Architecture, Design and Digital Services Librarian, UCLA

Department: Arts Library
Position Availability: Immediately

The UCLA Arts Library seeks an energetic, creative, collaborative, flexible, and forward-thinking individual for the subject specialist position that serves as the liaison to the Department of Architecture and Urban Design and the Department of Design|Media Arts.

The Arts Library is one of the eight major libraries on campus at UCLA and has the primary responsibility for providing collections and services in the areas of architecture, art, art history, design, film, television and theater at UCLA. It is one of a campus-wide network of libraries, including several other subject libraries and the Charles E. Young Research Library (which serves the social sciences and humanities) and the undergraduate College Library that together comprise the UCLA Library System. The Arts Library includes more than 270,000 volumes. The architecture collection spans all areas of architectural history, theory, and practice; focal points include contemporary European and Japanese architecture, as well as twentieth-century Southern California and West Coast design. Beginning in the Fall Quarter of 2007, the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design will offer a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies. The B.A. in Architectural Studies will be a two-year major. The library also collects selectively in all areas of design and design history, including new media, industrial, graphic, typographic, furniture, glass, ceramics, fashion, and textile. The art collection covers all aspects and periods of art and art history. It is particularly strong in Italian Renaissance art, seventeenth century Dutch art, African art, Pre-Columbian art, Asian art in Western languages, South Asian art, Latin American art, new media and contemporary art in general. Film and Television collections are particularly strong in American and European film and Third Cinema. Staffing in the Arts Library includes 3.5 FTE professional librarians and 2.5 FTE support staff, as well as student employees.

Position Duties Under the general direction of the Head, Arts and Music Libraries, this individual is responsible for library services and outreach to the faculty and students in the Departments of Architecture and Design|Media Arts. This individual develops and maintains effective and proactive communications with faculty and students.

Collection Development/Management — Responsible for collection development and management in architecture and design, including ongoing assessment of collection strengths and weaknesses in relation to institutional needs. Establishes and maintains collection development policies for architecture and design in cooperation with the faculty and other librarians. Selects materials for acquisition in all formats, manages serial subscriptions and cancellations, monitors and manages approval plans, and manages the materials budget. Interacts with staff in the Social Sciences, Humanities & Arts Acquisitions and Digital Collections Services departments to maintain timely and effective acquisitions workflows. Manages endowed and other gift funds for architecture and design. Interacts with donors and prospective donors and works with Library Development staff on fundraising and development activities and projects. Evaluates gift materials, makes preservation and conservation decisions, and selects materials from current acquisitions and from Arts Library stacks for transfer to the UC Southern Regional Library Facility (a remote storage facility). Works with the Performing Arts Special Collections Librarian to identify and acquire archives and other special materials. Participates in UC systemwide shared collection activities.

Reference and Instruction — Provides general Arts Library reference desk service in all of the Library’s subject areas (architecture, art, design, film, television, theater) and specialized research assistance, as needed, within the librarian’s areas of subject expertise. Promotes and provides instructional services to the faculty and students in the Departments of Architecture and Design|Media Arts and to all library users interested in any aspects of these disciplines. Works with faculty in the Departments of Architecture and Design|Media Arts to design and provide course-related/course-integrated instruction to upper division and graduate classes. Provides general tours, orientations, lectures, and interactive user instruction.
Participates in the library-wide Information Literacy Program and assists in the design, delivery, and assessment of in-person and Web-based information literacy sessions for undergraduate and graduate students. Develops reference guides, including web resources, print handouts, and online tutorials in assigned subject areas.

Digital Services — Identifies new digital resources, arranges for and communicates with faculty about trials, and coordinates acquisition of such resources. Administers and promotes all digital image databases related to the fields of art, architecture and design. Investigates and assists with the development of new digitization projects, in coordination with the Digital Library Program. Functions as the Arts Library liaison for projects involving the digitization of slide collections in the architecture and art history departments, including the current AUD image collection.

Administration — Participates in departmental and library-wide planning and policy development. Represents the Arts Library on committees and task forces as needed.

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). Subject expertise and/or coursework in architecture and/or design. Demonstrated commitment to providing excellent public services in an academic or research library. Familiarity with Western European languages sufficient to provide effective reference work and collection development. Knowledge of, and familiarity with, digital image databases in the fields of art, architecture, and design. Demonstrated proficiency and capabilities with personal computers and software, the Web, and library-relevant information technology applications. Working knowledge of standard computer office applications such as Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint or other productivity software. Excellent organizational, time, and project management skills as well as analytical skills, initiative, and demonstrated project management skills. Excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills. Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively both as a team member and independently and to promote teamwork among colleagues.
Commitment to fostering a diverse educational environment and workplace and ability to work with a diverse student and faculty population and library users. Capacity to thrive in the exciting, ambiguous, future-oriented 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.

Desired Qualifications

Advanced degree in art, architecture or design. Knowledge and understanding of current trends in information technology as they apply to collection development and management and the provision of reference and research services. Experience in providing reference services and/or instruction in a large, decentralized academic library setting. Experience with the design, provision, and evaluation of information literacy programs for upper division and graduate students. Experience in the development and implementation of digital image projects, with an understanding of current controlled vocabulary and metadata standards, such as AAT (Art and Architecture Thesaurus) and VRA Core. Record of scholarly research and professional activity and involvement.
Rank and Salary: Salary and appointment level based on experience and qualifications.
Assistant Librarian I – III ($40,008 – $44,736)
Associate Librarian I – VII ($44,736 – $66,756)
Librarian Rank I – IV ($66,756 – $85,740)

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Application Information:Application Procedures Anyone wishing to be considered for this position should apply to Jenifer Abramson, Assistant Director of Library Human Resources, UCLA Library, Library Human Resources, 11617 Charles E. Young Research Library, Box 951575, Los Angeles, CA, 90095-1575. E-mail applications are encouraged and can be sent to Applications should include: a cover letter describing qualifications and experience; a current resume/vita detailing education and relevant experience; and the names and addresses for at least three professional references, including a current or previous supervisor. Candidates applying by November 27, 2006 will be given first consideration. 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.

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