Assistant/Associate Professor - Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian

Illinois State University
Normal, Illinois

Job Details

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Work type: On Campus
Location: Normal, Illinois

Title: Assistant/Associate Professor - Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian
Division Name: Academic Affairs
College/Unit: Milner Library
Department: Milner Library
Campus Location: Normal, IL

Job Summary

Illinois State University’s Milner Library seeks a dynamic and engaged individual to join the Social Sciences Subject Group as the tenure-track Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian at Assistant or Associate Professor rank. The Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian will cultivate partnerships within the library and across campus to identify and meet the informational needs of the Department of History, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and the School of Social Work. In addition to their own research and scholarship, the Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian will engage undergraduate and graduate students in the learning process by teaching instruction sessions and workshops, creating online guides and digital learning objects, providing research consultations, and practicing embedded librarianship where possible. The incumbent should be proactive at cultivating relationships with faculty members, understand scholarly communication as it relates to liaison activities, partner with the Government Documents Librarian to embed government resources into teaching activities as appropriate for the subject areas, and work closely with the library’s Instruction and Student Engagement unit in student success and instructional activities, particularly in relation subject-based tiered learning outcomes.
This is a tenure-track faculty position. Milner Library faculty members have responsibilities in the areas of librarianship, scholarly and creative activities, and service as outlined in Illinois State University Faculty Appointment, Salary, Promotion and Tenure Policies ( and Milner Library's Department and College Faculty Status Committees’ Criteria for Evaluation, Promotion, and Tenure. Faculty members are supported through the efforts of Milner Library’s Faculty Research and Development Committee.

The library and university are committed to increasing the representation of Black people, Indigenous people, People of Color, women, persons with disabilities, members of LGBTQIA+ community, and those embodying any and all expressions of gender identity and sexuality. Successful candidates will show a commitment to serving and/or addressing issues related to underrepresented populations. Women, veterans, persons with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ people, and People of Color are encouraged to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities
• Act as the subject liaison to the Department of History, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and the School of Social Work and serving as the primary library contact for administrators, faculty, students, and staff;
• Pursue relationships with the chairs, directors, and/or faculty library liaisons;
• Oversee all aspects of collection development and maintenance within subject area(s);
• Plan, develop, conduct, teach, and assess library instruction sessions in alignment with information fluency outcomes;
• Develop and maintain learning objects;
• Participate in general and specialized reference and research services, as well as provide in-depth consultation with faculty and students in liaison departments and schools;
• Serve on library, university, and professional association committees as needed.

Additional Information

Illinois State University: Illinois State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. There are approximately 21,000 students in the six colleges of Illinois State University. In our most recent strategic plan Educate ∙ Connect ∙ Elevate, we have committed our resources to realizing seven core values: Learning and Scholarship, Diversity and Inclusion, Respect, Collaboration, Individualized Attention, Civic Engagement, and Integrity. By acting on these values, we create a learning environment that results in our University being the first-choice public university in Illinois for high-achieving, motivated students who seek an individualized educational experience combined with the resources of a large university. Also visit the University’s metrics of excellence at (

Bloomington-Normal Community: Illinois State University is located in the growing twin cities of Bloomington and Normal, with a metro population of approximately 172,000. The community is also home to Illinois Wesleyan University, Heartland Community College, St. Joseph Medical Center, Carle BroMenn Medical Center, COUNTRY Financial, State Farm Insurance’s International Headquarters, Central Illinois Regional Airport, and electric truck manufacturer Rivian Motors. The community has distinguished itself for its outstanding school systems and its high level of educational attainment in the community, as well as its parks and recreation, health care, vibrant fine arts scene, job growth, economic opportunity, historic sites, and low crime rates. SmartAsset ranked Bloomington IL, in the top 20 of the most livable cities in the U.S. (2022). Zippia named Bloomington, IL, as #1 on their “Happiest Cities” list (2020), and Best Choice Schools listed the area on its “30 Small College Towns with Great Quality of Life” (2020). Bloomington-Normal is conveniently located about three hours from Indianapolis, two hours from both Chicago and St. Louis, and an hour from Peoria, Champaign-Urbana, Decatur, and Springfield; many of these locations are accessible from Bloomington-Normal via the Amtrak located 1 block from ISU’s campus. For more information on our community, please visit (

People who work at Milner are
The workers at Milner Library are actively engaged in scholarship and creative activity and engaged in other collaborative projects at all levels of the university. They value the diverse strengths and identities of our students and recognize that to succeed, students need to see themselves and their work reflected in Milner Library’s atmosphere, spaces, services, and collections. They strive to create equitable and inclusive practices to support students’ learning and belonging

People who work at Milner grow their careers through
Tuition remission for up to 8 credit hours of classes per semester
• Professional Development funds for conference travel, lodging, registration fees, and other professional development opportunities.
University Research Grants to support new faculty with funds to develop their research
• An active mentorship program and strong record of faculty receiving tenure and promotion
• Monthly meeting-free days to work on research, scholarship, and creative activities
Sabbaticals are possible for Milner faculty members.

People who work at Milner improve their work-life balance through

Flexible schedules and mental health assistance

Spouse/Domestic Partner and Dependent support

Family support

Family Medical Leave Act protected leave of absence

Salary Rate / Pay Rate

The annual salary starts at $68,000 and is commensurate with qualifications and experience, including a comprehensive benefits package.

Required Qualifications

1) A degree from an American Library Association-accredited graduate program or an ALA-recognized international equivalent.
2) Evidence of reference and/or liaison work that demonstrates a strong public services commitment
3) Demonstrated experience with teaching information fluency
4) Demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion
5) Evidence of training in or ability to engage in presentations, publications, creative activities, and/or service
6) Evidence of excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills
7) Ability to work independently and collaboratively with others in a strongly collegial and participative environment
8) Candidates must be able to demonstrate oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position, as mandated by state law.

Preferred Qualifications

1) Professional experience as a subject librarian in humanities and/or social science fields history, social work, sociology or anthropology
2) Degree(s) in humanities and/or social science fields such as history, social work, sociology or anthropology
3) Experience/knowledge of embedded librarianship
4) Experience supporting both undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty

Work Hours


Proposed Starting Date

July 1, 2024

Required Applicant Documents

1) Cover letter addressing required qualifications
2) Statement of one’s commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion
3) Curriculum vitae
4) Names and email addresses of three references

Please Note: These documents are required to be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on "Apply"

Special Instructions for Applicants

Please submit materials by November 1, 2023, for fullest consideration; however, review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Contact Information for Applicants

Leta Janssen

Important Information for Applicants

This position is subject to a criminal background investigation and if applicable, an employment history review, based on University Policy 3.1.30 and any offer of employment is contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation and/or an employment history review. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other state or federal law you may request an accommodation by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309) 438-3383. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access will hold any confidential information you provide in confidence.

If you are having difficulty accessing the system, please call Human Resources at (309) 438-8311.

Application Opened: 10/06/2023 10:15 AM CST
Application Closes: Open until filled

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