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Special Collections Public Services, Outreach and Community Engagement Librarian

Special Collections Public Services, Outreach and Community Engagement Librarian

University of California, Riverside Job Location: California Apply By: 03/04/2020 Date Created: 03-05-2019




Special Collections Public Services, Outreach and Community Engagement Librarian


Rank and Salary Scale

Assistant Librarian – Associate Librarian - Librarian - Potential Career

$60,843 - $81,730


Organizational Unit

Special Collections and University Archives


Position Overview

The University of California, Riverside (UCR) seeks a dynamic, proactive, user-oriented Public Services, Outreach and Community Engagement Librarian. The successful candidate will actively coordinate robust reference and reading room services, programming, and promotional outreach to support and foster the use of the Special Collections & University Archives collections by the UCR community of faculty, scholars, researchers and students in addition to the wider community of the Inland Empire.


Located an hour’s drive to the east of Los Angeles, an hour west of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley, an hour east of ocean beaches, ninety minutes north of San Diego, and an hour south of mountain ski resorts, UCR is located in an area of dramatic landscapes and rich cultural traditions. The University is a dynamic, aggressively-developing land grant research institution dedicated to preparing its diverse student body to be successful competitors in the world marketplace of ideas. UCR boasts the first new School of Medicine to open on the West Coast in 43 years; a new School of Public Policy; and the Bourns College of Engineering, ranked 10th in the world according to an international ranking organization.


The UCR Library is a critical partner in preparing UCR’s students to be globally competitive while simultaneously preparing them for careers in the Inland Empire and beyond. The mission of the UCR Library is no less than to bring the world’s information resources to the UCR community and to ensure that UCR students, faculty, and staff have the skills to fully exploit those resources to change the world for the better.


The UCR Library is a team of intensely collaborative, forward-thinking colleagues dedicated to providing excellent services to our students, faculty, and community members in a rapidly evolving information environment. The successful candidate will be technologically sophisticated; committed to problem-solving in local, regional, national, and international arenas; and able to develop innovative solutions to complex problems; and a dynamic and effective leader.


The UCR Library is comprised of three facilities housing more than 3,800,000 volumes, 940,000 electronic books, 97,000 print and electronic journals, and 2,300,000 microforms. The Library provides services to more than 22,000 students and nearly 2,000 faculty and other academics in an institutional environment planning for and experiencing extensive growth. The successful candidate will join an enthusiastic staff of 131 FTE librarians, support personnel (including student FTE) in building a research library of excellence within a dynamic and diverse university ranked among the top 50 in the nation. The UCR Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). Among the unique collections of the UCR Library is the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy, the Water Resources Collections & Archives, the Rupert Costo Library of the American Indian, the Paul Chou Collection of Chinese history and culture, the George Brown Papers, the Tomás Rivera Papers, and the Inland Empire Memories Initiative. Information about the UCR Libraries is available at http://library.ucr.edu.


The UCR Library is an integral part of the University of California library system. With collections totaling 30 million volumes, UC’s more than 100 libraries are surpassed in size on the American continent only by the Library of Congress collection. In addition, UC’s California Digital Library (CDL) provides the core of the University's digital collections. CDL also assists UC to share resources and holdings more effectively, and provides leadership in applying technology to the development of library collections and services. Organizationally situated within the UC Office of the President, the CDL operates in close collaboration with all UC campuses and their libraries.


UC professional librarians are academic appointees and are represented by an exclusive bargaining unit; The University Council-American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). This position is in the bargaining unit.




Reporting to the Director of Distinctive Collections, the Special Collections Public Services, Outreach and Community Engagement Librarian will work collaboratively to develop, manage, and implement robust public services operations including coordinating outreach, programming, reference, access services, and instruction for Special Collections and University archives.


• Manages all aspects of the public services operations of the Special Collections & University Archives Department including reference, collections security and interlibrary loan activities.

• Provides educational, programmatic and promotional outreach to faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, visiting scholars, and others whose research, teaching, communications and learning activities will benefit from engagement with Special Collections and University archives.

• Manages and performs user education, orientation and user engagement activities for individuals and groups using Special Collections and University archives materials.

• Collaborates with the Library Teaching and Learning department to expand the effective use, promotion, pedagogic application, and handling of special collections materials in Library instruction.

• Contributes to outreach initiatives including on-site and virtual exhibits, social media, tours, show-and-tells and other forms of public outreach.

• Collaborates and participates in the Inland Empire (IE) Memories Initiative.

• Collaborates and coordinates with the Library Communications Specialist to promote positive public relations for Special Collections and University Archives including developing and participating in new and innovative approaches for effective outreach and reference services.

• Participates in promoting and marketing Special Collections and University Archives initiatives, collections, programming and services through tours, presentations, publications, social media, and other appropriate means in collaboration with the Library’s Communications Specialist.

• Creates training materials for reference desk staff and provides proper training in the care and handling of special collections materials.

• Serves as the Departmental exhibition loans registrar.

• Participates in the establishment of policies, procedures, and guidelines for lifecycle management of collections in all formats;

• Collaborates and coordinates with the Library’s Communications Specialist to provide effective communication to library and UCR-wide stakeholders on new and existing content;

• Participates in general administrative duties, library-wide activities, committees, special projects and library programs; represents the UCR Library on various University of California standing committees and ad-hoc groups;

• Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:


• Master of Library and Information Studies from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent.

• Demonstrated excellence in oral, written, and interpersonal communications.

• Knowledge of current and most effective research techniques for primary source materials.

• Demonstrated commitment to outstanding user-centered public service, community engagement and teamwork.

• Working knowledge of library management systems.

• Ability to analyze, implement and adapt to evolving technologies.

• Familiarity with and commitment to the standards, ethics, security guidelines and best practices from professional groups such as ACRL’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Section and the Society of American Archivists.

• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, professionally and independently within a complex organization and with all levels of students, faculty and staff.


• Demonstrated ability to plan, prioritize, coordinate and implement projects. Proven ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure. Ability to work in a fast-paced team environment within a diverse, and complex organization.

• Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work successfully in an intensely collaborative environment with a broad range of people from culturally diverse backgrounds including colleagues, administrators, students, faculty, donors, and alumni.

• Experience working collegially and cooperatively within and across organizations.

• Familiarity with the trends, issues, standards and best practices in the care and management of special collections.


Preferred Qualifications:


• Experience providing public services in a special collections repository to a diverse clientele including faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students and members of the public.

• Familiarity and working knowledge of Aeon, Alma and Primo or similar software systems.

• Knowledge of another language in addition to English.

• Exhibition experience.

• UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students.

A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.


UCR librarians are members of the Librarians Association of the University of California (LAUC). Research, publication, and/or service to the University and profession are expected for continuing advancement.


Salary and Benefits:

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience within a range of: $60,843 - $81,730.


Appointment at rank of Assistant Librarian to Librarian - Potential Career depending upon qualifications and experience. Advancement through the librarian ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every two to three years, each of which includes substantial peer review. Excellent retirement system, health, and vacation benefits.


Application: Submit resume, statement of contributions to diversity, and names and contact information of at least three references, and a letter of interest addressing qualifications and experience related to the primary duties of the position through APRecruit (https://apptrkr.com/1408691). The search will remain open until the position is filled; for best consideration application should be received by April 22, 2019.


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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