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Bio- and Chemical Engineering Librarian

Assistant Librarian 2 - Associate Librarian 5

$48,504 - $62,220

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Orbach Science Library Information Services

Position Overview: The University of California, Riverside seeks a creative and energetic Bio- and Chemical Engineering Librarian to join the Science Information Services team to serve as a liaison to the bioengineering and chemical engineering faculty in the Bourns College of Engineering, as well as serve as in a team of librarians providing data management and grant support services.

Located an hour drive to the east of Los Angeles, an hour drive west of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley, an hour drive east of ocean beaches, an hour and half drive north of San Diego, and an hour drive south of mountain ski resorts, UC Riverside is located in an area of dramatic landscapes and equally 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. UCR boasts the first new School of Medicine to open on the West Coast in 43 years; a new School of Public Policy; and the Bourns College of Engineering, ranked 10th in the world according to an international ranking organization.

The Bourns College of Engineering is dedicated to educating the next generation of engineering leaders to discover and apply groundbreaking solutions and innovations that improve the quality of life. In less than 25 years, the college has distinguished itself through faculty leadership in research and teaching, partnerships with industry and government, engagement with local and global communities, remarkable growth, and top-tier rankings. The college offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. programs and a new online M.S. in engineering. Bourns’ graduate and undergraduate engineering programs rank among the top schools in the nation in U.S. News & World Report. The college prides itself on providing opportunities for close student-faculty collaboration both in the classroom and in the laboratory.

The UCR Libraries is a critical partner in preparing UCR’s students to be globally competitive while simultaneously preparing them for careers in the Inland Empire and beyond. The mission of the UCR Libraries 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 Libraries is building a team of intensely collaborative, forward-thinking colleagues dedicated to providing excellent 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; and able to develop innovative solutions to complex problems.

The UCR Libraries is comprised of four facilities housing more than 3,000,000 volumes, 97,000 print and electronic journals, and 2,300,000 microforms. The Libraries provides services to more than 21,000 students and 1,830 faculty and other academics in an institutional environment planning for and experiencing extensive growth. The successful candidate will join an enthusiastic staff of 118.27 FTE librarians and support personnel (including student FTE) in building a research library of excellence within a dynamic and diverse university ranked among the top 50 in the nation. The UCR Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). Among the unique collections of the UCR Libraries are the world class Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy, the Water Resources Collections & Archives, the Rupert Costo Library of the American Indian, the Tuskegee Airmen Archive, the Paul Chou Collection of Chinese history and culture, the George Brown Papers, and the newly established Inland Empire Memories Initiative. Information about the UCR Libraries is available at https://library.ucr.edu.

The UCR Libraries is an integral part of the University of California library system. With collections totaling 30 million volumes, 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 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.

Reporting to the Head of the Information Services Department, the Bio- and Chemical Engineering Librarian will build relationships with the faculty, researchers, staff and students in the relevant engineering departments, to enhance course integrated instruction, facilitate access to information, build excellent collections, and meet the research and information literacy needs of the departments, demonstrating in a visible and pervasive way the value of information professionals in the academic environment. The Bio- and Chemical Engineering Librarian also will collaborate with a team of librarians providing data management and grant outreach and support services to UCR faculty and graduate students.
  • • Initiates liaison and outreach relationships with the relevant engineering departments, collaborating with other science reference librarians on relevant interdisciplinary programs;
  • • Provides instruction to engineering (focusing on bioengineering and chemical engineering) students, faculty and researchers on the content and application of science and engineering resources, advanced database searching and the evaluation of information;
  • • Provides general library instruction, orientation, tours and workshops as needed;
  • • Provides reference service online and in person (including using chat reference applications);
  • • Collaborates with bioengineering and chemical engineering faculty on the integration of research content and instruction into the curriculum (through course management systems or other ubiquitous applications) and adds information literacy competencies into the curriculum;
  • • Develops research-related materials and learning objects;
  • • Selects bioengineering and chemical engineering resources based on faculty input, the curriculum and research areas, and expert reviews; participates in UC groups when collaborating on consortial purchases and the licensing of resources across several UC campuses;
  • • Manages and maintains currency of the bioengineering and chemical engineering collection, and evaluates new and existing products and resources;
  • • Collaborates with a team of librarians to provide data management and data hygiene education to the faculty, researchers and students;
  • • Collaborates with a team of librarians to provide grant support to faculty and researchers with assistance in complying with data management requirements, open access submission requirements, assistance with journal selection and citation analysis; assists with patent searching in collaboration with the Patent and Trademark Librarian;
  • • Develops new services as new needs arise for bioengineering and chemical engineering and following trends in scholarly communication and e-science; acquires the latest knowledge and skills to retain expertise in engineering research; and engages in scholarly, creative and professional activities;
  • • Participates in library-wide activities, administrative committees, special projects and library programs; represents the UCR Libraries on various University of California standing committees and ad-hoc groups.

    UCR librarians are members of the Librarians Association of the University of California (LAUC). Research, publication, and/or service to the University and profession are expected for continuing advancement.

Required Qualifications:
  • • Degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent;
  • • One or more years providing science reference and instruction in an academic setting, with demonstrated experience with engineering literature and resources;
  • • Evidence of creative thinking about library services and technologies ;
  • • Demonstrated desire to connect people and information;
  • • Demonstrated experience integrating research content and instruction into academic curriculum through course management systems or other ubiquitous online applications;
  • • Familiarity with data management practices and services;
  • • Familiarity with research grants support services including citation analysis and patent searching;
  • • Familiarity with evaluating, selecting and maintaining library collections (print and online);
  • • Excellent organizational skills, and effectiveness in balancing multiple assignments and projects;
  • • Ability to analyze, implement and adapt to evolving technologies;
  • • Commitment to working in a collegial environment;
  • • Demonstrated high level of initiative and creativity;
  • • Effective oral and written communication;
  • • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to work successfully in an intensely collaborative environment with a broad range of people from culturally diverse backgrounds including colleagues, administrators, students, faculty, donors, and alumni.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in bioengineering or chemical engineering or significant experience working in an engineering environment;
  • • Demonstrated experience with data management practices and services;
  • • Demonstrated experience with research grant support services including citation analysis and patent searching;
  • • Demonstrated experience with evaluating, selecting and maintaining library collections (print and online).

Salary and Benefits:
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience within a range of $48,504 - $62,220. Appointment at rank of Assistant Librarian 2 to Associate Librarian 5 depending upon qualifications and experience. Excellent retirement system, health, and vacation benefits.

Application Information:  
Please complete and submit the information requested in APRecruit (cover letter addressing qualifications and experience related to the primary duties of the position, resume/curriculum vitae, and three to five professional references as directed at https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/apply/JPF00079). The final date to apply is March 7, 2014.

The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer

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