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Business Reference Specialist

.5 FTE Academic Professional

University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign


Position Available:

Immediately.  This is a half-time regular, Academic Professional position in the University Library.


Duties and Responsibilities:

The Business Reference Specialist works closely with the Head of the Business & Economics Library to provide high quality reference services and to assist in the facilitation of communicating/marketing services to the unit's clientele via the Internet. Library clientele includes university students, faculty and staff as well as local community members. The Business & Economics Library is part of the Social Sciences Division. Located in the Main Library building, the Business & Economics Library serves the College of Business and the Department of Economics. The collection of 60,000 volumes is supplemented by extensive holdings in the central book stacks, large collections of microform materials and many article and financial databases. Over 1,200 serial subscriptions are received currently.

Reporting to the Head of the Business & Economics Library, this person is responsible for maintaining and building reference services to the library's clientele; supervising graduate assistants, scheduling reference services (virtually and within the building) as well as providing direct services at the reference desk. Other duties include oversight of user statistics collection; oversight of web pages created by the Business & Economics Library; attend Social Sciences Division meetings; and work on ad hoc projects or other duties as assigned.



The University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign is one of the preeminent research collections in the nation and the world.  With more than 10 million volumes and a total of 21 million items, it ranks third among 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 collections and services possible and engaging in research and development activities—both of which support the University’s mission of teaching, research, and public service.  The Library currently employs approximately 100 faculty and 300 staff members.  For more detailed information, please visit


The Library consists of more than 40 departmental libraries that are located throughout campus and administratively organized into eight divisions.  The Business & Economics Library’s mission is to serve the instructional and research needs of the faculty and students in the College of Business and the Department of Economics.  The Business & Economics Library is ranked in the top 50 academic business libraries and employs a staff of 2.5 faculty and 5 FTEs.  More information is available on the Business & Economics Library homepage at



Required: MLS from an ALA accredited library school; experience working in an academic or public library.   Experience with using business article databases; financial statements databases (e.g. Thomson or Mergent); and collaborative computer applications (e.g. MS Excel) in a reference environment.  Enthusiasm for working in public services and learning new resources.  Previous supervisory and web development experience.  Excellent oral and written communications skills in a team-based environment. 


Preferred:  Experience with working with business students and professionals and with blog software, such as Movable-Type.


Salary and Rank: Salary is competitive and is commensurate with experience and credentials.


Terms of Appointment:

Twelve-month full-time Academic Professional appointment; the following benefits are pro-rated to reflect the percent of appointment; 24 work days vacation per year, 11 paid holidays, 12 days annual sick leave (cumulative) plus an 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 (8% of staff 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 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 2,000 faculty members who serve 26,000 undergraduates and 10,000 graduate and professional students; approximately 25% of faculty receives campuswide recognition each year for excellence in teaching. More information about the campus is available http//


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 .



Send letter of application and complete resume with names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses (where available) of three references to: Cindy Kelly, Head, Library Human Resources, University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign, 1408 West Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL  61801.  E-mail  Electronic applications are acceptable initially, but must be followed by a hard copy with signature.  Phone:  (217) 333-8169. 


Deadline:   In order to ensure maximum consideration, applications and nominations must be received by the deadline date.