Thursday, July 3, 2014

University of California Berkeley: Asian American Studies Librarian

Asian American Studies Librarian-Ethnic Studies Library

Hiring range: Mid-range Associate Librarian
$59,089 – $64,006 per annum, based on qualifications
This is a 75% time appointment available starting January 2015
The Ethnic Studies Library of the University of California, Berkeley seeks an energetic, creative and service-oriented librarian to provide curatorial and research support to the UC Berkeley community in the area of Asian American Studies. As a curator, selector and reference specialist, the Librarian will work with community members and organizations to promote donations of archives and special collections and will enhance access to Asian American archival and special materials by applying standard archival practices. The Librarian will contribute to public services and work closely with colleagues to secure external funding and to address comparative ethnic studies areas.

The Ethnic Studies Library

The Ethnic Studies Library is an Affiliated Library on the UC Berkeley campus and is a unit of the Ethnic Studies Department. The Asian American Studies Collection, the Chicano Studies Collection, and the Native American Studies Collection were established in the late 1960s and developed into separate libraries. These libraries were merged in 1997 to establish the Ethnic Studies Library. At that time a fourth collection, the Comparative Ethnic Studies Collection, was established. The Ethnic Studies Library serves the research and curricular needs of the Ethnic Studies faculty and students majoring in Asian American and Diaspora Studies, Native American Studies, Chicano Studies, and Ethnic Studies. In addition, it serves Ethnic Studies graduate students, students fulfilling the American Cultures course requirement, other students enrolled in Ethnic Studies courses, and national and international scholars. The staff consists of four librarians (Asian American Studies Librarian, Chicano Studies Librarian, Native American Studies Librarian, and Digital Access Librarian), three technical support staff persons, and about twenty part-time student workers. The Library contains unique and valuable archival and special collections and is hiring librarians who will work toward the continued development of and access to these collections by acquiring unique materials, securing external funding for processing them, promoting the materials to the campus community and beyond, and applying standard archival practices and current digital technologies and procedures that enhance access.


Reporting to the Head Librarian of the Ethnic Studies Library, the Asian American Studies Librarian will serve as curator for all the materials in the Asian American Studies Collection with an emphasis on archival and special collections. The Librarian will work with individuals and organizations from the Asian American community to promote donations of archival and special materials and will select materials in all formats, manage collections through storage and weeding, and monitor budgets and approval plans for the assigned subject areas. The Librarian will supervise archival processing projects. The Librarian will contribute to reference and research assistance; teach course-integrated instruction and workshops; create instructional materials, online subject guides, and library exhibits; and sustain ongoing communication with and outreach to students and faculty. The Librarian will work towards the establishment of digital research tools, including an Asian American Studies bibliographic database. The Librarian will assume chief responsibility for one of the following duties: (1) grant writing/fund raising (both government and private funds) OR (2) development of the Comparative Ethnic Studies Collection.

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. 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 Basic Qualification at time of application:

MLS or equivalent degree from an ALA-accredited institution by time of application.

Additional Qualifications:

Experience working with Asian American communities
Experience participating in collection development in an academic or research library, preferably experience developing and managing ethnic studies collections
Familiarity with archive collections and archive processing plans
Experience providing reference and instructional services in an academic or research library

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated experience in fundraising/grant writing
Demonstrated commitment to public services and improving the user experience
Excellent analytical, organizational, problem solving, interpersonal, and communication skills
Demonstrated initiative, the ability to work creatively, independently and as a team member Understanding of current and emerging trends in ethnic studies
Knowledge of electronic and information technologies, including bibliographic management tools and data management and planning.
Advanced degree and/or equivalent experience in Asian American Studies

The University of California, Berkeley is committed to the support and encouragement of a multicultural environment and seeks candidates who can make positive 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 development leave, two days per month vacation leave, one day per month 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.

DEADLINE: Initial review date will be August 5th, 2014, please apply by this date to receive full consideration. The position will be open until filled.

Submit applications online at Applications must include a cover letter detailing a statement of qualifications, curriculum vitae noting degrees and relevant work experience, and the names and contact information of three references who are knowledgeable about the applicant's qualifications for this position. Referees for the finalists only will be contacted for references. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e. dossier service or career center), to the University of California Statement of Confidentiality, prior to submitting their letters. All applications will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

For inquiries contact:
Lillian Castillo-Speed, Head Librarian, Ethnic Studies Library