Position Opening for International Reference Librarian at the University of Illinois

Note: This position was formerly the Slavic Reference Service (SRS) Manager position and will work closely with REEEC. Please circulate widely.


International Reference Librarian

Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or 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.

The International and Area Studies library seeks a dynamic individual to expand its renowned Slavic Reference Service (see http://www.library.illinois.edu/spx/srs.html) into other regions of the world. Under the direction of the Head of the International and Area Studies Library, the successful candidate will serve as manager of the Slavic Reference Service, and build international connections through national libraries and other organizations. Additionally, the successful candidate will cultivate local expertise to initiate and develop an International Reference Service focused on providing students, scholars, private and public sector organizations, and the general public with increased access to global and regional knowledge, including the Library’s foreign language collections.

Responsibilities: The International Reference Librarian job responsibilities include:

· Providing reference service;

· Conducting oversight and quality control on the Slavic and International Research Services, including supervision of professional staff and graduate assistants;

· Collaborating with subject and language specialists to develop online guides to research materials, and innovative digital tools to enhance discovery of and access to foreign language collections;

· Organizing and expanding the IAS library’s Summer Research Lab in collaboration with partnering area studies centers and campus units;

· Identifying and securing grants and other funding to build the International Reference Service;

· Providing instruction to students and faculty, and professional development to colleagues throughout the library;

· Serving on Library- and Campus-wide committees, task forces, and working groups;

· The International Reference Librarian will be expected to conduct scholarly research and producing publications related to disciplines concerning the provision of international reference services and/or the refinement of professional theories, policy frameworks, and practices concerning disciplines related to the provision of international reference services. The International Reference Librarian will also be expected to provide Library, University, or public service (for example as a contributor to regional, national, or international initiatives related to the position’s professional responsibilities).

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. The International and Area Studies Library is the campus’ gateway to information and scholarship related to area, international, and global studies, connecting students and scholars to the knowledge crucial to developing global competencies through the study of distinct nations and regions, as well as transnational issues and global concerns. The IAS Library enhances opportunities for collaboration and coordination among the Library’s area and international studies specialists and provides a single, physical service point and Web presence for Library users whose needs span multiple regions of the world. Established in 2011, this new unit brings together the library’s strong area collections on Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Slavic & East Europe with thematic collections focused on Global Studies and European Union Studies in order to support area studies research and foster opportunities for cross-regional and interdisciplinary research. In total, the collection consists of nearly 2 million volumes in over 150 languages.

Qualifications: Required: MLS from an ALA-accredited school or equivalent; demonstrated fluency in written and spoken Russian; experience providing multimodal reference services (in person, email, and online/chat) in an Academic Library; demonstrated experience designing online guides and tutorials; evidence of success leading group/collaborative projects in a professional setting; excellent communication skills; Preferred: 2-plus years of post-MLS experience in an Academic library; strong record of research and publication; second Masters or PhD in a field related to Slavic, East European, and Eurasian studies; written and spoken language skills in additional languages; experience working, living, or conducting field work abroad; successful grant-writing experience; supervisory experience.

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 http://www.library.illinois.edu/committee/promo/pta.html.

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. Only applications submitted through this website will be considered For questions, please call: 217-333-8169.

Deadline: In order to ensure full consideration we urge candidates to submit application materials on or before February 7, 2014.

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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