Internal search underway for 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.