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Assistant Professor & Reference and Liaison Librarian-- University of Illinois at Chicago

posted Oct 2, 2017, 5:15 AM by Lars Hagelin
Liaison to Area Studies; Anthropology; Criminology, Law and Justice; History; Political Science

The University Library of the University of Illinois at Chicago invites applications for a tenure track faculty position in the Research Services and Resources (RSR) Department of the Richard J. Daley Library. Under the direction of the RSR Librarian, the Reference and Liaison Librarian will be the Library’s primary point of contact with approximately 100 faculty members and all students in eight social sciences departments in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Liaisons advocate for the needs of their academic unit(s), which includes developing relevant Library collections, designing curriculum-integrated instruction, and supporting faculty research through innovative services. As a member of the RSR department, the successful candidate will also support general reference and instruction programming for first-year student success across disciplines.

UIC librarians have faculty status and are expected to conduct and publish research and be active in professional organizations.

Duties as liaison to assigned departments or colleges include:
  • Advocate for the research and curricular needs of faculty, students, and staff in assigned academic units 
  • Design instruction and provide curricular support for targeted courses in each unit 
  • Conduct one-on-one research consultations 
  • Develop and manage collections in assigned areas, including data sets 
  • Promote the library’s initiatives in research data management and scholarly communication 
  • Participate in outreach to both the UIC campus and the community about the Library’s services, resources and programs 
General reference and instruction duties include:
  • Research support and information services in person and virtually 
  • Course-integrated instruction and general workshops 
  • Development of online instructional materials (e.g. tutorials, research guides, integrating library services into Blackboard) 
  • Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program 
  • Two years of professional academic library experience 
  • Collections development experience 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to work with diverse users 
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to working cooperatively and collaboratively with diverse groups and individuals 
  • Ability to vigorously promote Library services and resources 
  • Ability to work effectively in a changing information environment 
  • Evidence of good judgment, self-motivation, and customer service orientation 
  • Ability to meet university standards for research, publication and professional service commensurate with tenure 
  • Advanced degree in a social science discipline 

Salary commensurate with experience; the minimum salary for a full-time twelve-month appointment is $51,333. Benefits for a twelve month appointment include 24 days vacation; 12 days annual sick leave with additional disability benefits; 11 paid holidays; medical insurance (contribution based on annual salary; coverage for dependents may be purchased); two dental plans available; life insurance paid for by the State; participation in one of the retirement options of the State Universities Retirement System compulsory (8% of salary is withheld and is tax exempt until withdrawal); no Social Security coverage, but Medicare payment is required. This appointment is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois and UIC United Faculty Local 6456, IFT-AFT, AAUP.

For fullest consideration, apply by October 26, 2017 with cover letter, supporting resume, and name and address of at least three references. The position close date is November 10, 2017.

All applicants must submit an online application through To apply, click on the following link:

The University of Illinois conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer of employment. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or status as an individual with a disability.