Head, Arts Library and Music Library

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Job Description

Department: Arts Library and Music Library

Rank and Salary: Associate Librarian – Librarian ($73,126 – $103,551)

Position Availability: Immediately

Application deadline: July 3, 2014

Description of Institution and Library

One of ten University of California campuses,
the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is located in Westwood
Village, approximately five miles from the Pacific Ocean near Santa
Monica. Comprised of the College of Letters and Science and 11
professional schools, the 419-acre campus features 163 buildings. UCLA
has more than 4,000 faculty and academic staff and approximately 26,000
employees overall. Founded in 1919, UCLA offers 337 undergraduate and
graduate degree programs and has more than 28,000 undergraduates and
12,000 graduate students. Academic excellence, faculty distinction, and a
comprehensive curriculum are hallmarks of UCLA, which is a member of
the Association of American Universities. Among the faculty are fourteen
Nobel Laureates, twelve Rhodes Scholars, ten National Medal of Science
winners, a Fields Medal Winner, eleven MacArthur Grant winners, and
seventy-eight Guggenheim Fellows. UCLA is California’s largest
university and is a model for public institutions of higher education.
As the seventh largest employer in the region, UCLA generates almost $14
in economic activity for every $1 state taxpayers invest in UCLA and
generates an annual $11.9 billion economic impact for the state of

Consistently ranked among the top 10 academic
research libraries in North America, the UCLA Library is comprised of 10
major libraries and 11 library wide departments including the Southern
Regional Library Facility, the remote storage facility for the southern
UC campuses, all of which report to the University Librarian. In
addition, there are 12 affiliated library units located on the campus.
There are approximately 105 librarians on the campus, and the UCLA
Library has a staff of approximately 300, and approximately 400 – 500
student employees. The Library has an organizational structure that
includes the use of teams in conjunction with departments and units. The
library collection consists of more than 9 million volumes and more
than 78,000 current serial titles and an aggressively expanding
electronic resources collection. The Library’s annual budget is in
excess of $44 million; more than $10 million supports the acquisition of
print and digital material, and the library is part of the California
Digital Library. The UCLA Library is a member of the Association of
Research Libraries (ARL), the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI),
the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), the Council on Library and
Information Resources (CLIR), International Federation of Library
Associations and Institutions (IFLA), and the Scholarly Publishing &
Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).

The Arts Library has the primary responsibility
for providing collections and services in the areas of architecture,
art, art history, design, film, television and theater at UCLA. The
collection of over 300,000 volumes in the subject areas of film and
television, theater, art, architecture, and design includes monographs,
serials, microforms, and electronic resources. The Arts Library serves
undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty and visiting
researchers. Staffing includes 3 FTE librarians and 2 FTE library
assistants, as well as student employees.

The Music Library provides teaching and
research resources to the three music departments of the Herb Alpert
School of Music (Music, Ethnomusicology, and Musicology) and to any
other department or member of the University community that has an
interest in music. The collection consists of online resources
(including streaming audio); books; music scores and sheet music; and
audio and video recordings. Staffing includes 1 FTE librarian, 3 FTE
library assistants, and student employees.

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian
for Sciences, Arts, and Music this position serves as the Head of the
Arts Library and Music Library providing leadership and coordination for
collections and services in support of the arts and music at UCLA.
This individual’s essential functions will include, but are not limited
to, administration of the libraries, cultivation and stewardship of
collections, coordination of collection and public services staff, and
collaboration with all library units. With regard to research
collections, the Head works with library colleagues to assess existing
strengths and weaknesses in the various collections and services,
determine priorities, and develop plans that enhance and support the
academic mission of the University. Mindful of trends related to
research and scholarly communications in arts and music fields, and in
partnership with colleagues in the Library, across campus and at other
institutions, the Head will play a guiding role in initiatives
supporting the current and future research needs of faculty, graduate
students, and undergraduate students.

Required Qualifications

• Experience supervising and/or leading librarians and career staff

• Excellent analytical, organizational, problem solving, project management, and communication skills

• Knowledge of initiatives and trends related to research in arts
and music fields and to the evolving scholarly communication landscape

• Must be able to work in a multi-staff environment with the
demonstrated ability to provide leadership, work collegially, and
participate in collaborative problem-solving

• Ability to articulate and implement an innovative, flexible vision for library services

• Experience participating in collection development and effectively
managing collection funds in an academic or research library

• Demonstrated commitment to providing highly responsive public service and innovative outreach programs

• Ability to foster and maintain partnerships with a broad-based constituency

• Ability to work effectively with diverse staff and campus user communities

• Capacity to thrive in an environment of change and respond effectively to shifting needs and priorities

• ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library and Information Sciences
OR equivalent education and experience (subject expertise combined with
professional library education and/or experience)

Desired Qualifications

• Advanced degree in music or arts

• Ability to assume liaison/subject specialist responsibility for music collection

• Fund raising and grant writing experience

• Knowledge of technology applications and trends in arts and music libraries

• Management experience in an academic library environment

• Demonstrated record of success managing and overseeing complex projects

• Experience developing innovative services to enhance research and/or teaching

General Information

Professional librarians at UCLA are academic
appointees. This is a non-represented position. Within the UC System,
most librarians are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent,
University Council – American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). As
academic appointees, librarians 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.
UC has an excellent retirement system and sponsors a variety of group
health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans in addition to other
benefits. Relocation assistance is provided.

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.

Candidates should apply by July 3, 2014 to be
considered 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.

UCLA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative
Action/ADA-compliant employer. 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.

Visit the UCLA Library Employment and Human Resources website at:

How to Apply

Required Documents
  • Cover Letter – Describing qualifications and experience.
  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V. detailing education and relevant experience.
  • References – Names and contact information for three professional references, including current or previous supervisor; contact information only.
How to Apply:
  1. Create an ApplicantID
  2. Provide required information and documents
  3. If any, provide required reference information
Application deadline: July 3, 2014
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