University Librarian and Dean of Library Instructional Services

Close Date: 03/22/2016

Primary function:    The University Librarian and Dean of Library Instructional Services is the chief executive officer for Brookens Library and reports to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Provost.  The University Librarian and Dean of Library Instructional Services provides executive oversight and management of all aspects of Brookens Library operations, including budget, personnel, facilities, technology, policy development, instruction, and co-curricular programming.  The Dean fosters innovation and leads planning, administrative, fund-raising, and program development efforts to build and sustain excellence in Library services; and is the principal representative for the Library and its constituent programs and units, including University Archives and Special Collections


Characteristic duties and responsibilities: 

  1. Provides vision and leadership for the continuing development of a technologically sophisticated library that supports the vision of UIS as a premier public university offering innovative, high-quality liberal arts education, public affairs activities, and professional disciplines dedicated to academic excellence, to enriching individual lives, and to making a difference in the world:
  • Collaborates with campus administration and Library faculty and staff to plan for and effectively deliver services that advance the mission and vision of the university and are responsive to community needs.
  • Facilitates access to resources and incorporates advanced technologies for teaching, learning, research, and support of the UIS community.
  • Maintains strong collaborative relationships with academic units.
  • Formulates Library policies and procedures in consultation with leadership groups in the Library and with relevant governance and student groups. 
  • Promotes Library services to the campus.
  • Leads library planning and assesses Library services to promote excellence, offer outstanding service, and enable continuous improvement. (30%)
  1. Collaborates with other campus units to provide innovative, student-centered services to the UIS community and to facilitate the creation and dissemination of knowledge (11%)
  2. Develops and administers the Library budget. (12%)
  3. Engages in fundraising on behalf of the Library: works closely with Development Office to plan and implement annual giving program; engages with Friends of Brookens Library; builds and maintains relationships with current and prospective donors; and plans events, programs, and activities to engage the greater Springfield community. (12%)
  4. Promotes and fosters an exceptional library organization and a positive work environment grounded in a culture of innovation, continuous improvement, commitment to student success, and an orientation toward excellence:
  • Fosters an organizational and educational climate that promotes diversity.
  • Analyzes staffing needs and assumes overall responsibility for personnel recruitment, training, and evaluation. Facilitates opportunities for professional development of all Library faculty and staff.
  • Evaluates and advises Library faculty in regard to reappointment, tenure, promotion, and annual as well as seven-year reviews, as applicable. (20%)
  1. Serves as a member of the Provost’s Deans Council and the Chancellor’s Administrative Council, and represents the Library to internal and external constituencies. Communicates and implements University policies and procedures.  (5%)
  2. Ensures the Library’s representation at state and national levels, in professional associations, consortia, and other cooperative ventures. (5%)
  3. Prepares reports on Library activities and programs for the campus administration and governance bodies and for other entities as necessary. (5%)


Environmental demands:  Extensive computer work.

Qualifications/minimum education and work experience:

Education:  MLS from an ALA-accredited institution required; advanced study beyond the MLS is desirable.


  • Minimum of five years of progressively responsible administrative experience in an academic or research library setting. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge and/or experience with full range of library and archival operations, including library technology systems, library instructional services, metadata creation and management, social media as applied to libraries, interlibrary cooperation, and fund raising, including grant writing.
  • Record of successful, relevant experience in library administration, collection development and management, personnel management, and budget preparation and management. 
  • Experience evaluating emerging technologies and leading library projects and/or initiatives that promote the creative and effective use of technology and electronic resources to enhance services.
  • Active membership in relevant professional organization(s)

Characteristics sought: 

  • Clear vision of the evolving role of the academic library in the 21st century.
  • Understanding of contemporary issues affecting higher education, libraries, and information technology.
  • Scholarly perspective on the functions of the library in the academic community. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences and constituencies of the library. 
  • Creative and user-oriented philosophy of library services. 
  • Strong leadership, interpersonal, and organizational skills that facilitate collegial working relationships and effective advocacy for the library.  
  • Demonstrated ability to promote innovation and to lead successfully in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.

Application Process:

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by March 22, 2016. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the University of Illinois Springfield consultants, Katherine Haley, Ph.D. and Mercedes Vance at UIS-DeanLibrary@wittkieffer.com. The consultants can be reached by telephone through Crystal McClain at 630-575-6948.

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UIS is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to recruitment and retention of a diverse and inclusive campus community. Persons with disabilities, women, and minorities are encouraged to apply.


Information Technology Technical Associate - Brookens Library

Close Date: 3/01/2016

Minimum Starting Salary:  $23.07/hr


Duties and Responsibilities:

Digital Services Administration

  • Develops digital projects and services that serve the needs of faculty and students, particularly in the realm of digital objects publication and management in collaboration with stakeholders.
  • Administers the digitization and delivery of Special Collections' library materials through contentDM and other digital collection platforms.
  • Administers the implementation and operation of PlumX, a faculty metrics project.
  • Applies knowledge and understanding of standards, best practices, emerging trends, and issues related to digital scholarship, access and preservation of digital collections, and data curation.

Web Services Administration

  • Maintains and updates both the public and staff intranet web sites through design, cross browser and device testing, thorough documentation, upgrades and installs, and proactive troubleshooting.
  • Assesses and analyzes user needs and expectations by providing in-person and virtual reference service to library patrons and through usability testing, locally maintained analytics, and data analysis to determine effectiveness of services and inform future development; develops and maintains awareness of trends in web development generally and library computing in particular' chairs library web team committee.
  • Manages library web and software application projects, following departmental project management and prioritization methods, including defining requirements, writing code, testing, deployment, and maintenance.
  • Audits public website code for adherence to accessibility, best practices, and University IT security policies, assuring adherence to user accessibility as required by the Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act, which includes Section 508 and the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
  • Designs, develops, and implements solutions that integrate existing library discovery tools with new technologies and approaches (such as open source software solutions, APIs) to create a seamless discovery experience

Other duties as assigned

  • Serves on library committees, identifies training opportunities, and engages in staff sharing.
  • Provides backup support and troubleshooting for library systems and services.


Minimum acceptable qualifications

  1. Any combination totaling two years from the following categories:

                A).Progressively more responsible work experience in IT-related professions

                B).college course work in Information Technology (IT), IT Management, or a closely related discipline, as measured by the following conversion table or its proportional equivalent:

  • 60 semester hours or an Associate's Degree equals 1 year
  • 90-120 semester hours or a Bachelor's Degree equals two years

Note: As required by the position to be filled, additional education, training and/or work experience in an area of specialization inherent in the position is necessary in meeting credential requirements:

Specialty factors

  1. 6 months experience with a Content Management System, such as Drupal or Wordpress
  2. 6 months experience providing project management
  3. 6 months experience working with HTML, CSS, Javascript/JQuery, Perl, PhP or other scripting or programming languages

Preferred qualifications

  1. Master's degree in Library Science, Management and Information Systems, Computer Science, or related discipline.
  2. Knowledge and experience with academic libraries or higher education work experience preferred.
  3. Experience with metadata standards like Dublin Core; database design and development.
  4. Experience in the development of digital projects and websites, preferably including the digitization, publication, and management of digital objects.
  5. Ability to work independently and to achieve positive outcomes in a collaborative environment, and to learn and apply new technologies quickly; strong customer service orientation with excellent communication and interpersonal skills; excellent team leadership skills.
  6. Experience digitizing and editing images, text, video, audio, and other formats and delivering them on the web.

Environmental demands

  1. This position requires frequent computer use.

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