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    Posted: 14/Sep/2019 at 9:59am
Recruitment Period
Open date: August 22nd, 2019 Next review date: Friday, Sep 20, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee. Final date: Friday, Nov 29, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Undergraduate Learning and Research Librarian

Instruction Services Division - Library
University of California, Berkeley Library
Hiring range: Associate Librarian
$62,854 - $79,888 per annum, based on qualifications
This is a full time appointment available starting January 2020.

The University of California, Berkeley seeks a collaborative and user-centered librarian to join a team committed to teaching emerging scholars to approach research with confidence, creativity, and critical insight, empowering them to access, critically evaluate, and use information to create and distribute their own research in a technologically evolving environment. This position focuses on designing user-centered spaces and services to meet the needs of Berkeley's undergraduate learning communities.

The Environment

The UC Berkeley Library is an internationally renowned research and teaching facility at one of the nation's premier public universities. A highly diverse and intellectually rich environment, Berkeley serves a campus community of 30,000 undergraduate students, over 11,000 graduate students, and 1,500 faculty. With a collection of more than 12 million volumes and an annual collections budget over $15 million, the Library offers extensive collections in all formats and robust services to connect users with those collections and build their related research skills. The Library's mission and strategic plan can be viewed at

The Instruction Services Division (ISD) is a team of librarians and professional staff who provide leadership for all issues related to the Library's educational role such as student learning, information literacy, first-year and transfer student experience, reference and research services, assessment of teaching and learning, instructor development, and the design of physical and virtual learning environments. We support course-integrated instruction, drop-in workshops, online guides, and individual research. Our work furthers the Library's involvement in curricular initiatives and emphasizes the opportunities associated with undergraduate education. We cultivate liaison relationships with campus partners and academic programs. The Center for Connected Learning (CCL), currently in the design phase, is a hub for undergraduates to engage in multidisciplinary, multimodal inquiry and creation. Students learn from peers and experts as they ask, seek, and find answers to their questions in an environment unbound by disciplines or domain expertise. The space is run in partnership with students, and they are empowered to influence service and space design, structure, and policies.


Reporting to the Head of the ISD, the Undergraduate Learning and Research Librarian actively participates in the Library's reference and instructional services—providing in-person reference, virtual reference, individual research consultations, and in-person classes, and creating instructional content. This librarian also collaborates with colleagues across the Library in various areas (e.g., Digital Literacies, Geographic Information Systems, and Digital Humanities) to support undergraduate inquiry and discovery. This position plays a lead role in piloting, assessing, and designing services and spaces in the CCL and applies expertise in student-centered space design and assessment across the Library. This position also plays a key role in user outreach and engagement by creating, deploying, and assessing strategies such as: digital signage, exhibit content, student art displays, and event promotion.

The Undergraduate Learning and Research Librarian connects with formal and informal communities of learners and contributes to a student-centered ethos, ensuring that novice scholars are connected to the Library's wealth of resources and programs. A key pedagogical tactic is peer-to-peer learning for undergraduates, and this librarian will participate as a mentor in the Library Undergraduate Fellows program, which gives students training and networking opportunities and helps the Library pilot service models to support emerging scholars. The person in this position will help coordinate the Data Peer Consulting program, a collaborative effort with the Division of Data Science in the CCL; the program is an example of leveraging collaborations with campus partners to offer entry-level research support services.

Minimum Basic Qualification required at the time of application:

? Advanced degree or enrolled in an advanced degree program.

Additional Required Qualifications required by start date of position:

? Advanced degree
? At least two years of experience providing instruction, reference, or consultation services in an academic environment.

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

? Master's degree from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent international degree.
? Experience planning effective programs and services including designing and implementing learning-oriented, research-oriented, and technology-rich spaces.
? Experience teaching information literacy concepts and skills to undergraduates.
? Experience engaging undergraduates through outreach efforts.
? Experience with quantitative and qualitative assessment techniques or methods.
? Experience applying design thinking principles.
? Experience applying digital scholarship or data science methods.
? Excellent analytical, organizational, problem solving, interpersonal, and communication skills.
? Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, creativity, and ability to work effectively both independently and as a team member.
? Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The UC Berkeley Library is committed to supporting and encouraging a multicultural environment and seeks candidates who can make positive and imaginative contributions in a context of ethnic and cultural diversity.

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

Librarians are entitled to appropriate professional development leave, vacation leave, sick leave, and all other benefits granted non-faculty academic personnel. The University has an excellent retirement system and sponsors a variety of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans in addition to other benefits.

This recruitment will remain open until filled.

Submit applications online at

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, disability, age, or protected veteran status.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: (link is external).

Send inquiries to:
Immaculate Adesida
Library Human Resources
Phone: (510) 643-8470

Job location
Berkeley, CA

Document requirements

Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

Cover Letter

Reference requirements

• 3 required (contact information only)

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