Information Sciences Librarian - Assistant (or Associate) Professor
Information Sciences Librarian
Assistant (or Associate) Professor, University Library
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Position Description: The Information Sciences Librarian provides collection development,
reference and information services, liaison services to the School of Information Sciences,
graduate assistant training, research support services, and collaboration and innovation
services. The position works in partnership with programs across campus that support
information management, information sciences, related data sciences, informatics and
bioinformatics, engaging in online and in-person services to advance those programs.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Statement: The University Library of the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign values diversity of thought, perspective,
experience, and people, and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. We
are dedicated to the practices of social justice, diversity, and equality, and we strive to
overcome historical and divisive biases in our society and embrace diverse points of view
as assets to the fabric of our community. All positions will be called on to contribute to
building this environment in the Library and throughout the campus community, and we
encourage candidates who share these values to apply. Additional information can be found
on the Library's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) webpage: https://www.library.illinois.edu/geninfo/deia/ .
Responsibilities: Reporting to the Head of the Social Sciences, Health, and Education
Library (SSHEL), the Information Sciences Librarian will provide subject expertise for the
interdisciplinary fields of Library & Information Science (LIS) and Information Management,
focusing on the learning, research, and collection needs of the students and faculty of the
School of Information Sciences (iSchool), its partner programs, and the faculty and
academic professionals of the University Library. The iSchool program grew from 742 to
1,629 students in the past five years, with new degree programs for undergraduates in
Information Sciences and in the Information Sciences + Data Science(IS+DS). The latter
degree program is a collaboration between the iSchool, the Gies College of Business, the
Computer Science Department in Grainger Engineering College, and the Statistics Department
in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. A graduate degree program in Bioinformatics
provides opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and support through University
Library services. The iSchool's popular dual degree programs in law, history, Russian,
East European & Eurasian Studies, and African Studies engages this position in outreach and
services in cooperation with colleagues across departments and programs. The recent
assignment of the game studies collection to this position expands the connections between
several programs and departments, including the new Game Studies and Design program within
Informatics. Interdisciplinarity necessitates strategic decision-making, negotiation, and
resolution. Collaboration and broad consultation with campus and library programs and
initiatives are key responsibilities for the Information Sciences Librarian position.
Specific duties include:
* Sustaining and evolving (in person and via distance education) information
literacy-related instruction for the master's degree programs in Library and Information
Science, and Information Management; the LIS and Informatics PhD programs; and the
undergraduate degree programs in Information Sciences and IS+DS. Approximately 40
instruction sessions are provided each semester
* Collaborating with Library colleagues to support and innovate services in information
management, data services, bioinformatics, computer science, and information sciences
* Providing research consultations and multi-modal reference services for these
programs, in research areas that span methodologies from the social sciences, humanities,
and computer science, and for both on campus and distance students, and for faculty and
academic professionals working in the University Library
* Advising graduate students, faculty, and other scholars on possible publication
* Providing subject expertise in the form of collection development, information
services, instruction, and scholarly services to faculty and students with teaching and
research interests in information sciences, information management, related data sciences,
bioinformatics, and game studies
* Promoting delivery of digital information services programs by maintaining and
enhancing the Information Sciences web resource site, LibGuides and class guides, and other
digital tools relevant to the subject area
* Coordinating maintenance and enhancement of the SSHEL website
* Monitoring trends in information sciences to inform the design of library services
and the development of library collections, including the game studies collection
* Serves on the School of Information Sciences Curriculum Committee
* Building a robust assessment program for services to information sciences
* ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library and/or Information Science or equivalent by
the start date.
* An understanding of the research process including, but not limited to, database
searching, literature review, topic selection, and the publishing process.
* Evidence of strong analytical, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills.
* Excellent oral and written communication skills.
* Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and demonstrated record of working
collaboratively and effectively in a team environment.
* Experience with teaching in an academic environment, including one-on-one
consultations and class lectures.
* Experience or interest in writing peer-reviewed research, and engaging in
professional service with campus and/or national/international committees.
* Experience teaching and/or learning in an online learning environment through systems
such as Canvas and Zoom.
* Experience in the delivery of reference services in all formats (chat, phone, e-mail,
in person) in an academic setting.
* Familiarity with content management systems (particularly WordPress), Springshare
products, and HTML.
* Knowledge of web accessibility and other web standards.
The expected start date is August 16, 2023. This is a 100%, twelve-month, tenure-system
appointment that may be eligible for a hybrid work schedule.
Salary and Rank: The minimum salary for this position is $60,000. The salary for this
position will be negotiated with the successful candidate and will be commensurate with
qualifications and experience. The University of Illinois Library is committed to
competitive salaries and attending to equity in compensation within the organization.
Librarians have faculty rank, and must demonstrate excellence in librarianship, research,
and university/professional/community service in order to meet university standards for
tenure and promotion. Library faculty have an obligation to remain professionally informed,
to pursue the discovery of new knowledge related to their field of expertise, to
disseminate the results of their scholarly work, and to seek opportunities for service to
the Library, campus, state, nation and profession. Library faculty are governed by
University statements on review and promotion found in Article IX of the Statutes, and in
Provost's Communication No. 9 https://provost.illinois.edu/policies/provosts-communications/communication-9-promotion-and-tenure/ and Provost's Communication No. 13 https://provost.illinois.edu/policies/provosts-communications/communication-13-review-of-faculty-in-year-three-of-the-probationary-period/
For more information on library tenure and promotion, see https://www.library.illinois.edu/staff/committee/promotion-and-tenure-advisory-committee.
Terms of Appointment: Twelve-month appointment; 24 annual vacation days; 11 annual paid
holidays; 12 annual sick-leave days (cumulative), plus an additional 13 sick-leave days
(non-cumulative) available, if needed, each year; health insurance requiring a small
co-payment is provided to employee (with the option to purchase coverage for spouse and
dependents); required participation in State Universities Retirement System (SURS) (8% of
annual salary is withheld and is refundable upon termination), with several options for
participation in additional retirement plans; newly-hired employees are covered by the
Medicare portion of Social Security and are subject to its deduction.
Environment: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library is a leader in the
delivery of user services, and active programs in information, instructional, access, and
scholarly services that help the Library to maintain its place at the intellectual heart of
the campus. The Library also holds one of the preeminent research collections in the world,
encompassing more than 13 million volumes and a total of more than 23 million items. The
Library is committed to maintaining the strongest collections and service programs
possible, and to engaging in research, development, and scholarly practice - all of which
support the University's missions of teaching, research, and public engagement. The Library
employs approximately 90 faculty members, and more than 300 academic professionals, staff,
and graduate assistants. For more information, see: http://www.library.illinois.edu/ .
Campus and Community: The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is a comprehensive and
major public land-grant university (Doctoral/Research University-Extensive) that is ranked
among the best in the world. Chartered in 1867, it provides undergraduate and graduate
education in more than 150 fields of study, conducts theoretical and applied research, and
provides public service to the state and the nation. It employs 2,765 faculty members who
serve more than 33,000 undergraduates and 15,000 graduate and professional students. More
information about the campus is available at http://www.illinois.edu
The University is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, which have a combined
population of 207,000 and are situated about 140 miles south of Chicago, 125 miles west of
Indianapolis, and 180 northeast of St. Louis. The University and its surrounding
communities offer a cultural and recreational environment ideally suited to the work of a
major research institution. For more information about the community, visit: https://illinois.edu/or https://www.champaigncounty.org
Application Procedures & Deadline Information:
Applications must be received by 6:00 pm (CST) on January 18, 2023. The submission of the
application must include a cover letter, CV, and names and email addresses of four
professional references. Applications not submitted through https://jobs.illinois.eduwill not be considered. Apply for this position using the Apply Now button at the top or
bottom of this posting. For further information about this specific position, please
contact 217-333-8169. For questions regarding the application process, please contact
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accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application
and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations
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Published: Friday, November 18, 2022 19:48 UTC
Last updated: Friday, November 18, 2022 19:48 UTC