Biology, Health, and Marine Sciences Collection Coordinator and Subject Librarian for Biology — UCSD

The UC San Diego Library is committed to supporting academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body.

The University and the Library
With nearly 30,000 students, UC San Diego is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through excellence in education and research at the undergraduate, graduate, professional school and postdoctoral levels.  UC San Diego has been recognized as one of the top 10 public universities in the nation by US News & World Report, as well as one of the top schools for medical research.  UC San Diego is also in the top 10 of all universities in the nation in receiving federal R&D research grants.  The UC San Diego Library plays a critical role in advancing and supporting the university’s research, teaching, patient care, and public service missions.

The open position will report primarily to the Collection Development and Management Program, with additional assigned responsibilities in the Academic Liaison Program and Reference & Research Advisory Services Program.

•       The Collection Development and Management Program supports and advances the university’s mission by selecting, managing, and preserving information resources across all relevant disciplines, and providing our primary user community with access to what they need, when and where they need it, and in the form most useful to them.
•       The Academic Liaison Program aims to integrate information services and competencies within academic programs in support of UC San Diego’s teaching and research activities.
•       The Reference & Research Advisory Services Program strives to provide reference and research support expertise, enable learners to become effective, efficient, and ethical information users, and encourage self-directed inquiry.

Responsibilities of the Position
The UC San Diego Library is seeking a highly motivated librarian to serve as the collection coordinator for biological, health and marine science disciplines, including serving as liaison to the Division of Biological Sciences and providing general and specialized reference services to library patrons.  The position reports to the Lead Collection Coordinator and will:

•       Coordinate and supervise the collections activities of marine and health science subject librarians and monitor acquisitions budgets for the health and marine science disciplines.
•       Represent the UC San Diego Library on discipline-appropriate UC consortial projects, including subscription renewals, new titles, cancellations, and campus votes on UC-wide journal and ebook packages.
•       Select materials in all formats, manage collections through storage and weeding, and monitor budgets and approval plans for biology and other assigned subject areas.
•       Actively engage with faculty and students in the Biological Sciences through teaching and course-integrated instruction and workshops, contributing to reference and research assistance, maintaining online subject guides and information, and providing other library services as appropriate to best meet current user needs.
•       Effectively communicate academic research and teaching needs and priorities in the Biological Sciences back to the Library.
•       Serve as the primary biology specialist for research assistance, as well as provide general reference services both in person and virtually.
•       Conduct training and facilitate communications about biology resources to other reference providers.

Minimum Qualifications
•       Professional degree from a library school, or other appropriate degree or equivalent experience in one or more fields related to library services.
•       Bachelor’s degree or work experience in the life or health sciences.
•       Experience developing and managing collections in an academic or research library.
•       Experience providing reference and instructional services in an academic or research library.
•       Understanding of current and emerging trends in the biological sciences.
•       Understanding of current and emerging trends in academic publishing, including open access initiatives, demand-driven acquisition and/or data curation.
•       Demonstrated ability to manage projects and budgets, and to meet deadlines.
•       Experience supervising librarians and/or library staff.
•       Excellent analytical, interpersonal, time management, organizational and problem-solving skills.
•       Excellent written and oral communication abilities.
•       Ability to work creatively, independently, and collaboratively.
•       Demonstrated strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education.

Preferred Qualifications
•       Experience supervising or coordinating librarians’ collection activities in an academic or research library.
•       Advanced degree in the life or health sciences.

Librarians at UC San Diego are academic appointees and entitled to appropriate professional leave and all other perquisites granted to non-faculty academic personnel. UC San Diego Librarians are expected to participate in library-wide and system-wide planning and governance and to be professionally active. Appreciation of, a sensitivity to, and respect for a rich and diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of varying social, economic, cultural, ideological and ethnic backgrounds, and those with disabilities.

Salary:  Salary and level of appointment in the Librarian series commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on the University of California pay scales.

Closing Date:  Application consideration begins March 5, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.

To Apply:  For full consideration, please submit applications to

Please provide the following:
•       A short application letter addressing your interest in this program and applicable qualifications
•       A resume of education and relevant experience
•       The names of at least three persons who are knowledgeable about your qualifications and/or suitability for this position
•       A personal statement summarizing your past or planned contributions to diversity; guidance for preparing diversity statements can be found at:

AA-EOE: UCSD is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity.

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