University Library: Medical and Bioengineering Librarian and Assistant, Associate, or Full Professo

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Medical and Bioengineering Librarian

Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor, University Library

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Position Available:

Position available immediately. This is a 100%, twelve-month, tenure-system appointment.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks a knowledgeable and dynamic individual to provide library and information support services for the Carle Illinois College of Medicine and allied programs and units on campus. The Carle Illinois College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be the first medical school in the nation focused on the intersection of engineering and medicine. Students will be immersed in experiences that merge clinical education and engineering from day one. The physician-innovators trained in this program will be part of a revolutionary shift in medical education and research. The first class of students will be admitted in summer of 2018. There are currently over 100 faculty affiliated with the new College of Medicine from numerous departments and colleges across campus.

The successful candidate will join a team of librarians in the Library's Physical Sciences and Engineering Division, Life Sciences Division, and Social Sciences Division. This team is engaged in developing research support services and liaisons for the new College of Medicine, including interacting with programs in the College of Engineering, the Carle Health System, the Bioengineering department, the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Engineering, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Molecular and Cell Biology, the GEBI (Grainger Engineering Breakthroughs Initiative) and the School of Chemical Sciences. The incumbent will also interface with informatics programs, several health and medical translational institutes, and several big data initiatives on campus.

Position Description:

Reporting to the Head of the Grainger Engineering Library Information Center, the Bioengineering and Medical Librarian will contribute to the University Library's suite of service activities for the Carle Illinois College of Medicine and allied programs, including: teaching and learning, research support services, collection development, digital tools and services development, scholarly communication and data research service activities, and public engagement. Service points for the Carle Illinois College of Medicine will be in the Medical Sciences Building, the Grainger Engineering Library, Everitt Bioengineering Building, and other venues on campus. Specific duties include:

  • Provide information services, research support, and instruction and scholarly services in a team-based approach to faculty and students in the Carle Illinois College of Medicine and other allied groups and units;
  • With the Biomedical Sciences Librarian, serve as the primary liaison to the Carle Illinois College of Medicine faculty and students, and assist with support for the Bioengineering Department and other College of Engineering departments.
  • Develop and maintain robust digital tools, services, and websites to meet faculty and student needs in medical subject areas, and promote digital media, visualization, data analytics, and other services;
  • Collaborate with other library liaisons in the Library's Physical Sciences and Engineering Division, Life Sciences Division, Research Data Services, Social Sciences Division, and other campus units in biomedical, bioengineering, health, and medical information services areas;
  • Engage in special informatics and collection projects that meet ongoing needs in bioengineering, clinical medicine and biomedical sciences, in collaboration with other subject specialists in related areas;
  • Collaborate with the Library's Research Data Service and other subject disciplinary librarians on data management services for the biomedical community on campus;
  • Contribute to Grainger Engineering Library information, instruction, collection development, data management, and scholarly research services as a member of the Grainger Library Hub ;
  • Monitor trends in scholarly publishing in areas of liaison responsibility to inform the design of library and information services necessary for the success of the College;
  • Contribute to the national and international reputation of the University Library through professional research, service, and collaboration with national colleagues and organizations;
  • Serve on Library and Carle Illinois College of Medicine committees.


  • Master's degree from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent OR an advanced degree in relevant engineering or life sciences field;
  • 1-2 years' experience working in an academic library;
  • Familiarity with web development tools;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of emerging digital scholarship technologies in support of engineering or biomedical research programs;
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work collegially and collaboratively with others in a team environment;
  • Preparation and commitment to conduct independent scholarship consistent with a tenure-track faculty appointment and indications of ability to meet the promotion & tenure requirements of the University.

  • Degree in engineering or biomedical field;
  • Experience in engineering or medical library;
  • Familiarity with the grant-seeking process for biomedical-related research;
  • Experience with data management services;
  • Experience with collection development and/or reference services;
  • Experience providing high-quality instruction;
  • Experience with software development tools; Knowledge of trends, issues, and resources in bioengineering and biomedical research;
  • Experience with database generation and search methods.


The University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign is one of the preeminent research libraries in the world. With more than 14 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 80 faculty and 300 academic professionals, staff, and graduate assistants.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign annually ranks in the top five nationally among institutions receiving National Science Foundation grants and also received significant funding from the National Institutes of Health. The Library consists of multiple departmental libraries located across campus, as well as an array of central public, technical, and administrative service units. The Library also encompasses a variety of virtual service points and "embedded librarian" programs. The Carle-Illinois College of Medicine is a revolutionary new college founded to train physician-innovators at the intersection of engineering and medicine (, and the candidate in this position will have the unique opportunity to interact with faculty from 10+ colleges across the Illinois campus.

Salary and Rank: Salary and rank commensurate with credentials and experience. This is a full time faculty position at the rank of assistant, associate, or full professor. Librarians hold faculty rank and title, and must demonstrate excellence in librarianship, research and service in order to meet University standards for promotion and tenure. 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 and Provost's Communication No. 13 .

Terms of Appointment:

Twelve-month appointment; 24 work days' vacation per year; 11 paid holidays; 12 days annual sick leave plus an additional 13 days (non-cumulative) per year if necessary; health insurance, requiring a small co-payment, is provided to employees (coverage for dependents may be purchased); participation in the State Universities Retirement System is required upon appointment (8% of member's salary is withheld and is tax exempt until retirement); newly hired university employees are covered by the Medicare portion of Social Security, and are subject to its deduction.

To Apply: To ensure full consideration, please complete your candidate profile at and upload a letter of interest, resume, contact information including email addresses for three professional references. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For questions, please call: 217-333-8169.

Deadline: In order to ensure full consideration we urge candidates to submit application materials on or before April 27, 2018. All applications received by the closing date will receive full consideration.

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Illinois is an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.

College Name or Administrative Unit: University Library
Category: Faculty and Other Academic
Title: University Library: Medical and Bioengineering Librarian and Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor - Grainger Engineering Library (F1800029)
Open Date: 03/28/2018
Close Date: 04/27/2018
Organization Name: Grainger





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Posted: 3/30/2018
Application Due: 4/28/2018
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