Library Committee Handbook

Executive Committee



Outreach Librarian for Multicultural Services and Assistant or Associate Professor of Library Administration

University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign

 

 

Position Available:

Position available: __________A full-time tenure track, or tenured position with the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor of Library Administration.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

 

The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign is seeking an experienced public service librarian to provide focused support for the delivery of library services and resources to diverse populations across campus. The Outreach Librarian for Multicultural Services will report directly to the AUL for Services and is responsible for the development, implementation, and assessment of multicultural programs and initiatives for the University Library.  This librarian will work formally with those university offices and specific academic programs that support education across all cultural and ethnic groups on campus. The incumbent will also work with a variety of student groups on campus to keep them informed of Library programs and to collaborate on ways to bring more services to those groups. Within the library system, the Outreach Librarian for Multicultural Services will work collaboratively with various subject selectors to develop programs and services. With an office in the undergraduate library, the librarian will also work closely with the Undergraduate Library Instruction Coordinator and with the Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction to develop the capacity for the Library to support the diverse learning initiatives on campus. The incumbent will be a member of the User Education Committee and is formally part of the Central Public Services Division of the Library.

 

Environment

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is committed to excellence, and its emphasis on diversity is a vital part of that commitment. In a university, the clash of ideas, the testing of assumptions, the enrichment of culture through exposure to many cultures are vital to the missions of teaching, research, and service. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is dedicated to creating an environment that celebrates diversity and fostering a campus climate that has a place for each person, a place from which each person can explore the rich tapestry of knowledge.

 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 academic 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 http://www.library.uiuc.edu/.

 

The Library consists of more than 40 departmental libraries that are located throughout campus and administratively organized into eight divisions.  One of the largest UIUC libraries, the Undergraduate ("Undergrad") Library, serves as a logical point of introduction to the larger University Library system; the website address is http://www.library.uiuc.edu/ugl.  The Undergrad Library collection has been developed to support undergraduate coursework and research and to encourage the full use of the scholarly resources available throughout the University Library.  The Undergraduate Library collection includes over 250,000 books, 320 current magazine and journal subscriptions, 3,200 reserve items, and over 75,000 non-print items.

 

Librarians collaborate with campus faculty and staff to develop instruction that is responsive to teaching and learning needs and furthers the development of student information literacy.  The programs are characterized by assessment of student learning outcomes and systematic program evaluation and particular attention is paid to identifying unserved and underserved groups.

(taken from Vision for Information Literacy Services and Instruction)

 

Qualifications:

Required:  Accredited Masters Degree in Library Science, with direct experience in providing service to a diverse academic community. Experience with program development and management of library outreach programs as well as knowledge of current and emerging technologies, especially as related to computer-aided instruction (CAI), and other multimedia applications.  Evidence of ability to perform research, achieve publication, and engagement in university/professional/community service in order to meet the University's standards for promotion and tenure. Ability to work in a heterogeneous and multi-unit environment. Demonstrated oral and written communication skills

Preferred:  Knowledge of one or more of the following subject areas:  Afro-American Studies, Asian American Studies, Latino/Latina Studies, Native American Studies or other multicultural research areas.  Ability to speak Spanish or reading knowledge of another language of the major U. S. immigrant groups is preferred.

Desired:  Demonstrated experience in grant project design, writing and implementation.

Salary and Rank: Salary is competitive and is commensurate with experience and credentials.   This is a full time faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, depending on service and research record.