Library Human Resources

 University Job Title: Graduate Assistant, Instruction and Outreach


Unit Name: Literatures and Languages Library- 10 Hours per week (.25)

Primary Position Function/Summary: Pre-professional librarian duties primarily consisting of: assessing the combined theatre collections of the Music and Performing Arts Library (MPAL) and Literatures and Languages Library (LLL); revising and expanding LLL subject research materials and LibGuides; creating instructional videos on LLL library procedures, reference tools, and collections; working on outreach and public engagement strategies for the LLL.

Major Duties and Responsibilities: The Literatures and Languages Library’s mission is to provide research materials and services to the UIUC campus for research and study of the literature and languages of Western Europe, North and South America, and Franco- and Luso-phone Africa as well as linguistics. The unit serves as the primary library for the School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, the Department of English, and Cinema Studies. The unit’s major functions are the selection and ordering of print and online materials (books, journals, magazines, films, reference works and databases), reference, instruction, and outreach to the campus and local community.

Graduate assistants support the unit’s strategic goals by strengthening its ability to provide access and use of library materials, by helping to develop new services to meet the changing needs of faculty and students, and by expanding virtual services. This graduate assistant position will focus on supporting the expansion of instruction and outreach services and resources in the Literatures and Languages Library.  The core areas of the assistant’s work will be:

Instruction and Outreach: Assessing the Literatures and Languages Library’s current efforts in regard to theatre, and developing a plan for improving instruction and outreach.  This work might include the development of increased liaison with lecturers and faculty for particular courses; producing support materials for student and faculty patrons (for example, short videos introducing our services, collections, and reference materials); and expanding collection materials in overlooked areas.

 Specific Projects for FY2015

  1. Review current LibGuides, and create new ones where appropriate.
  2. Assess the theatre collection holdings in the LLL, and develop a report on the current division of print materials in theatre between LLL and the Music & Performing Arts Library. 
  3. Revise and develop instructional materials (including but not limited to research guides, handouts, and instructional videos) for theatre.
  4. Work with academic faculty to identify areas of need in the area of instruction.
  5. Contribute reference hours to the library’s main reference area as required.

It is intended that this position will be shared with the Music & Performing Arts Library. The successful candidate will spend 10 hours per week at each location.

Organizational Chart: This position reports to Harriett Green, English and Digital Humanities Librarian, who in turn reports to Paula Carns, Head of the Literatures and Languages Library. Paula reports to John Wilkin, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries.

Position Requirements and Qualifications:
Applicants must have a strong background in the study and research of English literature or a closely related humanities discipline. Experience in providing instructional materials in an educational setting also strongly preferred.

 Education: B.A. or M.A. in appropriate subject discipline.

 Experience: Enrollment in a master’s coursework at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

 Training:Training in academic library practices and procedures.


 Required: knowledge of humanities (especially performing arts) and of the reference tools commonly used for one or more humanities subjects.

 Preferred: academic coursework in theatre, dance, or the performing arts; knowledge of a second European language; familiarity with instruction techniques.

 Supervisor: Harriett Green, English and Digital Humanities Librarian

 Please send a cover letter expressing interest in the position and a current resume outlining relevant experience and skills to Harriett Green ( by Monday, April 21, 2014. Any questions about the position should also be directed either to Harriett, or to John Wagstaff, Interim Head of the Literatures and Languages Library (