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International Library Initiatives Specialist
International Library Initiatives Specialist
Mortenson Center for International Library Programs
University Library
Academic Professional
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Position Available: The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. This is a 100% Academic Professional appointment.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Statement and EEO Statement: 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 we 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 who share these values to apply.
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Responsibilities: The International Library Initiatives Specialist reports to the Director of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, who reports to the University Librarian. The dynamic and innovative International Library Initiatives Specialist will have the knowledge and skills to design and lead the instruction of international librarians, contribute to the strategic development of the Center, cultivate international library partnerships and initiatives, engage in grant writing and project management, and promote the Center’s activities and its mission using their professional library and information science (LIS) subject expertise; international, intercultural and multilingual competence; and pedagogical (online and in-person) and technological skills. National and international travel is required as part of the position.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
International Professional Library Training and Programming
  • Lead and build international partnerships, outreach and engagement to develop and implement Center activities and advance its mission, drawing on knowledge of globalization, sustainable development, and collective impact.
  • Drive the planning, delivery, and evaluate for continuous improvement of the Associates Program, the visitors program and other international, professional library and information training and development programs (online and in-person).
  • Provide expertise for international library queries, program and event planning, and library and information leadership development.
  • Initiate and direct the development and writing of proposals, reports, and budgets, as well as conduct research and assessment for publications and presentations.
  • Lead and design new employee/volunteer orientation; manage the development, delivery and evaluation of employee training; and supervise staff and volunteers for international library and information programs and initiatives.
  • Conduct work in-person and online, and travel nationally and internationally, as needed.
 Center Organizational and Strategic Initiatives
  • Conduct research to recommend and design international library strategic directions and initiatives for the Center, and drive innovation.
  • Identify and assess Center programs and activities, synthesize findings, and write reports or other forms of communication, as part of the Center’s strategic planning process, with the goal to increase organizational development, effective operations and impact in international library and community development, and sustainability.
  • Direct the Center’s web presence and marketing initiatives to promote the Center’s programs, achievements, resources, activities, etc., using digital and non-digital media.
  • Supervise, mentor, and collaborate with staff and volunteers in the development of Center strategic initiatives and effective management and operations of the Center to advance international library development, education and sustainable development.
  • Represent the Center as needed when the Center Director is away or unavailable.
  • Other related duties as assigned.
Library, Campus and Other Professional Outreach and Engagement
  • Serve on and/or chair university, library and professional association committees to influence and advance the role of libraries and librarians in international education, understanding, and peace. 
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Academic Professional employees are encouraged to use “investigation time” to pursue areas of interest, not directly in support of an immediate program need, in accordance with the University Library’s policy on Investigation Time for Academic Professional Employees <http://www.library.illinois.edu/administration/human/resources/investigationtime.html>. Some investigations originating in this manner may evolve into regular work assignments or production activities.
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: http://www.library.illinois.edu/.
The mission of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs is to strengthen international ties among libraries and librarians worldwide for the promotion of international education, understanding and peace.  Activities include training of international librarians, international partnerships, hosting visiting professionals and scholars, and lectures. The Center is currently comprised of one faculty member, one civil service staff, and various graduate hourly employees. More information on the Center can be found at www.library.illinois.edu/mortenson.
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 www.illinois.edu. 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: http://illinois.edu/about/community/community.html or http://www.ccchamber.org/.
Salary and Rank: Minimum salary is $60,000 and commensurate with credentials and experience.
To Apply: To ensure full consideration, please complete your candidate profile at https://jobs.illinois.edu 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 June 17, 2022.  All applications received by the closing date will receive full consideration.
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Position: International Library Initiatives Specialist
Organization: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library
Location: Urbana,  IL 
United States
Salary: Minimum salary is $60,000 and commensurate with credentials and experience.
Posting Start Date: 5/18/2022
Date Posted: 5/18/2022
Requirements Required qualifications:  
  • ALA-accredited Master’s in library and information science (MLIS) or equivalent/related degree
  • Specialization in an area of libraries, technologies, archives and/or cultural heritage management
  • At least 2 years professional experience in Libraries, Archives, Training, and/or comparable information setting, serving an international, multilingual user community
  • Demonstrated experience applying a global mindset in strategic planning, professional library and information training (online, in-person and/or hybrid), research and project management
  • Demonstrated search, analytical and writing skills, producing clear deliverables in various international and LIS media
  • Proven experience working and effectively communicating in diverse and international LIS organizations and professional settings
  • Strong interpersonal skills, cultural competence, excellent customer-center focus, and commitment to advancing equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility in international LIS contexts
  • Experience collaborating with and/or directing multicultural and international teams and partners
  • Strong organizational skills and the analytical ability to problem solve, and manage multiple international LIS projects and objectives at the same time
  • Demonstrated knowledge and proficiency of software and technology for project management, training, research, and communication globally
Preferred qualifications:  
  • Fluency in one or more non-English languages
  • Demonstrated supervisory experience of diverse and international LIS staff
  • Knowledge of leadership development, international library policy, foresight studies, and/or the role of LIS organizations in advancing sustainable development
  • Knowledge of organizational progress and/or change management in libraries, nationally and/or internationally
  • Demonstrated experience writing and successfully securing international and library grants, and driving innovation.
Status: This listing expires on: 8/16/2022
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United States
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