Position Description: Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Distinctive Collections and Chief Policy Strategist, the Director of Library Special Collections (DLSC) provides leadership, oversight, and strategic vision to shape the future of special collections and archives at UCLA. A member of the Library's management team, the incumbent heads an enterprise-wide organization marshalling the Library's special collections resources, services, and operations around its mission to create a distinctive learning environment for the UCLA community and society at large. The DLSC leads Library Special Collections (LSC) to inspire discovery, cultivate knowledge, advance research, preserve cultural heritage and actively develop and lead initiatives that advance diversity as integral to academic excellence and inclusion as integral to modern library special collections. The DLSC plans, organizes, and manages all aspects of Library Special Collections (LSC) operations and budget. Fostering a flexible, work environment, and a strong team spirit, the incumbent establishes and actively supports creative initiatives and facilitates new partnerships and interdisciplinary projects. The DLSC collaborates with all departments and units throughout the Library and across the campus. The DLSC works across the UCLA Libraries to develop fundraising strategies, stewards and cultivates donors, and writes grant proposals to support the goals and activities of the department and Library alongside the following stakeholders and units: Associate University Librarian for Distinctive Collections and Chief Policy Strategist, senior management team, the Executive director of Library Development, and the Distinctive Collection Portfolio Teams.
The Distinctive Collections portfolio encompasses three formerly independent units: the Richard C. Rudolph East Asian Library (EAL), International Studies, and Library Special Collections. EAL and International studies serve five Title VI Centers on campus. All three share the Library's broader collecting mission to create, build, steward, curate, promote, and preserve the evidence of history and the diverse cultural record to enable and support teaching, research, and new discoveries. The UCLA Library, one of the top academic libraries in North America merged these units as a result of strategic planning and a recognition of the opportunities for UCLA as a large public research university to lead and address the diverse strategic special needs involved in collecting, teaching, connecting users, and in expanding making broadly accessible materials and services in these areas.
UCLA Library Special Collections (among the largest collection of archival material in the state of California) has collections and services with a global reach and a local focus. The mission of Special Collections is to acquire, preserve, promote, and make accessible world-class archives, rare books, manuscripts, photographs, and other rare and unique materials that tell the story of our collective past. These materials are all created, preserved, and used by people, so at UCLA people are at the center of our mission: connecting the resources we steward to all who will use them for intellectual, educational, and other pursuits.
As one of the world's great public research universities, UCLA promotes education, research, and public service so that each enriches and extends the others. From its beautiful neighborhood campus in a uniquely diverse and vibrant city on the Pacific Rim, teaching and research extend beyond the classroom, office, and lab through active engagement with communities, organizations, projects, and partnerships throughout Los Angeles, the region and around the world.
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Ability to lead and articulate a vision for special collections and to provide leadership to achieve organizational goals and priorities. Demonstrated leadership and analytical skills, creative and innovative problem-solving skills, and a strong commitment to service excellence. Evidence of success in strategic planning, introducing and managing change in complex environments, budget planning and allocation in large organizations.
National reputation in the field of archives or rare books and manuscripts librarianship, including a significant record of participation in professional associations (such as the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Society of American Archivists, or the Society of California Archivists) and a record of scholarly engagement, demonstrated through publications and presentations.
Knowledge and understanding of key issues and trends in special collections and archives in large academic research libraries. Knowledge of the rare book trade.
Demonstrated vision for the uses of emerging technologies in archival and special collections.
Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with faculty and professionals to initiate and develop programs to showcase special collections, promote the research use of such collections, and enhance the curricular and scholarly use of special collections in the academic community.
Graduate degree (master's or doctoral) in a relevant discipline or in an appropriate subject discipline and special collections or archival expertise and training OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Minimum of seven years of professional experience leading special collections/archival services/operations and demonstrated evidence of progressively increasing scope of supervisory and management responsibility in a large academic or research library or similar institution.
Ability to work independently, be proactive, flexible, and collaborate as a team leader to accomplish library and department goals.
Ability to initiate and maintain cooperative working relationships, work harmoniously and as a team player and team leader, and provide skills in fostering teamwork among others.
Experience and demonstrated skill in all aspects of supervision.
Demonstrated success in fundraising, including grants and individual and corporate awards.
Outstanding organizational and analytical skills to manage multiple projects and perform efficiently and courteously in a fast-paced environment with a fluctuating workload, conflicting and competing priorities, and frequent distractions and interruptions. Demonstrated sound judgment and ability to work independently, set priorities, and see projects through to completion.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Commitment to fostering a diverse educational environment and workplace and an ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty and student population.
Graduate degree (master's or doctoral) in library and information science.
Evidence of working knowledge of languages other than English including, but not limited to Spanish, Italian, Latin, or any non-roman language including Arabic, Armenian, etc
Evidence of active engagement in research and publication activities.
About UCLA Library
As one of the world's great public research universities, UCLA integrates education, research, and public service so that each enriches and extends the others. From its beautiful neighborhood campus in a uniquely diverse and vibrant city on the Pacific Rim, teaching and research extend beyond the classroom, office, and lab through active engagement with communities, organizations, projects, and partnerships throughout the region and around the world.
UCLA’s diverse community of scholars encompasses nearly 35,000 undergraduates pursuing 125 majors, 13,000 graduate students in fifty-nine research programs, and 4,000 faculty members including Nobel Laureates; Rhodes Scholars; MacArthur Fellows; winners of the Fields Medal, National Medal of Science, Pritzker Prize, and Pulitzer Prize; and recipients of Oscars, Emmys, Tonys, and Golden Globes. UCLA ranks tenth in the Times of London Higher Education World Reputation Rankings, twelfth in the Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and fifth in the U.S. by Washington Monthly. The National Research Council ranks forty of its graduate and doctoral research programs among its top ten.
To enab...le these accomplished students, faculty, and staff to create, disseminate, and apply knowledge for the benefit of global society, the UCLA Library is re-envisioning how it is acquired, synthesized, and shared across academic audiences and with the public. It was among the first academic libraries to develop subject-specialist librarians and to launch a program to enhance students’ research skills. Its Special Collections pioneered the acquisition by public institutions of rare and unique books, children’s literature, pulp and detective fiction, works by or about women and minorities, screenplays, architectural plans, and Los Angeles-related materials. Today the Library leads the way in collecting archival resources that range from digital formats to manuscripts. It has launched innovative data management services and an affordable course materials initiative that have served as models for other libraries.
The Library serves UCLA students, faculty, and staff whenever and wherever they need its resources and expertise. Reconfigured, high-tech spaces and services in its ten campus libraries enable users and librarians to explore and work with print and digital materials collaboratively or individually, pursue new lines of inquiry, and develop new pedagogical approaches as well as novel forms of scholarship. More than 3.5 million people visit annually, while an additional 3.4 million visitors enter online through its virtual front doors.
Whether on campus or online, the Library forms the intellectual heart of UCLA, a hub for cutting-edge discovery, scholarship, and instruction.