Monthly Archives: May 2011

Position announcement: Regional Head Librarian, LHS-R

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) seeks a librarian to lead the Crawford Library of the Health Sciences-Rockford, which supports UIC regional programs in medicine, nursing, medical biotechnology, and pharmacy at the UIC health sciences campus in Rockford, Illinois. This is a tenure track faculty position. Library of the Health Sciences-Rockford is one of three regional sites of the Library of the Health Sciences headquartered in Chicago. The Library provides a wide range of services and resources for its primary clientele of students, faculty and staff, neighboring communities, and rural health practitioners. In addition to collaborations with the National Center for Rural Health Professions and the Illinois Area Health Education Center Program (AHEC), the Library of the Health Sciences-Rockford participates in the activities of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region. The Library of the Health Sciences-Rockford moved into a new facility designed to support the Rockford programs in July 2010.

The Regional Head Librarian is responsible for all aspects of the management of a user-centered academic health sciences library, with emphasis on user support, outreach, information and instructional services, information access, information technology, and collection development. The Head has an active leadership role in the Rockford campus and serves on administrative and curriculum committees.

Specific responsibilities include:
– Developing information and outreach services that support the learning, teaching, patient care, and research activities of the primary clientele of the University of Illinois at Chicago health sciences programs at the Rockford health sciences campus;
– Establishing and maintaining liaison with faculty, academic chairs, program coordinators, local teaching hospitals, and the National Center for Rural Health;
– Coordinating access to information resources in multiple formats with Collections Development and facilitating access to information resources held elsewhere;
– Interpreting and applying library policies as determined by the UIC Library Administration;
– Coordinating IT tools and resources with Library Systems;
– Overseeing the collection of assessment data for administrative and operational decision-making;
– Planning library IT, managing the library facility, and engaging in resource development through grants and fund raising;
Managing human resources, including 1 FTE professional and 5 FTE support staff;
– Providing reference and instructional services as necessary;
– Overseeing the instructional program, including collaborating with and supervising the Assistant Health Sciences Librarian as well as having teaching responsibilities;
– Representing LHS on Rockford administrative teams and serving on relevant UIC Library-wide committees.

Reports directly to the Assistant University Librarian for the Health Sciences, located at the Library of the Health Sciences in Chicago.

Minimum Qualifications:
Master’s degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA accredited library school program; five years of professional experience in an academic health sciences library or equivalent experience, with an emphasis on administration; experience with collaborative work environments; hands-on familiarity with information technology tools; knowledge of broader information technology applications in libraries; demonstrated knowledge of emerging trends in health sciences librarianship; excellent written and oral communication skills; demonstrated ability to meet University standards in research, publication and professional service commensurate with tenure; ability to travel.

Additional Desirable Qualifications:
Academic background in the health sciences; familiarity with licensed information products and collection development; some experience with grant seeking and fund raising; understanding of facilities issues and concepts; record of scholarly publication.

Faculty status position. Salary and rank dependent upon qualifications and experience. Faculty appointments in the UIC Library at the department head level begin at $55,000; twelve month appointment with 24 days vacation; 12 annual sick leave with additional disability benefits; 11 paid holidays; paid 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 required; physical examination at University Health Service is required upon appointment.

For fullest consideration, apply by June 10, 2011 with cover letter, supporting resume and name and address of at least three references.

All applicants must submit an online application through Job title: Assistant Professor & Regional Head Librarian, Library of the Health Sciences, Rockford.

UIC has a strong commitment to serve its highly diverse community. As such, UIC especially welcomes applications from women, underrepresented minority group members, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups and others who would enrich the University’s research, teaching, and Great Cities’ mission.

The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Library employees recognized for outstanding service

Six Library employees were honored by their peers for outstanding service to the UIC community during 2010. The awards were presented at the April 11, 2011 All Staff meeting.

Mary Case and Robin Beck

Mary Case presents Robin Beck, Library of the Health Sciences – Urbana, with the Library’s Outstanding Support Staff Award.


Mary Case and Jessie Duran

Mary Case congratulates Jessie Duran on winning the Library’s Extra Mile Award.


Andrew Garza and Mary Case

Andrew Garza receives the UIC Library’s Student Employee of the Year Award from Mary Case.


Mary Case and Chris Morgan

Mary Case congratulates Christopher Morgan, UIC Library’s Student Employee of the Year award winner.


Erika Tenorio and Mary Case

Erika Tenorio, Outstanding Support Staff Award winner, is congratulated by Mary Case.


Ann Weller and Mary Case

Ann Weller, winner of the UIC Library’s Excellence in Mentoring Award, is pictured in Daley Special Collections with Mary Case.

See more photos in the Library awards gallery.

Announcements of staff retirements

The following staff retired from the Library as of April 29, 2011:
Vickie Gordon, Senior Library Specialist – 31 years
Cathy Sauer, Assistant Director of Library Human Resources – 32 years
Ramona Williams, Library Specialist – 30 years

These staff members have announced their retirements:
Wenona Rhodes, Assistant Director of Library Administration for LHS, May 31, 2011, 30 years
Janet Watkins, Senior Library Specialist, June 30, 2011, 31 years of service
Sheryl White, Library Specialist, June 30, 2011, 30 years

Staff development features retirement, managing stress

Join us at the next Staff Development Day on Thursday, May 19, 2011. Please email to register for these sessions or if you have questions.

You may register for a morning and/or afternoon session:

10:00 am – 12:00 pm Concurrent Workshops (Session 1)
Lee Bridges – SURS Retirement planning – Conference room 1-360, Daley Library
Kathy Kilian – Navigating the Landscape of Difficult Conversation – Conference room B-466, Daley Library

1:15 pm – 3:15 p, Concurrent Workshops (Session 2)
Lee Bridges – SURS Retirement Planning – Conference room 1-360, Daley Library
Dr. Sheela Raja – Stressful Times Call for Healthful Measures – Conference room B-466, Daley Library

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Approved holidays for AY2012

Following is information about university holidays from August 16, 2011 to August 15, 2012. University holidays designated by the President apply to all employees.

Labor Day – Monday, September 5, 2011
Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, November 24, 2011
Christmas Day – Monday December 26, 2011
New Year’s Day – Monday, January 2, 2012
Martin Luther King Day – Monday, January 16, 2012
Memorial Day – Monday, May 28, 2012
Independence Day – Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Floating Holidays and Campus-Designated Holidays
The campus designates four additional holidays for each employee. These are to be taken as follows:

A. In AY 2012 employees working in all campus units (except as listed in paragraph B, below) will have (2) two floating holidays and (2) two specific campus-designated holidays that have been identified as follows:

Day after Thanksgiving Day – Friday, November 25, 2011
Tuesday After Christmas – Tuesday, December 27, 2011

B. Employees working in the hospital, clinics, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services, all departments under the Department of Facilities Management and Capital Programs, Environmental Health and Safety, Telecommunication Services, Facility and Space Planning, UIC Police Department, Campus Auxiliary Services, and Biologic Resources Laboratory will have four floating holidays that will take the place of specific campus-designated holidays. These employees must follow the Campus Holiday Policy and Guidelines.

Reduced Service Days

December 28, December 29, and December 30 are reduced service days. As in past years, it is expected that most units will be closed and most employees will not be working on these three days. Additional information about these reduced service days will be communicated closer to the holiday period.