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Government Data & Information Librarian

Recruitment Period

Open August 26th, 2013 through November 4th, 2013



August 26, 2013

The University of California, Santa Barbara, one of ten campuses of the University of California system, is seeking dynamic, highly motivated candidates for the position of Government Data and Information Librarian to provide collection management, research assistance, instruction, and outreach services to students, faculty, staff and community users.

The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) is one of ten campuses of the University of California system and one of only 61 research-intensive institutions elected to membership in the Association of American Universities. UCSB’s increasingly strong reputation for collaboration and excellence is recognized in a growing number of high national rankings. The total student population is over 22,000 and faculty number over 1,100.

The UCSB Library is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity, innovation, and collaboration with a vision to be the premier scholar resource and information leader advancing UCSB’s mission of exemplary research, teaching, and service to California and beyond.

The Library is actively engaged with partners on campus and with other University of California (UC) libraries to provide extensive resources and services to advance information discovery for research, scholarship and creativity in a dynamically evolving teaching and learning environment. UCSB Library is a member of the prestigious Association of Research Libraries and active participant in UC’s and other regional and national collaborative initiatives. Among the top research libraries in the country, the library’s collections include approximately 3 million volumes, over 1 million government publications, and over 6 million non-print and digital resources. The Library is a United States Federal Depository Library. The collection supports undergraduate and graduate programs in 33 academic areas and serves the wide-ranging research needs of diverse campus programs and centers. Central to the campus skyline as well as to its mission, the library takes pride in providing outstanding service to all its clientele.

Reporting to the Head of the Reference Services and participating in the Social Sciences Collection Group, the Government Data and Information Librarian has responsibility for all aspects of collection management and development for government information and law, including selection of information resources, collection management and evaluation, faculty liaison, budgetary management, and resource sharing, including participation in University of California system-wide collection development and preservation projects for print and digital resources. Acts as the UCSB Library liaison to the U.S. Federal Depository Library Program and the California Depository Library Program. Assumes a leadership role in planning and developing data services and collections and provides consultations and instruction on finding and using government data. Provides engaged, knowledgeable liaison and collaboration with faculty and students to develop their awareness of the complex and changing scholarly information environment. Collaborates in the development of both print and digital collections relating to government information and law, maintaining awareness of developments in scholarly communication, intellectual rights, and publishing.

Responsibilities include working individually and as part of a team to contribute to creative and innovative approaches to advancing the Library’s services. Participates in scheduled multi-disciplinary reference desk service, online chat reference for the UC Cooperative, research consultation, instruction in assigned disciplines, and outreach activities. Includes some evening and weekend assignments. Participates in an active instructional program, including teaching a credit-bearing library research class. Develops and delivers presentations to specialized classes and provides individualized assistance to students and faculty with research needs in government information and law. Designs and maintains online guides to specialized Library resources.

Required: ALA accredited MLS. Academic background and/or knowledge of government information and law or related disciplines demonstrated through coursework or work experience. Background or strong interest in government data or digital resources. Demonstrated experience in reference and library instruction. Ability to create instructional materials and utilize web design tools to facilitate instructional goals. Understanding of current and emerging trends in government information research and scholarship and the ways in which scholars in related fields produce and use information resources.

A strong commitment to excellence in public service and the ability to work effectively in a collaborative and culturally diverse environment. Demonstrated initiative and flexibility. Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills. Ability to work effectively with students, faculty, staff, and community users.

Preferred: Degree and/or relevant experience in political science, U.S. history or related disciplines. Experience with social science collections and services in libraries. Two to three years professional experience in an academic library. Experience working with government data and digital resources, including the ability to download and transform data files to meet the various needs of users.

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Librarians at the University of California, Santa Barbara are professional academic appointees who accrue vacation at the rate of two days per month and sick leave at the rate of one day per month. The University has an excellent retirement system which is coordinated with Social Security. A selection of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans are offered by the University.

•Consideration of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled; applications received by Monday, October 21 will receive first consideration.

•Applications will be accepted online through UC Recruit: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF00220.
oHelp for UC Recruit is available at https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/help/applicants.
•For additional assistance, contact Ryan George with Library Human Resources at (805) 893-3841 or rgeorge@library.ucsb.edu.
•Appointment and/or continued employment is contingent on successful completion of a background check.

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.




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