The University of California, Irvine Libraries seeks an
innovative, flexible, and forward-thinking leader for the position
of Assistant/Associate University Librarian (AUL) for Public
Services. The Libraries play a central role in the vibrant
academic life of the UC Irvine campus, a large public university
with a national reputation for its role as an engine of social
mobility, its leadership in environmental sustainability, and its
commitment to inclusive excellence. UCI has a growing reputation
for academic and research excellence that attracts diverse students
and faculty from across the nation and around the world. For
its 2021/2022 academic year, UCI received nearly 134,000
applications, solidifying its position as one of the most desired
schools in the country.
Reporting to the University Librarian, the AUL will lead an
enthusiastic staff in strategically planning leading-edge library
public services, including instruction, outreach, reference, and
access programs that address the needs of this diverse and dynamic
university. The position also facilitates innovation for the
Libraries’ Information Technology infrastructure, provides
strategic direction for the Libraries’ user centered online
presence and services, and ensures that services and partnerships
at the Grunigen Medical Library meet the needs of UCI Health
researchers and medical providers. The AUL will also ensure
that diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility are considered
in the development of services, policies, procedures, and
strategies. As a member of the senior management team, the AUL is
expected to actively engage in all aspects of the UCI Libraries and
to serve as an ambassador and advocate for Libraries with campus
constituencies, UC systemwide groups, and regional and national
As leader of the Public Services Division, the AUL is a key
member of the UCI Libraries’ senior management team, ensures
organizational effectiveness and efficiency and shares in
responsibilities for strategic leadership, decision-making,
resource management, and development of policies for library
operations and services. While each AUL position has an
individual area of responsibility, all AULs have responsibility for
adopting a holistic library-wide view in terms of strategic
planning, communication, and fostering an environment of
innovation. AULs collaborate to ensure organizational success
across departments, units, and divisions. AULs are also
expected to play a leadership role in promoting teamwork,
diversity, and inclusiveness within UCI Libraries and the campus.
Each AUL also has responsibilities for coaching, mentoring, and
guiding managers in the development, framing, and communication of
strategic initiatives. In addition, AULs serve as the Libraries and
the University Librarian’s representative and advocate to relevant
campus, consortial or multi-institutional groups.
The AUL for Public Services provides leadership and coordination
for the development, assessment, and evaluation of the Libraries’
services to support the teaching, research, and clinical activities
of the University’s faculty, students and staff. The position
provides strategic oversight for the following Public Services
departments and units: Reference, Education and
Outreach, Access and Operations, Information Technology, Design
Services, and the Grunigen Medical Library. The AUL for Public
Services collaboratively establishes goals and objectives for the
Division and develops, evaluates, and continually improves programs
and services. The position participates in the Libraries’ efforts
to secure external funding for library materials and services and
to promote library services and resources to the campus
The Public Services Division includes approximately 14 academic
librarians and 51 staff employees.
- Master’s degree or higher in library or information science or
other relevant discipline
- Minimum five years of increasingly responsible, professional,
relevant work experience in an academic library, with a particular
expertise in the delivery of user-centered public services.
- Strong leadership skills, including analytical and conceptual
abilities to think multiple steps ahead and consider the pros and
cons and likely outcomes of strategies and proposals.
- Experience leading, supervising, mentoring, and providing
development opportunities for librarians and staff.
- Strong interpersonal and public communication skills including
ability to serve as an advocate and spokesperson for UCI Libraries
and the Division.
- Experience with managing budgets and assessing services.
- Ability to lead organizational change, engage in big picture
thinking and build consensus around a strategic vision.
- Ability to independently investigate and assess innovations,
come up with or inspire creative solutions to problems, and
delegate responsibility appropriately.
- Ability to coach and guide others in the development, framing,
and communication of strategic initiatives.
- Knowledge of emerging trends in higher education and new
developments in reference, instruction, access services, facilities
operations, and the use of information technology in support of a
- Understanding of and commitment to the value of diversity,
equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) in an academic
- Experience developing and advancing projects and initiatives
that support DEIA.
- Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively
and to play a leadership role in promoting teamwork, diversity,
equality, and inclusiveness within UCI Libraries and the
- Ability to build successful partnerships at the local,
regional, and national level.
- Experience in promoting library services and engaging faculty,
students, and administrators.
- Experience with Information Technology management.
- Experience with health sciences library operations.
- Experience in consortial and multi-institutional program
- Experience in developing and implementing strategic plans and
- Experience in writing and managing successful grant
The UCI Libraries
At the heart of the University of California, Irvine’s academic
community, the UCI Libraries plays a vital role in enabling our
outstanding students, faculty and researchers to create new
knowledge, develop lifelong learning skills, and make meaningful
contributions to society. We value innovation and
collaboration, and we are committed to fostering an environment
that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. See our
Statement and Plan.
The Libraries physical spaces consist of the Langson Library,
the Science Library, the Library Gateway Study Center, and the
Grunigen Medical Library (located at the UCI Medical Center in
Orange, CA). These locations provide a welcoming and
technology enhanced environment valued by students as places for
study, research, and collaboration. Together they contain
over 3,300 public seats, over 500 public access computers, laptop
computers for checkout, and a wide range of multimedia resources
including 3D printers. The library collection consists of
over 4.3 million volumes, 254,000 journals and serial titles, and
an ever-expanding collection of electronic books, databases, and
other resources. As part of the University of California
system, the UCI Libraries collaborates closely with the nine other
UC campus libraries and the California Digital Library (CDL).
Our public website is a
portal to access e-resources; discover print, archival, and
multi-media collections; and connect with reference and
instructional services. It also includes cutting edge digital
tools and tutorials and numerous subject specific research guides
created by subject specialists.
The UCI Libraries employs approximately 140 full-time librarians
and staff and many part-time student assistants. We strongly
support the professional development of librarians and staff
throughout their careers.
The UCI Libraries are a member of the: Association of
Research Libraries (ARL), HathiTrust, Center for Research Libraries
(CRL), Coalition of Networked Information (CNI), Digital Library
Federation (DLF), Council on Library and Information Resources
(CLIR), Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition
(SPARC), Pacific Rim Research Libraries Alliance (PRRLA),
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
(IFLA), National Information Standards Organization (NISO), and
OCLC Research Library Partnership (OCLC RLP).
University of California, Irvine
The University of California, Irvine, is nestled in over 1,500
acres of coastal foothills, five miles from the Pacific Ocean,
between San Diego and Los Angeles. Founded in 1965, UCI has
over 37,000 undergraduate and graduate students and over 1,800
faculty and staff. Nearly 67% of UCI students identify
themselves as Asian American, African American, Chicano/Latino, or
Native American. Over 50% of UCI’s Bachelor Degrees are
awarded to first generation college students. The New York
Times ranks UCI as the #1 college doing the most for the American
Dream, and U.S. News and Report ranks UCI among the top ten public
universities in the nation. The University offers graduate
degrees in more than 100 academic disciplines and interdisciplinary
programs in addition to the M.D. and J.D.
Salary & Benefits: Salary
commensurate with qualifications and experience based on the
University of California pay scales. Appointment is
anticipated to be at the Assistant or Associate University
Librarians are entitled to two days per month of annual leave,
thirteen paid holidays, and one day per month sick leave. The
University has an excellent retirement system and offers a variety
of group health, life, and disability insurance plans.
Deadline for Applications:
Applications received by November 10, 2021
will receive first consideration.
To Apply: Qualified applicants who
wish to be considered for this position should submit the
information requested: cover letter; complete résumé; a
statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to
diversity, equity, and inclusion; and a list of three references
(names and contact information only) via UCI AP Recruit
Upon application, candidates should be in
possession of proof of their legal right to employment in the U.S.
In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986,
verification of legal right to work will be required between the
time of final selection and hiring and is absolutely essential in
ultimately being hired.
This position description is listed on the UCI Libraries web
site at https://www.lib.uci.edu/current-librarian-and-administrative-vacancies
with links to additional web sites featuring campus and community
The University of California,
Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will
receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national
origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other
protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination