Department: UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library
Rank and Salary:
Associate Librarian IV – Librarian V ($59,352 - $100,212)
Position Availability: Immediately
Application deadline is April 9, 2014.
Description of Institution and Library
One of ten University of California campuses, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is located in Westwood Village, approximately five miles from the Pacific Ocean near Santa Monica. Comprised of the College of Letters and Science and 11 professional schools, the 419-acre campus features 163 buildings. UCLA has more than 4,000 faculty and academic staff and approximately 26,000 employees overall. Founded in 1919, UCLA offers 337 undergraduate and graduate degree programs and has more than 28,000 undergraduates and 12,000 graduate students. Academic excellence, faculty distinction, and a comprehensive curriculum are hallmarks of UCLA, which is a member of the Association of American Universities. Among the faculty are fourteen Nobel Laureates, twelve Rhodes Scholars, ten National Medal of Science winners, a Fields Medal Winner, eleven MacArthur Grant winners, and seventy-eight Guggenheim Fellows. UCLA is California’s largest university and is a model for public institutions of higher education. As the seventh largest employer in the region, UCLA generates almost $14 in economic activity for every $1 state taxpayers invest in UCLA and generates an annual $11.9 billion economic impact for the state of California.
Consistently ranked among the top 10 academic research libraries in North America, the UCLA Library is comprised of 10 major libraries and 11 library-wide departments including the Southern Regional Library Facility (the remote storage facility for the southern UC campuses) all of which report to the University Librarian. In addition, there are 12 affiliated library units located on the campus. There are approximately 105 librarians on the campus, and the UCLA Library has a staff of approximately 300, and approximately 400 – 500 student employees. The Library has an organizational structure that includes the use of teams in conjunction with departments and units. The library collection consists of more than 9 million volumes and more than 78,000 current serial titles and an aggressively expanding electronic resources collection. The Library’s annual budget is in excess of $44 million; more than $10 million supports the acquisition of print and digital material, and the library is part of the California Digital Library. The UCLA Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), and the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).
The Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library (http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/biomed/louise-m-darling-biomedical-library) is seeking an enthusiastic, outreach-oriented, and visionary Associate Director for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Pacific Southwest Region NN/LM PSR (http://nnlm.gov/psr). Under a contract with the National Library of Medicine, the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library serves as the headquarters for the Pacific Southwest Region, one of eight regions in the NN/LM. The NN/LM PSR comprises Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and U.S. Territories in the Pacific Basin. The Associate Director of the NN/LM PSR is responsible for leadership, development, and administration of all regional services programs, from planning through evaluation phases, and oversees the effective participation of all PSR network members in the activities of the NN/LM. Reporting to the Director of the NN/LM PSR, who is the Associate University Librarian for Sciences and Director of the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, the Associate Director also serves as an important and valued member of the UCLA Library leadership team.
In addition to the qualifications listed below, the successful candidate will bring a dedication to outreach; convey a conviction as to the importance of quality health information; be skilled in gathering disparate groups to solve problems; envision the future development and direction of the network; and empathize with, and advocate for the needs of regional constituents. A positive background check will be required.
Specific duties and responsibilities include
• Initiates, plans, implements, manages and evaluates regional programs;
• Represents NN/LM PSR at the national and regional levels;
• Maintains effective communications with all network members, the UCLA Library, and National Library of Medicine;
• Coordinates a regional advisory committee structure and resource library directors to plan strategic direction of regional programs;
• Prepares and manages annual budgets;
• Prepares programs objectives, annual, and quarterly reports;
• Directs, oversees and monitors ongoing outreach initiatives and award programs;
• Coordinates day-to-day operations;
• Supervises professional and support staff, currently 5.5 FTE;
• Ensures compliance with NLM financial and descriptive reporting requirements;
• Requires year round travel in the region.
• ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library and Information Sciences OR equivalent education and experience (subject expertise combined with professional library education and/or experience);
• Minimum 10 years progressively responsible health science library experience, which includes 3 years of management, supervisory and project management experience;
• Evidence of strong administrative and leadership skills, including competence in budgeting, planning, organizing, and managing staff;
• Good communication (public speaking and writing) and interpersonal skills;
• Knowledge of the NN/LM, and of NLM products and services.
• NN/LM experience;
• Network management experience;
• Outreach experience;
• Knowledge of technology applications and trends in health sciences libraries;
• Familiarity with national or regional health care and information policy;
• Grant and contract writing experience;
• Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) accreditation at a senior or higher level.
Professional librarians at UCLA are academic appointees. This is a non-represented position. Within the UC System, most librarians are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, University Council - American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). As academic appointees, librarians are entitled to appropriate professional leave, two days per month of vacation leave, one day per month of sick leave, and all other benefits granted to non-faculty academic personnel. UC has an excellent retirement system and sponsors a variety of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans in addition to other benefits. Relocation assistance is provided.
Appointees to the librarian series at UC shall have professional backgrounds that demonstrate a high degree of creativity, teamwork, and flexibility. Such background will normally include a professional degree from an ALA-accredited library and information science graduate program. In addition to professional competence and quality of service within the library in the primary job, advancement in the librarian series requires professional involvement and contributions outside of the library, and/or university and community service, and/or scholarly activities. Candidates must show evidence or promise of such contributions.
Candidates should apply by April 9, 2014 to be considered for this position. UCLA welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applications and nominations from women and minorities. UCLA seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.
UCLA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ADA-compliant employer. Under federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally authorized to work in the United States as established by providing documents specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Employment is contingent upon completion of satisfactory background investigation.
Visit the UCLA Library Employment Opportunities Website at http://www.library.ucla.edu/about/employment.cfm.
Cover Letter - Describing qualifications and experience.
Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. detailing education and relevant experience.
References - Names and contact information for at least three professional references, including current or previous supervisor; contact information only.