Research & Engagement Librarian in Humanities & Social Sciences


Position title: Research & Engagement Librarian in Humanities & Social Sciences

Salary range: Please see Table 26B for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimate for this position is $61,920-$149,167.

Percent time: 100%

Anticipated start: October 1, 2024 or later

Position duration: Potential Career Status


Open date: April 19, 2024

Next review date: Thursday, May 30, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Oct 18, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The University of California, Santa Barbara, is one of ten campuses that comprise the University of California system. It is a member of the Association of American Universities and the Association of Research Libraries.

The University of California, Santa Barbara Library, seeks an innovative, strategic, forward-thinking professional for an exciting opportunity to serve as a Research & Engagement Librarian in Humanities & Social Sciences. Reporting to the Director of Research & Engagement, the position will be a member of the Research & Engagement department and part of the Subject Librarian Program.

The incumbent will proactively promote and provide research services, course-integrated information literacy instruction, and instructional workshops in multiple modalities to faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students in the Humanities and Social Science departments assigned to this position.

Together with colleagues across the Library, the Research & Engagement Librarian will be actively involved in envisioning and shaping new approaches to how the Library supports open research principles, tools, and practices in the Humanities & Social Sciences disciplines at UCSB. They will facilitate open research on campus by identifying strategic opportunities to maximize scholarly impact and support the visibility and discoverability of research at UCSB. Emphasis will be on supporting humanities and social science scholars with research information management, bibliometrics, persistent identifiers (e.g. ORCID and ROR IDs), digital scholarship, open access publishing, and open data.

As a member of the Research & Engagement team, the incumbent will identify and assess structural and programmatic opportunities across campus and research lifecycles. They will be actively involved in the strategic architecting of the Research & Engagement department and the Subject Librarian Program, and in the innovative transformation of services to meet the emerging needs of campus in an ever-evolving research and learning landscape.

This position is eligible for a flexible work arrangement that includes a combination of onsite and remote work.

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Salary information can be found at Librarians at the University of California, Santa Barbara, are professional academic appointees who accrue vacation at the rate of two days per month and sick leave at the rate of one day per month. The University has excellent retirement plans and a selection of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans. Benefits information can be found at

The incumbent will be a member of the LX Collective Bargaining Unit represented by the American Federation of Teachers. Additional information can be found at

Appointment or continued employment is contingent on successful completion of a background check.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service as appropriate to the position.

Under the direction of the Director of Research & Engagement, the Research & Engagement Librarian in Humanities & Social Sciences:

  • Proactively promotes and provides research support services to faculty and students in assigned Humanities & Social Sciences departments
  • Designs and teaches course-integrated library instruction, with an emphasis on open research tools and practices. Works with assigned academic departments to incorporate sustainable and scalable instruction into the curriculum
  • Collaborates with colleagues in other Library departments (Research Data Services, DREAM Lab, Collection Strategies) to identify open research structural and programmatic, service, and project opportunities across campus to support evolving needs in conducting digital scholarship
  • In collaboration with librarians across the Library, strategizes and coordinates efforts to increase ORCID adoptions and integrations in the humanities and social sciences
  • Actively collaborates with the Research & Engagement team to anticipate opportunities on campus and research lifecycles, to be able to design, implement, and assess strategies, services, and programs
  • Follows developments in open research and scholarship in the digital tools used in humanities and social sciences, shares trends and patterns, coordinates learning opportunities, and provides expertise to the Subject Librarian Program
  • Participates in professional development activities as appropriate to meet both individual and departmental goals and objectives


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Master’s degree in library/information science (ALA-accreditation) OR another relevant advanced degree

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Excellent written communication skills as evidenced by submitted materials including the CV, Cover Letter, and optional statement of contributions to diversity

Demonstrated knowledge of open research principles, tools, practices, and trends

Preferred qualifications

At least two years of relevant experience in an academic research environment or related setting

Strong skills in innovative and strategic thinking

Experience identifying and initiating programmatic opportunities and initiatives

Strong advocacy and promotion skills demonstrated by experience working effectively across organizational boundaries and with diverse stakeholder groups

Experience with project management, process improvement approaches (e.g. Lean Six Sigma)

Experience with digital identifiers (e.g. ORCID), scholarly communications, bibliometric data sources (e.g. Web of Science, Google Scholar) and researcher identification and profiling systems and tools and their issues

Familiarity with data management practices and tools in digital humanities and social sciences

Strong assessment and data analysis skills; proven ability to gather, assess, interpret, and present quantitative and qualitative data for varied audiences

Demonstrated organizational skills sufficient to balance multiple priorities, deadlines, and changing project parameters

Experience providing research support and instructional services

Aptitude for learning and adapting emerging technologies

Ability to work effectively in a collaborative and culturally diverse environment


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

Reference requirements

  • 2-3 required (contact information only)

References will be contacted for the finalist.

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As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs, as may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.


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