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Digital Scholarship Librarian

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Digital Scholarship Librarian

Research Advisory Services Program

The University of California San Diego Library is seeking an inventive, collaborative, and flexible professional to join the Library as Digital Scholarship Librarian (Assistant, Associate or Full Librarian). This position reports to the Assistant Program Director & Research Services Coordinator in the Library’s Research Advisory Services (RAS) Program.

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 36,000 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. UC San Diego has been recognized as one of the top 10 public universities in the nation by US News & World Report, as the 14th best university in the world by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. In 2016, for the seventh 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 mission of the UC San Diego Library is to advance the University’s educational, research, and public service objectives by providing the UC San Diego Community with the world class information resources and services it needs – expertly managed and expediently delivered. The Library is committed to student learning and success; the advancement of digital services to bolster scholarly 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 is committed to supporting academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body.

The Library’s Research Advisory Services (RAS) Program actively participates in and shapes discovery, engages in the co-production of knowledge and tools, and strives to consistently meet and exceed users’ access and information expectations.

Now is an exciting time to join the UC San Diego Library and RAS as the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative (GLRI) is underway. This initiative will transform large public areas of the campus’ main library into modern, technology-rich spaces, ensuring that the facility will continue to serve as a high-caliber, cutting-edge campus resource. RAS will contribute significantly towards the planning for this transformation.

Position Overview and Responsibilities
Candidates for this newly created position must have a passion for digital scholarship and collaborating with faculty, researchers, students, librarians, and other partners. The Digital Scholarship Librarian will facilitate and play a leading role in the Library’s digital scholarship activities, contributing towards the vision and development of forthcoming initiatives, including a center to support digital scholarship, and to provide a more cohesive and holistic service environment for scholars. Working with other librarians, staff, and campus partners, the incumbent will develop, implement, expand, and sustain services, including the technical infrastructure, that advance Library and campus digital scholarship activities to support contemporary research, teaching and learning practices.

  • Serve as the primary digital scholarship resource within the Library
  • Serve as a catalyst and facilitator for the Library’s digital scholarship activities
  • Advise faculty, students, and other researchers on using digital tools and techniques to enrich their research and provide access to their scholarship
  • Provide instruction and training on digital scholarship tools, techniques, and methodologies
  • Promote the Library’s digital scholarship and other research support activities
  • Partner with faculty and other researchers to plan and create effective, innovative and sustainable digital scholarship projects
  • Initiate, build, and nurture relationships within the Library, campus, and external communities to develop and implement digital scholarship services based on researcher needs, current standards, and best practices
  • Coordinate information about digital scholarship activities on campus to facilitate connections between local digital scholarship projects and initiatives
  • Maintain awareness of emerging digital scholarship trends, technologies, tools, methods, standards, and initiatives and evaluate their usefulness to the local environment

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in library or information science, or relevant graduate degree in a related field and experience working in an academic library setting
  • Background in and knowledge of digital scholarship services in libraries
  • Demonstrated experience in the use and application of digital scholarship or digital humanities tools, technologies, approaches and platforms such as textual analysis, data visualization, multimodal publishing, or digital exhibits
  • Understanding of the research lifecycle and demonstrated knowledge of the ways that new technologies are affecting the production of scholarship
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work collaboratively within a team environment with multiple stakeholders
  • Effective instructional, presentation, organizational, and communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and balance multiple projects and priorities
  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education.

Desired Qualifications

  • Familiarity with research methodologies and processes across a range of disciplines
  • Experience working in a digital scholarship center
  • Engagement or active participation with national or regional digital scholarship initiatives
  • Familiarity with the curation of various digital formats (e.g., text, data sets, media, images)
  • Experience with grant writing

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 October 9, 2017.
  • To Apply: For full consideration, please submit applications to:

Partner Opportunities Program: UC San Diego recognizes that your employment decisions may involve dual career considerations. UCSD provides online and in-person career and relocation assistance to spouses and partners of academic appointees.

AA-EOE: UCSD is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity.

Job location

San Diego, CA

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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 references required (contact information only)