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University Library: Digital Scholarship Librarian (Open until filled. Apply by 7/19/19)

Recruitment Period

Open date: June 19th, 2019
Last review date: Friday, Jul 19, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Digital Scholarship Commons (DSC) at the University Library of the University of California, Santa Cruz invites applications for a Digital Scholarship Librarian who will work under the direction of the DSC Director. The DSC is a growing program that provides student access to technology and learning through experimentation in a low barrier environment. We foster student engagement with digital research in and out of the classroom and support faculty growth through pedagogy and research support.

We seek a motivated individual who will contribute to an existing and robust suite of programs aimed at integrating digital methods into teaching, research methods, and individual experimentation. The DSC works closely with the library’s Digital Initiatives and the Special Collections & Archives departments as well as faculty inclined towards developing, enhancing, and growing digital expertise in their classroom and in their research. The recently expanded program includes two physical spaces: The DSC and the Digital Scholarship Innovation Studio (DSI). The two programs collectively seek to support 3D data throughout its lifecycle including 3D scanning, 3D modeling, VR, 3D printing, and preservation of 3D data. This work will supplement our current strength in supporting digital pedagogy and digital exhibit work. We invite candidates with a background in 3D data to apply and we are particularly interested in candidates with experience in 3D modeling or VR/AR creation for education and a willingness to engage in other aspects of the program. We value a candidate’s ability to interact meaningfully with our program and demonstrate how their particular skill set would integrate into and expand the work of the DSC.

The incoming Digital Scholarship Librarian will contribute to the intellectual work of the program by supporting our internal growth, community building, and partnering with faculty to develop teaching assignments and research projects. The incumbent will help develop and run one-time workshops for faculty, graduates, and undergraduates as well as be a partner in longer-term projects. They will also be involved in the day-to-day running of the VizLab and the DSI spaces, which support the UCSC student community by providing a VR suite, and equipment checkout geared toward 3D printing. The DSI is in a pilot stage and the incoming Digital Scholarship Librarian will help shape the service and determine the direction of the program. As part of this project, the incoming Librarian will work with other members of the DSI and the Special Collections and Digital Initiatives departments to develop recommendations and workflows for curating 3D data both for the campus at large and particularly in relation to library collections. The Digital Scholarship Librarian will also have the following duties:

  • Advise and train students, faculty, and staff on digital scholarship tools and techniques related to the 3D lifecycle
  • Support the space and programming needs of the DSC department:
    • Assist in maintaining equipment
    • Foster community engagement with digital scholarship by hosting and presenting relevant speakers, seminars, and workshops as part of DSC/DSI programing
    • Lead outreach and awareness activities for faculty, graduate students, and partners
    • Assist in supervising DSI student assistants
  • Develop and extend connections between the Library and University faculty, researchers, and students engaging in digital scholarship
  • Balance innovation with sustainable, supportable services
  • Identify opportunities to develop programming within the DSC/DSI
  • Participate in professional development activities to maintain subject and methodological expertise in emerging digital tools and theory
  • Participate in conversations around emerging needs for 3D/VR preservation

Applicants with any of the following qualifications or professional experience are strongly encouraged to apply: experience with contemporary digital scholarship practices and digital scholarship/humanities centers; awareness of new development and trends in academic libraries; ability to establish strong rapport with multiple constituencies in order to effectively collaborate and build partnerships; experience working in dynamic environments where new services are tested, evaluated, and adapted; ability to analyze and provide guidance on a wide range of tools and technologies; demonstrated ability to successfully initiate, track, and manage multiple projects; and excellent communications skills and the ability to listen, negotiate, compromise, and adapt.

The successful candidate will join and serve as a member of the Librarians Association of the University of California (LAUC). Research, publication, and/or service to the University and profession are expected for continuing advancement. More information can be found at

Assistant or Associate Librarian

$55,013 - $84,260, commensurate with qualifications and experience.


  1. An ALA-accredited MLS or MLIS degree (or equivalent foreign degree); OR a Master’s degree (or equivalent foreign degree) in a relevant field such as Anthropology, Archaeology, Computer Science, Arts, Humanities, Medical Studies, Engineering, Architecture, English, Design, Psychology, and/or Math. It is expected that the degree requirement will be completed by August 31, 2019.
  2. Minimum two years’ experience working with 3D technology in a library, research, or educational setting.
  3. Experience with at least one of the following methodologies: VR/AR development, 3D modeling, 3D printing and fabrication.
  4. Experience with Critical Making and emerging technologies
  5. Experience teaching in a library, classroom, or other academic setting

September 1, 2019 or sooner.

This appointment will be full-time. Non-temporary appointments to the Librarian Series at UCSC are offered as potential career or career status as appropriate (see Article 4 D. Terms of Service of the UC-AFT labor contract). In accordance with policy, the selected candidate will undergo the Librarian Peer Review process where his/her performance will be reviewed and assessed. The Librarian Peer Review outcomes will determine the candidate’s suitability to receive career status and to move through the ranks.

Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system. All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.

Please refer to Position # JPF00719-19T in all correspondence.


  • Letter of application that summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position. Specifically, we are interested in reading about how your experience speaks to the basic qualifications and the mission of the DSC. (REQUIRED)
  • Curriculum vitae (REQUIRED)
  • Diversity statement that addresses past or potential contributions to diversity through teaching (REQUIRED). See UCSC guidelines on diversity statements

Applicants must provide the names and contact information of their professional references (a minimum of three [3] are required and a maximum of five [5] will be accepted). The hiring unit will request confidential letters* from the references of those applicants who are under serious consideration. Note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement.

Full consideration will be given to applications completed by July 19, 2019. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.

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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives 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 the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (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 (see More information is available at the APO website (see or call (831) 459-4300.

UCSC is a smoke & tobacco-free campus.

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Academic Personnel Office at (831) 459-4300.



Job location

Santa Cruz, California


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position. Specifically, we are interested in reading about how your experience speaks to the basic qualifications and the mission of the DSC.

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Diversity statement that addresses past or potential contributions to diversity through teaching. See UCSC guidelines on diversity statements

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)