Job Posting: Applied Health Sciences Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Position Available:  Position available August 16, 2014. This is a 100%, twelve-month, tenure-system appointment.

Position Description:  The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library seeks an innovative, intellectually curious, and service-oriented individual to provide subject expertise for multi and interdisciplinary programs in the appliedhealth sciences. This individual will also support collections, services, and programs related to social equality and cultural understanding especially as applied in the health fields. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign supports undergraduate and graduate-level instruction in a variety of health sciences fields, and the person in this position works closely with other health sciences library positions and libraries on campus, such as the Biomedical Sciences Librarian; the Veterinary Medicine Librarian; the Biosciences Librarian; the Funk ACES Library; the Grainger Engineering Library Information Center, and the UIC Library of the Health Sciences, Urbana.

Duties and Responsibilities:  Reporting to the Head of the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL), the Applied Health Sciences Librarian will contribute to the University Library’s suite of service activities, including information and instructional services, scholarly communication and research support services, collection development, liaison and outreach services. The position works most directly with the College of Applied Health Sciences.Specific duties include:

·         Serve as liaison to the Department of Speech & Hearing Science, the Department of Recreation, Sport & Tourism in the College of Applied Health Sciences; and the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (including coordination with the Library’s ADA Administrator);

·         Work closely with faculty to establish collection priorities, develop and manage collections in all formats in areas of liaison responsibility;

·         Collaborate with other subject specialists in like fields on collection development/management, in particular, Biomedical, Biosciences, and Veterinary Medicine, as well as with the University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences;

·         Coordinate resources and services to the College of Applied Health with the Biomedical Sciences Librarian;

·         Provide information and instructional services, both in person and using digital media, in areas of liaison responsibility.  Digital media may include websites, interactive online learning objects, tutorials, and social networking;

·         Monitor trends in scholarly publishing in areas of liaison responsibility to inform the design of library services and the development of library collections;

·         Develop data stewardship and research support services in conjunction with the campus Research Data Service, headquartered in the Library,  for Applied Health Sciences faculty interdisciplinary research;

·         Participate in professional activities and monitor developments and best practices elsewhere to help ensure the excellence of Illinois’ Applied Health Sciences collections and services;

·         Share responsibility for scheduling and oversight of information and reference services in SSHEL;

·         Contribute to library-wide information, instruction, research support services, including virtual reference and information desk hours;

·         Serve on library and/or Urbana campus committees, task forces, and working groups;

·         Other duties as assigned

Environment:  The University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign is one of the preeminent research libraries in the world. With more than 13 million volumes and significant digital resources, it ranks second in size among academic research 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 possible collections and services and engaging in research and development activities in pursuit of the University’s mission of teaching, scholarship, and public service. The Library currently employs approximately 100 faculty and 300 academic professionals, staff, and Graduate Assistants. For more detailed information, please visit The College of Applied Health Sciences has 60.75 FTE tenure system faculty with 1,982 undergraduate and 274 graduate students.

The Library consists of an array of central public, technical, and administrative service units, as well as multiple departmental libraries located across campus. The Library also encompasses a variety of virtual service points and “embedded librarian” programs. The Social Sciences, Health and Education Library, a newly merged unit since the Fall 2013, consolidates collections and service programs of the former Education and Social Science Library and the Applied Health Sciences Library.

Qualifications: Required: ALA-accredited Master’s degree or equivalent; demonstrated experience of at least 1 year working in a health sciences related position; experience providing information, reference, and instructional services in an academic or research library; experience with online information resources, and information management tools for health and medicine; experience creating and maintaining web pages or online learning tools;  demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and to work collaboratively and effectively with others in a team environment; evidence of flexibility and ability to thrive in a complex and fluid organizational environment; evidence of the ability to do research, publication, and service consonant with University standards for tenure and promotion; evidence of excellent communication and analytical skills.  Preferred: Advanced degree in a health sciences discipline; experience providing scholarly support services such as data services and/or scholarly communications services; experience building and sustaining library collections in all formats; familiarity with online learning environments; experience working with disability services or knowledge of modifying services and online materials to include universal design.


Salary and Rank:  Salary commensurate with credentials and experience. Librarians have faculty rank, and must demonstrate excellence in librarianship, research, and university/professional/community service in order to meet university standards for tenure and promotion. For more information, see

Terms of Appointment: Twelve month appointment; 24 work days’ vacation per year; 11 paid holidays; 12 days annual sick leave (cumulative up to a maximum of 240 days) 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 is required upon appointment (8% of member’s salary is withheld and is tax exempt until retirement); 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 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 complete your candidate profile at and upload a letter of interest, resume, and contact information including email addresses for three professional references. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For questions, please call: 217-333-8169.

Deadline:  In order to ensure full consideration, applications and nominations must be received by 7/10/14.  Interviews may occur before the closing date; however, no decisions will be made prior to the closing date.

Illinois is an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.


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