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Assistant/Associate University Librarian for Collections and Scholarly Communication, University of California, Riverside Libraries, Riverside CA

Assistant/Associate University Librarian for Collections and Scholarly Communication

Assistant/Associate University Librarian

$83,200 – $150,000

Organizational Unit
Collections and Scholarly Communications Division

Position Overview: The University of California, Riverside Libraries is seeking nominations and applications for a dynamic, innovative, and adaptable administrator to fill the position of Assistant/ Associate University Librarian (AUL) for Collections and Scholarly Communication. 

Located an hour drive to the east of Los Angeles, an hour drive west of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley, an hour drive east of ocean beaches, an hour and half drive north of San Diego, and an hour drive south of mountain ski resorts, UC Riverside is located in an area of dramatic landscapes and equally 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 Libraries are 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 Libraries are 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 Libraries are building 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.

Reporting to the University Librarian, the AUL for Scholarly Communications and Collections will be a member of the senior management team consisting of the University Librarian and three other AULs (the others are the AULs for Administration, Research & Instructional Services, and Information Technology & Systems) that will assume responsibility for collaborative leadership, management, and decision making. The AULs play an active role in defining and implementing the strategic goals for advancing library programs and services in support of the university’s rapidly evolving research, education, and public service mission.

The UCR Libraries are comprised of four facilities housing more than 3,000,000 volumes, 97,000 print and electronic journals, and 2,300,000 microforms. The Libraries provide services to more than 21,000 students and 1,830 faculty and other academics in an institutional environment planning for and experiencing extensive growth. The successful candidate will join an enthusiastic staff of 118.27 FTE librarians and 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 Libraries are a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). Among the unique collections of the UCR Libraries are the world class Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy, the Water Resources Collections & Archives, the Rupert Costo Library of the American Indian, the Tuskegee Airmen Archive, the Paul Chou Collection of Chinese history and culture, the George Brown Papers, and the newly established Inland Empire Memories Initiative. Information about the UCR Libraries is available at

The UCR Libraries are 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 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.

The UCR Libraries are initiating a strategic planning process during the summer of 2013; the goal is to have the strategic plan completed by the end of calendar 2013 or early 2014. Depending on the date of hire, the selected candidate is expected to play a key role in defining the shape of the final plan and, in collaboration with the other AULs and the UL, architecting the implementation of that strategic plan. 

Under the general direction of the University Librarian, the AUL for Collections and Scholarly Communications provides leadership and management for the Libraries’ collections (Collection Development, Special Collections and Archives, Acquisitions, and scholarly communications programs).

  •  Assumes direct responsibility for the functions and strategic directions of the Collection Development, Special Collections and Archives, Acquisitions, including Acquisitions Accounting departments;
  •  Provides leadership in defining the collection development policies to ensure that the UCR Libraries are maximally supporting the research and teaching agenda of the university;
  •  Manages and allocates a collections budget of $4,300,000 and oversees approximately 37 librarians, staff, and students.
  •  Provides guidance to and supports the divisional employees in their individual development plans;
  •  Develops and implements the Libraries’ scholarly communications programs and initiatives;
  •  Serves as one of the primary liaisons from the Libraries to UCR’s schools, colleges, departments, and university committees as appropriate, and promotes and advances the Libraries’ opportunities to partner with the academic communities at UCR and beyond;
  •  Represents the UCR Libraries on various University of California standing committees and ad-hoc groups;
  •  Represents the UCR Libraries in local, regional, and national forums;
  •  Collaborates with the University Librarian and the Libraries’ Director of Development in the identification and stewarding of current and potential donors to the UCR Libraries on issues relating to collections.

Required Qualifications:
ALA accredited master’s degree. Demonstrated success in leadership role(s). Evidence of at least eight years of increasingly responsible managerial experience in collection development, special collections, and/or technical services, or other relevant area. Experience in planning and budgeting for collections, special collections, and/or technical services in a complex library environment. Clear understanding of trends in scholarly publishing. Strong analytical and conceptual abilities. Outstanding oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with all relevant constituencies. Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively in an ethnically and culturally diverse campus community. 

Preferred Qualifications:
Advanced degree; experience with multi-campus or consortial planning; sustained record of professional achievement; experience with fundraising for collection development and cultivating donor relations.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience within a range of $83,200-$150,000. Appointment at Assistant or Associate University Librarian rank dependent upon qualifications. Excellent retirement system, health and vacation benefits. 

Application Information:   
Submit a letter of interest addressing qualifications and experience related to the primary duties of the position, resume, names and contact information of at least three references to Vicki Austin, Library Personnel, University of California, Riverside, University Libraries, P.O. Box 5900, Riverside, CA 92517-5900, or e-mail to [email protected], or fax to (951) 827-5306. The search will remain open until the position is filled; for best consideration application should be received by October 10, 2013.