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Instructor and Undergraduate Engagement Librarian-- University of Illinois at Chicago

posted Oct 6, 2017, 5:26 AM by Lars Hagelin
The UIC Library seeks an enterprising, forward-thinking, and service-oriented librarian to enrich the student experience and provide new opportunities for the Library to engage with the undergraduate community and to participate in the reference and instruction programs. This is an instructor (non‑tenure track faculty) position in the Research Services & Resources (RSR) Department in the Richard J. Daley Library.

Working collaboratively with library faculty and staff and other campus partners, the Undergraduate Experience Librarian will initiate, coordinate, and assess services focused on engaging and supporting undergraduates. This position provides opportunities for innovation, exploration, and professional growth in creating scalable information literacy programming, outreach activities, and assessment efforts for the improvement of the undergraduate experience.

The Department:

Research Services & Resources (RSR) is responsible for providing excellent reference and instruction service and building distinguished collections in a user-centered environment. The Undergraduate Engagement Librarian reports to the RSR Librarian. The department consists of 10.8 FTE faculty members, two civil service staff, and a number of graduate student employees.

  • Lead library outreach efforts for a diverse and multicultural undergraduate community in collaboration with library staff and relevant campus partners invested in student success, with emphasis on key transitions from high school, community college, and university transfers to UIC. 
  • Participate in providing research assistance and information services in person, by appointment and virtually through e‑mail and instant messaging. 
  • Design and present library instruction in the classroom as part of the course-integrated instruction program, with emphasis on first-year programs. 
  • Integrate elements focused on undergraduate student retention, progression, and graduation rates into other library services and develop methods to measure and assess Library impact in these areas. 
  • Contribute to and participate in the overall mission of the library. 
  • Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited library school program. 
  • Two years of professional experience in an academic or public library. 
  • Experience with outreach to campus or community groups relevant to any professional, civic, or social capacity. 
  • Evidence of strong interest in and understanding of emerging trends in library engagement with undergraduate student success. 
  • Outstanding customer service skills devoted to improving the user experience. 
  • Demonstrated ability to foster teamwork and collaborate effectively with colleagues, staff, and users at all levels and from diverse backgrounds. 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. 
  • Ability to work a schedule including evening and weekend hours. 

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 17, 2017 with cover letter, supporting resume, and name and address of at least three references. The position close date is October 31, 2017.

Candidate’s cover letter should address how multicultural issues have been or will be integrated in teaching and service.

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.