The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Library of the Health Sciences (LHS) seeks a tenure system faculty librarian to build health sciences collections in all formats. This highly collaborative position coordinates and consults with liaison librarians to support and manage collection development across the four LHS sites in Chicago, Peoria, Rockford, and Urbana. Reporting directly to the Associate University Librarian for the Health Sciences, the Health Sciences Collection Librarian will also work closely with the UIC Library Collections Coordinator who will provide support and accountability for certain aspects of the position.
The Library of the Health Sciences supports UIC programs in medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, applied health sciences, public health, and doctoral programs in basic and clinical science, several at multiple sites.
This tenure system appointment includes expectations the faculty member will actively engage in and significantly contribute to the profession through research/scholarship and service related to professional and scholarly interests. This includes publication, presentation, and committee work. Expectations are further outlined in the norms for tenure-track/tenured appointments (https://uofi.app.box.com/v/ptlibnorms).
UIC is proud to be recognized as having one of the most ethnically and culturally rich college campuses in America. The qualified applicant will demonstrate an interest and ability to work in a diverse environment and meet the learning needs of a diverse student body.
- Leads collections development and maintenance for print and electronic resources that includes subscriptions to databases, e-journals, and e-books that serve the whole of LHS while ensuring the collection is balanced to support all subject areas.
- Works with the UIC Library Collections Coordinator on consortial collections development, overall collections policy, budget planning, and big deal journal package analysis. Serves as the UIC Library Collections Coordinator’s primary contact for LHS collection development.
- Manages the health sciences collections budget and allocates funds to all LHS sites.
- Serves as the primary contact for vendors. Monitors and evaluates new products and changes to existing subscriptions and licenses.
- Disseminates collections information to internal and external audiences, and works with the Communications Director to publicize notable developments.
- Coordinates the development and documentation of LHS collections policies and processes.
- Schedules and chairs regular meetings with LHS liaisons to discuss collections issues, coordinate collections work, and provide ongoing training on best practices and trends.
Master’s degree in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited program; two years of professional library experience; experience in an academic library (or equivalent); familiarity with collection development and acquisitions; knowledge of emergent library roles, collections issues, and electronic resources; strong user-focused services orientation; excellent written communication and interpersonal skills; flexibility to work collaboratively in a team environment; strong project management skills; evidence of good judgment and organizational skills; and demonstrated ability to meet University standards in research, publication and professional service commensurate with tenure.
Additional Desirable Qualifications: Experience in a health sciences library or subject background in the health sciences.
Salary commensurate with experience; benefits for a twelve month appointment include 24 days vacation; 12 days annual sick leave with additional disability benefits; 11 paid holidays; 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 is required. This appointment is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois and UIC United Faculty Local 6456, IFT-AFT, AAUP.
For fullest consideration, apply by May 17, 2019 with cover letter, C.V., and name and contact information for at least three references. The position close date is July 1, 2019.
The University of Illinois conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer of employment. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or status as an individual with a disability.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.