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Associate University Librarian, Division of Research Resources & Scholarly Communication

Recruitment Period

Open date: September 20th, 2019

Last review date: Tuesday, Oct 15, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Tuesday, Mar 31, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
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.


Search for the Associate University Librarian for Research Resources and Scholarly Communication

The University of California, Santa Barbara (UC Santa Barbara), a top-ranked public research institution, seeks an inspiring leader to serve as Associate University Librarian (AUL) for Research Resources and Scholarly Communication.

This is a distinctive opportunity to provide leadership in support of research and unique collections at UC Santa Barbara and the University of California’s strategic leadership in transforming scholarly communication. As part of the Library’s senior administrative group, the AUL will work closely with the University Librarian (UL), Deputy UL, and AULs for Learning and Engagement and Digital Strategies. The Research Resources and Scholarly Communication division is comprised of Collection Strategies; Content Management Services; Special Research Collections; and Scholarly Communication. In this role, the AUL will design strategic and analytic approaches to development of the Library’s collections and access to scholarly resources. In line with the principles of UC Santa Barbara and the University of California system, the AUL will develop programming and budget strategies in support of open science, digital humanities, and open access publishing.

The UC Santa Barbara Library is the geographic and academic heart of the campus and holds a collection of approximately 3.2 million volumes; over 4,000 manuscript and archival collections; and more than 350,000 audio recordings. The Library is particularly well-renowned for the Discography of American Historical Recordings early sound recording collection, the California Ethnic & Multicultural Archives, the American Religions Collection, and historic California aerial photos. The Library serves over 2.5 million visitors per year, and the website has over 1 million sessions annually. The Library’s annual expenditures are approximately $20 million, with approximately 170 staff.

UC Santa Barbara is a member of the 10-campus University of California (UC) system and is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU). Over the last decade, UC Santa Barbara has made great strides in its regional, national, and international profile and impact, and is ranked #30 among “Best national universities” and ranked #5 among all public universities according to U.S. News and World Report. As the first AAU institution to be designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), the campus takes pride in its student diversity, which includes the largest percentage of Latinx students in the AAU. The University serves approximately 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and employs more than 1,000 faculty members, and over 4,600 full-time non-academic staff members. Known for its highly dynamic intellectual community and beautiful natural setting, the University is an institution committed to excellence in both undergraduate and graduate education and research.

To be successful, the ideal candidate will address a key set of opportunities and challenges. The Associate University Librarian for Research Resources and Scholarly Communication will:

● Establish and lead a strategic vision and approach to supporting the research and learning mission of the university;
● Lead an ambitious and strategic approach to scholarly communication and support for open scholarship;
● Cultivate resources and build community in support of unique library collections.


At time of application, at least a Master’s degree; and

At time of application, at least 5 years’ relevant work experience and at least 3 years’ supervisory or managerial experience.

Demonstrated professional experience with leadership in collections or scholarly communication in academic libraries; and

Demonstrated professional experience in planning, oversight, and administration in academic/research libraries, including effective leadership, supervisory, and budget management skills.

A demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion;

Fluency with discovery and delivery platforms and user-centered design, and an ability to understand and compute straightforward statistics regarding usage of online resources used in negotiations;

Keen understanding of scholarly communication issues and trends and their relevance to academic libraries;

Proven leadership in fostering partnerships;

A strong record of supervisory effectiveness that reflects mentorship and the professional development of diverse staff;

Ability to inspire, build trust, lead organizational change, empower professional growth, and engage staff in delivering user-centered services;

Experience in seeking grants and leading fundraising initiatives; and

Superior analytical, problem solving, interpersonal, and communication skills.

UC Santa Barbara has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Apply by October 15, 2019 for primary consideration, thereafter this position will remain open until filled. Only completed applications, including a CV, a cover letter, and an optional but encouraged statement of contributions to diversity, will be considered. Statements of contribution to diversity, if submitted, will be reviewed for evidence of teaching, research, professional and/or public service contributions that promote diversity and equal opportunity, such as effective strategies used for the educational advancement of students in various under-represented groups; demonstrated contributions to the advancement of equitable access and diversity in education; and contributions furthering diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through participation in such activities as recruitment, retention, and mentoring of scholars and students.

For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, and referrals, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: Applications will be accepted online through UC Recruit: Electronic submission of materials is required. The expected effective date of this position is January 1, 2020 or later.

Deborah Hodson, Joe Kralick, and Carley Davenport
Isaacson, Miller
1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415.655.4900

The Library is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.

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

Job location

Santa Barbara


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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.