Associate University Librarian for User Services and Associate Dean of Libraries (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois)

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Created: April 29, 2015


The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks an innovative, flexible, and forward-thinking leader for the position of Associate University Librarian (AUL) for User Services.

The expected start date is August 16. This is a 100%, twelve-month, tenure-system appointment.

The Associate University Librarian (AUL) for User Services provides leadership within the Library, working collaboratively across campus, with the local community, and with national and international partners to create and support traditional and cutting edge services designed to meet the current and emergent needs of students, faculty, and staff.

In collaboration with the Dean and the AUL for Collections and Technical Services, the AUL for Research, the Assistant Deans, and other groups in the Library (e.g. the Budget Group, Executive Committee, etc.), this position shares in Library-wide planning, policy development, resource allocation, and personnel management; contributes to the development of strategic initiatives; and plays a key role in developing a shared vision for the Library’s future. The AULs are also expected to play a leadership role in promoting teamwork, diversity, and inclusiveness within the UIUC Library and with campus partners. In addition, AULs serve as the Library’s representatives and advocates to relevant campus, consortial, or multi-institutional groups. All faculty at the University of Illinois Library maintain a strong agenda in research, scholarly publication, and professional service activities in areas appropriate for academic librarianship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Additionally, the individual in this position promotes the development of evidence-based research and establishes priorities that advance the Library’s broader goal of being a user-focused Library capable of serving the needs of faculty, scholars and students.

Program Responsibilities:
The Associate University Librarian (AUL) for User Services and Associate Dean of Libraries reports to the Dean of Libraries and develops and leads the Library’s overall vision for programs that support teaching, learning, and user-facing services. Specifically, the AUL for Services will be responsible for providing leadership (in collaboration with other AULS) for programs, initiatives, and activities in the following areas:
  • Access Services
  • Accessibility for users with disabilities
  • Assessment
  • Delivery & discovery services
  • Information literacy and instruction services
  • Public service programs and policies
  • Outreach and public engagement
  • Reference services
  • Staff training and development
  • User experience
Environment: The University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign is one of the preeminent research libraries in the world. With more than 13 million volumes and significant digital resources, it ranks second in size among academic research libraries in the United States and first among public university libraries in the world. As the intellectual heart of the campus, the Library is committed to maintaining the strongest possible collections and services and engaging in research and development activities in pursuit of the University’s mission of teaching, scholarship, and public service. The Library currently employs approximately 78 faculty and 300 academic professionals, staff, and graduate assistants. For more detailed information, please visit


Published: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 17:41 UTC

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