe Research Informationist provides a broad range of information services, including data curation and management, across the entire research life cycle for UCLA students, faculty, staff, and researchers in the health and life sciences. The Research Informationist also contributes to research, consultation, instruction, and collection services within defined areas of responsibility from both clinical and basic science departments. The Research Informationist is a member of the Research, Instruction, and Collection Services (RICS) division and reports to the RICS Team Leader.Specific duties and responsibilities include:• Provide information services to students, faculty, and researchers throughout the research life cycle,• Provide expert search services for systematic reviews and other intensive research projects,• Serve as liaison for outreach, instruction, and collection services for disciplines which have significant data needs, such as: biostatistics, cardiology, epidemiology, genetics, infectious disease, oncology, and pediatrics, • Develop and deliver a curriculum of instruction in data management across all disciplines,• Provide data management advice and individualized consultations for groups and individuals working with research data, • Assist researchers in locating data available for re-use and advise on appropriate repositories for sharing data,• Advise students and researchers on intellectual property issues relation to data sets and to publications, • Develop and maintain web-based resources for training in best practices in data management,• Maintain familiarity with funder policies relevant to data management, such as NIH’s data sharing policy and NSF’s data management plan requirement, and communicate new requirements to relevant campus stakeholders,• Assist researchers and staff with meeting the requirements of the NIH Public Access Policy,• Participate in library-wide groups on data management and scholarly communications,• Contribute to the Biomedical Library and the UCLA Library’s communications vehicles, including but not limited to the Library’s web site, LibGuides, and social media,• Contribute to the UCLA Library and the Schools and Departments it serves by participating on committees, task forces, and other formal engagements, including but not limited to those related to data management,• Contribute to the profession and represent the UCLA Library in the academic, scholarly, and professional community, and• Serve as a member of the UCLA Library team and work to further the overall goals of the UCLA Library.Required Qualifications • ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library and Information Sciences OR significant graduate-level coursework toward such a degree OR equivalent education and experience (subject expertise combined with professional library education and/or experience), • Two or more years’ experience working in a science-oriented academic or research library,• Skill in searching online catalogs and databases,• Functional understanding of collection development practices,• Familiarity with the research process in the health and life sciences,• Familiarity with research and teaching information needs in the health and life sciences,• Familiarity with publication trends and characteristics, particularly scholarly publications in public health, medicine, and other health sciences disciplines, • Experience using a wide range of bibliographic databases in the health and life sciences,• Familiarity with the NIH Public Access Policy and the tools used to evaluate compliance,• Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills, • Demonstrated commitment to user-centered library services,• Demonstrated evidence of initiative and flexibility,• Excellent organizational, time, and project management skills,• Sound technology experience and skills, • Capacity to thrive in the exciting, ambiguous, future-oriented environment of a world-class research institution and to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities, • Ability to work with faculty, students, and staff from diverse cultural backgrounds,• Ability to work collegially and as a leader with library colleagues, and• Ability to meet the University of California criteria for advancement and promotion of librarians.Candidates applying by November 11, 2013 will be given first consideration.To view the complete job posting and apply, click here: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF00080.

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