Job announcement – Clinical Assistant Professor & Acquisitions Librarian

by | Apr 29, 2010 | 0 comments

The University Library of the University of Illinois at Chicago seeks a dynamic and knowledgeable librarian to provide acquisitions expertise and to help lead its Resource Acquisition & Management Department (RAM). RAM is a newly-formed combination of acquisitions and cataloging that emphasizes fast, accurate, and efficient processing of both electronic and print materials. The Acquisitions Librarian, working in close cooperation with colleagues in RAM and other departments, will oversee the expenditure of a materials budget of more than $8 million for an ARL library with a significant health sciences component. The successful candidate will manage the Acquisitions & Rapid Cataloging Unit, lend expertise to the Electronic Resources Unit and the Resource Description & Access Unit, and play a significant role in managing overall department operations. There will be substantial and continuous opportunities to improve processes, reporting capabilities, and vendor relations.

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is a premier urban public research university with 15 colleges (including 6 in the health sciences) and more than 26,000 students. Its student body is one of the most diverse in the U.S. Research not funded by the university exceeded $280 million in 2009/10. Through its hallmark Great Cities Commitment, UIC works with private and public partners on hundreds of programs to improve urban life. The University Library fully embraces and strives to foster the research, teaching, clinical, and service goals of the University. UIC librarians are recognized for their leadership in the profession and are among the most productive and cited researchers among practicing librarians.


  • Provide leadership for a unit consisting of about 12 FTE staff that acquires print monographs and serials and provides copy cataloging for them via Voyager
  • Work closely with selectors, the Electronic Resources Librarian, and the Library Business Office to order, receive, pay for, and make accessible electronic acquisitions (60% of budget) and print materials (40% of budget)
  • Identify and provide leadership in implementing technologies to make acquisition and fast cataloging functions more efficient
  • Monitor and issue reports on library materials expenditures in order to maintain fiscal control
  • Work with vendors to arrange for effective and low-cost purchases and services
  • Oversee use of the Voyager acquisitions client * Establish and maintain copy cataloging standards


Master’s degree in Library Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association; two years professional library experience or equivalent professional experience; experience in library acquisitions, including managing the business aspects of acquisitions; basic knowledge of current cataloging rules, classification schemes, and subject headings; experience with a variety of online applications appropriate to acquisitions; demonstrated ability to work effectively with colleagues, staff, and users; supervisory and staff development experience; ability to manage detailed tasks; excellent communication and interpersonal skills that will contribute to a collaborative environment; keen analytical and problem-solving skills that lead to ongoing process improvement; evidence of ability to meet University standards in publication and professional service commensurate with appointment as a clinical faculty member.


Experience in pre-order searching and copy cataloging in a large academic library; familiarity with acquiring, cataloging, and classifying health sciences materials; accounting experience; experience in a consortial environment.


Salary and rank dependent upon qualifications and experience; entry level faculty appointments begin at $47,000; faculty status; twelve month appointment with 24 days vacation; 12 days annual sick leave with additional disability benefits; 11 paid holidays; paid medical insurance (contribution based on annual salary; coverage for dependents may be purchased); two dental plans available; life insurance paid for by the State; participation in one of the retirement options of the State Universities Retirement System compulsory (8% of salary is withheld and is tax exempt until withdrawal); no Social Security coverage but Medicare payment required; physical examination at University Health Service is required upon appointment.

For fullest consideration, apply by June 1, 2010 with cover letter, supporting resume, and name and address of at least three references to:

Annie Marie Ford
Director of Library Human Resources
University Library, M/C 234
University of Illinois at Chicago
801 S. Morgan St. Chicago, IL 60607
Fax: 312.413.0424


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