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Social Sciences Research Librarian

Assistant, Associate, or full Professor, University Library

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Position Available:

Position available immediately. This is a 100%, twelve-month, tenure-system appointment.

Position Summary:
The University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking a creative, innovative, collaborative, and intellectually curious individual as Social Sciences Research Librarian. The successful candidate will contribute to engaged, inclusive services and scholarship related to assigned areas. We encourage applicants who are committed to the principle that a diverse community enhances our institution and who will help the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign achieve new levels of excellence by fostering and sustaining our diverse and inclusive academic environment.

Reporting to the Head of the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL), the Social Sciences Research Librarian provides outreach and services for research, instruction, and collections in anthropology, sociology, and geographic sciences. Working with colleagues in the library’s Scholarly Commons, this position also provides support for scholars using qualitative data analysis software.

The Social Sciences Research Librarian also supervises and mentors graduate assistants and coordinates training in SSHEL.

The University Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign values diversity of thought, perspective, experience and people, and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. We are dedicated to the practices of social justice, diversity, and equality, and strive to overcome historical and divisive biases in our society and embrace diverse points of view as assets to the fabric of our community. All positions will be called on to contribute to building this environment in the Library and throughout the campus community, and we encourage candidates to apply who share these values.

Duties and Responsibilities:
·        Provide both reference services and in-depth research consultations for faculty and students in anthropology, sociology, and other social and behavioral sciences, in collaboration with colleagues;

·        Delivers instruction to classes, research groups, and other audiences to further information literacy;

·        Develops and manages anthropology and sociology collections in all formats and manages related funds;

·        Serves as the primary point of consultation for researchers with questions about qualitative data analysis tools and approaches in collaboration with colleagues in the Scholarly Commons;

·        Serves as graduate assistant supervisor in SSHEL, working closely with the head of SSHEL to provide high quality reference services to the library's clientele, including university students, faculty, and staff, as well as local community members;

·        Responsible for maintaining and building reference services to the library's clientele, including; training reference staff;

·        Assesses evolving needs related to reference services within SSHEL

·        Contributes to the national and international reputation of the University Library through professional research, service, and collaboration with national colleagues, organizations, and consortia.

Depending upon departmental needs and qualifications of the successful candidate, duties may also include special digital projects, developing and managing additional collections, coordinating specific library programs and operations, and participating in other projects and activities.


·        ALA-accredited MS-LIS or equivalent;
·        Bachelors or advanced degree in a social science discipline served by the library, or a minimum of one year of post-MLS experience in a comparable library;
·        Experience teaching in workshop or classroom settings;
·        Facility with online resources in a reference environment;
·        Supervisory experience;
·        Excellent oral and written communications skills;
·        Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a diverse community, and manage multiple tasks effectively in a team environment;
·        Evidence of the ability to do research, publication, and service consonant with University standards for tenure and promotion.

·        Experience with research software used within the social sciences especially those commonly used in qualitative data analysis such as ATLAS.ti or Nvivo;
·        Degree in anthropology, sociology, or a related social science;
·        Two years professional public service experience in an academic or research library;
·        Experience in collection development /management, and with digital or data services.

Environment: The University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign is one of the preeminent research libraries in the world. With more than 14 million volumes and significant digital resources, it ranks second in size among academic research libraries in the United States and first among public university libraries in the world. As the intellectual heart of the campus, the Library is committed to maintaining the strongest possible collections and services and engaging in research and development activities in pursuit of the University’s mission of teaching, scholarship, and public service. The Library currently employs approximately 80 faculty and 300 academic professionals, staff, and graduate assistants.

As part of a decentralized library system which includes over 20 departmental and college libraries, the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library is a member of the Social Sciences Division. Located in the Main Library building, SSHEL supports the Departments of Anthropology, Asian American Studies, Economics, Gender & Women’s Studies, Geography and Geographic Information Science, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology, the School of Information Sciences, the School of Labor and Employment Relations, the School of Social Work, the College of Applied Health Sciences, the College of Education, and the program in American Indian Studies. Several special collections, including the children’s and young adult literature collection, the curriculum, and occult sciences collection, are part of this Library. The collection in SSHEL is supplemented by extensive holdings in the central book stacks. The staff consists of 7 FTE librarians, 5 FTE support staff, 1.4 FTE graduate assistants, and 3.8 FTE student assistants.

Salary and Rank: Salary commensurate with credentials and experience. 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. Library faculty have an obligation to remain professionally informed, to pursue the discovery of new knowledge related to their field of expertise, to disseminate the results of their scholarly work, and to seek opportunities for service to the Library, campus, state, nation and profession. Library faculty are governed by University
statements on review and promotion found in Article IX of the Statutes, and in Provost’s Communication No. 9 <> and Provost’s Communication No. 13 <>. For more information on library tenure and promotion, see <>.

Terms of Appointment: Twelve-month appointment; 24 annual vacation days; 11 annual paid holidays; 12 annual sick-leave days (cumulative), plus an additional 13 sick-leave days (non-cumulative) available, if needed, each year; health insurance requiring a small co-payment is provided to employee (with the option to purchase coverage for spouse and dependents); required participation in State Universities Retirement System (SURS) (8% of annual salary is withheld and is refundable upon termination), with several options for participation in additional retirement plans; newly-hired employees are covered by the Medicare portion of Social Security and are subject to its deduction.

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 33,000 undergraduates and 14,000 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

To Apply: To ensure full consideration, please complete your candidate profile at and upload a letter of interest, resume, and 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 March 1, 2019.

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

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit

Aneitre Johnson
Business & Human Resources Services Center
University of Illinois, Main Library
1408 W Gregory Dr., Room 127, MC-522
Urbana, Illinois 61801

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