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Four Temporary Reference Librarians

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Four Temporary Reference Librarians
Assistant Librarian


Organizational Unit
Information Services Department, Orbach Science Library
Reference Services Department, Rivera Library

Position Overview
The University of California, Riverside (UCR) Library is seeking four energetic and service-oriented librarians to provide in-person and digital reference service to a diverse user community in the UCR Library. Each position is for up to 35-hours weekly and is a temporary appointment for one year.

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 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 UCR Library 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 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 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 Library is comprised of four facilities housing more than 3,000,000 volumes, 97,000 print and electronic journals, and 2,300,000 microforms. The Library 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 FTE librarians and support personnel (including student FTE) in the work of 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 are 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, and the newly established Inland Empire Memories Initiative. Information about the UCR Library is available at

The UCR Library 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.

Responsibilities: The position will provide in-person and digital reference service to a diverse user community in the humanities, social sciences and arts, or in the sciences, engineering, agriculture and medicine. Additionally each librarian will develop and deliver information learning experiences related to research methods, critical thinking and finding and using information resources through classroom instruction, web-based tutorials, or LibGuides. Each Librarian will either work primarily in Orbach Information Services or Rivera Reference Services, and will report to the Orbach Library Head of Information Services or Rivera Library Head of Reference Services respectively.
Required Qualifications:
• graduate degree in library science from an ALA accredited program or equivalent;
• familiarity with a wide range of digital and print resources;
• teaching and public speaking skills; ability to adapt and learn quickly;
• team-based orientation;
• strong interpersonal skills with ability to work successfully in an intensely collaborative environment with a broad range of persons from culturally diverse backgrounds including colleagues, administrators, students, faculty, donors, and alumni.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Library subject expertise in a particular discipline in the humanities, social sciences, arts, sciences, engineering, agriculture or medicine;
• experience providing reference service in an academic library;
• skill with web development;
• experience with data management.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience within a range of $47,722-$53,088. 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 vita, and contact information for three to five professional references at Open until filled. Initial review date is August 22, 2014.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through teaching, research, professional activity, and/or service.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)