Reference and Instruction Librarian (Part-Time, Temporary)

UNPUBLISHED: 1/20/2016

The University of California, Irvine Libraries seeks an enthusiastic and user-oriented Reference and Instruction Librarian for a 40%, temporary appointment lasting a minimum of two years from the date of hire with the possibility of renewal for one additional year. 

Qualified early career librarians and candidates from diverse backgrounds and life experiences are encouraged to apply.  The UCI Libraries is committed to recruiting a diverse workforce and advancing UCI’s Commitment to Inclusive Excellence.


The core responsibilities of the position are:

  • Provide general reference service at the reference desk and participate in virtual reference services.
  • Provide in-depth research consultations to students in lower division writing courses, as well as consultations in other subject areas, as appropriate.
  • Teach information literacy workshops for the lower division writing courses, including Writing 39C and Humanities Core.
  • Assist in creating, maintaining, and updating libguides that promote and explain the use of library resources for a variety of audiences, including, but not limited to, students in lower-division writing courses.
  • Work on special projects as needed.

The successful candidate may assist on projects assessing the Libraries’ reference and instructional programs, and will have the opportunity to participate actively and collaboratively on library committees, task forces, and project teams.  Opportunities will be provided to engage in professional development including activity in professional organizations, university and public service, and research and creative activity as appropriate.

The position will report to the Head of the Reference Department and will participate in instruction activities under the direction of the Head of Education and Outreach.



  • Graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution or an equivalent combination of relevant advanced degree and library experience.
  • Ability to present information effectively to a group.
  • Ability to provide excellent reference service in all formats for students and faculty in an academic library.
  • Facility in designing and organizing web-based research guides.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively and to promote teamwork, diversity, equality, and inclusiveness within UCI Libraries and the campus.
  • Commitment to user-centered library services.


  • Experience providing instruction in an academic library.
  • Experience teaching in a library or college setting.
  • Experience providing in-person and online reference service in an academic library.
  • Experience creating web-based research guides.

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.

Salary:  This is a temporary 40% appointment for two years from the date of hire and a possibility of renewal for one additional year.  Appointment will be at the Assistant Librarian rank with a salary of $1,590 per month. 

Deadline for Applications: Applications received by November 30, 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; 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 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 website at 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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.