Instructional Services Librarian/Clinical Assistant or Associate Professor - UIS

University of Illinois Springfield is seeking candidates for two Instructional Services Librarians/Clinical Assistant or Associate Professors.

Minimum: Master’s degree in library science or equivalent from an ALA-accredited school and at least two years of experience in public service and instruction in an academic library. Ability to contribute in a fast-paced, collaborative environment; excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Experience with Web 2.0 best practices as applied to libraries. Evidence of user-focused perspective. Preferred: Experience in online teaching and the development of online tutorials; background in the humanities or social sciences.

Working collaboratively with other faculty and staff in the Library Instructional Services Program and other Brookens Library units, enhances teaching and learning for the students, faculty and staff of the University of Illinois Springfield through the provision of reference, instruction, collection development, and other services to promote information literacy and lifelong learning.

REFERENCE: Provides reference assistance and individual consultation or instruction at the Information Desk, via e-mail, chat, or telephone.

  •  Helps users to find the answers to their research questions, both simple and complex.
  •  Provides one-on-one instruction in the identification and use of appropriate research tools and in the evaluation of search strategy and results.

Promotes the development of information literacy to enhance the use of library and other information resources in teaching, learning, and research and for life-long learning.

  • Conducts library research workshops for specific courses or groups, teaching users how to find information using library resources and the Web.
  • Prepares research guides, web pages, course software modules and other instructional aids.
  • Participates in development of information literacy initiatives to support UIS baccalaureate goals and learning outcomes.
  • Upon request, provides consultation or instruction for individuals in academic departments within areas of liaison responsibility
  • Partners with the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service, Information Technology Services and other campus units to facilitate faculty use of library information and  technology.
  • May teach a section of any courses offered by the library.

Under the general guidance of the Director of Collections and Scholarly Communications, develops and manages library resources in all formats in assigned subject areas.

  • Consults with assigned departments on needs relating to the curriculum and research.
  • Selects materials for the library collection, coordinating with the Director of Collections Services and other Instructional Services librarians in areas of disciplinary overlap.
  • Participates with the Director of Collections Services, other Instructional Services librarians, and the dean in decisions regarding reference databases and other electronic
  • resources.
  • Maintains awareness of scholarly communication trends in assigned disciplinary areas.
  • Evaluates and deselects materials as needed.

Partners with academic departments, research centers and UIS administrative offices to discern their needs of students, faculty and staff and to market library resources and  services. Collaborates with other library faculty and staff to develop and provide outreach services, including maintaining the library blog and Twitter feed, working at Preview Days, serving on Publicity Committee, etc.

Serves as a member of Library Instructional Services program and Library Cabinet. Participates in shared governance of the University of Illinois through Campus Senate and Senate subcommittees. Serves on Library committees and taskforces.

Maintains an active knowledge of librarianship and contributes to the profession through:

  • Participation in professional organizations and conferences at the local, state, regional and/or national level
  • Scholarship is encouraged.

Assumes special responsibilities as assigned by the dean.

This is a twelve-month clinical professor position. Compensation depends on education and experience. Benefits include 24 days annual vacation leave, 25 days annual sick leave, nine state holidays, two floating holidays, and a choice of health and retirement plans. An H- 1B visa is required for any non-U.S. citizen prior to employment.

Submit letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references electronically to Marcia Rossi at Review of  applications will begin May 7, 2012, and continue until the position is filled. UIS is an EO/AA employer. Persons with disabilities, women, veterans, and minorities are encouraged to apply.