University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Library
Position Available: Position available immediately. This is a 100%, twelve-month, tenure-system appointment.
The University Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign values diversity of thought, perspective, experience and people, and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. We are dedicated to the practices of social justice, diversity, and equality, and strive to overcome historical and divisive biases in our society and embrace diverse points of view as assets to the fabric of our community. All positions will be called on to contribute to building this environment in the Library and throughout the campus community, and we encourage candidates to apply who share these values.
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Position Description: The University Library seeks a dynamic, forward?thinking, service?oriented person to serve as Head of the Scholarly Commons. The Scholarly Commons is the University Library’s interdisciplinary digital scholarship center, a unit at the forefront of providing innovative research and teaching support at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Scholarly Commons operates in a hub-and-spoke model with a number of partner units across the campus, such as the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning and the Seibel Center for Design, and plays a prominent role in outreach for digital scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. Based in the Library’s Office of Research alongside the Research Data Service and Scholarly Communication and Publishing units, the Scholarly Commons collaborates with a network of Library-led units, including the Media Commons, the IDEA Lab at Grainger Engineering Library Information Center, the University Archives, and Special Collections units, to support technology-intensive and interdisciplinary research across the university. For more information on the Scholarly Commons’ service profile, see: https://www.library.illinois.edu/sc/
Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Research as a member of the University Library’s Central Public Services Division, the Head of the Scholarly Commons will oversee a unit with 3.5 FTE, including tenure track faculty and a team of graduate assistants. The Head of the Scholarly Commons has primary responsibility for initiating and leading strong campus partnerships and fostering a departmental culture of innovative and robust in-house service programs, technological infrastructure, and outreach efforts, and will provide leadership for and supervision of digital scholarship services to students, faculty, and other scholars. In addition, the Head of the Scholarly Commons establishes a unit vision and maintains robust collaborations to maximize the impact of the unit’s resources, footprint, and service profile. The University Library has a history of continually evolving to support researcher needs and is currently undertaking a major building renovation. The leadership of the incumbent will be key to the evaluation, vision, and configuration of the Library’s next-generation digital support services, as the Library navigates its transformative renovation, and in future years. For more information, see https://www.library.illinois.edu/library-building-project/
As the Head of the Scholarly Commons, the successful candidate will:
Initiate, shape, and develop the Scholarly Commons’ overall strategy and programs, in close collaboration with Library and campus units , while keeping abreast of trends that impact higher education and community digital scholarship
Coordinate the design, implementation, and assessment of innovative, user?centered, and cross-disciplinary digital scholarship support services in conjunction with other Library and campus units.
Foster a setting for the Scholarly Commons to innovate and experiment with services including professional development of staff to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing environment, and actively support a workplace culture that values and promotes collaboration and a cohesive service philosophy
Collaborate and consult regularly with faculty and staff across the campus stakeholder units, as well as within the Library, on the continual development of digital scholarship support services
Oversee departmental management of operational activities including a service desk, budget, technology, and personnel
Guide and participate in the promotion of the Scholarly Commons on campus and in the Library, including the Scholarly Commons website, community-building events, and social media accounts
Prepare regular and on-demand reports for the Scholarly Commons, including, but not limited to strategic plans, annual reports, and budget proposals
Work with Library Advancement to secure additional funding for the Scholarly Commons
Contribute to the national and international reputation of the University Library through professional research, service, and collaboration with appropriate colleagues and organizations
Environment: The University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign is one of the preeminent research libraries in the world. With more than 14 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 80 faculty and 300 academic professionals, staff, and graduate assistants. For more information, see: http://www.library.illinois.edu/.
Salary and Rank: Minimum salary is $60,000 and is 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 http://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: https://illinois.edu or https://www.champaigncounty.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. For questions, please call: 217-333-8169.
Deadline: In order to ensure full consideration we urge candidates to submit application materials on or before August 14, 2020. All applications received by the closing date will receive full consideration.
The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.
Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent by start of employment, or other advanced degree relevant to the mission of the unit
Evidence of strong supervisory skills developed through increasing responsibilities over three years or more
Practical knowledge of and experience with a range of digital scholarship tools, technologies, and platforms such as textual analysis, geographic information systems, data services, data visualization, and digital humanities
Demonstrated experience providing and managing technology-enriched interdisciplinary services and spaces
Strong communication skills and leadership qualities including an energetic, flexible, creative, proactive approach to service demonstrated by the ability to work collaboratively and effectively with others in a team environment
Evidence of research, professional service, and publication consistent with the ability to succeed in a tenure-track appointment
Supervisory management and project management experience with appointments showing growth in responsibilities, such as experience leading and managing a digital scholarship center, preferably in an academic research library
Experience with strategic planning and implementation
Experience performing research using one or more digital scholarship methods
Demonstrated interest, experience, and/or ability to promote cultural competency, diversity and/or inclusive excellence
Demonstrated experience assessing the effectiveness and impact of programs, services, learning, and/or spaces
Involvement in professional service organizations key to shaping digital scholarship, such as an established leadership role in professional service organizations
Evidence of research, professional service, and publications sufficient to merit appointment at the level of tenured Associate or Full Professor
Additional Salary Information: the base salary is commensurate with credentials and experience.
About University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
About University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - University Library
The University Library holds more than thirteen million volumes and 24 million items and materials in all formats, languages, and subjects, including 9 million microforms, 120,000 serials, 148,000 audio-recordings, over 930,000 audiovisual materials, over 280,000 electronic books, 12,000 films, and 650,000 maps. These collections form the bulk of I-Share, the statewide library online catalog. Currently there are 76 I-Share libraries and more than 30 million library items represented in the I-Share catalog. Users at these I-Share libraries may borrow books directly from the 76 I-Share library participants.
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