Wednesday, November 25, 2015

UC Davis - Instruction and Outreach Librarian, Special Collections Department

Closing date: Candidates applying by January 6, 2016 will receive first consideration. The position will remain open until filled.

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

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Position Overview

The University of California, Davis, University Library invites applications for the position of Special Collections Instruction and Outreach Librarian. The Instruction and Outreach Librarian is responsible for the design and implementation of innovative library services and education programs that enhance access to and understanding of a broad range of rare book, manuscript, archival, and digital materials.

This position will promote access and use of unique and primary source material in support of teaching and research by the UC Davis and broader communities. The Instruction and Outreach librarian will plan and implement outreach opportunities in collaboration with other library units and programs. The position provides leadership and direction in the design, delivery, and assessment of innovative methods of teaching with special collections; collaborates with faculty and others to develop effective teaching strategies utilizing information technologies and special collections materials; provides traditional and virtual reference services; develops online and physical exhibits; facilitates donor relations; and acts as the Special Collection Department's lead on social media and related communications.

Scope of the Special Collections Department

The Special Collections Department houses unique materials with strengths in agriculture, American and British literature, apiculture, botany, British history, entomology, religion, viticulture and enology, and zoology. A major focus of Special Collections is the history and culture of California's Central Valley and surrounding regions, including the Eastman Photograph Collection of over 13,000 images of northern California.

The department holds a major research collection on the history of agricultural technology, the F. Hal Higgins collection. Other important collections in the agricultural and food sciences include the A.W. Noling Hurty-Peck Beverages Library, the Ferry-Morse Seed Company archives, and fruit crate label collections. Viticulture and enology collections support major programs at the University of California, Davis, and include the Maynard A. Amerine papers, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms archives on California wineries, and wine label collections.

Special Collections houses a number of research-level collections in the humanities, such as the personal papers of Pulitzer Prize winning poet Gary Snyder and the Kohler British Poetry Collection. There are especially strong holdings in 20th-century experimental theater including the archives of the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the Living Theater. The department holds significant collections supporting the study of the political and social movements of the 19th and 20th centuries including radical politics, as well as the contributions and history of women, gays, Native Americans, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, and Chicanos.

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
Under the general oversight of the Head of Special Collections:

  • Partner with subject specialist librarians, the University Archivist, and others to develop effective in-person and online classes, presentations, and exhibits that utilize primary resources and other collections (rare book and print materials, manuscripts, historical photographs, University Archives, and ephemera collections, etc.).
  • Collaborate with academic faculty and departments, often in partnership with Library subject specialists to integrate Special Collections and University Archives materials into the curricula, so as to provide a hands-on learning experience for students in the use of primary sources.
  • Provide reference services and support day-to-day operations.
  • Enhance departmental/education presence using social media (such as Facebook, blogs, and Twitter) and other emerging technologies as a means to engage the campus and community with Special Collections materials.
  • Participate in Library programs such as Archives and Institutional Assets Program, Data Management Program, and others as appropriate. Serve on library and campus committees to contribute to other relevant activities and events.
  • Actively participates in special events that spotlight Special Collections through exhibits, programs, and presentations both on and off-site and during regular hours, nights, and weekends.
  • 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.
  • Minimum two years of experience in an academic special collections library or museum setting with significant responsibilities in education and reference.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of or experience in current practices and emerging trends relating to the operation of a special collections or museum.
  • Demonstrated understanding and ability to determine information and research needs of a wide-range of users including students and faculty to effectively develop and deliver responsive services using a variety of tools.
  • Demonstrated experience organizing, planning, and managing projects and workflows with changing workload requirements and deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, collaboratively, and creatively with multiple constituencies in a complex and rapidly changing environment.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to speak to a wide range of audiences, such as faculty, students, scholars, donors, development staff, alumni, and the general public.
  • Demonstrated experience in marketing and outreach for educational services, such as websites, exhibitions and/or public programming.
  • Demonstrated evidence of the ability to meet the University of California criteria for advancement and promotion.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Second master's degree in the humanities or social sciences.
  • Demonstrated experience using social media tools to teach with or meaningfully disseminate information on digital and other collections.
  • Demonstrated experience with a broad range of academic subjects utilizing or promoting special collections materials.
  • Experience with or demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging educational technologies.
  • Experience writing and applying for grants.
  • Familiarity with copyright and privacy issues.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity in the workplace or community.

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