Engineering/Physical Sciences Librarians: Two Positions Available – University of California, Davis

Engineering/Physical Sciences Librarians: Two Positions Available
University of California, Davis, University Library

Position Overview

The University Library of the University of California, Davis, seeks two energetic, innovative, collaborative, and user-focused Engineering/Physical Sciences librarians to work closely with faculty, students, staff, and institutional stakeholders in a highly interdisciplinary academic community. The successful candidates will be responsible for providing outreach, education and resources in support of student learning, academic programs, and faculty teaching and research. They must be able to work effectively with faculty, students, researchers, and staff to develop a shared vision for library services and collections aligned with the University Library’s mission and vision.

Scope of UC Davis College of Engineering and the Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences in the College of Letters and Science

According to the 2015 edition of America’s Best Graduate School Rankings released by U.S. News & World Report, the College of Engineering at UC Davis continues to rank high among the top engineering programs in the country for graduate education, 17th among the Top 20 U.S. public universities for Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs, and among public graduate engineering schools, UC Davis College of Engineering ranks in a tie for 18th. Founded in 1962, the College has seven academic departments, 11 undergraduate majors, nine graduate programs, and 200 faculty serving 4,403 undergraduate students and 1,159 graduate students. With $87million in research expenditures for 2013–14, key research strengths are in energy, environment and sustainability, biotechnology, biomedical engineering, and information technology and applications.

The Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences in the College of Letters and Science has 157 faculty members, 1,711 undergraduate students, and 575 graduate students, and $37M in research awards (2011-12). There are numerous interdisciplinary research and teaching initiatives as part of the division which has the departments of chemistry, earth and planetary sciences, mathematics, statistics, and physics; programs and centers include the Natural Sciences Program, the Center for Nanomaterials in the Environment, Agriculture and Technology, the Crocker Nuclear Lab, the Center for Computational Science and Engineering, the Energy for the Future Initiative, the John Muir Institute, the Mathematics and Science Teaching Program, and Universe @ UC Davis (experimental exploration of dark energy and dark matter).

UC Davis and University Library

UC Davis is a global community of individuals united to better humanity and our natural world while seeking solutions to some of our most pressing challenges. Located near Sacramento, California’s capital, UC Davis has more than 34,000 students, the full-time equivalent of 4,100 faculty and other academics, and 17,400 staff. The campus has an annual research budget of over $750 million, a comprehensive health system, and about two dozen specialized research centers. Recognized as one of the top 10 public universities in the U.S. and the number one university in the world for agricultural research, UC Davis offers interdisciplinary graduate study and more than 100 undergraduate majors in four colleges — Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Engineering, and Letters and Science. It also houses six professional schools — Education, Law, Management, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, and Nursing. The UC Davis University Library is among the top 100 research libraries in North America, and belongs to the Association of Research Libraries, the Digital Library Federation, and other organizations that position it to collaborate with other top organizations.

Position Responsibilities

  • Reporting to the Head of the Research Services Department, the librarians deliver responsive, innovative information services that support the needs of the College of Engineering, the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Division of the College of Letters and Science, and the university community working in the physical sciences and engineering.
  • Primary liaison areas for these positions will be chosen from among the departments in the College of Engineering (including Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science) as well as the departments of Mathematics, Statistics, Earth and Planetary Sciences, and Physics in the College of Letters and Sciences.
  • As liaisons, the librarians cultivate and maintain strong working relationships with faculty; maintain an understanding of the research and teaching programs in assigned areas; promote faculty and student liaison activities; develop and participate in UC Davis and University of California-wide cooperative initiatives, services, and collections; and collaborate with other librarians within the University Library to deliver timely and effective services and to develop resource collections to meet the dynamic growth of the campus research and teaching needs.
  • Major activities conducted by the librarians include research support and educational services; collection development and management responsibilities within an academic research institution in collaboration with the Collection Strategies Department; and outreach covering a variety of relevant topics, including Library resources and services, literature searching, and access to research data and scholarship. Outreach activities are directed at faculty, researchers, staff, and students generally and to targeted populations such as new faculty and research centers, such as the Institute of Transportation Studies.
  • The incumbent’s duties include, but are not limited to, planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating appropriate educational and research support services in engineering and physical science disciplines, and preparing reports regarding ongoing services and special projects, including the generation and interpretation of data that informs decisions and demonstrates the University Library’s value to the UC Davis community and beyond.
  • UC Davis librarians are expected to participate in library and system-wide conversations and planning, to be able to work comfortably in a collegial environment, and to be active professionally.
  • Advancement in the Librarian series is based in part on professional contributions beyond the primary assignment; the successful candidate will show evidence or promise of such contributions.

Required Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent
  • One or more years of experience supporting research or learning in a library, research and/or teaching environment
  • Demonstrated familiarity with engineering and physical science resources and collection management activities in an academic or research library
  • Demonstrated understanding of library support of curricula across the range of engineering and physical science educational programs
  • Demonstrated understanding and ability to determine information and research needs of students, faculty, scientists, researchers and/or engineers and to effectively develop and deliver responsive services using a variety of tools
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively with multiple constituencies in a complex and rapidly changing environment such as setting goals, managing time, promoting teamwork, and meeting deadlines
  • Demonstrated effective use of analytical, problem-solving, and communication skills
  • Knowledge of assessment and evaluation theories and practices
  • Evidence of flexibility and initiative when working within a fast-paced, changing environment
  • Demonstrated strong commitment to user services and improving the user experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Undergraduate or higher degree in the engineering or physical sciences OR two years working experience as a physical sciences or engineering librarian
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to use and successfully experiment with technologies to deliver information services to engineering and physical sciences clientele
  • Familiarity with the way scientists and researchers work with government information and technical report literature, knowledge of technical report literature and indexes
  • Familiarity with research data management or curation
  • Demonstrated project management skills
  • Successful experience in developing and managing relevant collections in an academic library
  • Knowledge of scholarly communications issues, tools, and resources
  • Record of professional engagement, such as service in library organizations, presentations at conferences, or publication

Salary and Benefits for Both Positions

Salary: Assistant Librarian to Associate Librarian ($47,722 – $67,509)
(Appointment rank and salary based on qualifications and experience.)

These positions are covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

Benefits: The University of California is one of the largest employers in California, and offers outstanding health and retirement benefits to its employees and their families. Librarians are academic appointees and earn 24 days of vacation and 12 days of sick leave per year. In addition, there are 13 university holidays.

UC Compensation and Benefits

Application Information for Both Positions

Applications must be submitted via the UC Davis RECRUIT website

Please include a letter of interest addressing how your qualifications and experience relate to the posted qualifications of the position, a Curriculum Vitae, and names and contact information for at least three references.

Applicants are also encouraged to complete the optional Statement of Contributions to Diversity. Please visit Faculty Equity and Inclusion for information about why diversity statements are requested and guidelines for writing a diversity statement.

Candidates applying by July 13, 2015 will receive first consideration. The position will remain open until filled.

The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco free campus effective January 1, 2014.