Tuesday, November 16, 2010

International and Area Studies Library Head and Professor of Library Administration, University of Illinois

Dear Colleagues:

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library has an exciting opportunity to lead in reshaping international and area studies.  The information below provides details about the position.  We welcome applications and suggestions of people who you think might be strong candidates for the position.  If you would like more information, please contact the chair of the search committee:  Barbara J. Ford, Director and Distinguished Professor, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, by email at bjford@illinois.edu or by telephone at +1-217-244-1898.

International and Areas Studies Librarian and Head, International and Area Studies Library and Professor of Library Administration
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library

Position Available:  Position is open until filled.  This is a full-time, twelve-month, tenure-system faculty appointment.  Rank at the level of Associate or Full Professor of Library Administration with tenure, depending on the qualifications of the candidate selected.  The librarian appointment is permanent, but all current unit head appointments in the University Library are five-year, renewable terms. The successful candidate must meet requirements for tenure at the University of Illinois, which includes expectations for librarianship, research and service.

Duties and Responsibilities:  Reporting to the University Librarian, the Head of the International and Area Studies (IAS) Library will provide leadership for, and supervision, of library services to students, faculty, and other scholars using resources in international and areas studies.  This is an opportunity to lead reshaping international and area studies services to users in a major university research library which is involved in rethinking library services through a “new service model” process (www.library.illinois.edu/nsm/). The vision of the IAS Library is to be University's gateway to the world of information and scholarship about international, global, and area studies which are distinct and complementary scholarly projects. The gateway will connect the knowledge that is crucial to developing global competencies through the study of global concerns and transnational issues as well as the study of distinct nations and regions.

The successful candidate will:
·         Provide leadership for the successful integration of personnel and core activities supporting collections and public services into the new International and Area Studies (IAS) Library;
·         Oversee operations and establish priorities for core services in the IAS Library, including reference service, collection development and management, liaison, outreach, instruction, and support for digital scholarship;
·         Collaborate collegially and cooperatively with other personnel in the IAS Library, other unit heads, the AUL for Services, and the AUL for Collections;
·         Communicate with campus constituent groups such as International and Area Studies Centers, and user communities;
·         Evaluate/coach/mentor personnel;
·         Direct the selection, training, evaluation, and deployment of support staff members and graduate assistants/hourly staff in IAS Library;
·         Prepare regular and on-demand reports for the IAS Library, including but not limited to strategic plans, annual goals, annual reports, and budget proposals and requests;
·         Provide collection development, reference service, and bibliographic instruction for general international areas.  Depending upon departmental needs and qualifications of the successful candidate, duties may also include regional area specialization responsibilities;  
·         Coordinate IAS web site management, digital projects, development and management of additional collections, specific library programs and operations, and participate in other projects and activities;
·         Perform other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications:  Required:  Experience leading and managing in an academic or research environment , particularly in area studies, social sciences, or humanities; Advanced degree in relevant discipline ; Experience providing information and research services and instruction in an academic or research environment; Knowledge of current and emerging trends in academic library services and resources; Evidence of research, publication, and service to meet university standards for tenure Preferred: Progressively responsible professional experience in academic or research library setting, with a commitment to user-centered services; ALA-accredited Master’s degree or equivalent; Experience working with international or area studies programs and services; Demonstrated knowledge of relevant trends in digital libraries, the social aspects of information, and scholarly communications; Experience in building and sustaining library collections in all formats; Knowledge of one or more non-English languages; Commitment to mentoring and training ; Evidence of strong team-leadership skills; Demonstrated excellent communications skills; Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with all elements of an academically and culturally diverse community; Flexibility and ability to thrive in a complex, changing environment with competing demands

Salary and Rank: Salary commensurate with credentials and experience, and will include an administrative component for the five-year renewable appointment as unit head.  Rank at the level of Associate or Full Professor of Library Administration with tenure, depending on the qualifications of the candidate selected.  Librarians have faculty rank, and must demonstrate excellence in librarianship, research, publication, and university/professional/community service in order to meet university standards for tenure and promotion.

To Apply: Please complete your candidate profile at https://jobs.illinois.edu/  Upload letter of application and complete resume, including names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three (3) references to: Cindy Kelly, Head, Library Human Resources, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1408 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 61801.  All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered.  For questions, please call: 217-333-8169.

Deadline: Position is open until filled. Applicant submissions will be reviewed beginning 12/14/2010.  In order to ensure full consideration, applications and nominations must be received by 12/14/10.