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Applied Sciences Librarian

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Illinois State University
Physical Address
718 W. College Avenue, Campus Box 1300
Normal, IL 61790-1300
Job Description

Illinois State University’s Milner Library is seeking a tenure-track Applied Sciences Librarian. Reporting to the Head of the Science, Health Science, and Technology Subject Group in the Public Services unit, the Applied Sciences Librarian will serve as subject librarian to selected departments and/or schools in the College of Applied Science and Technology. This work includes the following duties and responsibilities in assigned subject areas: act as the primary contact to the library for administrators, faculty, students, and staff; proactively communicate about library matters, resources, services, etc.; cultivate a relationship with the chairs, directors and/or faculty library liaisons; oversee all aspects of collection development and maintenance, including purchases, weeding, and budgetary management; plan, develop, conduct, teach, and assess library instruction sessions; collaboratively develop and/or assess disciplinary-integrated information fluency outcomes; develop and maintain LibGuides and handouts; provide general and in-depth reference service at reference desk(s); provide in-depth reference by appointment, drop-in and in the stacks, and through e-mail and chat; participate in evening/weekend reference desk rotation; and assist library colleagues with integrating scholarly communication initiatives and teaching with primary sources from Special Collections and University Archives into liaison activities.

This is a tenure-track faculty position. Milner Library faculty members have responsibilities in the areas of librarianship, scholarly and creative activities, and service as outlined in Illinois State University Faculty Appointment, Salary, Promotion and Tenure Policies ( and Milner Library’s Department and College Faculty Status Committees’ Criteria for Evaluation, Promotion, and Tenure. Faculty members are supported through the efforts of Milner Library’s Faculty Research and Development Committee, receive professional development and travel support, and are eligible for university grants to support scholarly and creative activities.

As Illinois’ oldest public university, Illinois State University ( is ranked as a Top 100 Public University by U.S. News & World Report; boasts retention and graduation rates well above the national average; and is designated as a Military Friendly School by VIQTORY. It offers an outstanding education to 18,250 undergraduates in over 160 degree options, and 2,628 graduate students in diverse master’s and doctoral programs. Illinois State welcomed 3,860 freshmen to campus for the 2019-2020 academic year, its largest freshman class in 33 years. One-quarter of the student population comes from underrepresented groups. It was named as a Great College to Work For for the fourth-consecutive year by the Chronicle of Higher Education?the only four-year, public university in Illinois on the list.

Milner Library supports Illinois State’s academic programs with a service-focused staff of about 75, an institutional budget of approximately $9 million and a collection of over 1.4 million volumes, 200,000 e-books, over 100,000 electronic journals and a number of digital collections. Milner Library also houses the University Archives, and its Special Collections hosts the Circus & Allied Arts collection, one of the best of its kind in the world. It is a member of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois whose I-Share integrated library system offers resource sharing across 91 member institutions with 14.7 million unique bibliographic records and 38.1 million items records. Milner Library’s annual gate count exceeds 650,000, and it is a clearly beloved destination on campus. The Library is currently undergoing renovation to house the Student Success Center, with master planning completed for additional renovations. Milner Library easily exceeded its half million dollar goal in Redbirds Rising, the current comprehensive campaign at Illinois State.

The Library is woven into the fabric of the campus at every level, actively supporting the campus strategic plan (“Educate Connect Elevate: Illinois State”) and mentioned in the campus facilities plan and the campus capital campaign plan?all evidence of institutional commitment to excellence in its library.

Illinois State is located in Normal/Bloomington, a growing community 2-3 hours from Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis, that ranks as one of the top 40 college towns in America based on its quality of life and among the top 10 for arts and entertainment opportunities according to the American Institute for Economic Research.

This is a 12 month position. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. 24 vacation days and 11 paid holidays per year.

Position Available: July 1, 2020

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