Monthly Archives: August 2011

Position announcement for Instructor-Reference librarian

Instruction & Assistant Reference Instruction Librarian


Under the direction of the Reference Librarian, the Instructor & Assistant Reference Instruction Librarian will assume a leadership role in the provision of user-centered services at Daley Library, establish collaborative working relationships with individuals and other university departments to contribute to and enhance the mission of the IDEA Commons and the Library.  This position will also provide traditional reference service at the service desk, answer online chat and email reference questions and conduct one-on-one research consultations.  Reference librarians at Daley Library provide instruction for UIC classes and the community at large both in face-to-face sessions and through online tutorials.

This position will develop and implement cross training for staff and student workers in the IDEA Commons and also design assessment modules to measure the efficacy of services and resources in the IDEA Commons.

The Coordinator will directly supervise the overnight service manager and work closely with other partners to ensure they identify and meet users’ changing needs.  They will also participate in outreach to both the UIC community and the community at large by disseminating information about the Library’s services, resources and programs to faculty, students and local organizations.

Duties include:
Responsible for oversight of the IDEA Commons, which includes, assessment, training, scheduling, communication, equipment and emergencies

Coordinates the day-to-day desk activities and services

Participates in reference and instruction and the provision of user-centered outreach efforts

Advances the objectives and mission of the IDEA Commons

Trains the IDEA Commons workforce

Continually evaluating services and policies

Engages in introducing new services and strategic planning for the space

Develops and maintains the IDEA Commons Web pages.


Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program; prefer two years of professional library experience or equivalent professional experience; ability to vigorously promote reference services and instructional programs and to assist users at varying levels of educational background; experience in developing materials and services that provide access to library collections or aid in reference service and information literacy including Web-based and other electronic information services.


The ability to work flexible hours and weekends, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, previous public service experience and experience with instructional design and technologies.

Skills: technical, communication, agile to changing information environment, customer service oriented, self-motivated, good judgment.


Salary commensurate with experience; minimum salary $50,000; twelve month appointment; 24 days vacation; 12 days annual sick leave with additional disability benefits; 11 paid holidays; 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 is required; physical examination at  University Health Service is required upon appointment.

For fullest consideration apply by September 21, 2011.

All applicants must submit an online application through  To apply, click on the following link:


Director of Library Human Resources
University of Illinois at Chicago
University Library
(312) 996-7353
(312) 413-0424(fax)

Research forum examines student-centered library service on 8/30

The Lectures and Forums Committee invites librarians, educators, and students to participate in a discussion of the conceptual and practical aspects of the learning commons model in the contemporary academic library.  The forum, Student-Centered Library Service and the Library Learning Commons, takes place on Tuesday, August 30.

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University Library, Leslie M. Haas, Director of Loyola University’s Richard J. Klarchek Information Commons, and Fifi Logan, Head of the UIC Richard J. Daley Library Reference Department will share insights gathered from the planning and implementation of learning commons spaces in their institutions.

Two sessions are scheduled:

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Room 303, Library of the Health Sciences – Chicago

2 p.m. – 3 p.m. – 713 Student Center East

UIC’s Gallery 400 exhibit images available online

The Library’s 20th collection in CONTENTdm is now live with an initial batch of 270 images from UIC’s Gallery 400.

Gallery 400 is a not-for-profit arts exhibition space founded in 1983 to exhibit and support art, design and architecture.  The online collection documents exhibitions and installments.  More images will be added as Gallery staff make them available to the Library.



Professional development courses offered

UIC’s Core Professional Development Program, administered through campus Human Resources, is offering several courses in August and September 2011.  These include Business Writing Fundamentals, Customer Service, and Presentation Fundamentals:  Speaking Skills.  Details about the classes are available on the MyCareer Web site — click “UIC Training Index” on the left navigation menu.

Early bird registration for LITA National Forum ends 8/15

Save $50 when you take advantage of early bird rates through August 15 for the 2011 LITA National Forum, held September 29-October 2 in St. Louis, MO.

The LITA National Forum is a three-day educational event featuring preconferences, keynote, concurrent, and poster sessions that explore leading-edge technologies and their applications in all types of libraries.