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Undergraduate Librarian
Head, Undergraduate Library
Associate Professor or Professor, University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign

Position Available: As soon as possible. This is a 100%-time, twelve-month, tenure-system appointment. Rank will be appropriate to the qualifications of the candidate selected, at a level of either Associate Professor or Professor. The five-year administrative appointment as Head of the unit is renewable after successful administrative review of program leadership.

Duties and Responsibilities: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library <> seeks an innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented leader for the position of Undergraduate Librarian and Head of Undergraduate Library. The Undergraduate Library (UGL)   has been a nexus for innovation in Library services for almost 50 years, and has provided leadership for Library-wide exploration of new approaches to instruction, access, library spaces, and outreach services, as well as for services delivered through social networking tools, immersive environments, and mobile computing platforms.

Position Description: Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for User Services, the Head of the Undergraduate Library is responsible for providing leadership for and management of the Undergraduate Library, developing and leading the unit leadership team, and establishing and maintaining collegial and collaborative relationships with other units in the Library, the campus and University, and the profession. The Head works closely with the University Librarian, Associate University Librarians and other unit heads to develop Library-wide undergraduate services, collections, and initiatives and to build strategic relationships with campus units and programs that support undergraduate student success and the faculty and staff who teach, advise, and mentor them. In addition, the Head oversees the University Laboratory High School Library, working with the University Laboratory High School Librarian to discuss planning and needs for the collections, services, and facilities. The Head of the Undergraduate Library tracks trends, best practices, and initiatives in undergraduate education and undergraduate library services and uses that knowledge to inform Library services and collections programs in the context of the Library’s Framework for Strategic Action <>.

The successful candidate will:
·        Lead planning and action to develop and deliver quality and innovative services, collections, and programs for undergraduate students aligned with campus and Library strategic priorities;
·        Oversee an ongoing, iterative, and student-centered process of program development, assessment, and facilities management in the Undergraduate Library;
·        Foster undergraduate student learning, success, and wellness; stay informed of campus undergraduate initiatives; and build effective and strategic networks of support and advocacy across campus and beyond;
·        Oversee collection development in the Undergraduate Library, in collaboration with individuals within the UGL and among the other Illinois’ campus libraries;
·        Build and maintain collegial and collaborative relationships with campus colleagues responsible for undergraduate student programs, such as the Writers Workshop, Division of General Studies, University Housing, the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, academic programs, and student affairs programs;
·        Contribute to Library-wide service initiatives such as the Main/UGL Reference Hub and work closely with other Library units, committees, and working groups to develop undergraduate services, collections, and initiatives across the Library;
·        Direct the work of a team of creative and innovative faculty and staff; including the selection, training, and evaluation of staff; management of workloads and job assignments; supporting ongoing professional development; coaching individual performance; maintaining robust internal and external communications; and fostering a positive and collaborative work culture;
·        Promote and market Library services and collections related to undergraduate programs and student success;
·        Oversee the materials budget and the development and management of Undergraduate Library collections;
·        Prepare regular and on-demand reports, including annual reports, budget requests, and assessment and evaluation of services, spaces, and collections;
·        Contribute to the national and international reputation of the University Library through professional research, service, and collaboration with appropriate colleagues and organizations.

Qualifications: Required:
·        ALA-accredited Master’s degree or equivalent;
·        Minimum of five years of professional experience in an academic or research library environment;
·        Minimum of three years of experience providing information and research services and instruction in an academic or research library environment;
·        Collection development experience;
·        Experience in shaping, implementing, and assessing innovative library services and/or spaces;
·        Supervisory experience;
·        Budgetary management experience;
·        Demonstrated leadership, communication, and team-building skills;
·        Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse community of library staff and users;
·        Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and busy service environment;
·        Demonstrated ability to contribute effectively to collaborative projects within and outside the library;
·        Evidence of research, publication, and professional service commensurate with appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor.

Preferred :
·        Experience conducting assessment of undergraduate student information needs, information literacy, technology skills, and/or library use patterns;
·        Supervisory experience in a research library environment;
·        Demonstrated success establishing collaborative service programs with campus partners outside the library;
·        Demonstrated knowledge of trends in higher education, especially those related to undergraduate education;
·        An understanding of applications of emerging technologies in libraries.

Environment: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Library is a leader in the delivery of user services, and active programs in information, instructional, access, and scholarly services that help the Library to maintain its place at the intellectual heart of the campus. The Library also holds one of the preeminent research collections in the world, encompassing more than 13 million volumes and a total of more than 23 million items. The Library is committed to maintaining the strongest collections and service programs possible, and to engaging in research, development, and scholarly practice - all of which support the University's missions of teaching, research, and public engagement. The Library employs approximately 90 faculty members, and more than 300 academic professionals, staff, and graduate assistants. For more information, see: .

The Undergraduate Library is a bustling facility with extended hours supporting a variety of programs and initiatives aimed at supporting student success, including a Media Commons, course-integrated instructional programs, campus partnerships, research consultation services, technology prototyping, and outreach and engagement programs. The portfolio of services will continue to evolve in concert with the shifting landscape of undergraduate student needs and expectations to drive the next generation of library services. For more information, see:

Campus and Community: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a comprehensive and major public land-grant university (Doctoral/Research University-Extensive) that is ranked among the best in the world. Chartered in 1867, it provides undergraduate and graduate education in more than 150 fields of study, conducts theoretical and applied research, and provides public service to the state and the nation. It employs 3,000 faculty members who serve 31,000 undergraduates and 12,000 graduate and professional students; approximately 25% of faculty receives campus-wide recognition each year for excellence in teaching. More information about the campus is available at . The University is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, which have a combined population of 100,000 and are situated about 140 miles south of Chicago, 120 miles west of Indianapolis, and 170 northeast of St. Louis. The University and its surrounding communities offer a cultural and recreational environment ideally suited to the work of a major research institution. For more information about the community, visit: or

Salary and Rank: Salary commensurate with credentials and experience, and will include an administrative component for the five-year renewable appointment as unit head. Rank at the level of Associate or Full Professor of Library Administration, depending on the qualifications of the candidate selected. Librarians have faculty rank, and must demonstrate excellence in librarianship, research, and university/professional/community service in order to meet university standards for tenure and promotion. For more information, see

To Apply: To ensure full consideration, please complete your candidate profile at and upload a letter of interest, resume, contact information including email addresses for three professional references. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For questions, please call: 217-333-8169.

Deadline: In order to ensure full consideration we urge candidates to submit application materials on or before September 29, 2017.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Illinois is an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.

Donna Hoffman
Administrative Assistant
University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign
1408 W. Gregory Dr. - Suite 127
Urbana, IL 61801

Office Phone: 217-333-5495
Cell Phone: 217-621-9149
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