Area and Interdisciplinary Studies Teaching Librarian, UC Riverside

Position overview

Position title: Area and Interdisciplinary Studies Teaching Librarian
Salary range: $61,920-$149,167
Anticipated start: July 1, 2024

Application Window

Open date: March 21, 2024

Next review date: Friday, May 24, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, May 24, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date.

Position description

Position Overview

Reporting to the Director of Teaching and Learning, the Area and Interdisciplinary Studies Teaching Librarian will lead information literacy development, instruction, and assessment activities for area studies departments and programs, as well as an emerging set of programs that sit at the intersection of cultural, social, and scientific understanding and study. Focused on instruction, the Area and Interdisciplinary Studies Librarian will work with students, instructors, and faculty in these programs to develop the library and information skills necessary for study and work in these fields, including access and use of primary and secondary sources, data, government, and policy information; research methods and scholarly communication through an interdisciplinary lens; and cultural competency in information access and use. This opportunity is available to both experienced and qualified new graduates who have completed their degree by the end of the posting period.

Located an hour’s drive to the east of Los Angeles, an hour west of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley, an hour east of ocean beaches, ninety minutes north of San Diego, and an hour south of mountain ski resorts, UCR is located in an area of dramatic landscapes and rich cultural traditions. The University is a dynamic, aggressively developing land grant research institution dedicated to preparing its diverse student body to be successful competitors in the world marketplace of ideas.

Over the past few years, UCR has accumulated numerous accolades for its achievements. In 2022, it received the following rankings:

  • No. 1 public university in the U.S. for social mobility four years in a row – U.S. News & World Report
  • No. 1 for Hispanic enrollment among selective universities – Urban Institute
  • No. 2 in the country for financial aid – Business Insider
  • No. 2 in Entomology research in the world – Center for World University Rankings
  • No. 3 in Hispanic STEM graduates in the nation – National Science Foundation
  • No. 4 for Pell Grant student performance – Washington Monthly
  • No. 9 among public universities for sustainability – Princeton Review
  • No. 11 most diverse medical school – U.S. News
  • Top 12 public university – Forbes “America’s Best Value Colleges”
  • No. 14 public university – CNBC “Colleges That Pay Off the Most”
  • No. 20 public university – Princeton Review Best Schools for Making a Public Impact
  • No. 31 in the world in plant and animal sciences – U.S. News & World Report

In addition, it has attracted faculty with some of the highest academic honors, including:

  • 2 Nobel Prize Winners
  • 2 Guggenheim Awards
  • 4 UC University Professorships
  • 11 Fulbright Scholars
  • 28 National Academies Members

The UCR Library is a critical partner in preparing UCR’s students to be globally competitive while simultaneously preparing them to be transformative leaders in the Inland Empire and beyond. The mission of the UCR Library is no less than to bring the world’s information resources to the UCR community and to ensure that UCR students, faculty, and staff have the skills to fully exploit those resources to change the world for the better.

The UCR Library is a team of intensely collaborative, forward-thinking colleagues dedicated to providing exemplary services to our students, faculty, and community members in a rapidly evolving information environment. The successful candidate will be technologically-sophisticated; committed to problem-solving in local, regional, national, and international arenas; able to develop innovative solutions to complex problems; and a dynamic and effective leader.

The UCR Library is comprised of two facilities housing more than 4,900,000 volumes, 1,740,000 electronic books, 120,000 print and electronic journals, and 2,300,000 microforms. The Library provides services to more than 27,000 students and nearly 2,000 faculty and other academics in an institutional environment planning for and experiencing extensive growth. The successful candidate will join an enthusiastic staff of 100, including 36 FTE librarians and 65 FTE staff personnel as well as students, in building a research library of excellence within a dynamic and diverse university ranked among the top 50 in the nation.

The UCR Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). Among the unique collections of the UCR Library is the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy, the Water Resources Collections & Archives, the Rupert Costo Library of the American Indian, the Paul Chou Collection of Chinese history and culture, the George Brown Papers, the Tomás Rivera Papers, and the Inland Empire Memories Initiative. Information about the UCR Library is available at

The UCR Library is an integral part of the University of California library system. With collections totaling 40.8 million volumes, including 4.3 million digitized contents contributed to HathiTrust, UC’s more than 100 libraries are surpassed in size on the American continent only by the Library of Congress collection. In addition, UC’s California Digital Library (CDL) provides the core of the University’s digital collections. CDL also assists UC to share resources and holdings more effectively, and provides leadership in applying technology to the development of library collections and services. Organizationally situated within the UC Office of the President, the CDL operates in close collaboration with all UC campuses and their libraries.


  • Provide information literacy and library skills instruction for the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Programs (Asian Studies, Global Studies, Latin American Studies, and Middle East and Islamic Studies), and, in collaboration with the Social Sciences and Arts & Humanities Teaching Librarians, to other area, ethnic, and interdisciplinary programs, departments, and areas of study, including Hispanic Studies, Ethnic Studies, Black Study, Medical and Health Humanities, and Society, Environment, and Health Equity (SEHE),
  • Develop teaching and learning services, programs, and resources for the assigned areas,
  • Provide consultation and reference services for assigned areas,
  • Work in close collaboration with the other subject teaching librarians to develop instruction and curriculum initiatives related to disciplinary information literacy,
  • Cultivate relationships with departmental and program partners,
  • Collaborate with the Collection Strategists to develop a responsive and aligned collection, particularly the Area Studies Collection Strategist,
  • Provide general reference service support for students working on the information desk both virtually and in-person,
  • Contribute to DigiRef, the UC-wide consortium virtual reference service,
  • Participate in departmental instructional rotations, reference support, projects, and service development,
  • Participate in assessment and other quality improvement activities,
  • Participate in effective communications and engagement with appropriate stakeholders to maintain knowledge contribution to library collections and resources development,
  • Collaborate with colleagues across the library and the campus on student engagement activities,
  • Independently and collaboratively participate in ongoing professional development

UC professional librarians are academic appointees and are represented by an exclusive bargaining unit; The University Council-American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). This position is in the bargaining unit.

Appointment at rank of Assistant Librarian to Librarian – Potential Career depending upon qualifications and experience. Advancement through the librarian ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every two to three years, each of which includes substantial peer review.

See Table 26B Represented Librarian Series ( for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimate for this position is $61,920 – $108,349. Excellent retirement system, health, and vacation benefits.



Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

  • ALA-accredited (MLIS, MLS etc.) degree or equivalent advanced degree with three years’ library experience.
  • Knowledge of or experience with key information literacy documents and standards aligned with the assigned areas.
  • Knowledge of or experience with multicultural teaching and learning theories and best practices.
  • Demonstrated cultural competency and cultural humility.
  • Ability to present information effectively in a variety of settings and modalities.
  • Ability to provide excellent reference and instruction services in all formats for students and faculty in an academic library.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work creatively and effectively while promoting teamwork, diversity, equity, and inclusivity.
  • Commitment to pedagogical professional development.

Preferred qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree in Area, Ethnic or Multicultural/Global Studies.
  • One year or more experience providing instruction or reference services in an academic setting.
  • Knowledge of or experience with creative and/or scholarly inquiry in an interdisciplinary context.
  • Reading proficiency in an additional language.
  • UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

Application Requirements

Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research (Optional)
  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)
  • Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence – In a “Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence”, we ask applicants to describe their past and/or potential future contributions to promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, which is a key requirement of the role of every faculty member and administrator at UCR. There are numerous ways to contribute, and a commitment to this part of our mission can be reflected through research, teaching, supervision, mentoring, community engagement, service, and any of the other varied activities that are a part of an academic career.
  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements

  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Please provide contact information for a minimum of three references.

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About UC Riverside

The University of California, Riverside is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. UCR is a member institution of the American Association of Universities (AAU) as well as the Alliance of Hispanic Serving Research Universities (HSRU). Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Riverside, CA