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Life and Health Sciences Collection Strategist/Liaison Librarian

Position overview

Salary range: $60,116-$144,822

Application Window

Open date: July 29, 2022

Most recent review date: Monday, Dec 19, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Sunday, Apr 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Life and Health Sciences Collection Strategist/Liaison Librarian
Collection Development & Management Program

The University of California San Diego Library seeks applications from highly motivated, innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented professionals to join the Library as our Life and Health Sciences Collection Strategist/Liaison Librarian (Assistant, Associate or Full Librarian). The specific subject liaison assignment will be determined by the strengths and experience of the successful candidate and the needs of the Library. This position reports to the Director of the Library’s Collection Development & Management Program (CDM).

The University of California San Diego Library is committed to supporting academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body.
Responsibilities of the Position

Life and Health Sciences Collection Strategist (60%)
Collections within life and health sciences support the School of Medicine, the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, the School of Biological Sciences and affiliates at UC San Diego Health and related interdisciplinary areas.

Key responsibilities include:
● Oversees budget allocations and expenditures for the Life and Health Sciences funds. Provides collections-related information, direction, support, and training to the life and health sciences subject librarians.
● Provides leadership and guidance in envisioning the future direction of collections including budget sustainability, open access initiatives, and content digitization.
● Reviews and provides feedback for new resources, renewals, and cancellations. Provides campus input on UC-wide licensed resources.
● Represents Life and Health Science interests on scholarly communication issues. Participates in local and UC system-wide groups for scholarly communications, open access, and transformative agreements.
● Represents Life and Health Sciences subjects in decision-making for the physical collections footprint. Coordinates weeding and space-optimization projects for existing physical collections. Provides input and recommendations in managing physical collections in the context of UC Shared Print Initiatives and other regional and national consortia.

● Represents the Library on the UC Health & Life Sciences Common Knowledge Group (comprised of selectors and librarians with responsibilities for life and health sciences collections at other UC campuses). Participate in, and in some cases, coordinate licensing terms and agreements for resources with publishers and other UC Libraries.
● Communicates with representatives from campus Life and Health Sciences entities to advocate for and secure annual funding.

Subject Librarian for assigned subject area (40%)
The specific subject assignment will depend on the experience and background of the successful applicant and the needs of the Library.

Key responsibilities include:
● Serves as the primary contact and information resource on library services, resources, and policies for users in the assigned subject area.
● Provides research consultation, reference, outreach, and instruction services to support undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research, teaching and learning endeavors.
● Serves as a resource for information on data services, scholarly communication, and digital scholarship.
● Develops collections to support the teaching, learning, and research needs of students and faculty.
● Collaborates with other subject and functional specialists within the Library to support interdisciplinary Library users in finding resources, analyzing and managing information, and promoting library services in the assigned subject area.

About The Library – Great Research Starts Here

The UC San Diego Library, ranked among the top 25 public academic research libraries in the nation, plays an integral role in advancing and supporting the university’s research, teaching, patient care, and public service mission. The goal of the library is to serve the University’s vision to be a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public university. It accomplishes this through support of student and faculty success, support of research and learning through information resources, by serving as a place of community and inspiration, and by extending the impact of UC San Diego research through investments and innovation in scholarly communication and research data. In service of these priorities UC San Diego
Library has 180 staff and an annual budget of approximately $32 million. UC San Diego Library serves the entire UC San Diego community and is committed to building a Library that reflects and supports our community’s values. The incumbent should be committed to building an inclusive, equitable and diverse culture.

The Collection Development & Management Program (CDM) collaboratively supports the UC San Diego Library’s mission of providing, managing, and preserving information resources in a variety of formats to meet the evolving teaching, learning, and research needs of our users. The program is essential to the academic success and scholarly productivity of students, faculty and researchers. CDM plays a critical role in supporting the cycle of knowledge through ongoing stewardship of the products of research, identifying strategies and innovative techniques to obtain desired information resources, and monitoring advances in and to be an active partner in shared collection and Open Access initiatives.

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. To foster the best possible working and learning environment, all library staff at UC San Diego strive to cultivate a rich and diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of varying social, economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and those with disabilities. For more information, please review the UC San Diego Principles of Community, the Library’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, and LAUC-SD Diversity and Inclusion Committee. We also encourage the opportunity to build a network of peers that share your similar passions and interests through the UCSD Staff Associations network.

About the University

With 42,800 students, UC San Diego is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through excellence in education and research. UC San Diego has been recognized as one of the top 10 public universities in the nation by US News & World Report, as well as one of the top schools for medical research. UC San Diego is also in the top 10 of all universities in the nation in receiving federal R&D research grants.


Basic qualifications (Required at Time of Application)

● MLS/MLIS, or equivalent advanced degree or relevant library experience.
● 3 or more years of professional library experience in collection development and management.
● Familiarity with electronic and scholarly resources and reference tools in the Life and Health Sciences.
● Experience providing advanced research assistance and library instruction in the Life and Health Sciences.
● Excellent analytical, interpersonal, communication, time management, collaboration and problem-solving skills.
● Experience planning, documenting, and completing projects.
● Demonstrated commitment to excellence in service.
● Demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in collection building and scholarly communications.

Preferred qualifications

● Undergraduate and/or graduate degree in the Life, Health, or Biological Sciences.
● Experience with collections budget work, such as managing and overseeing a collections budget, tracking expenditures, and forecasting financial needs.
● Experience with advanced literature searching and consultation support for researchers conducting systematic reviews in the life and health sciences.
● Knowledge of bibliometrics, citation impact analysis, and other scholarly communications analyses.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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Campus Information

The University of California, San Diego 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, covered veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment.

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Job location

La Jolla, CA