Associate Librarian/Librarian – University of California – Riverside, CA

Recruitment Period
Open Nov 24, 2014 through Jan 26, 2015
Next review date: January 19th, 2015
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee


Jay Kay and Doris Klein Science Fiction Librarian

Rank: Associate Librarian/Librarian
Salary: $57,536 – $83,674
Organizational Unit: Special Collections & University Archives, Collections & Scholarly Communication Division

Position Overview: The University of California, Riverside (UCR) Library seeks applications and nominations for an innovative, dynamic, and engaged professional to fill the new position of Jay Kay and Doris Klein Science Fiction Librarian in Special Collections & University Archives (SCUA).

Primary Responsibilities: The Jay Kay and Doris Klein Librarian for Science Fiction is responsible for all aspects of the development, stewardship and promotion of the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy, housed in the University of California, Riverside Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

As a member of the Special Collections & University Archives team, the Klein Librarian interprets and sets priorities for the Eaton Collection within the Library’s collection development policy, and represents the Eaton Collection within the broader community of faculty, students, other scholars, librarians, dealers, collectors, and the public The Klein Librarian participates in library planning, preservation, and access initiatives. S/he provides specialized reference and research support for Eaton Collection users and interprets the collection for diverse audiences through exhibitions, public presentations, and original scholarship. Collection development and management, reference service and access, scholarly collaboration and support, instruction using primary sources, and public outreach are essential activities in this collaborative environment.

Required Qualifications:
ALA-accredited MLIS or equivalent degree, with strong academic background in relevant subject area.
Minimum of five years’ experience in acquiring and managing rare books and/or special collections in an academic or research environment.
Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with professional standards and practices for accessioning, processing, cataloging, digitizing, curating and preserving special collections materials.
Demonstrated success in identifying, cultivating and stewarding donor relationships, and expertise in gift-in-kind donations. Familiarity with current scholarship and research methods involving the use of rare books, manuscripts and other special collections materials (including photographs, media and realia).
Demonstrated success in developing and managing outreach and exhibition programs.
Experience teaching and interpreting special collections in an academic setting, integrating collections into formal curriculum and informal learning opportunities.
Working knowledge of software and systems that support services to patrons, including integrated library systems (ILS) and other systems used in academic or research library settings.
Highly effective oral and written communication.
Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work successfully in an intensely collaborative environment with a broad range of people from culturally diverse backgrounds, including colleagues, administrators, students, faculty, donors and alumni.

Preferred Qualifications:
Advanced degree in literature, comparative literature, history, cultural studies, or other area of specialization appropriate to the Eaton Collection and speculative fiction studies, with a demonstrable commitment to ongoing scholarly growth.
Leadership and organizational skills required to contribute to an extensive program of acquisitions, collection management, and public engagement activities.

Salary and Benefits: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience within a range of $57,536-$83,674. Appointment at rank of Associate Librarian to Librarian depending upon qualifications and experience. Excellent retirement system, health, and vacation benefits.

Application Information: Please complete and submit the information requested in APRecruit (cover letter addressing qualifications and experience related to the primary duties of the position, resume/curriculum vitae, and three to five professional references as directed at The final date to apply is January 19, 2015.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.