Economics and Business Librarian

Posted to IASSIST on: 2017-01-31

Employer: University of California, Santa Barbara

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The UC Santa Barbara Library seeks a collaborative, dynamic, service-oriented librarian to foster excellence in scholarship and teaching by facilitating access to scholarly information resources in economics and business. The successful candidate will actively engage and build relationships with campus scholarly communities in the assigned areas, serving as an expert resource to support traditional and emerging research practices and curricular development. The effective date of the position is the 2016-17 academic year.


Reporting to the Head of Reference Services, the Economics and Business Librarian enhances research, teaching, and learning by shaping the library’s research collections in economics, business, and related interdisciplinary areas; contributes to the library’s general reference services and instructional programs; provides specialized instructional sessions and research services for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates in the assigned areas, including consultation on scholarly communication issues and new methodologies and practices in digital scholarship; works collaboratively with the library’s data services team including curators and librarians to support evolving needs of relevant user communities in conducting data-intensive research; advocates, promotes, and contributes to the library’s new services in digital scholarship; contributes to area-specific consortial activities of the UC Libraries; and builds and sustains trusted relationships with key campus constituencies to further the library’s strategic goals and advance the research, teaching and service mission of the university.

The Economics and Business Librarian has responsibility for all aspects of collection management and development for economics and business resources. Collection development and access responsibilities include selection, assessment, and life-cycle management of scholarly information resources that support scholarship and teaching. Through responsible stewardship of collection funds allocated to the assigned areas, the incumbent ensures maximum effectiveness of the library’s investment in collections in order to provide the greatest value for successful research and learning outcomes. Recognizing the unique strength of interdisciplinary scholarship on the UC Santa Barbara campus, the incumbent works collaboratively with subject librarians in related areas to develop scholarly collections and provide access to resources that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries and support new fields of inquiry. The Economics and Business librarian serves as an engaged, knowledgeable and collaborative liaison to faculty and students in Economics, Technology Management Program, and Writing Program.

The Economics and Business Librarian works individually and as part of the Reference Services and Instruction teams to contribute to creative and innovative approaches to advancing the Library’s services; participates in scheduled multi-disciplinary reference desk service, online chat reference for the UC cooperative, data discovery services, research consultation and instruction in assigned disciplines, and outreach activities; includes some evening assignments; participates in an active instructional program, including teaching a credit-bearing library research class; develops and delivers presentations to specialized classes and provides individualized assistance to students and faculty in economics, business, technology management, and related disciplines; and designs and maintains online guides to specialized library resources.


  • ALA-accredited Master’s in Library or Information Science
  • Academic background and/or knowledge of economics or business demonstrated through undergraduate, or advanced degree, coursework, or work experience
  • Demonstrated experience in reference and library instruction


  • Demonstrated understanding of current and emerging trends in economics and business research and scholarship
  • Demonstrated understanding of instructional design concepts, practices, and tools in an academic library setting
  • A strong commitment to excellence in public service and the ability to work effectively in a collaborative and culturally diverse environment
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills


  • Advanced degree in economics or business
  • Two years of experience in an academic library
  • Experience working with quantitative data in a research environment
  • Demonstrated knowledge of scholarly communication and publishing issues
  • Experience conducting or supporting digital scholarship or data-intensive research

Archived on: 2017-02-16