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Graduate Student Researcher – Library / UC Merced Community and Labor Center Reading Room (UC Merced internal applicants only)

Position overview

Position title: Graduate Student Researcher – Library / UC Merced Community and Labor Center Reading Room
Salary range: See Table 22 for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimate for this position $33.54/hour.
Percent time: Up to 50%
Anticipated start: Summer Session, June 2024
Position duration: Summer Term

Application Window

Open date: March 11, 2024

Most recent review date: Thursday, Apr 25, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Monday, Jun 24, 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.

Position description

The Library is hiring a Graduate Student Researcher to compile a reading list for a proposed reading room at the Community & Labor Center (CLC). The successful candidate will work with librarians to create an annotated bibliography of at least 125 publicly accessible materials and will make recommendations for best practices regarding their use in consultation with librarians and the CLC.

Project Deliverables:

  • An annotated bibliography for publication of (at minimum) 125 items of publicly accessible materials relevant to the intended audience of a future Community & Labor Center (CLC) community reading room

  • Make recommendations for best practices in consultation with librarians and the CLC on collection management and aspects of managing related resources, as needed

  • A recommendation for a subset of these materials that should be included in the UC Merced Library’s collection

Task Type:

  • data-gathering and synthesis / evaluation of materials;

  • identifying and researching resources;

  • helping to produce content for research dissemination;

  • other / related tasks

Work Location: Remote or In-person

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Basic qualifications
  • Graduate student at UC Merced with an interest in local issues surrounding community action on labor

  • Ability to carry out research on a topic directed by a librarian.

  • Ability to manage reference data and summarize resources, e.g., using a spreadsheet or citation manager software

  • Ability to describe and synthesize potential materials for inclusion in the bibliography, including adding metadata and annotations

  • Strong interest in enriching the UC Merced community through selecting high quality sources

  • Ability to meet at least weekly either in-person or via Zoom

  • Ability to meet deadlines and work independently

Preferred qualifications
  • Ability to read and process materials in non-English languages (E.g. Spanish, Hmong, Portuguese, Indigenous languages from Mexico and Central America)

  • Previous work with community organizing or advocacy work

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Resume - Your most recently updated Resume

  • Cover Letter - No more than 1 page introducing yourself and telling us why you are interested in this position

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - (No more than 500 words) Statement on your contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion. Please review the UC Merced Diversity Statement Guidelines and UC’s Commitment to Diversity

  • Writing / Research Sample - Please provide 1-2 pages that demonstrate your writing and research ability (could be a paper for a class, etc)

Reference requirements
  • 2-3 required (contact information only)

Please include at least 1 professional and 1 personal reference.

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About UC Merced

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With over 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced is committed to interdisciplinary excellence in research and teaching as well as to diversity, equity and inclusion. Ranked as one of the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (

The University of California, Merced is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements. This includes the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs:

Job location

Merced, CA