Access Services Librarian, UCLA

Department: Law Library
Rank and Salary: Assistant Librarian to Librarian ($61,920 – $92,345)
Position Availability: June 15, 2024
Application deadline for first consideration: May 14, 2024

The UCLA Law Library seeks a highly collaborative user-focused librarian to manage access, information, and outreach services to the UCLA School of Law community and to provide basic research and reference services to Law Library users from the circulation desk.

Position Duties

Under the general direction of the Director, Access & Information Services (AIS), the Access Services Librarian participates in the delivery of services to the Law Library’s users. This includes working from the circulation desk to provide basic research and reference services to School of Law faculty and students and other library visitors, creating training materials for the AIS department, and liaising with other Law Library units to provide library services. The Librarian coordinates the development, maintenance, and updating of the Law Library intranet and makes significant contributions to its content. The Librarian serves as assistant to the Department Head. These responsibilities require in-depth knowledge of library circulation policies and procedures and a basic knowledge of complex legal sources in a variety of formats, including online databases, as well as the ability to contribute to making the library hospitable and responsive to the needs of the Law School community. The Librarian administers the library’s access policies, including coordinating CSO coverage of the library’s access control desk and the After-Hours Reading Room.

The Access Services Librarian supervises the Public Services Projects Coordinator and oversees and prioritizes all assigned projects in coordination with the AIS director and Law Library director.

Specific duties and responsibilities include:

  • Assisting the AIS director in overseeing all of the daily operations of the AIS department, including the recommending and enforcing of all department policies and procedures, with the goal of furthering the service mission of the library.
  • Creating, implementing, and maintaining the Law Library’s preservation and archival policies and procedures for both print and digital formats, in consultation with the Head of Collection Development.
  • Assisting with curation of the Law School History Archives.
  • Creating and managing the library’s outreach programs, including the library’s Stressbuster and Student Wellness programming and incoming law student orientation.
  • Administering all aspects of the Law Library emergency plan.
  • Overseeing MyLaw (the Law School’s internal information and communication portal) and providing the Law School community with direct MyLaw training and support.
  • Creating and distributing all AIS marketing and outreach content, including print materials and social media posts.
  • Reviewing and updating the library’s public website

The ideal candidate will possess enthusiasm for and commitment to exploring and assessing ways to improve and expand services and procedures; demonstrated ability to implement new programs; analytical skills to critically assess their effectiveness; and the flexibility to adapt them as needed.

The successful candidate will be committed to promoting and enhancing diversity through engagement with and promotion of the [UCLA Principles of Community](;

Basic Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library or Information Science required at the time of hire; OR Master’s degree (or other advanced degree) in Information Sciences or related field at the time of hire and work experience in a library setting;
  • Minimum five years’ experience working in an academic and/or law library;
  • Experience providing basic reference service and in using online databases, library catalogs, etc.;
  • In-depth knowledge of typical circulation policies, procedures and best practices in an academic/law library setting;
  • Minimum five years’ experience working in a library access services or circulation department;
  • Demonstrated commitment to service for students, staff, and faculty and willingness to actively collaborate with colleagues in the Library, Law School, and across the campus community;
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills in order to communicate effectively and confidently with colleagues, faculty, students, and staff;
  • Strong customer service skills;
  • Creativity and strong analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Demonstrated departmental management and staff supervisory skills;
  • Demonstrated organizational and project management skills;
  • Basic knowledge of HTML and website updating;
  • Ability to quickly learn and apply new technical skills;
  • Experience with databases and spreadsheet programs (such as Access and Excel);
  • Experience with formal and informal presentations to faculty, staff, and students;
  • Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively both as a team member and independently and to promote teamwork among colleagues.
  • Firm commitment to law librarianship and to a high level of service for faculty and students in a demanding academic environment.

Applicants with all the above basic qualifications or professional experiences are strongly encouraged to apply.

General Information

Professional librarians at UCLA are academic appointees. Librarians at UCLA are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, University Council – American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). This is a represented position. They are entitled to appropriate professional leave, two days per month of vacation leave, one day per month of sick leave, and all other benefits granted to non-faculty academic personnel. The University has an excellent retirement system and sponsors a variety of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans in addition to other benefits. Relocation assistance may be provided.

Appointees to the librarian series at UC shall have professional backgrounds that demonstrate a high degree of creativity, teamwork, and flexibility. Such background will normally include a professional degree from an ALA-accredited library and information science graduate program. In addition to professional competence and quality of service within the library in the primary job, advancement in the librarian series requires professional involvement and contributions outside of the library, and/or university and community service, and/or scholarly activities. Candidates must show evidence or promise of such contributions.

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.

Application Procedures

Anyone wishing to be considered for this position should apply here:

Applications must include:

  • a cover letter describing qualifications and experience;
  • a current resume/vitae detailing education and relevant experience;
  • the names and contact information for three professional references, including a current or previous supervisor; and
  • a Statement of Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) – Equity, diversity, and inclusion are key components of The University of California’s commitment to excellence. Thus, teaching, research, professional, and public service contributions that promote equity, diversity, and inclusion are encouraged and given due recognition in the evaluation of each candidate’s qualifications. Please provide an EDI statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing marginalized communities, and your awareness of and commitment to promoting an inclusionary library and campus environment. Describe your past, and/or future contributions to equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism.

Candidates are invited to review the following:

UCLA welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applications and nominations from women and minorities. UCLA seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

Description of Unit

The UCLA School of Law has approximately 1,100 law students, 100 full- and part-time faculty, and more than 150 law school staff. The School has a varied and demanding curriculum, highly productive faculty, an extensive clinical and externship program, more than a dozen research centers and programs, and 15 law journals. The Law Library also supplies legal resources for other UCLA faculty, students, and staff with a need for such materials. Use of the Law Library is also made by members of the UCLA community and members of the bench and bar.

The Law Library serves the Law School faculty and students as their basic library and study resource for instruction and research. The Law Library also supplies legal resources for other UCLA faculty, students, and staff. The Law Library is one of the larger professional school libraries on campus and has 18 librarians and 13 staff members. Its annual budget is approximately $6 million. The library offers users an impressive print collection and a vast array of electronic resources and databases. The administration of the Law Library is headed by the Director of the Law Library, who reports to the Dean of the School of Law. The day-to-day functions of the library are divided into five sections, each headed by a Director: Access and Information Services; Bibliographic Services and Collection Management; Empirical Research Group; Research Assistant Program; and Reference and Research Services. The library also hires a large number of law students as research assistants who are assigned to work on various projects for faculty, as well as numerous other student employees throughout the library. The Law Library has a beautiful facility that opened in the fall of 1998.

Description of Institution and 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 30,000 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 enable 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 and today leads the way in collecting archival resources in digital format such as emails and 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.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are core values of the University of California and key components of the University’s commitment to excellence. 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. For the complete University of California policy on discrimination, harassment, and affirmative action see: [University of California – Policy Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace] (

Under federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally authorized to work in the United States as established by providing documents specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Employment is contingent upon completion of satisfactory background investigation.

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