Department: National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region, Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library
Rank and Salary: Assistant Librarian – Associate Librarian ($49,165 –$77,371)
Position Availability: Immediately
Application deadline for first consideration: November 30, 2017
This is a 2-year temporary position.
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 Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library serves UCLA’s health and life sciences communities, which include upper division undergraduate students, graduate students, residents, fellows, faculty, and staff from the four professional health sciences schools (Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, and Public Health), the Division of Life Sciences, and UCLA Health, as well as the health and life sciences information needs of the UCLA community as a whole. The library is the Regional Medical Library and serves as the headquarters for the Pacific Southwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is funded through a cooperative agreement (grant) with the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The Regional Medical Library (RML) functions administratively as a division of the Biomedical Library. The mission of the NNLM is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health, by providing equal access to biomedical information to all U.S. health professionals and by improving the public’s access to health information. The Pacific Southwest Region (PSR) of the NNLM includes Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and U.S. Territories in the Pacific. The RML facilitates resource sharing and cooperative projects among a network of nearly 600 libraries in this region, including academic medical libraries, hospital and healthcare organization libraries, and a growing number of public libraries with consumer health collections. The NNLM staff provides outreach programs, often in partnership with network libraries and other organizations in the region, to assist health professionals who have no direct affiliation with a health sciences library, and consumers who are seeking sources of reliable health information. Outreach activities include exhibits at conferences, classes in health information access, referrals to network libraries, and demonstrations of NLM databases and resources, including PubMed/MEDLINE, MedlinePlus, and ClinicalTrials.gov.
Reporting to the NNLM PSR Associate Director, the Consumer Health Librarian develops, evaluates and provides a broad range of consumer health information outreach support for the Pacific Southwest Region. The Consumer Health Librarian is one member of a team of three outreach librarians.
Specific duties include:
Develops, conducts, and evaluates the consumer health information outreach program for the Pacific Southwest Region; including goals and objectives for consumer health information outreach activities based on the NLM grant, a budget to support these activities, and progress reports on meeting goals and objectives.
Promotes NNLM and NLM consumer health resources and programs, provides feedback to NLM on these programs, and works cooperatively with consumer health librarians at other Regional Medical Libraries.
Develops in-person and online instructional and informational materials, and provides training to librarians and other information providers to promote awareness and use of consumer health information resources.
Develops partnerships with state, public, and health sciences libraries to improve access to consumer health information resources.
Exhibits at regional and local conferences and meetings reaching NNLM PSR target populations, and submits presentation proposals aimed at providing education about NLM and NIH resources.
Contributes information via the NNLM PSR blogs, social media, and website to promote current awareness in consumer health information resources and tools.
Assists as needed with other NNLM PSR outreach and network activities to promote NNLM and NLM resources, programs, and services.
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 in planning and delivering information services.
Strong organizational and information technology skills.
Familiarity with NLM and NNLM programs, and working knowledge of NLM resources, such as PubMed.
Ability to be flexible, work independently, and demonstrate initiative.
Strong communication and teaching skills and demonstrated experience creating instructional materials and teaching adults.
Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative team environment and on projects in various settings.
Willingness to travel throughout the Pacific Southwest Region.
Knowledge of the funding proposal development process and outcomes-based evaluation.
Experience with community-based health information outreach.
Ability to work with multilingual, multicultural audiences.
Experience using social media.
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.
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.
a cover letter describing qualifications and experience;
a current resume/vitae detailing education and relevant experience; and
names and contact information for three professional references, including a current or previous supervisor.
Candidates applying by November 30, 2017, will be given first consideration for this position. 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.
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 nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy at http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct
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.
UCLA's primary purpose as a public research university is the creation, dissemination, preservation and application of knowledge for the betterment of our global society. To fulfill this mission, UCLA is committed to academic freedom in its fullest terms: We value open access to information, free and lively debate conducted with mutual respect for individuals, and freedom from intolerance. Diver...se, progressive and centered in one of the most influential cities in the world, UCLA is a truly international university that offers a world of opportunity. Consistently ranked among the world's top-tier universities and powered by extensive resources, a renowned reputation and the will to make a real difference in the world