Environmental Sciences Librarian University of California, Davis

Environmental Sciences Librarian
University of California, Davis, University Library

Position Overview

The University Library of the University of California, Davis, seeks an energetic, innovative, collaborative, and user-focused Environmental Sciences Librarian to work closely with faculty, students, staff, and institutional stakeholders in a highly interdisciplinary academic community. The successful candidate is responsible for providing outreach, education and resources in support of student learning, academic programs, and faculty teaching and research. S/he 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 Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is dedicated to solving real-world problems in the agricultural, environmental, and human sciences to produce a better world, healthier lives, and an improved standard of living for everyone. In 2014, UC Davis was ranked the No. 1 university in the world for teaching and research in the area of agriculture and forestry. The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences encompasses more than 2,300 acres devoted to agricultural teaching and research. The college has 330 faculty members, 70 Cooperative Extension specialists, 5,300 undergraduate students in 29 majors, and 1,000 graduate students in 45 graduate groups and programs. UC Davis is the most published and cited U.S. research university in agricultural sciences, environment/ecology, and food science and nutrition; our researchers lead the nation in extramural funding in agricultural sciences.

The Department of Environmental Science and Policy (DESP) has two undergraduate majors, Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning (EPAP) and Environmental Science and Management (ESM). ESP researchers help improve environmental policies, protect biodiversity, understand ecological processes, and foster an interdisciplinary perspective on environmental and natural resource issues.

The Department of Environmental Toxicology at UC Davis is recognized as the world’s leader in the field of environmental toxicology. Some of the department’s strengths are analytical and environmental chemistry, metabolism, biochemical and cellular mechanisms of action, and mammalian and environmental toxicology of natural and man-made poisons, industrial pollutants, and pesticides.

Land, Air and Water Resources is a multidisciplinary department with faculty who specialize in atmospheric science, plant science, soils and biogeochemistry, hydrology, and water engineering. Teaching, research, and outreach efforts focus on agricultural and environmental aspects of these disciplines.

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, this librarian delivers responsive, innovative information services that support the needs of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the College of Biological Sciences and the university community working in the environmental sciences.
  • Primary liaison areas include environmental science and policy; environmental toxicology; and land, air and water resources.
  • As a liaison, the librarian cultivates and maintains strong working relationships with faculty; maintains an understanding of the research and teaching programs in assigned areas; promotes faculty and student liaison activities; develops and participates in UC Davis and University of California-wide cooperative initiatives, services, and collections; and collaborates 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 librarian 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, including the John Muir Institute of the Environment, the Tahoe Environmental Research Center, and the Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy.
  • The incumbent’s duties include, but are not limited to, planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating appropriate educational and research support services in environmental 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
  • Two or more years of experience supporting research or learning in a library, research and/or teaching environment
  • Demonstrated familiarity with environmental science resources and collection management activities in an academic or research library
  • Demonstrated understanding of library support of curricula across the range of environmental or biological science educational programs
  • Demonstrated understanding and ability to determine information and research needs of students, faculty, scientists, and researchers 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 environmental related sciences OR two years working experience as an environmental sciences librarian
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to use and successfully experiment with technologies to deliver information services to environmental 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

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

This position is 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

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.