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Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Los Angeles, California
$60,116 - $82,767
Posted Date
Nov 9, 2022

Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian

Department: User Engagement – Research Library Humanities and Social Sciences Division and Rosenfeld Library

Rank and Salary: Assistant Librarian to Associate Librarian ($60,116 - $82,767)

Position Availability: Immediately

Application deadline for first consideration: January 3, 2023



The UCLA Library seeks a highly collaborative, user-focused professional for the position of Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian. The incumbent will join a multi-location, cross disciplinary team that supports teaching and all levels of research in the humanities and social sciences. Note: Two positions are being filled.




Position Duties


Reporting to the Director of Research Library Humanities and Social Sciences Division and Rosenfeld Library, the Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian provides leadership in teaching and learning issues for both graduates and undergraduates.  In collaboration with colleagues across the Library, the librarian will contribute to investigating and building just and diverse education practices to support research, education, and service, in subject areas to be assigned, including anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, and linguistics. Subjects will be assigned based on finalists’ interests and experience and departmental needs. All User Engagement Librarians support instruction and research assistance for scholars at all levels and in multiple disciplines.

Specific duties and responsibilities include:

  • Provides instruction in the humanities and social sciences, both at the undergraduate and the graduate level; Serve as liaison for one or more departments or programs such as archaeology, anthropology, economics, geography, and linguistics; Provides research assistance in-person and online to a diverse patron community; Develop and maintain relationships with campus partners in collaboration with library colleagues; Creatively solve challenges and take risks to develop next-generation, research information services and collections across disciplines and with campus partners; Develop scaffolded information literacy interventions to meet disciplinary and course needs for undergraduate and graduate students. Maintain awareness of changes and trends within relevant disciplines and campus programs; Participates in outreach events and activities grounded in teaching, research, creative and civic engagement and that demonstrate a commitment to including diverse voices; Actively contribute leadership to a User Engagement Functional Team; and Work with Library Development to identify, cultivate, and steward donors, collections, and gift funds.

Required Qualifications


  • ALA-accredited Master's Degree in Library or Information Science OR significant graduate-level coursework toward such a degree OR equivalent education and experience (subject expertise combined with professional library education and/or experience). Experience with or interest in expanding knowledge of scaffolded information literacy intervention strategies. Experience providing research assistance, formally or informally. Experience providing instruction, formally or informally. Capacity to thrive in the exciting, ambiguous, future-oriented environment of a world-class research institution and to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities. Commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive educational environment and workplace and ability to work with a diverse student and faculty population. Familiarity with the operation of a research university, and ability to work effectively and collegially in a team-based environment with colleagues, clients, and administrators at all levels. Demonstrated evidence of initiative and flexibility. Ability to work independently and collaboratively, as a leader and team member, with library colleagues. Excellent analytical, organizational, time, and project management skills. Excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills. Familiarity with the research life cycle and information literacy principles.

Applicants with all the above basic qualifications and any of the following preferred qualifications or professional experiences are strongly encouraged to apply: 1) Supervisorial experience; 2) Skill in one or more of the following areas: outreach, instructional design and tutorial development, or digital humanities/social sciences. 3) Familiarity with or course work related to academic humanities and social sciences librarianship.



General Information

Professional librarians at UCLA are academic appointees. Librarians at UCLA are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, University Council – American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). This is a represented position. They are entitled to appropriate professional leave, two days per month of vacation leave, one day per month of sick leave, and all other benefits granted to non-faculty academic personnel. The University has an excellent retirement system and sponsors a variety of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans in addition to other benefits. Relocation assistance may be provided.


Appointees to the librarian series at UC shall have professional backgrounds that demonstrate a high degree of creativity, teamwork, and flexibility.  Such background will normally include a professional degree from an ALA-accredited library and information science graduate program.  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.  Candidates must show evidence or promise of such contributions.


Application Procedures

Anyone wishing to be considered for this position should apply here:


Applications must include:

  • a cover letter describing qualifications and experience;
  • a current resume/vitae detailing education and relevant experience; and
  • the names and contact information for three professional references, including a current or previous supervisor. A Statement of Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) - Equity, diversity, and inclusion are key components of The University of California’s commitment to excellence. Thus, teaching, research, professional, and public service contributions that promote equity, diversity, and inclusion are encouraged and given due recognition in the evaluation of each candidate’s qualifications. Please provide an EDI statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing marginalized communities, and your awareness of and commitment to promoting an inclusionary library and campus environment. Describe your past, and/or future contributions to equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism. Candidates are invited to review the following: UCLA EDI statement ( Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Statement FAQs ( UCLA Library ARI and EDI efforts:


UCLA welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applications and nominations from women and minorities.  UCLA seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.


Description of Unit

User Engagement (UE) brings together public services librarians and staff across three major divisions (Arts, Music, and Powell; Management/Humanities and Social Sciences; and Sciences) and five functional teams (Anti-Racsim, Collections, Outreach, Research, and Teaching and Learning). The UE group is a matrixed organization designed to enhance library services through a cross-disciplinary and cross-functional approach.


The Management/Humanities and Social Sciences division is comprised of librarians and staff from two library locations. The unit supports research and teaching in the humanities and social sciences at all levels, including specialized collections and services for anthropology, business/management, education, English, economics, history, political science, sociology, etc.  The team consists of 9 FTE librarians and 2 FTE library assistants.




Description of Institution and Library

As one of the world's great public research universities, UCLA integrates education, research, and public service so that each enriches and extends the others. From its beautiful neighborhood campus in a uniquely diverse and vibrant city on the Pacific Rim, teaching and research extend beyond the classroom, office, and lab through active engagement with communities, organizations, projects, and partnerships throughout the region and around the world.


UCLA’s diverse community of scholars encompasses nearly 30,000 undergraduates pursuing 125 majors, 13,000 graduate students in fifty-nine research programs, and 4,000 faculty members including Nobel Laureates; Rhodes Scholars; MacArthur Fellows; winners of the Fields Medal, National Medal of Science, Pritzker Prize, and Pulitzer Prize; and recipients of Oscars, Emmys, Tonys, and Golden Globes. UCLA ranks tenth in the Times of London Higher Education World Reputation Rankings, twelfth in the Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and fifth in the U.S. by Washington Monthly. The National Research Council ranks forty of its graduate and doctoral research programs among its top ten.


To enable these accomplished students, faculty, and staff to create, disseminate, and apply knowledge for the benefit of global society, the UCLA Library is re-envisioning how it is acquired, synthesized, and shared across academic audiences and with the public.  It was among the first academic libraries to develop subject-specialist librarians and to launch a program to enhance students’ research skills. Its Special Collections pioneered the acquisition by public institutions of rare and unique books, children’s literature, pulp and detective fiction, works by or about women and minorities, screenplays, architectural plans, and Los Angeles-related materials and today leads the way in collecting archival resources in digital format such as emails and manuscripts.  It has launched innovative data management services and an affordable course materials initiative that have served as models for other libraries.


The Library serves UCLA students, faculty, and staff whenever and wherever they need its resources and expertise. Reconfigured, high-tech spaces and services in its ten campus libraries enable users and librarians to explore and work with print and digital materials collaboratively or individually, pursue new lines of inquiry, and develop new pedagogical approaches as well as novel forms of scholarship.  More than 3.5 million people visit annually, while an additional 3.4 million visitors enter online through its virtual front doors.


Whether on campus or online, the Library forms the intellectual heart of UCLA, a hub for cutting-edge discovery, scholarship, and instruction.


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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.  For the complete University of California policy on discrimination, harassment, and affirmative action see:  University of California – Policy Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace at


Under federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally authorized to work in the United States as established by providing documents specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.  Employment is contingent upon completion of satisfactory background investigation.


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