Innovation and Entrepreneurship Librarian (temporary, 2 year position)

The University of California, Irvine Libraries has an exciting opportunity for a motivated and collaborative professional to serve as the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Librarian (IEL).  Nestled in the heart of Orange County, an ethnically diverse community which is one of the most vibrant hubs of innovation and business development in California, UCI is strategically committed to engagement with the community through the exchange of information, ideas, and resources.   To achieve this mission, the UCI Libraries is piloting an outreach effort to provide library research and instructional support to meet the growing demand across the University for services and resources that support innovation and entrepreneurship.   The ideal candidate will bring energy, enthusiasm, and fresh ideas to help launch this pilot effort. 

Interested candidates from diverse backgrounds and life experiences, including early career librarians who are eager to contribute to this challenging new venture and who want to grow professionally through mentorship by a team of collaborative colleagues, are encouraged to apply.

Scope of the Position

The IEL will participate in a team, including the Research Librarian for Business and the Research Librarian for Applied Sciences and Engineering, which focuses on building relationships with students, faculty, staff, and community partners involved in innovation and entrepreneurship.   As part of the team, the IEL will explore and test ways to support multiple campus constituents, and will develop services and resources that support their endeavors to transform research and ideas into entrepreneurial ventures.   

The IEL will provide research and instructional support for students and faculty in the Paul Merage School of Business, which recently launched a new Master of Innovation and Entrepreneurship program, the Henry Samueli School of Engineering, the Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences, and other academic programs as needed.  In addition the IEL will reach out to UCI’s ANTrepreneuer Center, which supports “UC Irvine students in starting new ventures” and UCI’s Applied Innovation, “a dynamic, innovative central platform for the UCI campus, entrepreneurs, inventors, the business community and investors to collaborate and move UCI research from lab to market.”

The IEL’s responsibilities will include advising users on navigating library resources that enable them to conduct market validation, develop informed business plans, assess the competitive market landscape, and discover patent information.  In addition, the IEL will assist with instruction to classes and groups that have an innovation or entrepreneurship component, and will provide training for library staff on tools and techniques to assist patrons with reference questions. 

As part of the team, the IEL will also explore the information landscape that supports innovation and entrepreneurship and advise on the Libraries’ collection strategies in this area.  Finally, at the end of this two-year pilot, the IEL in conjunction with the team will contribute to a report that assesses the future viability of the Libraries’ support for innovation and entrepreneurship.  As do all public service librarians in the UCI Libraries, the IEL will also participate in general reference and instruction programs.



  • Graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution or an equivalent combination of relevant advanced degree and library experience.
  • Interest in learning and teaching use of specialized online information resources relating to innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Ability to build positive relationships with faculty, students, staff, and community partners from a wide range of specialized fields including the sciences, technology, health sciences, and social sciences.
  • Ability to provide excellent reference, research, and instructional services to faculty, students, and community partners relating to innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Capacity to analyze, learn, and implement emerging and evolving technologies into library services and instruction.
  • Facility with searching and instructing patrons in the use of information databases.
  • Commitment to user-centered library services.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to contribute to the development of new and innovative services and to take the lead as appropriate.
  • Ability to assess plans and activities, make adjustments as needed, and provide recommendations for improvement.
  • Strong consultative and analytical skills.
  • Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively and to promote teamwork, diversity, equality, and inclusiveness within UCI Libraries and the campus.


  • Experience using business, financial, and market research information resources.
  • Educational or experiential background in innovation or entrepreneurship.
  • Experience with or knowledge of science, health science, or technological trends.
  • Familiarity or experience with data analytics. 
  • Familiarity with patents and patent searching.
  • Experience providing reference, instruction, or research support in an academic library setting.
  • Experience with assessment of library services.

The Reference Department

The IEL will be based in the Langson Library and will be a member of the Reference Department, which consists of eight librarians, including the Department Head, and seven career staff located in both the Langson Library and the Science Library.  Our vision: the Reference Department ensures that all users, regardless of the nature or method of their query, are able to utilize any resource to meet their information needs. To realize this vision, the Department organizes training, conducts assessment, and creates tools for providing one-on-one research assistance across all modes of patron interaction.

The UCI Libraries

At the heart of the University of California, Irvine’s academic community, the UCI Libraries plays a vital role in enabling our outstanding students, faculty and researchers to create new knowledge, develop lifelong learning skills, and make meaningful contributions to society.  We value innovation and collaboration, and we are committed to fostering an environment that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

The Libraries physical spaces consist of the Langson Library, the Science Library, the Library Gateway Study Center, and the Grunigen Medical Library.  These locations provide a welcoming and technology enhanced environment valued by students as places for study, research, and collaboration.  Together they contain over 3,300 public seats, over 500 public access computers, laptop computers for checkout, and a wide range of multimedia resources including 3D printers.  The library collection consists of over 3.9 million volumes, 180,000 journals and serial titles, and an ever expanding collection of electronic books, databases, and other resources.  Our public website is a portal to access e-resources; discover print, archival, and multi-media collections; and connect with reference and instructional services.  It also includes cutting edge digital tools and tutorials and numerous subject specific research guides created by subject specialists. 

The UCI Libraries employs approximately 171 full-time librarians and staff and over 174 part-time student assistants.  We support the professional and career development of librarians and staff. 

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 Research Libraries Alliance (PRRLA), International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), National Information Standards Organization (NISO), and OCLC Research Library Partnership (OCLC RLP).

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 a total of 35,958 undergraduate and graduate students and about 1,600 faculty and staff.  Nearly 67% of UCI students identify themselves as Asian American, African American, Chicano/Latino, or Native American.  Over 50% of UCI’s Bachelor Degrees are awarded to first generation college students.  The New York Times ranks UCI as the #1 college doing the most for the American Dream.  The University offers graduate degrees in more than 100 academic disciplines and interdisciplinary programs in addition to the M.D. and J.D.  Many of UCI’s academic programs are ranked nationally among the top universities and several doctoral programs are ranked in the top ten.

Librarians at UCI 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 is anticipated to be at the Assistant Librarian or Associate Librarian rank with a salary of $49,165 - $67,722.

Librarians at UCI are academic appointees. Non-managerial librarians are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, University Council – American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). This is a represented position.

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 45% 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 February 18, 2019 will receive first consideration.

To Apply:  Qualified applicants who wish to be considered for this position should submit the information requested:  cover letter; complete résumé; a statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and a list of three references (names and contact information only) via UCI AP Recruit at:

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 web site at with links to additional web sites 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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.