Posted on December 25, 2014.
Behavioral Sciences Librarian (Extended)
Assistant or Associate Professor, University Library
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Position Available: The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. This is a 100%, twelve month, tenure-system appointment.
Duties and Responsibilities: The University of Illinois Library seeks a collaborative, innovative and service-oriented individual for the position of Behavioral Sciences Librarian. Reporting to the Head of the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL), the Behavioral 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 Behavioral Sciences Librarian is responsible for liaison with the Department of Psychology, the School of Social Work, and interdisciplinary research programs such as those at the Beckman Institute, under the direction of the Head of SSHEL. Specific duties include:
- Serve as Library liaison in assigned areas of psychology, social work and related interdisciplinary research programs;
- Provide in-person and virtual reference services as a subject specialist in the SSHEL library and in conjunction with central library services.
- Provide instructional services, both in person and online in areas of liaison responsibility
- Work closely with faculty to establish collection priorities, develop and manage collections in all formats in areas of liaison responsibility;
- 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 the social sciences in conjunction with the campus Research Data Service, headquartered in the Library;
- Coordinate the development and maintenance of the SSHEL Web pages;
- Participate in local and national professional service activities;
- Perform research and publication in areas relevant to the position’s duties and/or the candidate’s professional interests.
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 90 faculty and 300 academic professionals, staff, and graduate assistants. For more detailed information, please visit < http://www.library.illinois.edu/>. The Library consists of multiple 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. SSHEL provides library services to the College of Applied Health Sciences; College of Education; School of Social Work; Graduate School of Library and Information Science; School of Labor and Employment Relations; the American Indian Studies Program; and the Departments of Anthropology, Asian American Studies, Economics, Gender & Women’s Studies, Geography and Geographic Information Science, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology, as well as interdisciplinary biomedical sciences research. SSHEL develops and maintains subject-specific and special collections in a variety of formats to support the present and future information needs of these programs and related departments. Using an array of technologies and resources, SSHEL serves as a gateway to information for researchers on campus and at a distance. In conjunction with the mission of the University and Library policies, SSHEL extends its collections and services to individuals in the State of Illinois and beyond. The Behavioral Sciences Librarian provides direct services to approximately 65 related classroom faculty members and 1800 graduate and undergraduate students in the Department of Psychology and the School of Social Work.
- ALA accredited Master’s degree or equivalent;
- Advanced knowledge of social science disciplines as demonstrated by a degree in a related discipline or by 2 years of related professional experience in an academic or research library;
- Experience with instructional design and delivery, both in-person and online;
- Training and/or experience in webpage development, design and maintenance;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills;
- Evidence of the ability to do research, publication, and service consonant with University standards for tenure and promotion.
- An advanced degree in the behavioral sciences;
- Experience with user-centered methods of web design;
- Experience providing support for scholars’ use and management of data;
- Experience building and sustaining library collections in all formats;
- Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and to work collaboratively and effectively in a team environment;
- Demonstrated understanding of the changing methods of scholarly communication;
- Experience in the delivery of reference services in all formats in an academic setting.
Salary and Rank: Salary and rank commensurate with credentials and experience.
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: 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 www.illinois.edu. 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: <http://illinois.edu/about/community/community.html> or <http://www.ccchamber.org/>.
To Apply: To ensure full consideration, please complete your candidate profile at https://jobs.illinois.edu 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.
Deadline: In order to ensure full consideration we urge candidates to submit application materials on or before February 2, 2015.
Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).