Assistant Professor of Information Studies

Los Angeles, California
17 Oct 2019
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16 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Information Studies - Specializing in Library Studies

The Department of Information Studies of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (GSE&IS) at UCLA invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor of information studies specializing in Library Studies (LS). The Department of Information Studies’ LS specialization focuses on the role of libraries and the profession of librarianship, and stresses the core values of the profession: access, confidentiality and privacy, democracy, education and lifelong learning, intellectual freedom, preservation, professionalism, the public good, service, and social responsibility. The successful applicant will have research and teaching interests in information studies that relate to any aspect of librarianship.

These interests might include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • libraries in the Information Age, including their roles in the political, cultural, and information economies;
  • children and youth services, such as literacy and learning;
  • libraries’ various social contexts and civic commitments, including digital inclusion, intellectual freedom, and critical information literacies and pedagogies;
  • libraries' engagements with diverse communities, particularly the underserved;
  • the cultural stewardship of, and access to, non-traditional collections and materials;
  • the management of libraries, including evaluation and outcomes assessment; 
  • issues of professionalization in librarianship, including ethics, cultural competence, and diversity. 

GSE&IS is one of the top-ranked schools in the U.S., a founding member of the iSchool Caucus, and supports internationally recognized research centers such as the Center for Information as Evidence, the Center for Knowledge Infrastructures, and the newly created UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry. 

Within the school, the Department of Information Studies is an innovative, interdisciplinary locus for theory and research in information studies, where library studies is situated within a broader landscape that includes archival, community, and museum informatics, cultural preservation, data science and curatorship, information ethics and policy, new media and Internet studies, and textual and visual studies, among other areas. The Department’s faculty is among the most productive and highly-cited in the field, and at UCLA, has close ties with the Center for Digital Humanities, the Digital Library Program, the Ethnomusicology Archive, the Film & Television Archive, the Institute for Digital Research and Education, and Library Special Collections, among other units. The Department also has strong connections to local-area libraries, archives, and museums, which host students for internships and fieldwork. 

The Department offers the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree with specializations in archival studies, informatics, library studies, media archival studies, and rare books / print and visual culture. The Department also offers the Ph.D. in Information Studies, and a growing undergraduate program. For more information on degrees and courses offered by the department, visit  

The School and the Department have strong commitments to the rich and varied multicultural communities of the Southern California region, and a reputation for merging research and practice in statewide, national, and international outreach and service. We seek a scholar who will make the most of Los Angeles’ unique advantages as a setting for research that links information studies to public engagement, and for creating international connections, especially with the Pacific Rim and Latin America. We particularly encourage applications from those whose research and teaching address the practices, perspectives, and needs of diverse populations.

Starting date: July 1, 2020. (Teaching duties begin late September 2020.) This position is contingent upon final budgetary approval.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in Information Studies or related field is required by date of hire. A terminal degree in other relevant fields will also be considered. Candidates should demonstrate a strong record of (or potential for) scholarly publication and/or creative work; a well-developed agenda for continuing research, scholarship, and/or creative work; university-level teaching experience or potential for teaching excellence; and the ability to engage with external audiences to advance research and teaching, including the possibility of seeking extramural funding.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. UCLA also has an attractive benefits package.

To apply: Please apply online at

For informal inquiries, please contact the Search Committee Chair, Jonathan Furner or the Departmental Chair, Jean-François Blanchette

Application deadline: Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2019. To ensure full consideration, applications should be complete and letters of recommendation received by this date. The position will remain open until filled, but not later than June 30, 2020.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy at