Job Announcement: University Librarian

September 12, 2012

University Librarian

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of University Librarian.

Ranked among the top research libraries in North America, the UCLA library system comprises the Charles E. Young Research Library, College Library, Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, Southern Regional Library and six special libraries. With an annual budget of over $48 million and an organization of approximately 75 librarians, 228 staff and 450 student employees, its collections include more than 10 million volumes, 95,000 serials, 375,000 electronic resources and a robust digital library. Additional information can be found at

As the chief executive officer of the UCLA library system, the university librarian provides strategic vision for and operational leadership of the libraries, which support UCLA’s research and instructional missions by providing access to and delivery of information resources; developing, organizing and preserving collections for optimal use; providing links to remote information sources; encouraging innovation; and promoting excellence. Among the university librarian’s responsibilities are overseeing the appointment, promotion and advancement of approximately 130 librarians campuswide; working closely with faculty to support teaching and learning by engaging new services to enhance the student experience and support the entire research lifecycle; and leading an aggressive fundraising program including an annual giving program and stewardship of significant collections as gifts-in-kind. The university librarian will lead the continuing effort to build research collections and preserve scholarly records, digitize appropriate resources, capture born digital images and content, and support new forms of scholarly publishing and communication, in line with UCLA’s strategic plan to transform the library.

Reporting to the executive vice chancellor and provost, the university librarian is a member of the Academic Senate and serves on the deans’ and professional school deans’ councils, collaborating with campus leadership at UCLA and across the University of California system. He/she also serves on the UCLA Information Technology Planning Board, Privacy and Data Protection Board, Committee for Information Technology Investment, Academic Senate Committee on Libraries and Scholarly Communication, and the University of California Council of University Librarians and Shared Library Services Board, along with other UCLA and systemwide posts. He/she represents UCLA in the Association of Research Libraries, Coalition for Networked Information, Center for Research Libraries, and other national and international library organizations.

Ideal candidates will be nationally recognized with substantial administrative leadership experience, strong visibility within the library community, knowledge of transformative trends in research libraries and the capacity to exercise policy leadership at local, state, national and international levels. Minimum requirements include a strong commitment to research library service; a record of distinguished professional accomplishment; demonstrated administrative experience and intellectual leadership in the area of research librarianship; proven success in—or aptitude for—external and alumni relations and development, donor cultivation and acquisition; a record of advancing diversity; and knowledge of the challenges facing libraries within higher education.

Situated on 419 acres, five miles from the Pacific Ocean, UCLA is enriched by the cultural diversity of the dynamic greater Los Angeles area, as well as the geographic advantages of Southern California. One of the world’s preeminent public research universities, UCLA is an international leader in breadth and quality of academic, research, health care, cultural, continuing education and athletic programs, with more than 4,000 faculty members who teach approximately 40,000 students in the College of Letters and Science and 11 professional schools. UCLA is consistently ranked in the top five institutions nationally for research funding, having generated more than $1 billion in research contracts and grants for three consecutive years.

Confidential review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. To be ensured full consideration, please email a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to by October 31, 2012. Address inquiries to Traci Considine, manager of executive searches in the Office of the Chancellor (310-206-8003).

The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and seeks candidates committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities and to a campus climate that supports equality and diversity.