Life Sciences Data Services Librarian

Posted to IASSIST on: 2010-01-01

Employer: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library

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Responsibilities: The Funk ACES Library is seeking an enthusiastic, flexible, and forward looking individual to help position the Library to meet the increasingly technology and informatics dependent needs of our users. Identified current needs are in the areas of data curation, digital repository service, web site development, and database development. There will be subject liaison responsibilities, most likely in the department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics and another department in the ACES College. Liaison responsibilities typically include specialized instruction and reference, as well as some collection development. This position will serve as the Content Management System liaison for the Life Sciences Division of the University Library, and will be responsible for Funk ACES Library web development. This position will also participate in the provision of general reference services through scheduled reference desk hours and on-call reference service in the Funk ACES Library as part of our reference team. This position will be active in the Library Data Services Group of the University Library. The successful candidate must meet requirements for promotion and tenure at the University of Illinois, which includes research and publication.

Environment: The University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign is one of the preeminent research collections in the nation and the world. With more than 9 million volumes and a total of 21 million items, it ranks third among academic libraries in the United States and first among public university libraries in the world. As the intellectual heart of the campus, the Library is committed to maintaining the strongest collections and services possible and engaging in research and development activities—both of which support the University’s mission of teaching, research, and public service. The Library currently employs approximately 100 faculty and 300 staff members. For more detailed information, please visit The Library consists of more than 30 departmental libraries that are located throughout campus and administratively organized into eight divisions. The Funk ACES Library Staff is composed of 3 FTE faculty librarians, 3 FTE support staff, 1.25 FTE library graduate assistants, and undergraduate student workers. The ACES Library moved into a new, state-of-the art building in the fall of 2001. The ACES Library is the primary library serving the agricultural component of Illinois’ Land Grant University. The ACES Library pursues a vigorous service program, and is active in library instruction. An on-site computer instructional classroom is available in the library. For more information about the ACES Library, please visit The ACES College is divided into 7 individual departments and one graduate division. Departments served are Agricultural and Consumer Economics, Agricultural Engineering, Animal Sciences, Crop Sciences, Food Sciences and Human Nutrition, Human and Community Development, and Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. The graduate Division of Nutritional Sciences and U of I Extension are also within the college. There are approximately 234 faculty members, 2241 undergraduate students and 551 graduate students in the ACES College. Wide ranges of interdisciplinary subjects characterize the instructional interests of the college. There are strong research and extension components in addition to instruction. For more information about the College of ACES, please visit The Funk ACES Library also serves the Landscape Architecture department and Urban and Regional Planning department.

Required: MLS from an ALA accredited Library and Information Science program. Experience providing reference or information services to diverse academic or research clientele. Experience with or knowledge of library-based support services for data curation, bioinformatics, or scholarly communication services. Demonstrated interest in the provision of proactive service and instruction in a university setting. Demonstrated ability to work well with others in a collegial environment. Demonstrated excellent communication skills. Demonstrated experience in web site development.

Desired: Two years professional public service experience in large academic library setting. Advanced subject degree or library experience in economics, agricultural economics, life sciences, social sciences or an agricultural-related field. Experience teaching in a large university environment. Some knowledge of technical services applications in a large university library. Collection development experience. Software expertise in web based and database applications.

Archived on: 2010-02-15