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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS LIBRARY at URBANA-CHAMPAIGN Associate University Librarian for Services and Associate/Professor of Library Administration

One of the world’s premier libraries, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library invites applications from, and nominations of, individuals with vision, creativity, energy, initiative, and leadership ability to articulate, plan, assess, and promote service in all areas of the Library.  Services are at the heart of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library’s mission and operations.  New technologies, new access modes, and financial realities are converging to provide exciting opportunities to reshape the delivery of services to Library clientele as well as to Library faculty and staff.  Through the development and application of new and traditional service delivery models, the Library is consolidating physical units and creating opportunities for librarians to be more collaborative with the communities they serve. 


We seek the coordination and improvement of services to all users, both on and off campus, within a framework of departmental libraries and distributed service points. Working together with the Associate University Librarian for Collections, the Associate University Librarian for Information Technology Planning and Policy, and the University Librarian, the Associate University Librarian for Services enables the Library to provide traditional and new services of the highest quality to our users. This position serves as part of the senior administrative team of the UIUC Library, providing dynamic leadership, planning, and assessment of services in reference, information literacy/instruction, access/delivery services, inter-library loan, media services, remote/distance services, acquisitions, and cataloging. The AUL for Services will build on our commitment to focus our public, technical and access service programs on user needs. This position oversees the Office of Services, including the coordinator of information literacy, coordinator of staff development and training, and director of facilities.




Reporting to the University Librarian, the Associate University Librarian for Services will:


·        Provide vision, dynamic leadership, planning, and assessment of services, including reference, information literacy/instruction, access/delivery services, inter-library loan, media services, remote/distance services, acquisitions, and cataloging.

·        Formulate, articulate, and assess policy goals; and develop actions for all areas of service, working collaboratively with Library faculty and staff.

·        Work closely with all units providing public service or technical services to achieve excellence in service to all users of the Library system.

·        Work collaboratively with unit heads to create a core level of services throughout the Library system.

·        Directs the work of faculty and staff within the Office of Services.

·        Enable individual units to carry out service needs assessment and evaluation and improve their services based on these measurements and reports.

·        Collect and compile reports and data to assess the Library’s effectiveness and/or as required by such organizations as the Association of Research Libraries.

·        Participate in strategic and budgetary programmatic planning, funds development, and grant proposals development.

·        Participate as a member of the senior administrative team of the Library, and on the Library Budget Group.

·        Participate in University committees and represent the Library regionally and nationally.




·        A master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited program or the equivalent.

·        Experience in effectively shaping implementing, and assessing innovative, comprehensive library programs and services (public, technical and/or access services.)

·        A minimum of 5 years successful experience in an academic or research library service program on a broad scale, including design and coordination of library services.

·        A clearly articulated vision for the future of library services.

·        Excellent leadership, communication, interpersonal, analytical, quantitative, planning, and organizational skills.

·        Ability to view issues from a library-wide perspective and to contribute effectively to collaborative projects within and outside the library.

·        Experience with research, and assessment methodologies.

·        Knowledge of trends in higher education, learning and service assessment, and information technology that affect print, media, and electronic information service delivery, on-site and remotely.

·        Understanding of information fluency, scholarly communication issues, and curricular processes in higher education, and their ongoing transformation by emerging technologies, resource sharing, and web delivery.

·        Commitment to strong programs for information literacy/instruction, academic liaison and other outreach activities, and web-based service initiatives.

·        Understanding of access to and preservation of collections in all formats.

·        Ability to thrive in ambiguity.

·        Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.

·        Excellent written and oral communication skills.

·        A distinguished record of research and publication commensurate with appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor.


Salary And Rank :  


Salary commensurate with experience and credentials. This is a faculty appointment and must meet general university requirements for promotion and tenure (program development, research and publication, and University/professional service). Appointment as Associate Professor with tenure or Professor with tenure.


Terms Of Appointment


Twenty-four work days vacation per year, 11 paid holidays, 12 days annual sick leave (cumulative) plus additional 13 days (non cumulative) per year if necessary, health insurance, requiring a small co-payment, is provided to employees (coverage for dependents may be purchased); participation in the State Universities Retirement System which includes several private options, is compulsory upon appointment (8% of member's salary is withheld and is refundable upon termination); newly hired university employees are covered by the Medicare portion of Social Security, and are subject to its deduction.


Campus & Community


The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a comprehensive, major public university that is ranked among the best in the country.  It provides undergraduate and graduate education in more than 150 fields of study and conducts both theoretical and applied research, and provides public service to the state and the nation.  Urbana-Champaign, located about 135 miles south of Chicago, is a cosmopolitan university community of over 100,000.  Champaign County is home to more than 175,000 people and provides a peaceful, rural environment that complements the considerable cultural, sports, and recreational benefits of a major university.


Application/Closing Date:


Send cover letter, vita, a statement of no more than 500 words articulating a vision for the

future of library services and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of five references

to: Cindy Kelly, Head, Library Human Resources, University of Illinois Library at Urbana-

Champaign, 1408 West Gregory Drive, Urbana, Illinois, 61801, (217) 333-8168, or via e-mail

to   For maximum consideration, applications should be

received by January 31, 2006.  The search will remain open until an appointment is made. 

Position available: August 16, 2006.               .