Friday, October 24, 2008

Head Librarian, The George and Mary Foster Anthropology Library

University of California, Berkeley
Hiring range: Associate Librarian IV – Librarian III

$56,496-$82,524 per annum, based upon qualifications

The University of California, Berkeley Library seeks an energetic and imaginative librarian to provide leadership for The George and Mary Foster Anthropology Library, a library of record for the field of anthropology and a resource for anthropologists nationally and internationally.
The person in this position will sustain and enhance a full range of user-centered services and collections in support of one of the top-ranked anthropology departments in the country and will enjoy working in a collegial atmosphere within the Library and the research units comprising anthropology at Berkeley.

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian & Director-Public Services, the Director of The George and Mary Foster Anthropology Library is responsible for the ongoing development, organization, and administration of the unit. The Head leads and supports the Anthropology
Library staff in developing and implementing innovative and effective services that are responsive to and anticipate user needs. The Head is responsible for the all aspects of collection development and maintenance and its coordination with other related campus and UC collections and serves as direct liaison for faculty in the Department of Anthropology, selecting materials, providing instruction, and sharing information on library services, programs and strategic initiatives. The Head plans, analyzes, and manages the Anthropology Library operations, including hiring, supervision, budgets, and physical facilities. The Head establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with the Department of Anthropology and related research units and represents the Anthropology Library in various library-wide forums, UC Systemwide Anthropology Library Bibliographers Group and other national organizations including the American Anthropological Association.

UC Berkeley librarians are expected to participate in Library-wide planning and governance, to work effectively in a shared decision-making environment, and to be active professionally. In order to advance in the Librarian series, the successful candidate is expected to show evidence of professional growth and contributions beyond the primary assignment. The strength of the campus anthropology program, the campus emphasis on an interdisciplinary research environment, and the collaborative efforts of the UC library milieu provide the incumbent with substantial opportunities to contribute creatively to the Library, the UC Berkeley campus, the UC system, and the library profession.


-MLS from an ALA-accredited institution, or equivalent.
-Minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in an academic or research library.
-Evidence of user-centered vision, creativity, and innovation.
-Demonstrated understanding of, and effective response to faculty research behaviors.
-Demonstrated working knowledge of information technologies and their application to enhance user research experience, especially in the social and human sciences.
-Demonstrated understanding of collections development issues in social and human sciences, including the electronic resources environment, the scholarly communication landscape, and the impact of technology on research and teaching.
-Evidence of strong reference and teaching skills.
-Excellent interpersonal, communication, organizational, and analytical skills.
-Evidence of leadership and experience in managing and supervising others.
-Initiative, flexibility, and the ability to creatively adapt in an evolving organizational environment.
-Ability to work collaboratively and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, faculty, staff, and students.
-Demonstrated commitment to user outreach and service excellence.

-Academic background in anthropology.
-Familiarity with the special nature of anthropology libraries in research settings.
-Reading knowledge of French, German, Spanish.

DEADLINE: Consideration will be given to applications received by November 21, 2008.

The Library at the University of California, Berkeley is committed to the support and encouragement of a multicultural environment and seeks candidates who can make positive and imaginative contributions in a context of ethnic and cultural diversity.

Professional librarians at UC are academic appointees and are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, University Council – American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). This position is in the bargaining unit.

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.

Applicants should apply in writing, including with their letter a complete statement of qualifications, a full resume of their education and relevant experience, and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references who are knowledgeable about their qualifications for this position. Send applications to:

Barbara Kornstein
Academic Personnel Specialist
Library Human Resources Department
110 Doe Library
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Or FAX to: 510-642-8675

Applications received via email preferred.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer
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