Position duration: This is a career position, indefinite end date
Application Window Open date: February 7, 2023
Most recent review date: Sunday, Mar 12, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Wednesday, Feb 7, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
The University of California, Berkeley Library seeks a creative, collaborative, outreach-oriented, and user-centered librarian to support world-class research and teaching in the chemical and physical sciences through active engagement with instruction, information literacy, research assistance, collection development, scholarly communications, and outreach to students, faculty, and the broader academic community. This position serves as subject librarian for the chemical sciences and one or more disciplines in the physical sciences.
The UC Berkeley Library is an internationally renowned teaching and research facility at one of the nation's premier public universities. A highly diverse and intellectually rich environment, Berkeley serves a campus community of 30,000 undergraduate students, over 11,000 graduate students, and 1,500 faculty. With a collection of more than 13 million volumes and a collections budget of over $15 million, the Library offers extensive collections in all formats and robust services to connect users with those collections and build their related research skills.
The Library's Engineering & Physical Sciences (EPS) Division consists of five libraries including the Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Library. Collectively the libraries and their staff - 6 librarians, 8 staff, and over 35 student employees - support the research, teaching, and study needs of students and faculty in the College of Chemistry, the College of Engineering, the College of Letters & Science's Mathematical & Physical Sciences Division, the Geography Department, and an array of Organized Research Units. The EPS Division actively strives to create a welcoming, collaborative, inclusive, and accessible culture.
The Chemical & Physical Sciences Librarian supports students and researchers who are solving complex problems through science, technology, and engineering. As a subject librarian, the successful candidate develops an understanding of research and teaching in their assigned departments, follows trends in those disciplines, and builds relationships with faculty and students through active engagement and outreach. Effective outreach includes conducting assessments of user needs, providing virtual and in-person research consultations, developing students' data and information literacies, offering course-related library instruction and workshops, creating instructional materials in a variety of formats, and promoting library resources and services.
The librarian serves as the selector and liaison for the College of Chemistry (including Chemistry and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering) as well as the Department of Physics and potentially one or more additional departments in the physical sciences. To build research-level collections, the librarian contributes to collaborative collection development and management - collecting and curating information in a variety of formats including books, journals, and databases to support teaching and research in the chemical and physical sciences. This requires collaboration with other librarians on campus and within the UC System on interdisciplinary and/or system-wide collection decisions and scholarly communication issues.
Reporting to the Head of the Library's EPS Division, the Chemical & Physical Sciences Librarian works closely with other subject librarians in the sciences to advance our shared goals and priorities. The successful candidate will also work with library-wide functional specialists including those responsible for assessment, research data management, data services, and scholarly communications. They will also play a key role in outreach across the EPS Division.
UC Berkeley librarians are expected to participate in library-wide planning and governance, and work effectively in a shared decision-making environment. Advancement is partially based upon professional contributions beyond the primary assignment; the successful candidate will show evidence or promise of such contributions to the Library, campus, UC System, and profession.
The UC Berkeley Library is committed to supporting and encouraging a multicultural environment and seeks candidates who can make positive and imaginative contributions in a context of ethnic and cultural diversity.
UC professional librarians are academic appointees and are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, the University Council - American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT).
This position is in the bargaining unit. Librarians are eligible for professional development leave, vacation leave, 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.
Qualifications Basic qualifications (required at time of application) Advanced degree or enrolled in an advanced degree program.
Additional qualifications (required at time of start) Advanced degree.
Master's degree from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent international degree
College-level coursework or relevant work experience in the chemical and physical sciences
Experience providing reference and instructional services in an academic library
Demonstrated commitment to collaboration and relationship building
Demonstrated commitment to promoting underrepresented voices in STEM and fostering equity, diversity, and inclusion
Familiarity with current and emerging trends in STEM research, publishing, or education
Demonstrated written communication skills
Demonstrated presentation skills
Experience with or coursework in collection development
Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, 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 if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to https://ofew.berkeley.edu/recruitment/contributions-diversity).
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values at UC Berkeley. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and academic and non-academic staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our academic positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and belonging.
The University of California, Berkeley 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: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct
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As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs - With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being Up-To-Date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.
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