Librarian, UCLA Bunche Center

By April 16, 2021

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The Ralph J. Bunche Center is an Organized Research Unit (ORU) within the University of California, Los Angeles. The Library and Media Center (LMC) supports the mission of the Bunche Center by supporting research that expands knowledge of African American history and culture and investigates problems that affect people of African descent. The LMC is one of several affiliated libraries at UCLA. Affiliated status allows the Bunche Library and Media Center to independently manage collections and services for its core constituency.

The LMC collection has over 8,000 monograph, serial, archival and audio visual materials on African, African American, and Caribbean history and culture. The book collection includes monographs, series and reference materials, and is supplemented with subscriptions to academic journals, popular magazines, and African American newspapers. The audio/visual collection consists of audiocassette tapes, VHS tapes and DVD’s. Its content includes classic movies, documentaries, campus events, and music. Archive collections in the Bunche LMC include vertical files, personal papers, and records. The librarian builds the Bunche LMC collection with funds allocated to the unit for that purpose, and accepts donated monographs, special publisher sets, and reference series that might otherwise be cost prohibitive or scarce. This non-circulating, specialized collection is focused on materials relevant to the study of African American history and Black life in the diaspora and both augments and is augmented by collections in other UCLA libraries. Electronic records for the collection reside in the UCLA Library’s online library catalog.

Job Responsibilities

Reporting to and under the general direction of the Director of the Bunche Center, the Bunche Librarian is responsible for the development of policies, procedures, planning and operations of the Bunche Center Library, including public and technical services, collection management and preservation. In public services, the Librarian provides reference, instructional and bibliographic assistance to students, faculty and staff associated with the Bunche Center and UCLA and to community members at large, and includes such activities as tours, lectures, orientations, and the creation and maintenance of the content of Bunche Library web pages. The Librarian selects and coordinates the purchase of materials for the Bunche Library so as to where possible augment the holdings in other UCLA collections while at the same time maintaining and improving the quality of the Bunche Library collection as a specialized resource. The Librarian catalogs materials for the Library using modified Library of Congress Subject Headings and classifications and performs all aspects of technical processing of materials. The Librarian administers a program to preserve the various resources within the collection.

The Bunche Librarian is the main interface for the Bunche Library with respect to faculty, students, visiting scholars, the general public, and donors. These relationships are fundamental to the position. The Librarian attends conferences, workshops, and pursues other necessary activities in order to maintain current awareness and develop skills in librarianship. To maintain current awareness and build knowledge in African and African American Studies the Librarian pursues a reading plan relevant to this purpose.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Maintain awareness of changes and trends within relevant disciplines and campus programs.
  • Effectively supervises, supports, and coordinates with library staff and students to complete goals and benchmarks for library, archive, and digital projects.
  • Maintains and builds library holdings and archival collections to support research and teaching in African American Studies and the African diaspora.
  • Provides reference and research assistance to library patrons.
  • Collaborates with faculty to provide library instruction and digital resources for the curriculum as requested.
  • In cooperation with the UCLA Library Metadata Services and UCLA Library Special Collections, creates, updates, and maintains catalog records within the UC system-wide integrated library system (SILS).
  • Maintains membership in and participation in professional organizations.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to professional issues, in part through research, publication, conferences, and local or national committee work.
  • Coordinates with Bunche Center staff on special projects and events.
  • Represents the Bunche Center and its mission both on and off-campus, including within public and professional settings, and through the development and maintenance of project- and program-based collaborations.
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