Assistant Professor and Resources Management Librarian - College of Law Library (34543) (EXTEND...

Northern Illinois University (NIU)
DeKalb, IL

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Assistant Professor and Resources Management Librarian - College of Law Library (34543) (EXTENDED SEARCH)

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College of Law Library

Position Description Summary:

The Northern Illinois University College of Law David Shapiro Law Library anticipates having an opening for one Assistant Professor/Resources Management Librarian. The successful candidate will be an integral part of the operations of the law library and will have responsibilities in a number of areas related to the provision of library services. Activities include but are not limited to: using ExLibris’ Alma integrated library system to facilitate library activities and to provide collection, usage, and financial reports; enhancing awareness of the library’s physical and electronic resources through ExLibris’ Primo discovery service, the library website, and Libguides; troubleshooting database connectivity issues; and providing interlibrary loan services. The successful candidate will also participate in the reference rotation and may teach in the first-year legal research program. The successful candidate will also be responsible for managing the law library and law school web sites and is expected to be an active participant in law school and university service.

Required Qualifications:

Minimum Required Qualifications: Master’s degree in library or information science from a program accredited by the American Library Association or its foreign equivalent.

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Preferred Qualifications:

J.D. Degree from an ABA accredited law school, or a foreign law school equivalent.
One to three years’ library experience
o Experience working with students, faculty, and members of the publico Experience with Cascade CMS, WordPress, or similar website content management systemo Experience with Libguides CMS especially A-Z database list functionalityo Experience with ExLibris Alma and Primo, preferably within a consortial environment (e.g., I-Share)
o Experience with Alma Analytics report-writing and dashboard creation
o Experience with Alma acquisitions and physical and electronic resource management
o Circulation experience, including the use of self-checkout stations
o Inter-library loan experience
o Experience with OCLC Worldshare inter-library loan system or similar system
o Experience supervising and training student workers
o Experience with in-person and virtual reference
o Teaching experience, online and in-person
o Experience with Blackboard or similar learning management system

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

o Evidence of the potential for scholarship appropriate to meet tenure requirements
o Evidence of excellent written and oral communication skills
o Evidence of the ability to work independently as well as in a team environmento Demonstrated commitment to diversity in libraries
o Familiarity with various campus and database authentication systems including IP address-based, Microsoft Azure, OCLC EzProxy or similar system
o Working knowledge of major legal research services

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Commensurate with experience, education, and internal equity; position includes a robust benefits package to eligible applicants.

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Materials: Cover LetterResumeContact information for three professional referencesCommitment to Diversity Statement (two or three paragraphs) Transcripts (Unofficial, with Official upon hire)

Applicants must apply online at and complete their applicant profile and upload their materials. Priority consideration will be given to complete applications received by Friday, August 27, 2021. Applications received after that date, will only be reviewed if needed. For additional information, contact Therese Arado, Acting Dir. David Shapiro Law Library at [email protected], or Tita Kaus, Administrative Assistant to the Dean at [email protected]. 815-753-1068. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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EEO Statement:

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
Health Services 230
[email protected]

Visa Policy:

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

ADA Accommodation:

NIU remains committed to ensuring that its recruitment and application procedures include full opportunities for applicants with disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person’s disability during either the application or interview process. An applicant who believes they require an accommodation to participate in the employment process due to a disability may request that accommodation through the Accommodation Request Form. For further assistance, please contact the office of Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Education (AAEOE) at [email protected].

Clery Act Information:

NIU provides information regarding campus security, personal and fire safety, including topics such as: crime prevention, emergency response procedures and crime reporting policies, in addition to crime and fire statistics for the most recent three calendar years. The Annual Security Report containing security and safety information is available at or by contacting the University Police Department and Public Safety Department at 815-753-9628 to receive a hard copy. The Annual Fire Safety Report is available at or by contacting the Environmental Health and Safety Department at 815-753-0404 to receive a hard copy.

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Northern Illinois University is a comprehensive research university offering programs from the baccalaureate through the doctorate. Colleges include business, education, engineering and engineering technology, law, liberal arts and sciences, health and human sciences, and visual and performing arts. On-campus enrollment is approximately 18,000 students. The university also offers more than 200 extension courses each semester to students in communities throughout northern Illinois.

The main campus is located in DeKalb, 65 miles west of Chicago's "Loop" and 40 miles southeast of Rockford. In addition to the main campus, NIU has three education centers in Hoffman Estates, Rockford, and Naperville. DeKalb/Sycamore, with a population of about 50,000, is a modern paradox, a rural/urban community. It is simultaneously recognized for its manufacturing and rich farmlands. The site of the first manufacture of barbed wire and the development of hybrid seed corn are evidence of its diversified history. The blend of industry and agriculture, coupled with the cultural and recreational facilities of the university and supplemented by easy access to Chicago and Rockford, provide an enjoyable environment in which to live.

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