Reference, Instruction, and Data Librarian

Posted to IASSIST on: 2008-08-05

Employer: University of California, Berkeley

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The UC Berkeley Library is an internationally renowned research and teaching facility at one of the nation’s premiere public universities that serves 23,000 undergraduates, 9,000 graduate students, and 1,500 faculty. Current collections include approximately 10 million volumes and 56,000 current serial titles. Library facilities on the Berkeley campus include the Doe/Moffitt Libraries, The Bancroft Library, the East Asian Library and more than 20 additional libraries that serve specific subject areas and the professional schools. The Library is a member of the Center for Research Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries, Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), and the Research Libraries Group, and is an active participant in the California Digital Library. The Library has a current operations budget of $58 million and a current collections budget of $22 million, and employs nearly 400 full-time staff and more than 600 part-time students.

The Thomas J. Long Business & Economics Library is one of over 20 subject specialty libraries on the Berkeley campus. The Long Library is located in the Haas School of Business, but reports to the University Library. Its mission is to the serve the information needs of the over 2,000 students, faculty, and staff in the Haas School as well as other campus departments needing business resources. The Long Library has over 160,000 print volumes, 1.4 million microforms, and thousands of serials in electronic and print formats. A large selection of electronic databases support the digital emphasis of the library. The staff consists of 2.5 librarians, 2.8 library assistants, and 10-12 student library employees. More information about the Long Library is available at

  • Serves as the lead reference and instruction librarian. Works closely with the one-half time Evening and Weekend MBA Librarian on teaching and reference services.
  • Provides reference assistance at least 10-hours per week.
  • Plans and executes course-related and informal instructional opportunities for students in the Haas School and other campus academic programs needing business information.
  • Provides specialized research consultation and instruction to students and faculty.
  • Works closely with other library instructional staff in the Library to
    • Facilitate online library-related learning for Berkeley’s diverse population through a variety of media;
    • Design, develop, promote, and assess the effectiveness of curricular materials, tutorials and other learning objects;
    • Provide technology training to colleagues;
    • Investigate and experiment with emerging technologies that strengthen online instructional efforts in support of the curriculum.
  • Provides orientations, tours, lectures and develops web-based instructional and informational tools. Integrates library resources and services into the campus learning management systems, bSpace.
  • Serves as the unit’s data specialist and works closely with Haas computing staff to offer faculty and students access to specialized numerical databases (WRDS, SDC, Datastream, Eventus, Yieldbook, etc.) Works closely with other data specialists in the Library to select and make available numerical resources of broader interest in the social sciences. Partners with them on training strategies and opportunities for students and faculty. Provides guidance to the CDL on current and future directions for systemwide data acquisition.
  • Provides training and updates on basic reference skills for two library assistants.
  • Assists the unit manager in evaluating and selecting digital resources for the collection.
  • Participates in the University of California’s business and economics bibliographer’s group with librarians from 9 other campuses.
  • Serves on a variety of University Library committees and task forces providing advice to the library administration.


  • MLS from an ALA-accredited institution, or equivalent degree. (Candidates must complete work toward an MLS or its equivalent and be in receipt of the degree before they can achieve career status).
  • 3-5 years professional librarian experience in public services in an academic or research library setting.
  • Demonstrated aptitude for teaching and developing user-oriented training and informational resources.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of print and electronic reference and bibliographic tools in business and economics
  • Previous experience with searching and assisting students and faculty with numerical data resources such as WRDS, SDC, Datastream, Bloomberg, etc. Development of self-instructional tools for learning and manipulating business data is essential.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, organizational and analytic skills.
  • Ability to work creatively, collaboratively and effectively both as a team member and independently.
  • Subject expertise, or previous reference experience, with business and economic resources in a research library setting.
  • Interest in and ability to forecast and plan for change in services to business school students and faculty.
  • Experience with a wide-variety of standard office and academic software packages.   Knowledge of HTML and other web page development skills.


  • Demonstrated successful experience in library instructional programs and/or development of training materials.
  • Experience with integrating new technologies into the delivery of information services.
  • Record of active participation in the field of business librarianship through publishing, leadership of organizations, conference presentations, etc.
  • Previous successful experience working with business school computing services staff.

Archived on: 2008-06-13