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Associate University Librarian for Research & Engagement

University of California, Merced
California, United States
Salary Not specified
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Nov 3, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Library & Information Sciences
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The University of California, Merced Library seeks an innovative, flexible, and forward-thinking leader for the position of Associate University Librarian (AUL) for Research and Engagement. The library plays a central role in the vibrant academic life of the UC Merced campus, a growing public research 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. UC Merced enjoys a growing reputation for academic and research excellence that attracts diverse students and faculty from across the nation and around the world.


Reporting to the University Librarian, the AUL will lead an enthusiastic staff in strategically planning innovative library services, including instruction, outreach, reference, and access programs that address the needs of this diverse and dynamic university.


The AUL will also lead in advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility and ensure that these values are foundational to 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 UC Merced Library operations and to serve as an ambassador and advocate for Libraries with campus constituencies, UC systemwide groups, and regional and national organizations.



As leader of the Research & Engagement and a key member of both UC Merced Library’s senior leadership and executive management teams, the AUL ensures organizational effectiveness and efficiency while sharing responsibilities for strategic leadership, decision-making, resource management, and development of policies for library operations and services. While each AUL position has individual areas 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 and units. AULs are also expected to play a leadership role in promoting teamwork, diversity, and inclusiveness within the UC Merced Library and the campus. Each AUL also has responsibilities for coaching, mentoring, and guiding library managers in the development, framing, and communication of strategic initiatives. In addition, AULs serve as the Library’s and the University Librarian’s representative and advocate to relevant campus, consortial, and multi-institutional groups.


The AUL for Research and Engagement provides leadership and coordination for the development, assessment, and evaluation of the Library’s services to support the teaching and research activities of the University’s faculty, students and staff. The position provides strategic oversight for the following Library units: Research & Learning Services, Collections Services, Digital Curation and Scholarship, GIS Services, and Data Services.  These units also include a rapidly growing archival and special collections program. This area includes approximately 12 academic librarians and 10 non-academic employees.  The AUL for Research & Engagement collaboratively establishes goals and objectives for these units and develops, evaluates, and continually improves programs and services. The position participates in the Library’s efforts to secure external funding for library materials and services and to promote library services and resources to the campus community.




  • 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 research support and user engagement.
  • 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 the library.
  • Experience with assessing programs and 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, and scholarly communication.
  • Understanding of, and commitment to, the value of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) in an academic setting.
  • 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, equity, and inclusiveness within UC Merced Library and the campus.


  • Experience in promoting library services and engaging faculty, students, and administrators.
  • Experience with Information Technology management.
  • Experience in consortial and multi-institutional program development.
  • Experience in developing and implementing strategic plans and projects.
  • Ability to build successful partnerships at the local, regional, and national level.
  • Experience in writing and managing successful grant proposals.


The UC Merced Library

At the heart of the University of California, Merced’s academic community, the UC Merced Library 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 campus Diversity Statement.

Consisting of over 100,000 square feet of staff and public space that includes 1200 public seats, the Kolligian Library Building provides a welcoming and technology-enhanced environment valued by students as a place for study, research, and collaborations. The largely digital library collection consists of over 2 million volumes, 155,000 journals and serial titles, and an ever-expanding collection of databases and other resources. As part of the University of California system, the UC Merced Library collaborates closely with the nine other UC campus libraries and the California Digital Library (CDL). Most recently, UC Merced Library collaborated in the implementation and launch of UC Library Search, the University of California’s first systemwide integrated library system. 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 UC Merced Library employs approximately 35 full-time librarians and staff and 50 part-time student assistants. We strongly support the professional development of librarians and staff throughout their careers.


The UC Merced Library is a member of the numerous library and information-focused organizations:  American Library Association (ALA), Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), HathiTrust, Center for Research Libraries (CRL), Coalition of Networked Information (CNI), Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), Pacific Rim Research Libraries Alliance (PRRLA), and OCLC Research Library Partnership (OCLC RLP).


University of California, Merced / Campus Information


The University of California, Merced, opened in 2005, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With over 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from California, the nation, and abroad. Students are educated and supported by more than 1500 faculty and staff.  Located in the Central San Joaquin Valley and nestled against the Sierra Nevada Foothills, the campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California.


UC Merced provides the full breadth of education and research disciplines with an emphasis on STEM disciplines.  In 2022 rankings, UC Merced has been ranked #93 in National Universities, #58 in Best Undergraduate Teaching and #129 in Best Value Schools.  Over 55% of UCM students identify themselves as Hispanic while more than 19% identify as Asian/Pacific Islander and a majority of UCM’s Bachelor Degrees are awarded to first generation college students.  


UC Merced is a smoke & tobacco free campus (


Salary & Benefits: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience based on the University of California pay scales. Appointment is anticipated to be at the Associate University Librarian rank.

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.


Application Requirements

Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated CV – resume style preferred.
  • Cover Letter - Please address your qualifications for this position in a cover letter.
  • Statement on your contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion. Please review the UC Merced Diversity Statement Guidelines and UC’s Commitment to Diversity

Reference requirements

  • 3-5 letters of reference required

Please be sure to initiate the request to your reference letters in the system otherwise your application will be considered incomplete and ineligible for consideration by the Search Committee.


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The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered 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 nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (

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