Research Librarian for Humanities and Literature

The University of California, Irvine Libraries seeks a creative, knowledgeable, collaborative, and user-oriented Research Librarian for Humanities and Literature (RLHL) to plan and deliver innovative reference and instruction services, and to develop and manage excellent electronic, multimedia, and print collections in literature and the humanities. The RLHL will actively engage with faculty, students, and staff in several departments within the School of Humanities, including the Department of English and the Department of Comparative Literature. In addition, the RLHL may engage with additional departments within the School of Humanities depending on the successful candidate’s areas of strength. More information about the School and its programs can be found at

Qualified 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.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The RLHL will be a member of the Department of Education and Outreach (E&O), reporting to the Head of E&O. The core responsibilities of the position are as follows:

  • Serve as a liaison to faculty and students in assigned subject areas to ensure that their information needs are being met and to promote the Libraries’ services and resources.
  • Provide specialized instruction, research consultations, and reference services to assigned departments and programs.
  • Select, assess, and manage collections and resources for literature and other assigned disciplines in the Humanities to support teaching and research needs on campus.
  • Develop and update subject guides in support of research in assigned subject areas.
  • Participate in the Libraries’ instruction program for students enrolled in lower-division writing courses and other information literacy initiatives.
  • Maintain sufficient knowledge to provide general reference assistance in a variety of modes including in-person and digital reference.
  • Participate in an interdepartmental team to support UCI Critical Theory.
  • Collaborate with librarians and staff throughout the Libraries in many departments, including Collection Strategies, Reference, Special Collections and Archives (including the Critical Theory Archive), Digital Scholarship Services, and Communications and Events on projects that further the strategic goals of the UCI Libraries.

Furthermore, as a member of the Department of Education and Outreach, the RLHL will join a team focused on developing, planning, promoting, delivering, and assessing the Libraries’ information literacy and student outreach programs. The RLHL will keep abreast of trends in information literacy, pedagogy, instructional design, and/or instructional technology to further the mission of the department and the UCI Libraries.



  • Graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution or an equivalent combination of relevant advanced degree and library experience.
  • Educational background in English, Comparative Literature, or related humanities discipline.
  • Successful teaching experience in a library or in higher education.
  • Familiarity with the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy, and demonstrated interest in information literacy and teaching.
  • Strong understanding of key issues in collection management in literature and the humanities.
  • Strong interest in working with students and faculty.
  • Ability to provide effective specialized reference and instruction in literature and the humanities.
  • 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 UCI Libraries and the campus.
  • Ability to meet the University of California criteria for advancement and promotion.


  • Experience assessing and evaluating digital resources in literature and the humanities.
  • Educational background in critical theory or experience working with critical theory collections and resources.
  • Knowledge of scholarly communication issues and trends within literature and the humanities.
  • Experience managing or leading projects.
  • Reading knowledge of one or more of the following languages: French, German, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Persian, Hebrew.

The Department of Education and Outreach

The Education and Outreach Department leads the UCI Libraries’ outreach and instruction activities and programs, which emphasize information literacy, research skills, scholarly communication, and critical thinking. The Department coordinates, integrates, and assesses 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, Collection Strategies, Special Collections and Archives, and Digital Scholarship Services Departments in order to fulfill its mission. The Department consists of 6 librarians including the Department Head and 1 library assistant.

The UCI Libraries

The UCI Libraries values innovation and collaboration.  We are committed to the University’s goal of diversity and inclusive excellence.  The Libraries consist of the Langson Library, the Science Library, the Library Gateway Study Center, and the Grunigen Medical Library.  These buildings contain over 3,300 public seats for study and research and provide nearly 525 public access computers.  The UCI Libraries have a staff of approximately 145 FTE plus approximately 25 student assistant FTE.  The library collection consists of over 3.8 million volumes, nearly 150,000 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 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 approximately 36,000 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.  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 is anticipated to be at the Assistant Librarian, Associate Librarian, or Librarian rank with a salary of $49,165 - $75,453.

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.

Deadline for Applications:  Applications received by July 26, 2018 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 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.