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Clinical Assistant Professor and Web Services Librarian-- University of Illinois at Chicago

posted Jan 11, 2018, 8:45 AM by Lars Hagelin
The University Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago seeks a creative, energetic, and talented Web Services Librarian to lead the design and implementation of an evolving Library web presence that enhances the Library’s role in supporting academic research and resource discovery.


The Web Services Librarian provides innovative, user-centered leadership for the UIC Library’s web presence. The web presence includes both user-facing and internal systems (i.e., intranet systems) as well as vendor and consortium provided systems. The Web Services Librarian reports to the head of the Digital Programs & Services department within the Information Technology Division. This is a clinical faculty position with service and scholarship expectations (see

The Web Services Librarian:
  • leads and participates in projects to improve the UIC Library's web presence 
  • promotes innovation by exploring new web presence systems and services 
  • establishes, disseminates, and promotes usability, accessibility, and technical standards, web presence policies, and standard user interaction patterns across the Library's web presence 
  • works with Director of Communications to maintain and promote the Library’s web style guide and branding guidelines 
  • coordinates with content owners and authors to ensure that the Library's web presence is relevant, accurate, up-to-date, user-centered, and accessible 
  • ensures that effective training is provided to authors of Library web content 
  • provides regular reports on the usage of all elements of the Library's web presence 
  • engages broadly with Library staff via multiple avenues of communication, keeping staff informed of web presence developments and encouraging input from staff on future content and features 
  • leads regular user assessment of the Library's web presence 
  • represents the Library as its primary web expert to the larger University community 
  • coordinates and contributes to the resolution of web presence problems and bug reports 
  • participates in both library-wide and campus-wide committees and task forces as applicable 
The Web Services Librarian works closely with the Web Content Team, the Discovery Systems Advisory Group and with the Director of Communications, the Assessment Coordinator, personnel in the UIC Library's Information Technology division, the UIC Webmaster community, and others in order to execute projects to improve the Library's web presence.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • MLS from an ALA-accredited institution 
  • Two years experience designing and building standards-compliant websites using HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript 
  • Experience and knowledge building accessible websites (i.e., compliant with WCAG 2.0 or IITAA standards) 
  • Portfolio of completed, production-quality websites, projects, and services 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to facilitate discussion about design and technology 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills 
Desirable Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s or graduate degree in a cognate field such as computer science, information science, interaction design, etc. 
  • Experience with some of the following: 
    • CMS systems such as WordPress or Drupal 
    • conducting user testing and feeding results into future system iterations 
    • user experience / interface / interaction design 
    • web analytics (e.g., Google analytics) and feeding results into future system iterations 
    • information architecture 
    • leading teams in developing complex websites 
    • project management 
    • content strategy 
    • building websites using responsive design techniques 
    • contemporary software development methodologies and tools 
    • wireframing tools such as Axure 
    • graphic design and writing for the web 
    • developing complex websites in an academic or research library 
    • library and instructional platforms such as LibGuides and Blackboard 

Salaries are competitive and based on education and experience; the minimum salary for a full-time twelve-month appointment is $51,333; clinical faculty status; twelve month appointment; 24 days of 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 Illinois State Universities Retirement System compulsory (8% of salary is withheld and is tax exempt until withdrawal); no Social Security coverage but Medicare payment required.

For fullest consideration apply by January 26, 2018. The position close date is February 12, 2018. All applicants must submit an online application through To apply, click on the following link:

Each application should include:
  • cover letter 
  • detailed resume / C.V. 
  • contact information for at least three references 
  • portfolio of completed, production-quality websites, projects, and services to which the applicant has made significant contributions (with URLs) 
UIC is a Carnegie RU/VH institution located near the Chicago Loop, offering doctoral degrees in 65 areas and master’s degrees in nearly 100. With approximately 30,000 students and more than 13,000 employees, UIC is Chicago’s largest public research university and second-largest university employer.

UIC is among the top five most diverse campuses in the nation and our campus culture encourages the contributions and success of every individual.

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, dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans.