Collection Development and Scholarly Communication Librarian


Collection Development & Scholarly Communication Librarian

The University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), seeks an innovative, collaborative, and energetic candidate to join the University Library’s Collection Development Department. Individuals with a background or experience in the Physical & Biological Sciences or Engineering, demonstrated knowledge of scholarly communication issues and trends, and rights management knowledge and expertise are strongly encouraged to apply. This position demands leadership abilities and the ability to work with library and university constituencies. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity of the academic community. The position reports to the Head of the Collection Development Department.

The Collection Development Department manages and participates in the development and support of collections in all formats  to  support  the  research,  instruction,  and  educational  requirements  of  the  UC  Santa  Cruz  community.  The Department leads the development of strategic directions for scholarly communication programs and services at the UCSC campus, providing outreach and instruction to the UCSC community related to intellectual property and other related issues.

Selection and Development of Resources

  • Responsible for subject assignments and collection development activities related to the Physical & Biological
    Sciences and/or Engineering Divisions
  • Develops and maintains familiarity with the Library’s main approval plans and their coverage of assigned subject responsibilities and, as appropriate, recommends adjustments to the plans in the assigned subject areas
  • Develops expertise in and keeps current with resources available in assigned subject areas
  • Represents local collection needs at the University of California system-wide level through membership on system- wide collections committees and working groups
  • Keeps current with publishing trends, with a specific focus on publishers in fields of responsibility
  • Understands up-to-date licensing trends, with a specific focus on publishers and vendors in fields of responsibility
  • Serves as an active participant in the University Library Collection Management Team—a team of librarians with subject responsibilities from across the library

Scholarly Communication and Rights Management

  • Serves as the Library’s primary resource on copyright compliance, fair use, and other copyright issues that pertain to library collections and services
  • Establishes mechanisms to assist faculty with publishing options, understanding of publishing agreements, and the overall management of intellectual property
  • Works in close consultation and cooperation with UCSC’s Office of the General Counsel, Information Technology Services, academic departments, and university administrators on issues and programs related to scholarly communication
  • Monitors national scholarly communication trends and policy issues, informs and educates the UCSC community of their significance, and participates in campus efforts to ensure that scholars, students, and libraries retain full benefits of the current and evolving intellectual property system
  • Participates in the development of University policy on scholarly communication issues such as copyright, the public domain, open access, user privacy, and other relevant scholarly communication issues
  • Serves as the Library Representative to the University of California Libraries Scholarly Communication Officers Group
  • Serves as the UCSC Library Scholarly Communication and Intellectual Property Team lead

Instruction and Departmental Liaison

  • Cultivates partnerships with assigned departments in order to better anticipate and serve their research and curricular needs
  • Develops and delivers library instruction in support of assigned subject areas
  • Delivers research-methods instruction in support of the University’s Composition 2 requirement
  • Develops and maintains online resource entries on the library Web site for database titles and other resources related to assigned departments
  • Develops and maintains subject research guides, course guides, and other Web resources related to assigned departments

Reference and Advisory Service

  • Provides subject-specific reference and advisory service to students and faculty in assigned subject areas
    Provides reference service across the curriculum to students, faculty, and staff via in-person consultation and participation in a consortial virtual reference program
  • UCSC librarians participate in library-wide planning and governance, work effectively in a shared decision-making environment, and are expected to be active professionally. Professional contributions beyond the primary responsibilities are required for advancement in the Librarian series. The successful candidate will show promise or evidence of such contributions.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: The following qualifications are required -

  • ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS degree or equivalent
  • Course work in, or direct experience with, collection development responsibilities
  • Course work in, or direct experience with, reference practice and theory
  • Course work in, or direct experience with, scholarly communication issues and developments
  • Course work in, or knowledge of, rights management issues and developments
  • Course work in, or knowledge of, library instruction practice and theory
  • Evidence of ability to work collaboratively
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, and time management skills
  • Demonstrated oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills sufficient to engage with faculty, staff, and students in assigned departments, as well as with colleagues from across the University of California library system
  • Prior experience managing projects in a leadership role


  • Experience with collection analysis tools
  • Direct experience with rights management
  • Subject-specific advanced degree in the Sciences, and/or Engineering, or a Juris Doctor
  • Experience advising on rights management issues
  • Experience providing reference service in an academic library
  • Experience providing library instruction in an academic library

UC Santa Cruz is well known for the quality of its faculty and students, is held in highest regard for its dedication to undergraduate and graduate education, and is consistently the recipient of top national and international ratings for its research programs. It is one of ten campuses in the University of California system.
The University Library has undergone recent organizational restructuring to capitalize on its ability to adapt to changes and remain flexible while providing a high level of customer service to its patrons. The architecturally honored Science & Engineering Library is located on Science Hill at the center of cutting-edge research. McHenry Library, the recently renovated humanities and social sciences repository, boasts progressive technologies. Both libraries feature many group spaces facilitating student collaboration and are heavily used by students and faculty across the disciplines. The Library has collections of approximately 2.2 million volumes, more than 44,000 serials, two library buildings, and a staff of approximately
100. The UCSC Library has the most intensely used collection in the UC system. Deeply imbedded in the Library’s culture is a
tradition of flexibility and innovation, which has enabled it to participate actively in the University’s instruction and research programs. Excellent service is another hallmark of the UCSC Library, as is partnership with the other UC libraries and the California Digital Library.

The UCSC campus is nestled within 2,000 acres of redwood forest and meadows, overlooking the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary on California's beautiful Central Coast, about 70 miles from San Francisco and 30 miles from Silicon Valley. Information about UCSC is available on our Web site at

RANK: Assistant/Associate Librarian

SALARY: Appointment Salary Range: $47,544‒49,564 annually


General Information:
Professional librarians at UC are academic appointees. They are entitled to appropriate professional leave, two days per month of vacation leave, one day per month of sick leave, and a generous benefit program including an excellent retirement system. The University sponsors a variety of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans. Relocation assistance is provided.

TO APPLY: Electronic submission of applications is preferred. All materials can be sent to: Applicants should submit a letter of application, resume, and names, postal addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three references who can be contacted.

Please refer to Position #T12-27 in all correspondence.

Alternate Mailing address:
Librarian Search #T12-27
Library Office
University of California
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

CLOSING DATE: This position is open until filled. Initial review of applications will begin on Tuesday, January 17, 2012. In order to receive full consideration, all materials should arrive by that date.

The University of California, Santa Cruz is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, committed to excellence through diversity.
We strive to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.


Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to: Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA  95064; (831) 459-2686. Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E- Verify check. More information is available here or from the Academic Personnel Office at (831) 459-5579.

If you need assistance due to a disability please contact the Academic Personnel Office at 499 Clark Kerr Hall (831) 459-5579. This position description is available in alternate formats, which may be requested from Academic Personnel at (831) 459-5579.