University of California, Berkeley

The Library

Slavic and East European Studies Librarian and
Head of Collection Exchange Program
Doe/Moffitt Libraries

Hiring range: Associate Librarian I - Associate Librarian VI
$49,464 - $66,492, based upon qualifications
This is a full-time appointment available starting February 2012.

The University of California, Berkeley seeks a collaborative, service-oriented librarian to lead the Library's research and teaching initiatives supporting Slavic and East European Studies, and to manage the Library's collection exchange program.

The Slavic and East European Studies Librarian has primary responsibility for enhancing the collections and user-centered services in support of research, teaching, and scholarship related to countries of the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Cultivating and sustaining strong connections with faculty and students associated with key academic departments and centers - mainly the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Institute for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies - is critical to understanding and meeting the research and curricular needs for these scholars. The librarian provides research consultations for faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students in the required languages and subject areas; develops guides and web pages to facilitate user access to resources; offers orientations and instructional seminars; and contributes to reference services for the humanities and social sciences in the Doe/Moffitt Libraries.

The Slavic and East European Studies Librarian selects materials in all formats that are appropriate to the research and teaching needs of the UC Berkeley campus, and that are published in the countries of the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Materials are acquired through firm orders and approval plans with multiple vendors as well as through a well-developed exchange program. In order to effectively enhance access to the collection of print and digital materials and identify which materials should be shelved off-campus, the librarian works collaboratively with other campus colleagues specializing in international documents, social sciences, humanities, and area studies. Collection development is coordinated through a number of consortial agreements with libraries in the University of California system, Stanford University, and the Pacific Coast Slavic and East European Consortium (PAC SLAV). The Slavic and East European Studies 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. On a limited basis, the librarian may select appropriate Slavic materials for the library at UC Santa Barbara.

Working closely with staff in the Acquisitions Department, as Head of the Collection Exchange Program this librarian is responsible for managing and assessing the Library's exchange program with partner libraries, academies, and institutions. The Library's Exchange Program provides Berkeley with significant publications not otherwise easily acquired. Exchange arrangements currently exist with partners in many countries, the large majority of which are in Russia and other countries of Eastern Europe.

UC Berkeley librarians are expected to participate in library-wide planning and governance, to work effectively in a shared decision-making environment and to be active professionally. Professional contributions beyond the primary responsibilities are required for advancement in the Librarian series. The successful candidate will show evidence or promise of such contributions.

The Environment

The UC Berkeley Library is an internationally renowned research and teaching facility at one of the nation's premiere public universities. In a highly diverse and intellectually rich environment, Berkeley serves a campus community of 25,500 undergraduate students, 10,300 graduate students, and 2,000 faculty. The Library comprises 20 libraries, including the Doe/Moffitt Libraries, collectively offering extensive collections in all formats and robust services to connect users with those collections and build their related research skills. Through cooperative collection agreements and creative partnerships with other research libraries and foreign countries, the Library continues to explore new roles and approaches for research libraries. The Doe/Moffitt Libraries bring special focus to the humanities, social sciences, international and area studies and undergraduate services and the intersections between them. Discover more about the Library via our web sites: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu and http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/doemoff.




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.

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

Librarians 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.


Consideration will be given to applications received by December 16, 2011

Applicants are encouraged to submit applications by e-mail. Applications should include a letter addressing the candidate's qualifications; a full resume of their education and relevant experience; and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references who are knowledgeable about their qualifications for this position.

Send applications to:

Susan E. Wong
Director, Library Human Resources
Library Human Resources Department
110 Doe Library
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
(510) 642-3778

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer


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