Visiting Design & Materials Research Librarian and Visiting Assistant Professor - Ricker Librar...

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Visiting Design & Materials Research Librarian

Visiting Assistant Professor,

University Library University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Position Available: Position available immediately. This is a three-year, 100%, twelve-month, visiting appointment, with the potential to become permanent.

Duties and Responsibilities: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library seeks a dynamic and collaborative librarian to serve as the Visiting Design & Materials Research Librarian in the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art. The Ricker Library serves the Illinois School of Architecture, the School of Art & Design, and the Krannert Art Museum, and with this position, the Siebel Center for Design, along with many other faculty, staff, students, and community users interested in art and design. The Ricker collaborates with a variety of units in the Main, Undergraduate, and branch libraries to support the university’s library needs. This position will work with Business Information Services, Grainger Engineering Library, Funk ACES Library, undergraduate and media services, and the University Archives in particular.

This position requires a professional with interest in designing and implementing highly impactful, innovative projects and services for our art and architecture users, focusing on design disciplines across digital methods and physical resources, i.e., materials libraries. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to gain experience and skills across art and architecture librarianship and will work on independent projects and shared initiatives in the Ricker Library, across the University Library, and the campus community.

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.

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

Position Description: Reporting to the Head of Ricker Library of Architecture & Art, the Visiting Design & Materials Research Librarian contributes to the research support, instruction, and outreach efforts of the University Library. The incumbent will join a team of thoughtful, user-centered colleagues who are passionate about designing and implementing inclusive, innovative, and collaborative projects with our users. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are major focuses of our projects and initiatives, and we would welcome your energy, ideas, and input in this area.

Specific duties include:

  • Lead design research initiatives at the University Library, including researching and implementing the findings of a feasibility study to institute a materials research library
  • Liaise with the Siebel Center for Design, as well as one or more design-related unit in the School of Architecture or School of Art & Design, based on education and interests. This includes the following activities:
    • Collect resources in assigned liaison area, including print (published and self-published materials such as zines and ephemera), electronic, primary source, material samples, and open access resources; work collaboratively with Head of Ricker Library on joint collection development and collection management efforts; and potentially with other Library units as relevant
    • Provide research consultation services for the University’s students and faculty in assigned liaison area, as well as contribute to reference and circulation efforts generally at Ricker Library
    • Lead instruction activities in assigned liaison areas; work collaboratively with Head of Ricker Library on cohesive instruction design, curriculum mapping, and assessment strategies across Ricker’s assigned units
  • Engage with colleagues across the University Library, including in areas such as engineering, city planning and landscape architecture, business, as well as media and undergraduate services, to support multidisciplinary work
  • Support the mission, goals, and objectives of the Library and the University
  • Contribute to the work of relevant Library and University committees and workgroups
  • Contribute to the national and international reputation of the University Library through professional research, service, and collaboration with appropriate colleagues and organizations.
  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school or international equivalent; OR advanced degree in in art, architecture, or relevant field AND experience working in a library or conducting similar work
  • Undergraduate degree in art, architecture, or relevant fields, OR demonstrated knowledge of the fields through research, service, or substantive projects
  • Track record of contributing to equitable and inclusive programs and resources
  • Models strong leadership skills, such as evidence-based decision-making, creativity, or advocacy
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collectively in a demanding and rapidly changing environment, exhibited in traits such as time-management, flexibility, and follow-through
  • Well-developed analytical, organizational, and communications skills (oral, written, and interpersonal)
  • Potential to contribute to the national and international reputation of the University Library through professional research, service, and collaboration with colleagues and organizations.
  • Experience using art and architecture information resources


  • Demonstrable public service experience
  • Experience in web design, social media, digital scholarship, digital information resources, open educational resources, or equivalent
  • Experience developing materials libraries

Environment: The Ricker Library of Architecture and Art is a rich environment for art and design research; it has over 150,000 items in its collections, and has collection strengths in architecture, history of architecture, architectural preservation, and history of art. Special formats include Catalogues raisonnés, exhibition catalogs, artists’ books, and other media such as microfilm and microfiche. Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis’ art libraries and museums are within two to three hours' travel, enhancing professional growth opportunities and providing many opportunities for potential collaborations.

The Ricker Library is one of many branch libraries in the University of Illinois Library system at Urbana-Champaign, 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 Library is also an active member of I-SHARE, which provides users across Illinois higher education with the opportunity to borrow materials among other Illinois universities.

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 about 3,000 faculty members who serve over 33,000 undergraduates and 15,000 graduate and professional students. More information about the campus is available at

The university is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana (total population 207,000) in east-central Illinois, and is situated about 140 miles south of Chicago, 125 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:

Salary and Rank: Minimum salary is $60,000 and 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, and contact information including email addresses for three professional references. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For questions, please call: 217-265-0244.

Deadline: In order to ensure full consideration, we urge candidates to submit application materials on or before January 29, 2021. Interviews and offers may take place before the closing date. All applications received by the closing date will receive full consideration.

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. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.


College Name or Administrative Unit:University Library Category:1-Faculty Title:Visiting Design & Materials Research Librarian and Visiting Assistant Professor - Ricker Library of Architecture and Art (140625) Open Date:12/16/2020 Close Date:02/01/2021 Organization Name:Architecture and Art




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Posted: 12/18/2020
Application Due: 2/1/2021
Work Type: Full Time