Coordinator of Library Assessment
Assistant Professor of Library Administration
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Position Available: July 1, 2011. This is a 100%-time, twelve-month, national search for tenure-system Library faculty.
Duties and Responsibilities: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks an innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented professional for the position of Coordinator of Library Assessment. The University Library has a strong tradition of assessment of services and collections, and has committed to the development of a "culture of assessment" as part of its Strategic Plan. Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Services, the successful candidate will provide leadership for the Library Assessment Program and work closely with faculty and staff across the Library, and around the campus, to design and implement an assessment program that supports data-informed decision making related to Library services, collections, technology, and facilities. As a member of the Office of Services, the Coordinator of Library Assessment will join colleagues with similar responsibilities for leadership of Library-wide service programs, including the Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction, the Coordinator for Staff Development and Training, the Coordinator of Web Content and Services, and the Assistant Dean of Libraries for Facilities.
The Coordinator of Library Assessment will:
Illinois is committed to a vision of the future in which the contribution of the academic library to the campus mission is founded on the scope and quality of its service programs. The successful candidate for this position will provide leadership for the development of an assessment program that helps to tell the story of that contribution to the campus, as well as one that helps to inform decision-making across the Library, and to evaluate the effectiveness of Library workflows and service programs.
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 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 10 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 100 faculty members, and more than 300 academic professionals, staff, and graduate assistants. For more information, see: http://www.library.illinois.edu/
The Library consists of more than 30 departmental libraries located across campus, as well as an array of central public, technical, and administrative service units. The Library also encompasses a variety of virtual service points and "embedded librarian" programs. As Coordinator of Library Assessment, the successful candidate will lead the work of the Library Assessment Working Group, and will build on an organizational commitment to scholarly assessment of information services, instructional services, scholarly communications services, and use of electronic resources and Web-based information systems. For more information, see: http://www.library.uiuc.edu/assessment/
Qualifications: Required: ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library and/or Information Science (or equivalent); experience with quantitative and/or qualitative methods of research and evaluation of library services; ability to design, implement, and interpret research that informs decision-making; knowledge of assessment research and practice in libraries; ability to work effectively with a variety of stakeholders, including Library faculty and staff, campus faculty and administrators, students, and members of the public; demonstrated organizational and/or project management skills; strong oral and written communication skills, including experience preparing and presenting the research results to groups inside and outside the library; demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse community of library staff and users; strong commitment to user services; ability to thrive in a fast-paced and busy service environment; demonstrated ability to view issues from a library-wide perspective and to contribute effectively to collaborative projects within and outside the library.
Preferred: knowledge of trends in higher education, especially related to assessment of student learning outcomes, assessment of service programs, and integration of assessment activities with budgeting and planning; experience conducting library assessment activities; experience in academic library public services, technical services, and/or collection management; experience with software applications used to manage and interpret quantitative and/or qualitative data.
Salary and Rank: Salary commensurate with credentials and experience. This is a tenure-track appointment. The successful applicant must meet general University requirements for promotion and tenure, as demonstrated by excellence in librarianship, research and professional service.
Terms of Appointment: Twelve-month appointment; 24 annual vacation days; 11 annual paid holidays; 12 annual sick-leave days (cumulative), plus an additional 13 sick-leave days (non-cumulative) available, if needed, each year; health insurance requiring a small co-payment is provided to employee (with the option to purchase coverage for spouse and dependents); required participation in State Universities Retirement System (SURS) (8% of annual salary is withheld and is refundable upon termination), with several options for participation in additional retirement plans; newly-hired employees are covered by the Medicare portion of Social Security and are subject to its deduction.
Campus and Community: Chartered in 1867, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a comprehensive, public, land-grant university (Doctoral/Research University - Extensive) ranked among the best in the world, including "Top 20" programs in fields such as Engineering, Fine Arts, Business, and Library & Information Science, among others <http://publicaffairs.illinois.edu/rankings/index.htm>. Its faculty and staff provide undergraduate and graduate education in more than 150 fields of study, conduct theoretical and applied research, and provide service to the state, the nation, and the world. It employs 3,000 faculty members serving 31,000 undergraduate and 11,000 graduate and professional students; approximately 25% of faculty receive campus-wide recognition each year for excellence in teaching. For more information, see: http://illinois.edu/about/about.html
The University is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, which have a combined population of 100,000 and are situated approximately 140 miles south of Chicago, 120 miles west of Indianapolis, and 170 miles 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 and its members. For more information, see: http://illinois.edu/about/community/community.html
To Apply: Send letter of application and current curriculum vitae to Paula Kaufman, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, at <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Please include in your letter of application how you would balance the requirements of this .5 FTE appointment with your current role and responsibilities as a member of the Library faculty.
Deadline: In order to ensure full consideration, applications must be received by July 1, 2008.
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