Research Librarian for Teaching, Learning, and Education

The University of California, Irvine Libraries seeks an energetic, creative, knowledgeable, and user-oriented Research Librarian for Teaching, Learning, and Education to lead the development of effective learning experiences for users; to participate actively in the Libraries’ information literacy program; and to serve as a liaison to the School of Education.

The successful candidate will be based in the Education and Outreach Department, and will report directly to the Head of Education and Outreach.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Research Librarian for Teaching, Learning, and Education will act as the Libraries’ instructional designer and will serve as a library-wide resource to help design and provide effective digital and analog learning experiences for users.  

Key responsibilities include:

  • Monitor the development of online courses at UC Irvine and actively pursue opportunities to integrate information literacy instruction into those courses.
  • Collaborate with library and campus staff and faculty on the design and development of effective and high quality learning materials (effective active learning techniques, tutorials, point of need demonstrations, how-to videos, etc.) that support instruction in information literacy skills and in the use of library resources and services. 
  • Provide leadership and expertise in the assessment of the effectiveness of the Libraries’ instruction program, in monitoring the implementation of ACRL’s revised Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, and in enhancing the Libraries’ subject based instruction activities.
  • Participate in the Libraries’ instruction program for students enrolled in lower-division writing courses and other information literacy initiatives.
  • Serve as the library liaison for the School of Education which includes collection management and the provision of specialized reference and instruction.
  • Participate in the provision of general reference services.
  • Monitor current developments in education research and keep the Libraries apprised of these developments in areas where the research has implications for information literacy and other library instruction programs.

Qualifications

Required:

  • Graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution or an equivalent combination of relevant advanced degree and library experience.
  • Experience designing and creating tutorials, learning objects, or other curricular resources.
  • At least two years of successful teaching experience.
  • Strong interest in instruction, information literacy, and assessment of library services and resources.
  • Familiarity with the ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.
  • Commitment to user-centered library services.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively and to promote teamwork, diversity, equality, and inclusiveness within the UCI Libraries and the campus.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies.
  • Ability to meet the University of California criteria for advancement and promotion.

Preferred:

  • Educational background in the field of Education.
  • Strong understanding of the key issues and trends in the design and delivery of library services in support of the academic mission of the university.
  • Experience managing or leading projects.
  • Formal training or certification in Instructional Design.

The Education and Outreach Department

The Education and Outreach Department, which currently includes 3 librarians and a part-time library assistant, provides leadership for the Libraries’ outreach and instruction activities and programs which emphasize information literacy, research skills, scholarly communication, and critical thinking. The Department has a lead role in the coordination, integration, and assessment of all library instruction and outreach activities, including subject-based, graduate, and professional school instruction. The Department operates in a collaborative, team-based environment and works closely with members of the Libraries’ Reference and Collection Development Departments in order to fulfill its mission. 

The UCI Libraries

The UCI Libraries are committed to innovation and excellence.  The Libraries consist of the Langson Library, the Ayala Science Library, the Library Gateway Study Center, and the Grunigen Medical Library.  These buildings contain over 3,600 public seats for study and research and provide more than 600 public access computers.  The UCI Libraries have a staff of approximately 140 FTE plus approximately 30 student assistant FTE.  The library collection consists of over 3.4 million volumes and over 137,000 journals and serial titles and an aggressively expanding electronic resources collection.  

The UCI Libraries are a member of the:  Association of Research Libraries (ARL), California Digital Library (CDL), HathiTrust Digital Library, Center for Research Libraries (CRL), Coalition of Networked Information (CNI), Digital Library Federation (DLF), Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), Pacific Rim Digital Library Alliance (PRDLA), and International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

University of California, Irvine

The University of California, Irvine, is nestled in over 1,500 acres of coastal foothills, five miles from the Pacific Ocean, between San Diego and Los Angeles.  Founded in 1965, UCI has more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students and about 1,100 faculty.  Nearly 67% of UCI students identify themselves as Asian American, African American, Chicano/Latino, or Native American.  The University offers graduate degrees in more than 100 academic disciplines and interdisciplinary programs in addition to the M.D. and J.D.  UCI’s academic programs are ranked nationally among the top universities; several doctoral programs are ranked in the top ten.

Librarians at the University of California Irvine are academic appointees and receive potential career status at the time of their initial appointment. Librarians periodically receive administrative and peer review for merit increases based on the following criteria: 1) professional competence and quality of service within the Library; 2) professional activity outside the Library; 3) university and public service; and 4) research and other creative activity.

Salary & Benefits:  Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience based on the University of California pay scales.  Appointment will be at the Assistant Librarian, Associate Librarian, or Librarian rank with a salary of $47,722 - $73,238. Librarians are entitled to two days per month of annual leave, thirteen paid holidays, and one day per month sick leave.  The University has an excellent retirement system and offers a variety of group health, life, and disability insurance plans.  Benefits are equal to approximately 40% of salary.

Consideration will be given to applicants with a wide range of years of experience, including qualified early career librarians.

Deadline for Applications:  Applications received by March 2, 2015 will receive first consideration, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

To Apply:  Qualified applicants who wish to be considered for this position should submit the information requested (cover letter; complete résumé; and the names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of three references, with a statement of each reference's professional relationship to the applicant) via UC Recruit at: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/apply/JPF02719.

Upon application, candidates should be in possession of proof of their legal right to employment in the U.S. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, verification of legal right to work will be required between the time of final selection and hiring, and is absolutely essential in ultimately being hired. 

This position description is listed on the UCI Libraries website at www.lib.uci.edu/current-librarian-and-administrative-vacancies with links to additional websites featuring campus and community information. 

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

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