[Metadatalibrarians] JOB POSTING - Collection Management Librarian Assistant or Associate Professor, University Library

Myung-Ja Han mhan3 at illinois.edu
Mon Jan 29 12:58:13 PST 2018

*Apologies for the cross-posting.

*Collection Management Librarian*

*Assistant or Associate Professor, University Library*

*Collection Management Services, University of Illinois Library at

*Position Available:  *As soon as possible. This is a 100%-time,
twelve-month, tenure-system appointment. Rank will be appropriate to the
qualifications of the candidate selected, at a level of either Assistant
Professor or Associate Professor.

*Duties and Responsibilities:  *The University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign Library <www.library.illinois.edu> seeks an innovative,
collaborative, and access-oriented librarian for the position of Collection
Management Librarian. This position requires a professional with
outstanding communication, interpersonal, and facilitation skills as well
as a demonstrated ability to train and support staff through significant
change. As part of the public face of Collection Management Services, the
Collection Management Librarian will build strong relationships with the
staff of the unit, library and campus stakeholders, and the professional
community, influencing library standards and the future of technical
services. The Collection Management Librarian will work with all aspects of
the collection held in the Oak Street Library, including cataloging,
processing, ingest, ongoing collection management, and access.

A thorough knowledge of current trends and industry best practices,
data-driven decision-making and collegial problem-solving skills,
flexibility, and the ability to manage complex projects and multiple and
competing priorities are requirements of this position.

*Position Description:  *Reporting to the Head, Collection Management
Services, the Collection Management Librarian is responsible for providing
management and implementing and, if needed, developing best practices,
maintaining collegial and collaborative relationships with other units in
the Library, the campus and University, external partners, and the
profession. The Collection Management Librarian works to provide
exceptional collection management of the largest physical collection held
within the University Library, foster and promote collaborative
relationships with external partners, and manage unit staff in relation to
these responsibilities. In addition, the Collection Management Librarian
assists with the data collection, analysis and reporting needs for the unit
collections, services, and facility. The Collection Management Librarian
tracks trends, best practices, and initiatives in technical services work
relating to high density storage and uses that knowledge to help inform
Library collection management in the context of the Library’s Framework for
Strategic Action < https://www.library.illinois.edu/geninfo/libraryinit/

*The successful candidate will:*

·        Exercise critical and independent judgment in assessing collection
and processing needs, in consultation with appropriate subject specialists;

·        Create workflows for ingesting, cataloging, and  processing
materials according to local and professional standards;

·        Develop best practices in high density storage, collection
management, and consortial collections;

·        Contribute to Library-wide, consortial, and external partner
initiatives such as the Big Ten Academic Alliance Shared Print Repository,
the HathiTrust Print Repository, and the Big Ten Academic Alliance Google
Book Search Project, working extensively with partners to help set project
goals and parameters;

·        Oversee the ongoing operations of the storage vaults;

·        Prepare regular and on-demand reports, including contributions to
unit annual reports, budget requests, and assessment and evaluation of
services, spaces, and collections;

·        Supervise staff, hourly employees, and student assistants as
necessary in relation to high density storage, including hiring and
evaluating team members;

·        Foster a positive and collaborative work culture;

·        Conduct training and provide documentation for collection
processes at the Oak Street Library;

·        Promote and market Library services and collections related to
high density storage;

·        Collaborate with faculty and staff in the Library to assess high
density storage needs;

·        Coordinate workflows with consortial and external partners;

·        Work closely with the Oak Street Library public service desk to
ensure timely access to materials held in the Oak Street Library;

·        Contribute to the national and international reputation of the
University Library through professional research, service, and
collaboration with appropriate colleagues and organizations.



·        ALA-accredited Master’s degree or equivalent;

·        Minimum of three years of supervisory experience with demonstrated
ability to train and mentor staff;

·        Minimum of three years of supervisory and/or project management

·        Experience working with consortial partnerships and/or external

·        Demonstrated leadership, communication, and team-building skills;

·        Demonstrated knowledge of cataloging rules, standards, and tools

·        Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse community
of library staff and users;

·        Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and busy environment;

·        Demonstrated ability to contribute effectively to collaborative
projects within and outside the library;

·        Evidence of ability to research, publish, and participate in
professional service activities.


·        Project management experience in an academic research library

·        Experience with collection inventory software such as Generation
Fifth Applications, Library Archival Storage;

·        Knowledge of Ex Libris Voyager ILS;

·        Demonstrated success implementing collaborative initiatives with
partners outside the library;

·        Experience in shaping, implementing, and assessing innovative
library initiatives;

·        Demonstrated knowledge of trends in library technical services.

*Environment:  *The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library is a
leader in the delivery of user services, and active programs in
information, instructional, access, and scholarly services that help the
Library to maintain its place at the intellectual heart of the campus. The
Library also holds one of the preeminent research collections in the world,
encompassing more than 13 million volumes and a total of more than 23
million items. The Library is committed to maintaining the strongest
collections and service programs possible, and to engaging in research,
development, and scholarly practice - all of which support the University's
missions of teaching, research, and public engagement. The Library employs
approximately 90 faculty members, and more than 300 academic professionals,
staff, and graduate assistants. For more information, see:

Collection Management Services – Oak Street Library houses over four
million items of the University Library’s preeminent collection. The
collection is housed in climate-controlled, Harvard-style high density
storage, requiring use of an industrial lift to access. Collection
Management Services – Oak Street Library has a full-service circulation
desk and publicly available study space, and also provides the support for
major collection management projects throughout the University Library,
performing all necessary cataloging and processing to provide enhanced
access. The unit is currently comprised of one faculty member, one academic
professional, nineteen permanent civil service staff, and various hourly
employees. More information can be found at www.library.illinois.edu/oak.

*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

*Salary and Rank: *Salary commensurate with credentials and experience.
Rank at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor of Library
Administration, depending on the qualifications of the candidate selected.
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.

*To Apply:* To ensure full consideration, please complete your candidate
profile at https://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a letter of interest,
resume, 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 February 23, 2018.

*The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job
candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.*

*Illinois is an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes
individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace
and value diversity and inclusivity. **www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu

Myung-Ja "MJ" Han
Associate Professor/Metadata Librarian
1 Main Library
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
1408 W. Gregory Dr. (MC-522)
Urbana, IL 61801
217-333-9515 (Main Library)
217-244-7809 (Grainger)

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