UCLA Library within the top 10 research libraries in North America. That
supports the chancellor’s goal of sustaining a major public research university.
Without a library to support his vision, the disciplines, degrees, colleges, schools,
and programs of UCLA will not be able to succeed. So our whole approach at
academic and administrative restructuring is focused toward that end.
Restructuring’s Implications
for Library Staffing
Given this background, what has restructuring meant for staffing and what will
library staff look like in the future? We are already seeing some of the realities
and have taken steps to address the challenge as we can best define them.
Define and Recruit Key Leadership Positions
By tightening senior leadership positions we have moved to bring talent into
the library that can guide us into the future. By redefining mid-management
positions into positions of leadership we hope to strengthen our contribution
to the campus. Traditionally, these positions also managed facilities and staffing;
I want them to concentrate more on program and scholarly support. I want
librarians to do “library work” not staff security desks or reshelve books, though
these are important and necessary tasks. I want librarians who think like our
users, both students and faculty, and who can relate to the social technologies
and networking that define these audiences. I want librarians who engage with
our users to build collections and define our programs. We support their
development with training and other tools, many sponsored by ARL and other
entities (UCLA Senior Fellows, ARL Research Library Leadership Fellows, Frye
Leadership Institute, ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute, etc.).
Explore Alternative Recruitment Tracks
for Academic Appointments
We aggressively recruit and hire newly minted MLIS students, but this pool is
shrinking. Their expertise is one of the best returns on investment that the
campus can make. As a participant in the Council on Library and Information
Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellowships in Academic Libraries,5
we have had
new talent coming into the library over the past five years. Some of these fellows
move into staff positions; in fact, our new head of Collections, Research, and
Instructional Services at the Charles E. Young Research Library is a CLIR post-
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