University Library: Visiting Information Sciences Librarian and Visiting Assistant Professor - Soci

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Visiting Information Sciences Librarian

Visiting Assistant Professor, University Library

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Position Available: Position available immediately. This is a two-year, 100%, twelve-month, visiting appointment.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

Duties and Responsibilities: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library seeks an innovative, experienced, intellectually curious, and service-oriented individual to provide robust Library and Information Science services, collections, and related programs on campus.

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) and the faculty and academic professionals of the University Library. Specific duties include:

  • Providing subject expertise in the form of collection development, instruction, and scholarly services to faculty and students with teaching and research interests in information science
  • Sustaining and enhancing (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 in 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, for on campus and distance students, and for faculty and academic professionals working in the University Library
  • Participating in and fostering outreach and engagement activities related to information sciences in collaboration with scholarly communications, data services, research scholarship, and professional development
  • Promoting delivery of digital information services programs by maintaining and enhancing the Information Sciences web resource site, class guides, and other digital tools relevant to the subject area
  • Coordinating maintenance and enhancement of the SSHEL website
  • Maintaining a robust assessment program for information sciences services


Required: ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library and/or Information Science or equivalent. A demonstrated grasp of all aspects of the research process and strong analytical, interpersonal and problem-solving skills. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and to work collaboratively and effectively in a team environment.

Preferred: Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and professional service. Experience in an online learning environment. Demonstrated understanding of the changing methods of scholarly communication. Experience in the delivery of reference services in all formats in an academic setting. Familiarity with content management systems (particularly WordPress), HTML, and cascading style sheets. Knowledge of web accessibility and other web standards.

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:

Campus and Community: The University of Illinois at 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 3,000 faculty members who serve 31,000 undergraduates and 12,000 graduate and professional students; approximately 25% of faculty receives campus-wide recognition each year for excellence in teaching. More information about the campus is available at The University is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, which have a combined population of 100,000 and are situated about 140 miles south of Chicago, 120 miles west of Indianapolis, and 170 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: or

Salary and Rank: Salary commensurate with credentials and experience.

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.

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 November 26, 2018. Interviews and offers may take place before the closing date. All applications received by the closing date will receive full consideration.

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 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 to apply who share these values.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

College Name or Administrative Unit: University Library
Category: 1-Faculty
Title: University Library: Visiting Information Sciences Librarian and Visiting Assistant Professor - Social Science Health and Education Library (105458)
Open Date: 11/06/2018
Close Date: 11/26/2018
Organization Name: Soc. Science, Health and Education





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Posted: 11/7/2018
Application Due: 11/28/2018
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