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Master of Library and Information Science Program Manager

Master of Library and Information Science Program Manager

UCLA Job Location: California Apply By: 10/24/2019 Date Created: 09-27-2019

Department: Department of Information Studies, GSE&IS Title Rank: Associate Librarian – Librarian Salary: $61,201- $101,535 Position Availability: Immediately Application deadline for first consideration: October 24, 2019 The UCLA Department of Information Studies seeks applications for the position of Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) Program Manager. The MLIS Program Manager reports to the Chair of the Information Studies (IS) Department, and works in consultation with the Associate Dean for Information Studies, IS faculty members and staff, the IS Lab Director, IS Student Affairs Officer (SAO), Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (GSE&IS) Offices of Student Services (OSS), and External Relations (OER). The MLIS Manager has primary responsibility for (1) managing the professional aspects of the student experience and (2) optimizing the program’s potential in the local, national, and international arenas. In the first capacity, the MLIS Program Manager develops resources relevant to professional networks and opportunities in any area relevant to the MLIS student profile (e.g., librarianship in public, private, and academic settings, informatics, rare books, visual resources, media archives, information literacy). In that capacity, the Program Manager is responsible for the internship program, for serving as course instructor for professional development topics, and for fostering and monitoring the placement of graduates. In the second capacity, the MLIS Manager is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to optimize the visibility and viability of the MLIS program. This includes keeping abreast of ongoing trends and developments in peer institutions and professional bodies, and creating strategies to consolidate the program while raising its profile and competitiveness. In both of these capacities, the Program Manager collaborates with others in outreach to multiple stakeholder groups (e.g., applicants, alumni, employers, professional associations); coordinates with relevant departmental committees and provides input on curricular needs and program development; tracks and manages departmental data on recruitment, admissions, placement, etc., and generates reports for internal and external assessment; and initiates projects that strengthen the MLIS program or works on special projects as identified by the Department Chair.
  • Specific duties and responsibilities include: Has primary responsibility for managing all aspects of the MLIS students’ needs as future professionals using strategies that foster students’ active participation, leadership, and achievements in the various LIS professional communities;
  • Has primary responsibility for the ongoing administration and growth of the internship program;
  • Works with the Associate Dean to increase the visibility and ranking of the MLIS program at the national and international level;
  • Manages ongoing review of the MLIS curriculum, specialization areas, course offerings, emerging trends in hiring, and requirements for core competencies in the field;
  • Supplements individual faculty–student advising relationships with professional mentoring and formal and informal cohort-building activities;
  • Provides professional development opportunities for MLIS students, through teaching in formal course offerings, short courses, and workshops;
  • Works with the Student Affairs Officer as an additional liaison between the IS Department and appropriate professional associations (e.g., ALA, SAA, ASIS&T, AMIA);
  • Administers external evaluation and accreditation processes by creating data on applicants, current students, and graduates, and generating reports for informational and strategic planning purposes;
  • Initiates and/or cooperates on projects with other staff to enhance strategic connections between the MLIS program and its alumni community for recruitment, program promotion, internships and service learning requirements, etc.
Description of Department As a part of the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies (GSE&IS), the Department of Information Studies (IS) offers the following academic programs: the PhD program in Information Studies; the Post-Master’s Certificate of Specialization in Information Studies; and the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program, which has several specializations: Archival Studies, Informatics, Library Studies, Media Archival Studies, and Rare Books/Print and Visual Resources. The IS Department has a current enrollment of approximately 140 students in the MLIS program and 35 students in the PhD. The IS Department is committed to the advancement of social equity, community empowerment, and to the promotion of intellectual openness, diversity, and accountability. We seek to develop leaders and innovators who will help individuals, social groups, and institutions solve problems related to the use of information. Many of the curricular and research initiatives of IS examine the ways in which nontraditional information resources are designed, created, evaluated, preserved, and used, and the ways in which historically underserved groups gain access to information systems and services. All IS students are encouraged to actively explore new areas of knowledge within the mission and ethical commitments of the Department.

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