The University of Southern California (USC) Libraries seek an innovative, strategic, and service- focused information professional to lead STEM Library Programs and Services. The Head leads the Science and Engineering (S&E) Library and reports to the Director of Sciences and Health Sciences Libraries within the Public Services Division. The Head will foster a creative and collaborative team-based environment in developing library programs and services that will support STEM fields. The Head will oversee library services to the Viterbi School of Engineering and the Science departments at the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and work in partnership with the Norris Medical Library, the Wilson Dental Library, and other USC Libraries. The Head will lead STEM Library Programs and Services to reimagine the S&E Library as a state-of-the-art discovery and learning center that supports and strengthens researchersâ collaboration, innovation, experimentation, and entrepreneurship within a critical information literacy environment. The Head will provide leadership, guidance, and management of a team of librarians and staff to ensure quality services and collections to support the teaching, learning, and research needs of USC students, faculty, and staff.
This position requires a commitment to developing student-focused services and a combination of skills and initiative that will contribute to the transformation of instruction, outreach, reference, and collections at USC Libraries.Â We seek candidates motivated by a passion to develop transformative library services and invested in the future of librarianship. The successful candidate is expected to be creative in identifying and solving problems within a collegial and collaborative environment.Â The successful candidate must be knowledgeable of current relevant library and scholarly information trends and practices and be able to apply this understanding to make a significant, positive impact on the USC community.Â Duties may include weekend and evening hours.
THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
The University of Southern California is one of the worldâs leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles, a global center for arts, technology, and international business, USCâs diverse curricular offerings provide extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study and collaboration with leading researchers in highly advanced learning environments. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education,Â USCÂ fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge. For more information, visit www.usc.edu.
The USC Libraries support the discovery, creation, organization, dissemination, and preservation of knowledge. We develop and deliver collections, services, and programs that support and encourage the academic, research, clinical, and creative endeavors of our community; cultivate an inclusive community of intellectually curious, critical thinkers; and help develop engaged, informed global citizens. Through these means, we participate in the continuing success of the University of Southern California as a private, global research institution committed to the greater public good.
The USC Libraries, with an operating budget of approximately $42 million, comprise Doheny Memorial Library and many specialized libraries, including the Health Sciences Libraries. Among our librariesâ collecting strengths are the areas of our Collections Convergence Initiative: the Holocaust and genocide and exile studies; the history of Los Angeles and Southern California; LGBTQ history and culture, particularly relating to West Coast activities and activism; East Asian languages and cultures and Asian American history in the United States; and cinema, music, and the production of popular cultures. Library faculty and staff throughout the organizationâcommitted to core values of inquiry, ingenuity, integrity, and inclusivenessâwork to advance consequential engagement with our academic and arts communities. For more information on how our libraries support critical, creative, and ethical habits of mind at USC, visit libraries.usc.edu.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES
Reporting to the Director of Sciences and Health Sciences Libraries, Head of STEM Library Programs and Services will:
Lead a team of science and engineering librarians and staff in the S&E Library in establishing fiscal, resource, and programmatic priorities for reference, instruction, outreach, and collection development
Provide leadership to develop innovative library programs and services around current trends in STEM research and teaching
Maintain a culture of inclusivity, mutual respect and collaborative teamwork
Collaborate with other USC Libraries in developing programs and services
Communicate proactively and engagingly with faculty, students, campus partners, and the broader library community about STEM library collections, services, and initiatives
Provide in-person and virtual reference, and research consultation services
Stay up-to-date on relevant library and scholarly information trends and practices and be able to apply this knowledge to have a significant, positive impact on the S&E Library and the advancement of the strategic plans of USC Libraries and the University.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
Minimum qualifications: MLS from an ALA-accredited program or non-U.S. equivalent is typically required for a librarian appointment at USC. In addition, candidates must provide examples of:
Evidence of increasing professional responsibilities in an academic or research library environment
Experience setting priorities and managing budgets and projects within an academic or research library setting
A strong commitment to delivering public services to diverse user populations, including user-centered reference, outreach, instruction, and collections
Effective organizational, oral and written communication skills
Knowledge of current professional trends in STEM library services.
Graduate degree in a STEM field
Demonstrated knowledge of scholarly communication and funding issues in scientific research and data curation
Demonstrated success engaging with academic stakeholders and administrators within the communities served by academic and research libraries
Knowledge of trends in scientific data research management and digital technologies.
FACULTY APPOINTMENT RANK/SALARY
Rank: Assistant University Librarian
Librarians at USC have faculty status. This is a full-time, continuing appointment track position. Appointment to the continuing appointment track requires the potential to meet the Universityâs criteria for granting continuing appointmentâexcellence in librarianshipâwhich librarians achieve by having a significant impact on the development and/or implementation of high- quality collections and/or services. Additionally, librarians must demonstrate the expectation of continued excellence and growth in profession expertise. Rank and salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Benefits include a choice of retirement programs, 22 paid vacation days per year, university holidays, a choice of medical and dental plans, and tuition assistance (for employees and eligible dependents).Â For more information about benefits see: https://employees.usc.edu/benefits-perks/
As part of the application, candidates must upload one document file (PDF) that contains the following: 1) a cover letter, 2) a curriculum vitae (including telephone and e-mail address), 3) a list of at least three references that includes the name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address for each referee, and 4) a statement on fostering an environment of diversity and inclusion (no longer than one-page in length).
Closing date for applications: Open until filled.
For more information about this position, contact Ruth Wallach, Chair of the Search Committee, at email [email protected]
USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy.
We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email atÂ [email protected]. Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.
USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering has been one of the economic engines in Southern California and a vital hub in the California economy. The technical innovations and ideas generated by the Viterbi faculty and research community have resulted in countless innovations, many becoming the foundations for new companies, products and services. The thousands of students graduating each year bring new ideas and vitality to companies in California and beyond. With an annual research budget exceeding $205M each year, more than 46 research centers and institutes, more than 180 faculty members, 7,800 students and over 60,000 impassioned alumni world-wide, the Viterbi School is addressing some of the world’s great challenges.