Head of Science Library Reference Department — UC Irvine — Irvine, CA 92623

Oct 9, 2006 by

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Head of Science Library Reference Department

The University of California, Irvine Libraries are seeking a dynamic, knowledgeable leader to join an enthusiastic staff in building a science research library of excellence for a young and rapidly-growing university ranked nationally in the top universities. The Head, Science Library Reference Department will work in an entrepreneurial and service-oriented collaborative environment to ensure that both learning and research-intensive services and spaces are of the highest quality.

Duties & Responsibilities
The successful candidate will play a key role in leading innovation in the programmatic areas of the Science Library Reference Department, including both virtual and traditional reference services and oversight for the Interactive Learning Center, an instructional computing facility. The Department Head also serves as the bibliographer for general/multidisciplinary reference resources in the sciences, working with Collections Division and Technical Services Division personnel as appropriate.

As a member of the Public Services Leadership Team and the Library Council, the incumbent participates in library-wide planning and policy making. This position has special responsibility for assisting in library-wide space planning for Science Library reference and learning technology-based services. This position ensures excellent communication and cooperation with other departments, especially the Langson Library Reference Department and Grunigen Medical Library reference services. In conjunction with the Head of Reference for Langson Library and the Head, Grunigen Medical Library, the Head of Science Reference has a leadership position for expanding an already substantial commitment to virtual reference and other digital technologies as well as enhancing reference services for the entire UCI Libraries system. Also in conjunction with the Head, Grunigen Medical Library, this position provides guidance to the Health Sciences Education Coordinator on issues related to instruction for UCI’s expanding health sciences programs.

The Department Head has responsibility for personnel management within the Department and will build expertise within the department through staff training and professional development. S/he promotes a broad understanding among departmental personnel of university and library policies, oversees the creation and accomplishment of the departmental librarians’ annual plans, manages departmental budgets, and is responsible for the development of policies and procedures for the Department.

The Head of the Science Library Reference Department provides reference services through regular service at the reference desk and through in-depth consultation. Additionally, this position participates in instructional activities coordinated by the Education and Outreach Department.

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Public Services, the Head, Science Library Reference Department, participates as a member on divisional and library-wide teams, task forces, and project teams as appropriate and is expected to excel in a shared decision-making environment.


Graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited library school
Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience in academic or research library setting.
2 years successful supervisory experience, preferably of librarians
Significant experience providing information and research services in the sciences
Strong commitment to user-centered services
Demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging trends in academic library services and resources
Demonstrated interest in collection development and management of user-centered library collections
Knowledge of current instructional technologies, especially as applied to science and health disciplines
Experience in the design and delivery of library instruction
Demonstrated team-leadership skills and ability to work collaboratively
Demonstrated flexibility and ability to work effectively in a complex, changing environment with competing demands
Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with all elements of a culturally-diverse community
Demonstrated strong verbal, written, and interpersonal skills
Ability to meet UC criteria for the advancement and promotion of librarians

Experience in an Information/Knowledge Commons service environment
Experience in collection development and management of user-centered reference collections that are geared for the future
Experience assessing, evaluating, and negotiating digital library resources (especially reference resources)
Familiarity with various discovery tools (Google Scholar, Infomine, etc.) and personalized research tools and applications (RefWorks, EndNote, MyOPAC, eLinks, etc.)
Management and supervisory experience in a research library environment
Science Library Reference Department
The Science Library Reference Department is the primary research and information center of the Science Library, supporting study in the Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering, Information & Computer Science and the Health and Medical Sciences. The Department’s services include a reference desk open 52 hours each week, a research consultation service, electronic reference services, and a wide range of instructional programs and courses. The reference collection consists of over 5,000 volumes and a substantial collection of electronic resources. The Interactive Learning Center is open over 90 hours per week and houses the Science Library’s collection of non-print media, 3 multimedia workstations, and 3 computer lab classrooms. The department operates in a team-based environment and the staff consists of 7+ librarians, 4.5+ fte library assistants, 3 computing specialists, and student assistants.

Among UCI’s highly ranked science programs are several in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering, as well as behavioral neuroscience, organic chemistry, information systems, psychology, cell biology/developmental biology, computer science, physics, biological sciences, mathematics, biomedical engineering, and medicine. In a survey by Chemical and Engineering News, UCI tied with three other universities, including Harvard University, for fifth place nationally in conferring doctoral degrees in chemistry. Three UCI researchers have won Nobel Prizes, F. Sherwood Rowland and Irwin Rose in chemistry, and Frederick Reines in physics.

The Libraries
The UCI Libraries are committed to innovation and excellence and are in a major period of growth and change. The Libraries consist of the Langson Library, the Science Library, the Library Gateway Study Center, and the Grunigen Medical Library. The Langson Library primarily serves the Schools of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, Social Ecology, Business, the Department of Education, and Interdisciplinary Studies. The Science Library primarily serves the Schools of Biological Sciences, Medicine, Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Information and Computer Sciences. The Grunigen Medical Library serves the UCI Medical Center, located in Orange, 12 miles from the main campus.

The UCI Libraries have a staff of 273 FTE and an organizational structure that includes the use of teams in conjunction with departments. The library collection consists of over 2.4 million volumes and over 36,500 current serial titles and an aggressively expanding electronic resources collection. The UCI Libraries are a member of the: Association of Research Libraries (ARL), California Digital Library (CDL), Coalition of Networked Information (CNI), Center for Research Libraries (CRL), Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).

University of California , Irvine
The University of California, Irvine, is nestled in over 1,500 acres of coastal foothills, five miles from the Pacific Ocean, between San Diego and Los Angeles. Founded in 1965, UCI is among the fastest-growing University of California campuses, with more than 24,000 undergraduate and graduate students and about 1,400 faculty members. UCI has had an extraordinarily rapid rise to distinction in its first forty years, including membership in the Association of American Universities, ranking tenth among the nation’s best public universities by U.S. News and World Report (also among the top fifty research universities), and three Nobel prizes in the last ten years.

Student enrollment is planned to reach 32,000 by 2014 accompanied by a proportional growth in faculty and staff. Nearly 60% of UCI students identify themselves as Asian American, African-American, Chicano/Latino, or Native American. The University offers 40 doctoral programs in addition to the M.D. UCI’s academic programs are ranked nationally among the top universities; several doctoral programs are ranked in the top ten.

Librarians at the University of California Irvine are academic appointees and receive potential career status at the time of their initial appointment. Librarians periodically receive administrative and peer review for merit increases based on the following criteria: 1) professional competence and quality of service within the Library; 2) professional activity outside the Library; 3) university and public service; and 4) research and other creative activity. They are entitled to two days per month of annual leave, one day per month sick leave. The University has an excellent retirement system and offers a variety of group health, life, and disability insurance plans. Benefits, which may also include an attractive mortgage program, are equal to approximately 40% of salary.


Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Preferred appointment level: $44,736 – $92,436 (Associate Librarian 1 – Librarian V) plus annual administrative stipend of $4,800.

Deadline for Applications:

Applications received by October 30, 2006 will receive first consideration, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

To Apply:

Qualified applicants who wish to be considered for this position should send their letters of application, complete résumés,and the names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of three references, with a statement of each reference’s professional relationship to the applicant, to:

Library Human Resources
UC Irvine, P.O. Box 19557
Irvine, CA 92623-9557
e-mail: hr@lib.uci.edu
confidential fax: (949) 824-3270.

Electronic applications are preferred. Upon application, candidates should be in possession of proof of their legal right to employment in the U.S. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, verification of legal right to work will be required between the time of final selection and hiring, and is absolutely essential in ultimately being hired.

This position description is listed on the UCI Libraries Web site at http://www.lib.uci.edu/libraries/jobs/libvac.html, with links to additional Web sites featuring campus and community information.

The University of California, Irvine is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity.