School Librarian Program Coordinator - School of Information Sciences (139603)

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School of Information Sciences

School Librarian Program Coordinator

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

The School of Information Sciences, the iSchool at Illinois, is home to world-class faculty, top-tier research, and academic programs consistently ranked highly by U.S. News & World Report. Our School advances a human-centered, interdisciplinary approach to the design and management of information systems and services. A leader in online education since 1996, we combine rigorous academics with real-time virtual classroom engagement to give our students the best educational experience possible. Our researchers address the opportunities and challenges of contemporary information technologies, and our graduates are leaders in the information professions.

The School of Information Sciences is accepting applications for School Librarian Program Coordinator. This position oversees and advises School of Information Sciences students admitted to the School Librarian Licensure Program to ensure they meet requirements for continuation. In the licensure program, this includes admission to program, practicum, student teaching, andrecommendation for licensure. This person will also serve as a University supervisor (an official representative from the university to PreK, elementary, middle, and high schools), supervising teacher- librarian candidates during student teaching and serving as the liaison between the School of Information Sciences’ program and the cooperating teacher-librarians who work directly with students during their field experiences (practicum and student teaching).

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Administration (45%)

    Coordinate with Communications staff to direct publicity and public relations regarding the School' school librarian program Serve as the information interface between the Council on Teacher Education (CoTE) and the School.Evaluate potential clinical experience placement sites in order to build a network of cooperating teacher-librarians for clinical experiencesEnsure that all cooperating personnel and clinical sites meet CoTE requirements by verifying personnel qualifications with cooperating districts and checking CoTE website for school district contractsTrain and coordinate activities of university supervisors in the School Librarian Licensure program. Assign supervisors to candidates and communicate regularly with supervisors throughout the semesterCommunicate with public school personnel regarding expectations and requirements for placement sites and cooperating personnel, program requirements, candidate assignments, and criteria for candidate assessmentFacilitate information exchange between the cooperating teacher-librarian, the candidate, the school, and the University and its teacher education programs. This includes communicating program expectations, mediating problems that may arise and providing feedback and suggestions to aid in successful student teaching placements.Make or supervise regularly scheduled lesson observations during practicum and student teaching placements, as required by CoTE, in order to give feedback to the candidate on their growth and development in knowledge, skills and dispositions. Document all observations, and conduct conferences with cooperating personnel and candidates to communicate candidate's progress.Gather data for and complete all required program-related forms and reports for the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), CoTE and the School. Serve as a liaison with potential employers/job opportunities for graduates of the school librarian program

Advising (50%)

  • Advise current and potential students interested in pursuing licensure or endorsement(s) as a school librarian or technology specialist in public education

Admissions, Recruitment, and Alumni (5%)

  • Assist Admissions and Enrollment staff in recruitment of licensure and endorsement candidates by recommending methods of communication with potential candidates, planning information sessions about the program, and attending recruitment fairs/activities
  • Maintain communication with and support of the School's alumni working in school libraries Other related duties as assigned.

Position Requirements and Qualifications:

Required Education: Master’s degree in educational administration and leadership, library and information science, education, or a related field


Required: Experiencing navigating Council on Teacher Education or similar policies. Experience with the EdTPA for LIS.

Preferred: Experience in supervision of teachers, student teachers, or licensure candidates. Experience working with young people in school or public libraries. Familiarity with Illinois and national school librarian, library, and professional teaching standards. Experience with University of Illinois and iSchool programs and committees.

Training, Licenses or Certifications:

Required: Illinois licensure or endorsement. Certified to supervise and evaluate student teachers and practicum students in the Danielson Framework for Evaluation

Preferred: Illinois licensure or endorsement as Library Information Specialist

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Experience with or other demonstrated understanding of school librarianship. Strong writing and communication skills. Strong organizational skills. Ability to work to a deadline. Flexibility, persistence, and tolerance for ambiguity. Willingness to take initiative. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively. Collaborative and interpersonal skills. Ability to utilize technologies to improve job performance. Supervision skills and a track record of improving teaching quality through supervision.

This is a full-time, 12-month academic professional position with regular University benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience. The starting date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Information about the School of Information Sciences and its programs may be found at

To Apply:

To ensure full consideration, please complete your candidate profile at and upload your letter of application, resume, and a list of three professional references, including contact information by end of day on December 3, 2020. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact iSchool HR at [email protected].

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

The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.

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College Name or Administrative Unit:School of Information Sciences Category:5-Education and Student Services Title:School Librarian Program Coordinator - School of Information Sciences (139603) Open Date:11/19/2020 Close Date:12/03/2020 Organization Name:Information Sciences




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Posted: 11/20/2020
Application Due: 12/3/2020
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