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Reference and Instruction Librarian

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The University of California, Santa Barbara is one of ten campuses that comprise the University of California system and is a member of the exclusive Association of American Universities (AAU). In addition, the University Library at UC Santa Barbara is a member of the prestigious Association of Research Libraries (ARL).

The UC Santa Barbara Library seeks a collaborative, dynamic, service-oriented librarian to foster excellence in scholarship, research, and teaching through the delivery of innovative reference, consultation, and instructional services to the campus community. The successful candidate will also facilitate access to scholarly information sources by shaping and building two to three collections in the social sciences and serving as an expert resource to support traditional and emerging research practices and curricular development. The effective date of this position is the 2017-18 academic year.


Reporting to the Head of Reference Services and participating in the Social Sciences Collection Group, the Reference and Instruction Librarian enhances research, teaching, and learning by contributing to the library’s general reference services and instructional programs; develops the library’s research collections in the social sciences and related interdisciplinary areas; provides specialized instructional sessions and research services for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates in assigned subject areas; consults on scholarly communication issues; works collaboratively with the library’s data services team including curators and librarians to support evolving needs of relevant user communities in conducting data-intensive research; advocates, promotes, and contributes to the library’s new services in digital scholarship; contributes to area-specific consortial activities of the UC Libraries; and builds and sustains trusted relationships with key campus constituencies to further the library’s strategic goals and advance the research, teaching and service mission of the university.

The Reference and Instruction Librarian works individually and as part of the Reference Services and Instruction teams to contribute to creative and innovative approaches to advancing the Library's services; participates in scheduled multi-disciplinary reference desk and consultation services, virtual reference for the UC cooperative, individualized research assistance to students and faculty in assigned subject areas, and outreach activities; includes some evening assignments; participates in an active instructional program, including teaching a credit-bearing library research class; develops and delivers presentations to general Writing Program classes and specialized courses in the social sciences; creates and maintains online guides to specialized library resources; designs course curriculum and learning objects for the library research course and other instruction projects, and develops innovative techniques and activities for teaching information literacy across campus.

The Reference and Instruction Librarian has responsibility for all aspects of collection management and development for assigned subject areas in the social sciences. Collection development and access responsibilities include selection, assessment, and lifecycle management of scholarly information resources that support scholarship and teaching; through responsible stewardship of collection funds allocated to assigned areas, ensures maximum effectiveness of the Library’s investment in collections in order to provide the greatest value for successful research and learning outcomes; recognizing the unique strength of interdisciplinary scholarship on the UC Santa Barbara campus, works collaboratively with subject librarians in related areas to develop scholarly collections and provide access to resources that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries and support new fields of inquiry; and serves as an engaged, knowledgeable, and collaborative liaison to faculty and students in assigned departments.


• ALA-accredited Master’s in Library or Information Science
• Academic background or knowledge of the social sciences demonstrated through undergraduate or advanced degree coursework, or work experience
• Demonstrated experience in reference and library instruction
• Demonstrated experience with instructional design concepts, practices, and tools in an academic library setting

• Understanding of current and emerging trends in social sciences research
• A strong commitment to excellence in public service and the ability to work effectively in a collaborative and culturally diverse environment
• Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills

• At least two years of experience in an academic library
• Chat reference experience
• Demonstrated knowledge of scholarly communication and publishing issues
• Demonstrated commitment to professional development and service


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 excellent retirement plans and a selection of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans. Benefits information can be found at

The incumbent will be a member of the LX Collective Bargaining Unit represented by the American Federation of Teachers.

• This position will remain open until filled with primary consideration of complete applications, including a CV and cover letter, received by October 19, 2017.
• Applications will be accepted online through UC Recruit:
• Help for UC Recruit is available at
• For additional assistance, contact Ryan George with Library Human Resources at (805) 893-3841 or
• 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 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, CA

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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.

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 2-3 required (contact information only)