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Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Librarian for Researcher Services

Position overview

Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $61,920-$87,552.

Application Window

Open date: August 14, 2023

Most recent review date: Monday, Sep 18, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Sunday, Dec 31, 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

Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Librarian for Researcher Services

Library of the University of California, Davis

Overview of Position

The Library of the University of California, Davis, seeks a proactive, innovative, and collaborative librarian to work closely with graduate students, faculty, and institutional stakeholders in a highly interdisciplinary academic community. Reporting to the Head of Researcher Services, the successful candidate will be responsible for providing research consultations, user instruction, and user engagement with a focus on research and scholarship in the Arts, Humanities and Social Science disciplines, with a particular emphasis on Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies. The successful candidate must be able to collaborate effectively to deliver library services and outreach aligned with the University Library’s mission, vision and strategic priorities.


UC Davis and UC Davis Library

The University of California, Davis, is a global community of individuals united to better humanity and our natural world while seeking solutions to some of our most pressing challenges. Located near Sacramento, California’s capital, UC Davis has more than 39,000 students, the full-time equivalent of 4,100 faculty and other academics and researchers, and 17,400 other personnel. The university has an annual sponsored research budget of over $960 million, includes a major academic health system, and over two dozen specialized research centers. Recognized as one of the top 10 public universities in the US and the number one university in the world for agricultural research and veterinary medicine, UC Davis offers interdisciplinary graduate study and more than 100 undergraduate majors in four colleges - Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Engineering, and Letters and Science. It also houses six professional schools - Education, Law, Management, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, and Nursing. The university is ranked among the top institutions in the country in contributing to the public good (e.g., recruiting and graduating low-income students), LGBTQ-inclusivity, and serving first-generation and Hispanic students. In addition to the main campus in Davis and the medical center in Sacramento, UC Davis has research facilities in Bodega Bay and Tahoe and faculty in every county of the state through its agricultural extension program.

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 statistics. Check out more ranking information on our About Us webpage.

The UC Davis Library is ranked among the top academic research libraries in North America and belongs to the Association of Research Libraries and other organizations that position it to collaborate with other top organizations. The Library team is made up of intensely collaborative, forward-thinking colleagues dedicated to providing excellent services to our students, researchers, faculty, and community members in a rapidly evolving information environment.

The successful candidate will have a well-grounded understanding of the community and practice of scholars in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and have the ability to form innovative partnerships with researchers and other stakeholders across campus.

Our Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

As one of the country’s leading R1 institutions, UC Davis seeks candidates with an exceptional record of research and/or teaching, and inclusive excellence. In addition, the successful candidate will 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. Please review the full Job Posting to learn about the initiatives that keep UC Davis an inclusive and safe campus for our incredibly diverse students, staff, academic appointees, and faculty.

Position Responsibilities

General key responsibilities

  • Research Consultations: Offer expert consultations in areas such as literature search, topic exploration and development, data management and sharing, evaluating information, research impact, open access publication, research and creative activity communication, and information syntheses, to facilitate a seamless research process for scholars.
  • Library Instruction: Develop, deliver and evaluate library instruction on the above topics, tailored to specific group needs.
  • Enhanced User Engagement: Develop and support initiatives that foster meaningful engagement between researchers and the library, in collaboration with essential campus partners. Prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) while implementing programs like the Library Graduate Student Research Prize to enrich the academic experience.
  • Inclusive Outreach: Focus on connecting with historically and structurally marginalized researchers and especially students to ensure their voices are heard. Encourage dialogue and gather feedback to shape existing and future library services that align with the community's priorities.
  • Evaluating Service Delivery: Implement assessments and analyze metrics to measure the effectiveness of services provided, emphasizing the diversity of educational content and ensuring equitable access for all users.
  • Collection Development and Management: Advise Collection Strategies to build and maintain collections and information resources in various formats, in the subject team area.
  • Service on department, library, campus, and university committees as appropriate.

Unique Responsibilities

  • This position would work with an emphasis in Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

Salary and Benefits

Rank and salary: Assistant Librarian, Salary Point 1, $61,920 to Associate Librarian, Salary Point 10, $87,552. (Appointment rank and salary based on qualifications and experience.)

The incumbent will be a member of the LX Collective Bargaining Unit represented by the University Council - American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT).

Benefits: 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.

Application Information

Interested in learning more? We invite you to attend an information session scheduled for Wednesday, September 6, at 12PM PDT. In this session, we will share the vision for this position, details of the application and interview process, and answer any questions you may have. Register for the event here:

Candidates applying by September 18, 2023 will receive first consideration. The position will remain open until filled. See for this posting and information about working at the UC Davis Library.

Please include a letter of interest addressing qualifications and experience related to the position, a Curriculum Vitae, and names and contact information for at least four references. Diversity, equity, and inclusion is a major component of this position as well as one of the Library’s strategic goals. Please make sure you discuss your commitment to addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion issues throughout library activities in your letter.

This position 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.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Graduate degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent or advanced degree in a related discipline combined with experience in academic research libraries.
  • Understanding of research methods in the arts, humanities, and social sciences
  • 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 (other preferred, but not required, qualifications for the position)
  • Advanced degree in a discipline within the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences
  • Prior experience supporting researchers in Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences related fields in an academic library setting
  • Experience conducting research in the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences
  • Prior experience conducting or supporting research related to Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies
  • Ability to speak, write, and read at an academic level in Spanish, or other non-English language(s)
  • Experience with digital humanities projects or research
  • Experience with qualitative research methods and survey design

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter - Diversity, equity, and inclusion is a major component of this position as well as one of the Library’s strategic goals. Please make sure you discuss your commitment to addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion issues throughout library activities in your letter.

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

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

Names and contact information for at least four references.

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Campus Information

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco-free campus (

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:

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:

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 University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

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Job location

Davis, California