Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Los Angeles - UCLA - William Andrews Clark Memorial Library - Head Librarian - Full Time

Job #JPF02594


Open date: September 20th, 2016

Next review date: November 1st, 2016
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: November 29th, 2016
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.

Description of Institution and Library
  • UCLA seeks to appoint a Head Librarian at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, located in the historic Adams District of the city, twelve miles from the main UCLA campus. The Clark Library, built by William Andrews Clark Jr. in 1926 and bequeathed to the university upon his death in 1934, houses a collection of 130,000 printed books, pamphlets, broadsides, maps, and related documents. The library’s main collections focus on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century English literature, science, philosophy, and theology; Oscar Wilde and the literary culture of the fin de si├Ęcle; the Clark family’s home state of Montana; and the history of fine printing (with special reference to California). 

Position Duties
  • Reporting to the Director for the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library and the Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies, the Head Librarian performs the following duties:
  • Supervises the work of 3 FTE professional librarians and 3 FTE library assistants. Co-supervises 1 FTE site manager, as well as a varying number of student assistants and temporary staff.
  • Oversees the day-to-day operations of the Library and monitors security procedures and policies to safeguard the staff, collections, historic buildings and grounds.
  • In consultation with the Director and the Faculty Advisory Committee, establishes and implements collection development policies based on traditional collecting strengths, recent trends in scholarship, and the current state of the antiquarian book trade.
  • Selects books, manuscripts, and other items as appropriate for purchase from booksellers’ catalogues, auction catalogues, direct quotes, and bookstore visits.
  • Works closely with UCLA’s Facilities Department as well as independent contractors to preserve and improve the historically significant library building and the property as a whole.
  • Sets priorities for the cataloguing of all collections.
  • Oversees the preservation and conservation program for library materials.
  • Describes recent acquisitions on a regular basis for the Center & Clark Newsletter and for the Faculty Advisory Committee.
  • Develops policies and procedures for the digitization of selected materials from the collection and public access to digital archives via the web and other means, in accordance with general university guidelines.
  • Oversees Reader Services and Acquisitions procedures, including introducing new readers to the Clark’s facilities, collections, and regulations.
  • Supervises reference services by phone, mail, e-mail, and in person.
  • Oversees the renewal of content on the library website to ensure effective outreach to the scholarly and general public.
  • Participates in tours for visitors interested in the Library’s history and collections, and makes presentations on the Clark outside the University.
  • Assists the Director and faculty in planning activities and programs based around the Clark’s collections.
  • Participates in various standing committees operated by the Center for fellowships, Clark Quarterly Lectures, exhibitions and other lecture series.
  • Participates in the conferences and other public programs organized by the Center.
  • Initiates grant proposals and a variety of fund-raising activities.
  • Participates in donor cultivation both for gifts in kind and for library-related funds.
  • Attends the University Library’s Management Council and other pertinent campus meetings.
  • Represents the Clark at various local, national, and international conferences, meetings, and professional organizations.
  • Maintains a current knowledge of the collecting interests of sister institutions in the greater Los Angeles area.

Required Qualifications
  • ALA-accredited Master's Degree in Library or Information Science OR significant graduate-level coursework toward such a degree OR equivalent education and experience (subject expertise combined with professional library education and/or experience).
  • Five years of progressively responsible administrative experience in research libraries or special collections departments, including management of resources and personnel.
  • Knowledge of rare books, manuscripts, and the antiquarian book trade.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the scholarly use of library collections and services and of current developments in archives and special collections librarianship.
  • Demonstrated experience with providing reference and instructional services within a special collections setting.
  • Knowledge of current trends in digitization and other electronic resources issues, including experience with digitization projects and data curation.
  • Knowledge of current information technology as it applies to providing library service.
  • Knowledge of intellectual property issues related to archives, libraries, and special collections.
  • Evidence of a strong service orientation.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills to work effectively with culturally diverse library users and colleagues.
  • Demonstrated involvement in fundraising, including government and foundation grants and/or individual and corporate awards.
  • Proven success in project management that includes planning, developing, and evaluating programs and supervising personnel.
  • Experience and demonstrated skill in supervision, including hiring, orienting, training and development, organizing workloads, delegating responsibility, providing guidance and direction, monitoring and evaluating performance, coaching and counseling, and taking disciplinary action as necessary.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, students, fellows, visiting scholars and readers.
  • Experience with the evaluation and assessment of library resources.
  • Excellent organizational, time, and project management skills.
  • Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively both as a team member and independently and to promote teamwork among colleagues.
  • Demonstrated expertise in scholarly writing and research.
  • Demonstrated proficiency and capabilities with personal computers, software, the Web, and library-relevant information technology applications.
  • Capacity to thrive in the evolving environment of a world-class research institution and to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities.
  • Commitment to professional issues, demonstrated through strong interest in local or national committee work, research, publication, etc.
  • Reading knowledge of at least two European languages, preferably French, German, Italian, Spanish or Latin.

Desired Qualifications
  • An earned doctorate in a relevant discipline.
  • Evidence of successful teaching experience at the graduate level.
  • Demonstrated experience with implementing new technologies in a special collections environment.

Candidates applying by November 1, 2016, will be given first consideration for this position. UCLA welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applications and nominations from women and minorities. UCLA seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

  • Cover Letter - Describing qualifications and experience.
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. detailing education and relevant experience.
  • References - Names and contact information for three professional references, including current or previous supervisor; contact information only.

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