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Researcher Services Librarian Specializing in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

Application Window

Open date: November 21, 2022

Next review date: Monday, Jan 2, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Sunday, Apr 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Researcher Services Librarian Specializing in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

Library of the University of California, Davis

We invite you to apply to join our team as we innovate bold new services for UC Davis researchers in the STEM disciplines.

This is a pivotal and exciting time for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) research at UC Davis. As a leading public research university, UC Davis is uniquely positioned to lead research at the intersection of human, animal, and planetary health to address many of the world’s grandest challenges. In 2020-2021, researchers at UC Davis brought in a record of $968 million in research funding to drive accelerating growth in innovative STEM research on our campus.

The UC Davis Library plans to hire a Researcher Services Librarian for STEM (with emphasis on Engineering, Technology, and the Physical Sciences).
Along with their colleagues from the Researcher Services Department, this position will have the opportunity to develop an innovative suite of services to catalyze UC Davis research in the STEM disciplines. This position will join a cohort of librarians who will enable researchers to discover and access relevant literature and data, analyze patterns of scholarly outputs in their disciplines, effectively manage their research data, better understand the needs of community stakeholders, and share the products of their research with the wider world. This position will also help pioneer new services in product management and service assessment on behalf of the library and key campus stakeholders.

Interested in learning more? We invite you to attend one of the following informational sessions, with members of the hiring committee. In these sessions, we will share the vision for this role, details of the application and interview process, and answer any questions you may have.

We are committed to supporting the incumbent with structured opportunities to learn and grow in the role as they progress in their careers, including mentorship, peer cohort groups, conference attendance, professional training, annual goal setting, and incremental growth in position responsibility over time. We are especially interested in candidates who have experience providing user-centered services to diverse groups, who can thoughtfully draw upon evidence to inform decisions, and who are willing to experiment with offering new services in complex environments.

Position Responsibilities:

Reporting to the head of the Library’s Researcher Services Department, and in close collaboration with colleagues across the library, this position will have the opportunity to learn and grow in the following areas of expertise and responsibility. These areas of expertise are delivered through a diverse range of service modalities, which include research consultation, instruction, library guides, and special projects.

  • Library Navigation Enable users to effectively navigate the library’s collections, and connect researchers with the library teams that can best answer their questions. Consult with researchers on how best to navigate the fragmented information landscape beyond the local library as they conceptualize their research.

  • Systematic Search Develop services to enable higher-level search, retrieval, and synthesis for both literature and data in the STEM disciplines. Extend the library’s systematic and other comprehensive library searches for STEM researchers.

  • Product Management Offer product management services for information systems developed at the local, university, and systemwide scale, with a specialized focus on platforms that advance the library’s strategy to maximize the community’s access to the comprehensive collection of knowledge. With an eye toward sustainability and scalability, provide support for these products to increase usability, enhance local access, improve underlying data structures, and accelerate the development of user-centered features.

  • Usability Assessment Offer usability assessment services to researchers who develop structured communication materials and/or online interfaces as a component of their research methodology and outputs. In some cases, provide feedback directly in the role of the information expert, and in other cases, connect researchers with their stakeholders in the surrounding community with opportunities for structured feedback.

  • Service Assessment Develop standardized methodologies for assessing the department’s services to users. Build on this expertise to provide select assessment support for library services from other teams by consulting on methodologies and tools, providing user intelligence via bibliometric analysis, as well as other methods. In some cases, consult with library users directly on service assessment methodologies and tools that they may use.

  • Research Data Services Together with colleagues across the library, develop and deliver an integrated suite of research data services. Within the Researcher Services team, focus in particular on 1) creating data management and sharing plans, 2) locating and accessing statistics and datasets in relevant repositories, and 3) selecting appropriate data repositories that meet publisher and funder requirements and facilitate more open and reproducible research.

  • Bibliometric Analysis In collaboration with the Library’s Scholarly Communication program, help communicate the impact and story of UC Davis' scholarly work using bibliometric analysis. Partner with researchers, research groups, centers, institutes and departments to help communicate research impact to diverse audiences by providing an overall view of research publications and outputs by specific groups as well as demonstrating the impact of research projects to funding agencies when applying for funding. Additionally, advise researchers on successful publishing strategies, publication management and tracking, fostering an impactful online identity and evaluating research impact by discipline.

  • Collections Draw upon experience and understanding of STEM researchers’ needs to advise the library’s Collection Strategies and Archives and Special Collections departments on the development of collections, particularly in STEM subject areas. Conduct analysis and serve on ad hoc task forces as needed.

Active Engagement in Field of Librarianship

As an academic appointee, engage actively in pertinent ongoing research, scholarship, or creative activity and/or teaching.

Required Qualifications

  • Masters in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution OR a graduate degree in a STEM-related discipline combined with demonstrated understanding and experience using complex information resources and/or tools.
  • Demonstrated interest in STEM research
  • Ability to meet the University of California criteria for advancement and promotion within the Librarian Series
  • Demonstrated understanding of and/or ability to:
    • Work in highly collaborative teams
    • Work to foster diversity and inclusion
    • Learn in complex environments
    • Use evidence to analyze and solve problems
    • Provide high quality, user-centered service
    • Communicate effectively in verbal and written form
    • Use technology to manage work and provide services
    • Manage work, projects, and time effectively with competing priorities

Preferred Qualifications

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in STEM-related discipline

Representation and Appointment Type
This position is an academic appointment in the Librarian Series, represented by the University Council – American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). In addition to professional competence and quality of service within the library in the primary job, advancement in the librarian series requires professional involvement and contributions outside of the library, and/or university and community service, and/or scholarly activities.

Library and University

This position will be part of the Library’s Researcher Services team, which designs, delivers, and iterates an innovative suite of services for UC Davis Researchers. In addition to this advertised role, the Researcher Services team is comprised of six librarians who integrate services closely by subject area - 1) STEM, 2) Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and 3) Health Sciences. There are two other STEM librarians within the Researcher Services department.

The UC Davis Library is the nexus of a diverse and dynamic campus. This year, the library completed a comprehensive strategic plan that aims to bring diversity, equity, and inclusion to the center of the library’s culture and work. We do this by providing welcoming virtual and physical spaces, integrating our services within diverse campus communities, and developing collections that reflect the diversity of the communities we serve and study. We are a member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance, and through diversity fellowships and intentional recruitment, we carry out our commitment to building a sustainable and diverse library workforce.

As one of the country’s leading R1 institutions, UC Davis seeks candidates with who can demonstrate an understanding of the barriers preventing full participation of members from historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities in higher education, such as (but not limited to) women, underrepresented minorities, individuals self-identifying as LGBTQIA+, veterans, individuals with disabilities, economically disadvantaged groups, first-generation, undocumented students, or students with any intersections in between. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values of the University of California, Davis that are embedded within our Principles of Community and are tied with how to best serve our student population.

The University UC Davis is a top-tier public university, ranked 5th nationally by the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education, 9th in the QS USA University rankings, and 10th nationally by US News and World Report among U.S. public universities overall and for research funding. It is also ranked #1 in the diversity and internationalization category in the QS USA University rankings. The US News and World Report rankings also highlight UC Davis as 16th among “top performers on social mobility,” which is determined by the outcomes of Pell Grant recipients and other stats. Check out more ranking information on our “About Us” webpage.

Salary and Benefits

Rank and salary: Assistant Librarian, Salary Point 1, $60,116, to Associate Librarian, Salary Point 10, $85,001. (Appointment rank and salary based on qualifications and experience.)

The University of California is one of the largest employers in California, and offers outstanding health and retirement benefits to its employees and their families. Librarians are academic appointees and earn 24 days of vacation and 12 days of sick leave per year. In addition, there are 13 university holidays. http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html

How to Apply

We encourage you to apply by submitting your application in UC Davis RECRUIT website. The University will reimburse any travel costs associated with the interview. https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF05399.

Candidates applying by January 2, 2023, will be considered first, and the position will remain open until it is filled. See https://www.library.ucdavis.edu/careers/ for this posting and information about working at the UC Davis Library.

We ask that applications include a cover letter, a resume or Curriculum Vitae, and names and contact information for at least four references. Please see the cover letter prompt below.

Cover letter prompt:

Please introduce yourself and explain why you are interested in this role at the UC Davis Library. Explain your previous experience and/or interest in STEM disciplines.

In addition, please make sure your cover letter clearly and specifically shows your understanding and/or ability in each of the following areas:

  • Work in highly collaborative teams
  • Work to foster diversity and inclusion
  • Learn in complex environments
  • Use evidence to analyze and solve problems
  • Provide high quality, user-centered service
  • Use technology to manage work and provide services
  • Manage work, projects, and time effectively with competing priorities

The fine print

This is a critical position and subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background investigation including criminal history and identity checks.

The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
UC Davis is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for applicable deadlines. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Masters in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution OR a graduate degree in a STEM-related discipline combined with demonstrated understanding and experience using complex information resources and/or tools.
  • Demonstrated interest in STEM research
  • Ability to meet the University of California criteria for advancement and promotion within the Librarian Series
  • Demonstrated understanding of and/or ability to:
    • Work in highly collaborative teams
    • Work to foster diversity and inclusion
    • Learn in complex environments
    • Use evidence to analyze and solve problems
    • Provide high quality, user-centered service
    • Communicate effectively in verbal and written form
    • Use technology to manage work and provide services
    • Manage work, projects, and time effectively with competing priorities
Preferred qualifications
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in STEM-related discipline

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - Cover letter prompt: Please introduce yourself and explain why you are interested in this role at the UC Davis Library. Explain your previous experience and/or interest in STEM disciplines.

    In addition, please make sure your cover letter clearly and specifically shows your understanding and/or ability in each of the following areas:

    Work in highly collaborative teams
    Work to foster diversity and inclusion
    Learn in complex environments
    Use evidence to analyze and solve problems
    Provide high quality, user-centered service
    Use technology to manage work and provide services
    Manage work, projects, and time effectively with competing priorities

Reference requirements
  • 4-6 required (contact information only)

Please include contact information for at least four references

Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF05399

Help contact: libraryhr@ucdavis.edu

Campus Information

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).

We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals’ with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UC Davis positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available at: http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify

The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) is committed to inclusive excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. UC Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its community by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment demonstrated through a variety of resources and programs available to academics, staff, and students. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values of UC Davis that are embedded within our Principles of Community and are tied with how to best serve our student population. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can best be fully realized by members of our academic community who share our commitment to these values, which are included in our Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision, our strategic plan: “To Boldly Go,” our Principles of Community, the Office of Academic Affairs’ Mission Statement, and the UC Board of Regents Policy 4400: Policy on University of California Diversity Statement. UC Davis is making important progress towards our goal of achieving federal designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers a plethora of resources on their website, and the Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (HEDI) has outlined similar goals in their Anti-Racism and DEI Action Plan.” There are a plethora of links available on the About Us webpage where you can learn more about our Administration, Diversity and Inclusion, Rankings, Locations, Native American Land Acknowledgement, Sustainability, Visiting UC Davis, UC Davis Health, and Campus Safety.

The university is consistently ranked among the top institutions in the world for campus sustainability practices by the UI Green Metric World University Rankings. UC Davis is focused on achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and repeatedly shown its commitment to preserving a healthy and sustainable environment for generations to come.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for applicable deadlines. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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Job location

Davis, CA