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Digital Scholarship Librarian

Position overview

Position title: Digital Scholarship Librarian
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. A reasonable estimate for this position is $60,116 - $92,074.
Percent time: Full-time (100%)
Anticipated start: As soon as possible after initial review of the applications.
Position duration: This position is a member of the Professional Librarians Unit (LX) and is represented by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). The initial appointment will be a full-time appointment. 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 their 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.

Application Window

Open date: January 20, 2023

Next review date: Thursday, Feb 23, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, Jan 23, 2024 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.

Position description

The University Library Center for Digital Scholarship at the University of California, Santa Cruz (https://library.ucsc.edu/) invites applications for the position Digital Scholarship Librarian who will work under the direction of the center’s director. The University Library Center for Digital Scholarship is a growing program that provides student access to technology and experiential learning 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 the Library’s digital scholarship programming. Our team works to support the campus community in their efforts to integrate digital methods into their learning, teaching, research, and individual experimentation. The University Library Center for Digital Scholarship encompasses our programming across two physical spaces: The David Kirk Digital Scholarship Commons (DSC) and the Digital Scholarship Innovation Studio (DSI). Resources in the DSC primarily support the creation of digital objects (including podcasting, video, 3D modeling, and 2D design) and resources in the DSI primarily support the creation of physical objects from digital data (including 3D printing, laser cutting, 2D plotting, and holographic displays). Our programming encompasses both spaces using a methods-first approach rather than a software first or tools first approach. Through this, we aim to focus on the specific needs of each project and identify the method and tools that best meet the stated goals of the project lead. We support a wide variety of digital methods by providing introductory support in some areas and intermediate and advanced support according to the training and specialties of our librarians. As technology changes, our work also changes, and an important aspect of this position is the ability to learn new skills and engage with new technologies as needed.

The librarian in this position will support members of the UCSC community who work with 3D data throughout its lifecycle including 3D scanning, 3D modeling, VR, 3D printing, and preservation of 3D data. We are particularly seeking candidates with experience in 3D modeling or VR/AR creation. The librarian in this position will provide support related to our newly expanded Digital Scholarship Innovation Studio, which includes 3D printers, laser cutters, Cricut maker machines, VR, and holographic equipment. Support for these methods includes both 2D and 3D design methods. The position offers an opportunity to learn our specific equipment and workflows through their own projects related to the work, though it requires a base of knowledge in these areas to work from. We value a candidate’s ability to interact meaningfully with our program and demonstrate how their particular skill set would integrate into and expand our digital scholarship work.

A key part of our diversity, equity, and inclusion philosophy in our work (https://guides.library.ucsc.edu/about-us/about) is making both of our spaces open and inviting to students of all backgrounds along with targeted outreach to support these goals. We recognize that access to equipment is not enough and aim to provide support for all students regardless of the existing knowledge they have. This takes form in the following ways: we aim to provide free access to materials as much as possible, we employ and train students for peer to peer support, we encourage our student assistants to work on projects they are passionate about across academic disciplines which are then used for display and training materials, we embrace failure as part of the learning process, we intentionally include process examples and failures in our displays, and we scale our training materials to meet student’s needs regardless of technical backgrounds. The successful candidate will play a key part in our efforts to create an inclusive program.

Duties for the position include contribution to the intellectual work of the program by supporting our community building, partnering with faculty to develop teaching assignments and research projects, and internal growth. The Digital Scholarship Librarian supports our Digital Instruction Program and our Undergraduate Research Fellowship. They 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 and strategic planning for the future of our program. This work includes leading internal projects and managing the training and project work of our digital scholarship student assistants. In this position, the Digital Scholarship Librarian will maintain and research current and new tech to maintain the relevance of our programming to the UCSC community.

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must meet the basic qualifications listed below (also listed in the section titled Qualifications):

  • An ALA-accredited MLS or MLIS degree; OR Master’s degree in any field ; OR Bachelor's degree and a minimum of three years’ professional experience working with 3D. Equivalent foreign degrees will be considered.
  • Evidence of scholarship such as through conference presentations, publications, industry reports, or demonstrated engagement with research projects
  • Knowledge of strategies to create inclusive spaces in the maker community as demonstrated in the DEI statement
  • Experience with 3D modeling as demonstrated through specific project work. Applicants under serious consideration will be asked to provide sample work or an existing portfolio.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach, such as through providing workshops, training others, mentorship, offering classes, or other teaching opportunities.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and engage with stakeholders on behalf of a project, issue, or organization.

In addition, applicants with any combination of the following qualifications or experience are encouraged to apply. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job and recognize that the successful candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. We encourage you to apply, even if you don't meet all of the preferred qualifications/experiences listed below:

  • Experience with contemporary digital scholarship practices and digital scholarship/humanities centers
  • Experience with academic makerspaces
  • Professional experience with 3D modeling in industry
  • 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
  • Excellent communications skills and the ability to listen, negotiate, compromise, and adapt
  • Experience managing or leading a project or program
  • Engagement with critical making

If you are interested in learning more about this position, we invite you to join in a virtual information session:

  • Tuesday, February 7, 2023 from noon - 1:00 pm PT (registration)
  • Tuesday, February 7, 2023 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm PT (registration)

The attendee list will be hidden to ensure confidentiality. Live captioning will be provided via Zoom Live Transcript.
Inquiries and nominations may be directed to Kristina Golubiewski-Davis, Director of the University Library Center for Digital Scholarship at kgolubie@ucsc.edu.

The hiring unit will not sponsor employment-eligible immigration statuses for this position.

University Library: https://library.ucsc.edu/

University Library Center for Digital Scholarship: http://digitalscholarship.ucsc.edu

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • An ALA-accredited MLS or MLIS degree; OR Master’s degree in any field ; OR Bachelor's degree and a minimum of three years’ professional experience working with 3D. Equivalent foreign degrees will be considered.
  • Evidence of scholarship such as through conference presentations, publications, industry reports, or demonstrated engagement with research projects.
  • Knowledge of strategies to create inclusive spaces in the maker community as demonstrated in the DEI statement.
  • Experience with 3D modeling as demonstrated through specific project work. Applicants under serious consideration will be asked to provide sample work or an existing portfolio.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach, such as through providing workshops, training others, mentorship, offering classes, or other teaching opportunities.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and engage with stakeholders on behalf of a project, issue, or organization.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. or resume.

  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position, including how you meet the position’s advertised basic qualifications.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching and professional or public service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements (see https://apo.ucsc.edu/diversity.html) before preparing their application.

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

Applicants must provide the names and contact information of their references. 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 at http://apo.ucsc.edu/confstm.htm.

Apply link: https://recruit.ucsc.edu/JPF01457

Help contact: kristy.gd@ucsc.edu

Campus Information

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 https://www.uscis.gov/e-verify). The university sponsors employment-based visas for nonresidents who are offered academic appointments at UC Santa Cruz (see https://apo.ucsc.edu/policy/capm/102.530.html).

UCSC is a smoke & tobacco-free campus.

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact Disability Management Services at roberts@ucsc.edu (831) 459-4602.

UCSC is committed to addressing the spousal and partner employment needs of our candidates and employees. As part of this commitment, our institution is a member of the Northern California Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (NorCal HERC). Visit the NorCal HERC website at https://www.hercjobs.org/regions/higher-ed-careers-northern-california/ to search for open positions within a commutable distance of our institution.

The University of California offers a competitive benefits package and a number of programs to support employee work/life balance. For information about employee benefits please visit https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs – With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being Up-To-Date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements. Additional information and resources for compliance are located on the campus Health Center site

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Job location

Santa Cruz, California