University Library Residency Program




Program Overview

The University of Illinois Library Residency Program is designed to provide early career librarians with an opportunity to gain strong professional expertise and skills in an academic and research library.  The program will allow the Library to fill existing staffing needs, build expertise around new program areas, and to experiment with new processes or technologies.

Individuals in the Library Residency program will gain early career experience in an academic library setting and will be expected to fully participate in the library, engaging in professional committees and organizations, conducting research, and taking part in the range of professional development open to all library faculty. In addition, the residents will be expected to participate in an initial Orientation Training Program, as well as on-going professional development programming throughout the term of their appointment. 

This two year program will include a home department and one to two other departments/units.

Goals of the University Library Residency Program.

At the conclusion of their two-years as a member of the University of Illinois Libraries, the residents will leave the position having:

  • built a strong mentor-mentee relationship with members of the University Library’s faculty and staff;
  • received substantive opportunities to receive a solid introduction to the professional development and training necessary to be successful in their ongoing professional career;
  • taken lead on substantive projects;
  • engaged in meaningful service and committee commitments to the unit that will give them a solid basis to seek further employment;
  • begun developing service relationships with professional organizations that will benefit their career; and
  • begun engaging in the scholarly activities of the profession.

Residency Timeline

The residency program will begin with orientations, training, and establishments of mentorship opportunities.

Year one: The resident may work full-time in the home unit or may divide time between a couple of units.  Orientation, training, job shadowing, information interviews, meeting attendance and presentations will be scheduled to give the resident insight into the administration of an academic research library.  The resident will develop and take the lead on projects.

Year two: The resident completes rotations in a couple of units to gain familiarity with a variety of library functions. The resident works on and completes their capstone project and disseminates the project results through conference presentations and/or publications.


Positions Open Spring 2017  FINAL

Visiting Residency Librarian (Four Positions)

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Library is pleased to announce a new opportunity for early-career librarians to gain professional experience and mentoring through a new library residency program. The residency program is offered to librarians within two years of receiving their degrees. The University Library seeks opportunities to help early career librarians embark on successful careers in academic and research libraries. Through the program, the residency librarian will gain in-depth work experience in academic librarianship, will be introduced to academic library administration, and will gain experience designing, conducting, and sharing the results of a research project. As part of a cohort of new professionals, the resident will benefit from mentoring and the opportunity to work closely with a group of individuals in the University Library. Individuals hoping to help the library advance and with the interest in developing themselves as a professional and scholar are encouraged to apply.

Time period:  Start date August 16, 2017 through August 15, 2019

We are recruiting to fill four, two-year positions with individuals who desire to build their skills and contribute to one of the following four areas of strategic importance and need to the institution:

African American Studies

Data Analytics and Visualization

Digital Humanities Pedagogy

Digital Preservation


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 which 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 13 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 90 faculty members, and more than 300 academic professionals, staff, and graduate assistants. For more information, see:



  • ALA-accredited Masters of library and information science or an equivalent degree received within the last two years of position start date;
  • All successful applicants will have demonstrated ability to work collegially and cooperatively with others in a team environment.
  • All successful applicants will have demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in writing as evidenced by their cover letter
  • Familiarity with or demonstrated interest in the area(s) of librarianship relevant to the specific residency positions in which  the candidate has an interest.


African American Studies Resident

  • Additional advanced degree in a humanities or social sciences discipline, with a focus on African American Studies;
  • Familiarity with or demonstrated interest in digital publishing and scholarly communications;
  • Teaching experience or experience conducting training;
  • Familiarity with collection development in an academic library setting

Data Analytics and Visualization Resident

  • Coursework or experience in data visualization;
  • Familiarity with data visualization tools (e.g., Tableau, Splunk, R);
  • Familiarity with best practices in data visualization;
  • Coursework or experience in statistical analysis;
  • Familiarity with conducting training and teaching, and developing program materials;
  • Demonstrated ability to remain conversant with newly evolving technologies;

Digital Humanities Pedagogy Resident

  • Knowledge of or demonstrated experience with research methods and tools in digital humanities, especially for text analysis or digital publishing;
  • Demonstrated experience or familiarity with teaching workshops or conducting other types of training events, especially for digital tools;
  • Demonstrated experience with instructional design or development of program materials;
  • Ability to remain conversant with newly evolving technologies;

Digital Preservation Resident

  • training or professional experience in digital preservation and born-digital content processing and/or data curation;
  • knowledge of best and evolving practice for providing access to content stored in proprietary, obsolete, and threatened file formats;
  • ability to install and evaluate computer programs;
  • demonstrated interest in developing digital preservation procedures and policy;
  • strong project management and research skills

Position Available:  The expected start date for the four Visiting Resident Librarians is August 16, 2017

Salary and Rank:  The salary for all four positions is $50,000. A relocation allowance will be provided to offset documented expenses. Successful candidate will join the University Library as Visiting Assistant Professors.

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 & 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 3,000 faculty members who serve 31,000 undergraduates and 12,000 graduate and professional students; approximately 25% of faculty receives campus-wide recognition each year for excellence in teaching. More information about the campus is available at

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

To Apply:  To ensure full consideration, please create your candidate profile at and upload your letter of interest (detailing which position or positions you are interested in being considered for and details about your skills and experiences in that area. curriculum vitae, and contact information (including email addresses) for three professional references. Please see this web page for more information on each position (  Samples of relevant work or links to portfolios are also appreciated. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For questions, please contact Library Human Resources at 217-333-8169.

Deadline: In order to ensure full consideration, applications must be received by April 17, 2016. The review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer


Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a  disability or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.  (