University of California, Davis

General Library


Announcement of Vacancy



Position:  Physical Sciences & Engineering Librarian


Salary:     $37,920 -$42,996 (Assistant Librarian I to Assistant Librarian III)

                 (Appointment level and salary based on qualifications and experience)


Open:      Immediately



The UC Davis General Library is seeking a creative, energetic, and flexible librarian committed to providing outreach services to the user community and to developing strong partnerships with faculty and students in support of the University's programs of instruction and research.


Responsibilities:  The Physical Sciences & Engineering Librarian delivers responsive, innovative information services that support the needs of a highly interdisciplinary university community.  Provides consultation services to clientele.  Works collaboratively to develop and coordinate collections and services relevant to assigned subject areas on campus and within the University of California system.  Will have primary responsibility for collection management in selected disciplines such as computer science, mathematics or other assigned areas.  Manages the print and electronic collections in assigned areas, including transfers to an off-site storage facility. Cultivates and maintains strong working relationships with faculty and other librarian selectors.  Maintains an understanding of the research and teaching programs in assigned areas.  Develops and delivers instructional services in assigned disciplines.  Shares in providing reference desk service (8-10 hours/week), instruction, ILL bibliographic verification, and outreach services.  Schedule may include some evening/weekend assignments.


Participates in electronic delivery of information to researchers, developing services and products including web pages and instructional guides.  Participates as a team member in the operation of the Physical Sciences & Engineering Library and in library-wide responsibilities.  Reports to the Head of the Physical Sciences & Engineering Library.


Required Qualifications:  Graduate degree in librarianship from an ALA-accredited institution or its equivalent.  Evidence of active interest in and knowledge of science and technology.  Ability to determine client information needs and to effectively develop and provide responsive services.  Ability to adapt and utilize emerging technologies as appropriate in the provision of services.  Familiarity with major reference works in the sciences and engineering, both print and electronic.  Demonstrated understanding of information needs of scientists and/or engineers and the application of information technologies to serving these populations.  Excellent computer and Internet skills, especially in a networked environment. Superior oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills; excellent analytical and organizational skills.  Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively, and to contribute positively to a collegial team environment.  Ability to work effectively with colleagues, students, faculty and staff in a rapidly changing, complex, and multicultural environment.  Demonstrated initiative and flexibility in adapting to change.  Strong commitment to public service and outreach; strong public relations skills.  Ability to develop and deliver discipline-related instructional sessions.  Ability to perform work requiring attention to detail.  Strong bibliographic verification skills.  Demonstrated ability to learn new database searching techniques. 

Desired Qualifications:  Academic coursework in a mathematical, physical science, or engineering discipline, or familiarity providing access to such information in an academic or research environment.  Experience in providing sci/tech reference service in an academic research environment.  Database search skills.  Skill in teaching the adult learner.


The Environment:  The UC Davis General Library ( ranks among the top 45 research libraries in North America, with current holdings of over 3 million volumes, including over 32,000 currently received serials.  The General Library is an active partner with the California Digital Library (, and is currently embarking on several digital library collections initiatives.  


The University of California, Davis campus ( is a multicultural environment that supports equality and respect for differences based on gender, cultural ethnicity, level of disability and sexual preference and has a strong commitment to create a diverse community of faculty, staff and students.  It has an enrollment of over 30,000 students, offering a range of academic programs including Colleges of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, Engineering, and Letters & Science; Division of Biological Sciences; Schools of Education, Management, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, and several research institutes such as the Bodega Marine Laboratory, the Center for Biophotonics, Science and Technology, and the Center for Image Processing and Integrated Computing.


Davis is a pleasant, environment-oriented community of 65,000 in a college-town setting.  Davis is ideally located for many recreational, cultural, and professional activities.  It is within easy driving distance of Sacramento, California's capital city, and the Sierra Nevada Mountains/Lake Tahoe area, Berkeley, San Francisco, the Napa Valley wine country, and the Pacific Coastal areas.  The University and surrounding communities sponsor a wide range of cultural events.


Benefits:  Librarians are academic appointees.  They earn 24 days of vacation and 12 days of sick leave per annum.  The University has an excellent retirement system that is coordinated with Social Security. Several health, dental, and vision plans are currently provided by the University. Group term life insurance and reduced enrollment fees are available. 


To Apply:  Cover letters should include a statement indicating how applicant's credentials and experience meet the posted requirements for this position. 


Applicants should send cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of three references (including current supervisor) to:


Debbie Ojakangas               

Library Administration      

University of California    

100 North West Quad

Davis, CA 95616-5292


Phone:   (530) 752-3444

Fax:        (530) 752-6899

E-mail:  [log in to unmask]


Screening of applications will begin May 2, 2005 and the position is open until filled.  Candidates applying by May 2 will receive first consideration.  This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement.


The University of California does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, veteran's status, medical condition, ancestry, or marital status. The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Call (530) 752-2071 for more information. Speech or hearing impaired persons may dial (530) 752-7320 (TDD).