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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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,
equity, and inclusiveness within UC Merced Library and the
- Experience in promoting library services and engaging faculty,
students, and administrators.
- Experience with Information Technology management.
- Experience in consortial and multi-institutional program
- Experience in developing and implementing strategic plans and
- Ability to build successful partnerships at the local,
regional, and national level.
- Experience in writing and managing successful grant
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
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
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
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
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 (https://smokefree.ucmerced.edu/).
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.
- Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated CV – resume style
- 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
- 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
Apply link: https://aprecruit.ucmerced.edu/JPF01213
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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.
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