Research Librarian for Visual Arts

(Art History, Studio Art, and Film & Media Studies)
The University of California, Irvine Libraries seek a creative, knowledgeable, and user- oriented Research Librarian for Visual Arts to plan and deliver innovative reference and instruction services, and to develop and manage electronic and print collections in Art History, Studio Art, and Film & Media Studies.The Research Librarian for Visual Arts will provide liaison and outreach to faculty and students of the School of Humanities and the Claire Trevor School of the Arts. The School of Humanities offers undergraduate degrees in Art History and Film & Media Studies and these two departments jointly offer a Ph.D. in Visual Studies ( The Claire Trevor School of the Arts offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Studio Art, as well as a minor in Digital Arts and a graduate degree in Arts, Computation, and Engineering. More information about the School and its programs can be found at:

The successful candidate for this position will be jointly supervised by the Head, Langson Library Reference Department and the Head, Collection Development Department. The home library department will depend on which types of duties predominate.

Duties and Responsibilities

In the area of collection development, the Research Librarian for Visual Arts will be responsible for the selection, assessment, and management of collections and resources in the assigned subject areas. The candidate will serve as liaison to the faculty and students in the subject areas to insure that their information needs are being met as well as to promote the Libraries’ services and resources. The candidate will be responsible for monitoring budgets and making collections decisions that support the teaching and research needs on campus. The candidate will provide subject-based instruction and research consultations and develop and update subject webpages in support of research in the assigned subject areas. The candidate will also work collaboratively with the library Multimedia Resource Center to identify and provide the multimedia resources and services that support the research and teaching needs of the visual arts students and faculty.

In the area of reference, the Research Librarian for Visual Arts will provide specialized and general reference service at the Langson Library Reference Desk, supporting information needs in business, social sciences, humanities, education and the arts. The candidate will provide approximately ten hours of reference service weekly, including responding to in-person, telephone, and electronic inquiries. The candidate will provide specialized research consultations in the assigned subject areas and also maintain sufficient knowledge to provide effective general reference assistance.

In the area of instruction, the Research Librarian for Visual Arts will provide and promote specialized instruction services to students and faculty in the assigned subject areas. The candidate also participates in the Libraries’ information literacy initiatives and general education programs to assist campus and community users in improving their critical thinking, information-seeking, and research skills.



  • Graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution or an equivalent combination of relevant advanced degree and library experience.
  • Educational background in the subject to be assigned or experience performing reference, instruction and/or collection development for the subject.
  • Ability to assist and instruct users and students in specialized resources.
  • Strong interest in working with students and faculty.
  • Commitment to user-centered library services.
  • Strong interest in library information technology, instructional technology, electronic resources, multimedia resources and services, especially in the subject areas to be assigned.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and in a dynamically changing environment.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies.
  • Ability to meet the University of California criteria for advancement and promotion.


  • Experience assessing, evaluating, and negotiating digital resources in the subject areas.
  • Skill in developing, organizing, and maintaining web-based information resources.

Consideration will be given to applicants with a wide range of years of experience, including qualified early career librarians.

Langson Library Reference Department

As the primary research and information center of the Langson Library, the department supports research and teaching in the Arts, Education, Humanities, Social Sciences and Business and Management. The Department provides reference services including research consultation, online reference service, online searching, tours, and a wide range of instructional programs and workshops. The Reference Collection consists of key print resources along with a growing collection of media, data and electronic resources in the Multimedia Resources Center, which is also located in the department. A large Technology Enhanced Classroom, several seminar rooms and a robust wireless network throughout the Libraries provide excellent facilities for teaching. The department operates in a team-based environment and the staff consist of 10 librarians and 5 FTE library assistants.

Collection Development Department

The Collection Development Department is responsible for the librarywide development and management of general collections in the Langson Library, Science Library, and Grunigen Medical Library under the administration and coordination of the Assistant University Librarian for Collections. This department takes the lead role in developing and planning the overarching and ongoing collections policies, procedures, and projects that ensure that the scholarly resources available meet the campus teaching, research, and patient care needs.

The department consists of the Department Head and 5+ Research Librarians, who are responsible for supporting the collection, liaison, and service needs of UCI academic programs. In addition, there are 15+ other Research Librarians located in departments throughout the Libraries, who are responsible for both collections and services in their specialized disciplines. Each Research Librarian is a member of one of three discipline- based pods (a.k.a. teams) as well as of the library-wide Bibliographers Group.

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 is $39,000 – $65,448 (Assistant Librarian I – Librarian I).

Deadline for Applications

Applications received by October 2, 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
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, 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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *