E-Research and Digital Scholarship Services Librarian

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Created: November 11, 2014


The University of California, Irvine Libraries seeks a collaborative, creative, proactive, and user-oriented professional for the position E-Research and Digital Scholarship Services (ERDS) Librarian to develop the Libraries' role in the research and publication lifecycle of digital resources. Reporting to the Head of the Collection Development Department, the incumbent will serve as Head of the E-Research and Digital Scholarship Services Unit and will be a member of the Collection Development Department.

The E-Research and Digital Scholarship Services Unit is being formed within the Collection Development Department to capitalize on digital services offered locally and throughout the UC system to assist in the research, publication, and teaching missions of the University. The Unit will perform outreach, advertise, educate, and collaborate with faculty and researchers directly, and through the assistance and education of subject liaisons across all library departments.

Services include but are not limited to:
  • Consultation for grant requirements related to data management, data sharing, and publication
  • Consultation regarding UC's open access policy
  • Assistance in data curation
  • Assistance with linked data
  • Educating faculty, researchers, and librarians about impact metrics
  • Providing digital preservation and migration services
  • Providing and/or training researchers on metadata enhancement
  • The unit will be involved in project management, workflow development, and provision of ongoing digital services for the scholarly community of UC Irvine and the UCI Libraries.

Duties and Responsibilities

The ERDS Librarian will manage all aspects of the Unit, from strategic planning to daily operations, effectively coordinating staff and technology resources, and working with subject specialists, IT professionals, and public relations staff. The ERDS Librarian will supervise a metadata librarian and a programmer analyst, and there is a likelihood that the unit will expand.

Serving as an advisor to library management, the ERDS Librarian will interact extensively with other campus units and library departments on issues related to digital research, outreach, and publishing. The ERDS Librarian will work with faculty, researchers, librarians, and archivists to promote and support digital publishing and open access, and will encourage experimentation and risk-taking in digital scholarship projects as part of professional growth and innovative services.

The ERDS Librarian will act as a resource within the Libraries for digital services and projects, and will educate librarians and staff about available digital and data services. The ERDS Librarian will build awareness of and support for the management and preservation of digital publications and related materials including research data.

The ERDS Librarian will monitor data-related developments on campus and within the UC system, including the California Digital Library, and will explore ways that the Libraries can best leverage digital collections, local resources such as the UCI repository, UCIspace, and staff expertise to support faculty, researchers, and students in their own research and scholarly activities. The ERDS Librarian will explore and develop new services in the areas of e-research and digital scholarship. In addition, the ERDS Librarian will look for grant opportunities to develop services and expertise in the areas of digital services, data, and e-research.


  • Graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution or an equivalent combination of relevant advanced degree and library experience.
  • Computer science, research data management, digital archives, or GIS background.
  • Experience planning and managing projects and project teams.
  • Experience working with faculty, researchers, librarians, and/or archivists.
  • Experience writing, managing, implementing, or contributing to grant proposals.
  • Commitment to user-centered library services.
  • Knowledge of emerging trends in digital scholarship, including scholarly publishing, open access, and data sharing.
  • Experience working with repositories or data management programs.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills.
  • Ability to think strategically and articulate the evolving role of academic libraries to a diverse audience.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and in a team within a dynamically changing environment where consultation, flexibility and cooperation are essential.
  • Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively and to promote teamwork, diversity, equality, and inclusiveness within UCI Libraries and the campus.
  • Ability to meet the University of California criteria for advancement and promotion.
  • Knowledge of emerging trends in digital scholarship.
  • Understanding of the mission of a research university and the mission and functions of a large research library.
  • Experience managing a unit and supervising staff.
  • Knowledge of current issues and trends in intellectual property, copyright, and fair use.
  • Familiarity with the mobile and web-based technologies used in social media and ability to learn new technologies quickly.
  • Evidence of continuing achievement in professional development, particularly at a national level, that will enhance the candidate’s value to the Libraries, the University, the profession, or the scholarly community.
  • Ability to articulate the value of digital library collections and digital repositories in a teaching and research environment.
  • Strong public speaking skills in an academic setting.

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