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Life and Health Sciences Collection Strategist

Recruitment Period

Open date: June 8th, 2018
Last review date: August 13th, 2018
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: June 1st, 2019
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.

Description

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 Collections Strategist & Subject Librarian (at the level of Assistant, Associate or Full Librarian). This position reports to the Assistant Director of the Library’s Collection Development & Management Programs (CDM).

Responsibilities of the Position

Life and Health Sciences Collection Strategist
In support of the Life and Health Sciences subjects, this position will be responsible for:

  • Guides, supports, shares information with, and provides collections related direction to Subject Librarians.
  • Collaborates with the Library’s Collections Strategy Team to develop, review, and assess innovative projects that improve the sustainability of the Library’s collection investments.
  • Contributes to decision-making for renewals, new title selections, and cancellations, on local and UC-wide licensed resources.
  • Oversees budget allocations and expenditures, including new continuation requests.
  • Provides leadership and guidance in transforming the nature of collection development to include research data, born digital resources, and strategies that increase openness and access.
  • Actively participates in the Library’s Scholarly Communications initiatives to identify and assess open access investment options.
  • Manages the physical collections, including coordination of weeding and space-reduction projects for existing analog collections. Provides input and recommendations in managing physical collections in context of UC Shared Print Initiatives and other regional and national consortia.
  • Represents the Library on the UC Health & Life Sciences Common Knowledge Group. Collaborates on the selection, renewal, and assessment of shared licensed resources. In some cases, responsible for negotiating licensing terms and agreements for resources with publishers and other UC Libraries.

Subject Librarian
Specific liaison group to be assigned based on skills of successful candidate, who in support of assigned patron group will be responsible for:

  • Serves as the primary contact and information resource on library services, resources, and policies.
  • Provides research consultation, reference, 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 the students and faculty.

Required Qualifications

  • MLS/MLIS or equivalent advanced degree. Other appropriate degree or equivalent experience in one or more fields related to library services may be substituted.
  • 2 or more years of professional library experience in collection development and management.
  • Familiarity with electronic scholarly resources and reference tools in the Life or Health Sciences.
  • Ability to provide advanced research assistance and participate in course-integrated instruction in one or more Life or Health Sciences subjects.
  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal, communication, time management, organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to plan, document, and complete projects.
  • Ability to work independently as well as within a team environment and with faculty, students, staff and colleagues from diverse backgrounds.
  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Undergraduate and/or graduate degree in the Life or Health Sciences.
  • Knowledge of the scholarly communications life cycle in the Life and Health sciences.
  • Experience developing and managing collections within a library consortium.
  • Experience coordinating the work of staff or librarians.

About the Library - Great Research Starts Here

The UC San Diego Library plays a critical role in advancing and supporting the university's research, teaching, patient care, and public service missions. The Library is committed to supporting academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body.

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 diverse and evolving teaching, learning, and research needs of our users. The program plays a critical role in transforming the cycle of scholarly communications through ongoing stewardship of the products of research, identifying strategies and innovative approaches to collecting and sharing digital scholarship, and actively participating 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. [https://ucsd.edu/about/principles.html]

About the University

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 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. The UC San Diego Library plays a critical role in advancing and supporting the university's research, teaching, patient care, and public service missions.

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

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.

To Apply

For full consideration, please submit your application to [https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/apply/JPF01778] and include the following:

  1. A short application letter addressing your interest in this position and applicable qualifications
  2. A resume of education and relevant experience
  3. The names of at least three persons who are knowledgeable about your qualifications and/or suitability for this position
  4. A personal statement summarizing your past or planned contributions to diversity; guidance for preparing diversity statements can be found at: Center for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion [http://facultydiversity.ucsd.edu/recruitment/contributions-to-diversity.html]

Applications will begin being reviewed on 7/9/2018 and the position will remain open until filled.

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

Job location

San Diego, CA

Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

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

  • 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 required (contact information only)

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