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Biological, Psychological, and Brain Sciences 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. In addition, the University Library at UC Santa Barbara is a member of the prestigious Association of Research Libraries.

The UC Santa Barbara Library seeks a collaborative, dynamic, service-oriented librarian to foster excellence in scholarship and teaching by facilitating access to scholarly information resources in biopsychology and molecular biology. The successful candidate will actively engage and build relationships with campus scholarly communities in the departments of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, and Psychological and Brain Sciences, serving as an expert resource to support traditional and emerging research practices and curricular development. The effective date of the position is the 2017-18 academic year.


Reporting to the Head of Reference Services and participating in the Sciences Collection Group, the Biological, Psychological, and Brain Sciences Librarian enhances research, teaching, and learning by shaping the library’s research collections in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology, and psychological and brain sciences, and related interdisciplinary areas; contributes to the library’s general reference services and instructional programs; provides specialized instructional sessions and research services for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates in the assigned areas, including consultation on scholarly communication issues and new methodologies and practices in digital scholarship; 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 Biological, Psychological, and Brain Sciences Librarian works individually and as part of the Reference Services 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, data discovery services, research consultation and instruction in assigned disciplines, and outreach activities; including some evening 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 in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, and Psychological and Brain Sciences, and related disciplines; and designs and maintains online guides to specialized library resources.

The Biological, Psychological, and Brain Sciences Librarian has responsibility for all aspects of collection management and development for collections relating to molecular, cellular, and developmental biology, and psychological and brain sciences. Collection development and access responsibilities include selection, assessment, and life-cycle management of scholarly information resources that support scholarship and teaching. Through responsible stewardship of collection funds allocated to the assigned areas, the incumbent 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, the incumbent 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. The Biological, Psychological, and Brain Sciences Librarian serves as an engaged, knowledgeable and collaborative liaison to faculty and students in the departments of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, and Psychological and Brain Sciences.

UC Santa Barbara librarians are expected to participate in library-wide planning, governance, and shared decision making. Advancement is partially based on professional contribution beyond the primary assignment. The successful candidate will demonstrate evidence of, or potential for, such contribution to the campus, UC system, and profession.


•ALA-accredited Master’s in Library or Information Science, or equivalent experience in addition to an advanced degree in biopsychology, psychology, neuroscience, molecular biology, cellular biology, or developmental biology

•Demonstrated understanding of current and emerging trends in biopsychology, psychology, neuroscience, molecular biology, cellular biology, or developmental biology scholarship
•Demonstrated experience in reference and instruction
•Demonstrated understanding of instructional design concepts, practices, and tools in an academic library setting
•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

•A second advanced degree in a related field
•Two to three years of professional experience in an academic library
•Demonstrated knowledge of scholarly communication and publishing issues
•Ability to create instructional materials and utilize web design tools to facilitate instructional goals


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, cover letter, and optional but encouraged statement of diversity, received by March 12, 2018.
•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


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.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

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