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Head of International & Area Studies

Recruitment Period

Open May 16th, 2013 through August 15th, 2013


The University of California, Berkeley seeks a collaborative, service-oriented librarian with demonstrated management experience to advance the Library’s engagement with research, teaching, and scholarship in support of international and area studies.

The Environment

The Library comprises 20 campus libraries and has a collection of more than 11 million volumes and a collections budget of over $15 million.


The Head of International & Area Studies manages a department of 13 librarians and library assistants with responsibility for collections, instruction, reference, and academic outreach. Staff in this department develop and sustain collaborations with academic departments, interdisciplinary programs, institutes, and centers focused on regions including Africa, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Near East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. The incumbent has a lead role in shaping the collections of the Doe/Moffitt Libraries with more than two million volumes in 200 languages, and an additional two million volumes in off-site shelving at the Northern Regional Library Facility. In partnership with colleagues, the Head will play a guiding role in initiatives (such as collaborative agreements, cooperative cataloging, and digitization projects).

The Head is a member of a library-wide management team and the Doe/Moffitt management team. The position has a dual reporting line to the Associate University Librarian for Educational Initiatives and the Associate University Librarian for Collection Services. The Doe/Moffitt management team works collaboratively on the strategic directions, programs, services, collections, facilities, and policies associated with all units in the Doe/Moffitt Libraries. The Head serves as the collection fund group coordinator for area studies librarians across campus, provides oversight of substantial collections, endowments, gifts and various budgets and joins other disciplinary fund coordinators to develop collection policies and strategies.

The Head will manage personnel and financial matters; contribute to department-wide and library-wide priority setting and project management; and foster an environment of collaboration, creative thinking, and continuous improvement.

The Head will assume responsibility as library liaison and selector for one or more departments or disciplines as matches their subject and language expertise. In this role he/she will be engaged with the following activities: select materials in all formats; provide research consultations; develop guides and web pages to facilitate user access to resources; offer orientations and instructional seminars; and contribute to reference services for the humanities and social sciences. Collection development is coordinated through a number of consortial agreements with libraries in the University of California system, Stanford University, and national organizations. The librarian maintains an awareness of scholarly communication issues, and identifies relevant online resources to purchase through campus funds or in group agreements within the California Digital Library and the Center for Research Libraries.


 MLS or equivalent degree from an ALA-accredited library school
 Degree in an area studies-related field (such as language, history, culture, or literature)
 Experience supervising and/or leading librarians and career staff
 Excellent analytical, organizational, problem solving, project management, and communication skills

 Experience participating in collection development in an academic or research library
 Demonstrated record of success effectively managing collection funds (including a variety of sources such as state funding, endowments, grants, etc)
 Demonstrated commitment to providing highly responsive public service
 Demonstrated comprehension of and competency in one or more languages
 Demonstrated understanding of the information needs of researchers studying topics in area studies-related fields
 Knowledge of initiatives and trends related to research in international and area studies fields and to the evolving scholarly communication landscape
 Experience providing reference and instructional services related to humanities, social sciences, and/or area studies in an academic or research library environment
 Demonstrated ability to foster and maintain partnerships with a broad-based constituency
 Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse staff and campus user communities
 Capacity to thrive in an environment of change and respond effectively to shifting needs and priorities

 Management experience in an academic library environment
 Demonstrated record of success managing and overseeing complex projects
 Experience developing innovative services to enhance research and/or teaching
 Experience in grant writing and fundraising
 Knowledge of cataloging and access issues for non-English language materials
 Experience with cooperative library agreements at the regional, national, or international level

The Library at 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.

As a management position, this librarian position is not represented by a bargaining unit and is covered by the UC Academic Personnel Manual (APM).

Deadline: Consideration will be given to applications received by August 15, 2013.

See complete job announcement for application and benefits information.

Send inquiries to:
Susan E. Wong
Director, Library Human Resources
Library Human Resources Department
110 Doe Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-3778
Email: librec@library.berkeley.edu
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer

Learn More

More information about this recruitment: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/LHRD/librec.html




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