The University of California, Riverside (UCR) seeks applications for an innovative and dynamic librarian to work collaboratively to support the scholarly and research activities of UCR faculty, researchers, and students. Reporting to the Director of Research Services (also part of this cluster hiring, see academic recruitment JPF01874)), the incumbent will be the driving force of the library's Digital Scholarship Program to support campus research and teaching through interdisciplinary collaboration on cutting-edge projects in Humanities, Social Sciences, and STEM. The incumbent will seek opportunities to embed in campus research and teaching teams to directly address UCR community's digital scholarship needs. These include but are not limited to: designing and implementing collaborative digital scholarship projects; contributing novel ideas, expertise, and methods to UCR faculty, researchers, and students' intellectual discourse and advancement; and providing digital scholarship related outreach and consultation services. In partnership with other library colleagues as well as UCR colleges and academic programs, the incumbent will continuously develop specialized and sought-after digital scholarship expertise synergistic with UCR faculty's research and teaching agendas. Ideal candidates are highly collaborative problem-solvers specializing in digital scholarship methods and tools. They should also enjoy conducting research and teaching across discipline lines to explore novel fronts and be committed to lifelong learning and collaboration.
Located an hour's drive to the east of Los Angeles, an hour west of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley, an hour east of ocean beaches, ninety minutes north of San Diego, and an hour south of mountain ski resorts, UCR is located in an area of dramatic landscapes and rich cultural traditions. The University is a dynamic, aggressively developing land grant research institution dedicated to preparing its diverse student body to be successful competitors in the world marketplace of ideas.
Over the past few years, UCR has accumulated numerous accolades for its achievements. In 2022, it received the following rankings: * No. 1 public university in the U.S. for social mobility four years in a row - U.S. News & World Report * No. 1 for Hispanic enrollment among selective universities - Urban Institute * No. 2 in the country for financial aid - Business Insider * No. 2 in Entomology research in the world - Center for World University Rankings * No. 3 in Hispanic STEM graduates in the nation - National Science Foundation * No. 4 for Pell Grant student performance - Washington Monthly * No. 9 among public universities for sustainability - Princeton Review * No. 11 most diverse medical school - U.S. News * Top 12 public university - Forbes "America's Best Value Colleges" * No. 14 public university - CNBC "Colleges That Pay Off the Most" * No. 20 public university - Princeton Review Best Schools for Making a Public Impact * No. 31 in the world in plant and animal sciences - U.S. News & World Report In addition, it has attracted faculty with some of the highest academic honors, including: * 2 Nobel Prize Winners * 2 Guggenheim Awards * 4 UC University Professorships * 11 Fulbright Scholars * 28 National Academies Members
The UCR Library is a critical partner in preparing UCR's students to be globally competitive while simultaneously preparing them to be transformative leaders in the Inland Empire and beyond. The mission of the UCR Library is no less than to bring the world's information resources to the UCR community and to ensure that UCR students, faculty, and staff have the skills to fully exploit those resources to change the world for the better.
The UCR Library is a team of intensely collaborative, forward-thinking colleagues dedicated to providing exemplary services to our students, faculty, and community members in a rapidly evolving information environment. The successful candidate will be technologically-sophisticated; committed to problem-solving in local, regional, national, and international arenas; able to develop innovative solutions to complex problems; and a dynamic and effective leader.
The UCR Library is comprised of two facilities housing more than 4,900,000 volumes, 1,740,000 electronic books, 120,000 print and electronic journals, and 2,300,000 microforms. The Library provides services to more than 27,000 students and nearly 2,000 faculty and other academics in an institutional environment planning for and experiencing extensive growth. The successful candidate will join an enthusiastic staff of 100, including 36 FTE librarians and 65 FTE staff personnel as well as students, in building a research library of excellence within a dynamic and diverse university ranked among the top 50 in the nation. The UCR Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). Among the unique collections of the UCR Library is the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy, the Water Resources Collections & Archives, the Rupert Costo Library of the American Indian, the Paul Chou Collection of Chinese history and culture, the George Brown Papers, the Tomas Rivera Papers, and the Inland Empire Memories Initiative. Information about the UCR Library is available at http://library.ucr.edu.
The UCR Library is an integral part of the University of California library system. With collections totaling 40.8 million volumes, including 4.3 million digitized contents contributed to HathiTrust, UC's more than 100 libraries are surpassed in size on the American continent only by the Library of Congress collection. In addition, UC's California Digital Library (CDL) provides the core of the University's digital collections. CDL also assists UC to share resources and holdings more effectively, and provides leadership in applying technology to the development of library collections and services. Organizationally situated within the UC Office of the President, the CDL operates in close collaboration with all UC campuses and their libraries.
Key Responsibilities Reporting to the Director of Research Services (also included in this cluster hiring) in the Research and Technology Division, the Digital Scholarship Librarian will work collaboratively to support the scholarly and research activities of UCR faculty, researchers, and students by developing specialized research and instructional partnerships; building a digital scholarship support program; and providing general research support and outreach.
* Utilizes digital scholarship tools and methods in support of research and instructional applications * Proactively seeks out and develops opportunities for partnerships with faculty and academic units on campus, effectively deploying technical, scholarly, and project management skills to plan and execute innovative, sustainable digital projects, particularly in the humanities and social sciences * Offers workshops and training on digital scholarship methods or tools * Helps plan, and participates in, special events or programs (for example, a research boot camp or digital scholarship incubator) * Advocates for sharing digital outputs (for example, publishing a digital project using an open license) and advising on open research and reproducibility applications * In collaboration with the Digital Initiatives Specialist (and other library colleagues as appropriate), develop a robust digital scholarship support program, including advising on developing spaces to support this activity * Maintains knowledge and practical expertise in an evolving interdisciplinary landscape of digital scholarship tools and methods, including suggesting how new ideas and services can be applied to the local environment * Provides research support as part of the Research Services librarian team (consultations, workshops, chat reference, and other departmental and library-wide collaborations) * Promotes the UCR Library's digital scholarship and other research support activities * Collaborates on research services projects with library colleagues across the organization * Participates in library-wide activities, administrative committees, special projects, and library programs; representing the UCR Library on University of California standing committees and ad-hoc groups, as assigned
UC professional librarians are academic appointees and are represented by an exclusive bargaining unit; The University Council-American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). This position is in the bargaining unit.
Appointment at rank of Assistant Librarian to Librarian - Potential Career depending upon qualifications and experience. Advancement through the librarian ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every two to three years, each of which includes substantial peer review.
A University of Distinction and Diversity widely recognized as one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the nation, the University of California, Riverside current enrollment is more than 20,000 students, with a goal of 21,000 students by 2020. The campus is in the midst of a tremendous growth spurt with new and remodeled facilities coming on-line on a regular basis.UCR is located approximately 50 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. UCR is also within easy driving distance of dozens of major cultural and recreational sites, as well as desert, mountain and coastal destinations. UCR is one of 10 universities within the prestigious University of California system, and the only UC located in Inland Southern California.