University Library: Open Ranked Faculty, Student Success Librarian - Undergraduate Library (130045)

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Student Success Librarian

Open Ranked Faculty, University Library

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Position Available: The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. This is a 100% twelve-month, tenure-system appointment.

Position Description: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking an enthusiastic, creative, and motivated early career professional for the position of Student Success Librarian. Reporting to the Head of the Undergraduate Library, this position collaborates with campus and Library leaders to design and integrate Library services and programs into the campus-wide initiative for undergraduate and graduate student success, focused on classroom experiences, tutoring and academic support, academic advising and mentoring, and co-curricular student services and experiences. The successful candidate will build partnerships across a variety of programs, including those supporting first-generation students, underrepresented minorities, students on academic probation, international students, transfer students, as well as co-curricular programs targeting students looking to build exceptional portfolios, such as the Illinois Leadership Center.

The incumbent will partner with Library colleagues to integrate existing user services and programming into subject and college-specific success programs, as well as collaboratively design new programs which help the Library align and strengthen its contributions to campus success metrics, including retention and persistence. The successful candidate will also coordinate the successful Research and Writing consultation partnership between the Undergraduate Library and the campus writing center, and undertake expansion of tutoring, speaking and presentation, and related support services in line with Library and campus strategic goals for student success.

As part of the Undergraduate Library, this position will also contribute to unit planning efforts, teach in course-integrated instruction sessions, provide reference services as part of a shared reference model, lead projects for pre-professional graduate assistants, and contribute to cooperative efforts in support of unit and Library goals. This individual will also collaborate in informing the design and structure of success services for integration into the Main Library as part of a multimillion-dollar renovation project.

The successful candidate will be a team-oriented individual who is organized, can meet deadlines, and possesses hands-on experience teaching Undergraduate-focused instruction in an academic library environment. This position has faculty rank, and the incumbent will be expected to meet campus and Library requirements for tenure and promotion, including developing a record of research, publication, and professional service.

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 is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit

Position Duties:

  • Build Library and campus partnerships which deliver programs and services that target and improve student retention and success
  • Develop a broad network of connected success program planning in concert with Library colleagues, including the Grainger Engineering Library Information Center and Funk ACES Library
  • Collaborate with the Library assessment team to assess contributions towards evolving campus success metrics, and identify opportunities to build new programs which address gaps
  • Serve as liaison to campus units working with first-year and transfer groups including the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Housing, and the Division of General Studies
  • Develop collaborative programming and onboarding activities for first-year students, including course-integrated instruction and orientation services
  • Contribute to the Undergraduate Library reference and instructional programs, including leadership of the Research and Writing Consultation Service and participation in the Undergraduate Library instruction program
  • Participate in Library-wide committees, task forces, and relevant leadership assignments
  • Contribute to the national and international reputation of the University Library through professional research, service, and collaboration with national colleagues and organizations.



  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent
  • Experience collaborating with diverse student groups and populations in the delivery of educational programs
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully in a highly collaborative environment with a broad range of people from culturally diverse backgrounds including colleagues, students, faculty, staff, and administrators
  • Preparation and commitment to conduct independent scholarship consistent with a tenure-track faculty appointment and indications of ability to meet the promotion and tenure requirements of the University


  • Experience assessing instructional and/or outreach programming
  • Experience providing library instruction and reference services
  • Experience designing and implementing programs targeting student success metrics including increasing retention and persistence, and improving GPA.
  • Experience collaborating with campus partners on initiatives supporting student success.
  • Experience providing tutoring services in an academic environment.
  • Experience with project management and/or supervision in a collaborative setting.

Environment: The Undergraduate Library celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019, and continues to be a vibrant and lively center of activity for students on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Known for its diverse services and experimental approach, highlights of the Undergraduate Library include an embedded writing center, instructional classrooms, a Media Commons and loanable technology program providing multimedia content creation and production services, recording studios, and a collection of unique popular culture materials. The current staff includes 3 librarians, 15 civil service and academic professional positions, and 10 graduate assistants from the iSchool.

Salary and Rank: Salary commensurate with credentials and experience. 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 and Provost’s Communication No. 13 For more information on library tenure and promotion, see

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.

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 <>.

To Apply: To ensure full consideration, please complete your candidate profile at and upload a letter of interest, resume, and 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, applications and nominations must be received by December 11, 2020. The review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

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College Name or Administrative Unit:University Library Category:1-Faculty Title:University Library: Open Ranked Faculty, Student Success Librarian - Undergraduate Library (130045) Open Date:10/30/2020 Close Date:12/11/2020 Organization Name:Undergraduate Library




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Posted: 2/29/2020
Application Due: 12/11/2020
Work Type: Full Time