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Friday, July 15, 2016

Out of State Opportunity

Assistant Program Director and Health Sciences Librarian, Academic Liaison Program

The University of California San Diego Library seeks applications from highly motivated, innovative, collaborative, flexible and service-oriented professionals to join the Library as Assistant Program Director of the Academic Liaison Program and Librarian for Health Sciences (Assistant, Associate or Full Librarian). The University of California San Diego Library is committed to supporting academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body.


The University and the Library
With 34,000 students, UC San Diego is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through excellence in education and research at the undergraduate, graduate, professional school and postdoctoral levels. For more than a decade, UC San Diego has been recognized as one of the top 10 public universities in the nation by US News & World Report and for the third year in a row as the 14th best university in the world by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. In 2015, for the sixth consecutive year, UC San Diego was ranked 1st in the nation by the Washington Monthly’s College Guide based on the positive impact the university has had on the country in terms of enabling social mobility, research productivity and civic engagement.


, The UC San Diego Library is committed to student learning and success; the advancement of digital services to bolster faculty research and data preservation; and active sustainability and community engagement efforts.  The Library plays a vital role in the University’s achievements and success and is continuously reimagining its portfolio of services, spaces, and resources to best meet the needs of the campus community.  The Library’s Academic Liaison Program provides academic outreach and information services in support of UC San Diego’s teaching and research activities.


Responsibilities of the Position


Reporting to the Program Director, the Assistant Program Director takes a leadership role in programmatic planning, assessment, and administration. The Assistant Program Director supervises four full-time Librarians, directing, guiding, and evaluating their work. The Assistant Program Director collaborates with the Academic Liaison Program Management Team to develop and implement goals and strategies for providing academic outreach services and directing liaison work for all subject librarians. The position serves as STEMM Liaison Coordinator providing leadership for subject liaisons in the STEMM disciplines.    

The Librarian for Health Sciences provides outreach, collection development, instruction, reference, and research advisory services for health sciences subjects as assigned, initially serving as liaison to the Department of Neuroscience in the School of Medicine and the Neurosciences Graduate Program.  The Neurosciences Graduate program is ranked second in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, and fourth by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. This position will collaborate with the Collection Coordinator for Biology, Health and Marine Sciences and other health sciences selectors in collection development activities and be responsible for a portion of an annual health sciences collections budget of approximately $100,000. 


Management & Supervision

·         Assist the Program Director in ensuring program goals are met and fulfill duties as delegated. Act on behalf of the Program Director in her absence. 

·         Provide leadership for implementing program assessment goals, strategies, and measures.   

·         Have full supervisory responsibility for four subject librarians; responsible for evaluating, training and developing direct and indirect reports.

·         Serve on the program’s Management Team responsible for making decisions on strategic direction, budgeting, resources, and staffing needs in collaboration with Program Director. 

·         Serve as the STEMM Liaison Coordinator, facilitating information sharing between the Program and subject librarians in all STEMM areas, and providing guidance on liaison and academic outreach activities.


Health Sciences Librarian


·         Implement liaison services to and actively engage with faculty and students in neurosciences, and other health sciences subjects as assigned.

·         Serve as the primary contact for research and educational needs of assigned departments. Develop and promote services and resources to enhance the research, teaching, and learning mission of UC San Diego.

·         Work with Collection Coordinator for Biology, Health and Marine Sciences to develop and maintain Health Sciences collections in all formats, including media and data.

·         Collaborate with librarians and staff on collection management related issues including cancellations, consolidations, preservation and conservation of relevant materials.

·         Develop strategies to learn about and understand information needs of assigned departments and programs, and build partnerships with research and teaching faculty.

·         Actively engage in outreach and two-way communications and sustain strong and consistent communication channels between the Library and assigned departments, affiliated programs, and research units.

·         Communicate effectively with colleagues, students and faculty to integrate information, media, and data literacies into campus curricular and research programs.

·         Provide subject-related instruction in a variety of formats and develop, maintain, and promote subject- specific learning objects.

·         Serve as the primary subject specialist for research assistance for neurosciences and assist with reference services for all health sciences subjects.  

·         Provide other appropriate services and support such as serving as a resource for information on scholarly communication, data management, copyright, and plagiarism.


Required Qualifications


•       Professional degree from a library school, or other appropriate degree or equivalent experience in one or more fields related to library services.

•       Experience working in a supervisory or management position.

•       Demonstrated understanding of library leadership and management principles as they apply to academic or research environments.

•       Strong understanding of and commitment to the importance of subject liaison services in an academic or research library.

•       Knowledge of health sciences, neurosciences or biological sciences as academic disciplines.

•       Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

•       Excellent analytical and organizational skills.

•       Ability to plan, document, and complete projects.

•       Strong commitment to excellence in service and ability to work both independently and collaboratively with faculty, students, staff and colleagues from diverse backgrounds.

•       Strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education.


Desired Qualifications


·         Supervisory experience in an academic or research library.

·         Demonstrated understanding of library service assessment methods. 

·         Undergraduate degree in Biology, Health Sciences or Neuroscience.

·         Experience in the development and implementation of liaison services.

·         Experience in collection development, reference, or instruction in an academic or research library.


Librarians at UC San Diego are academic appointees and entitled to appropriate professional leave and all other perquisites granted to non-faculty academic personnel. UC San Diego Librarians are expected to participate in library-wide and system-wide planning and governance and to be professionally active. Appreciation of, a sensitivity to, and respect for a rich and diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of varying social, economic, cultural, ideological and ethnic backgrounds, and those with disabilities.


·         Salary: Salary and level of appointment in the Librarian series commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on the University of California pay scales.

·         Closing Date: Application consideration begins August 15, 2016.

·         To Apply: For full consideration, please submit applications to: