Job Posting: Instructor/Special Collections Librarian, University of IL at Chicago

26 Feb 2020 9:22 AM | Janet Olson (Administrator)

Instructor and Special Collections Librarian (Job ID #129621)

University Library/Special Collections and University Archives (Faculty Position)

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The UIC University Library seeks an Instructor and Special Collections Librarian to provide reference and instruction services in the Special Collections and University Archives department.


Shared reference responsibilities include staffing the reference desk in the department, answering questions in person, by telephone, email, and instant message and responding to patron requests for reproductions. Duties in support of the Special Collections and University Archives education program include teaching course-related library instruction, creating research guides and tutorials, and developing outreach initiatives. The Instructor may also assist with special projects in accordance with the candidate’s area of expertise and the needs of the department.

While scholarship and external service are not required by unit norms, instructors are encouraged to be professionally active and are allocated professional development funds. 

Schedule: This full-time appointment includes occasionally staffing the reading room on Wednesday evenings, and Saturdays from August – May.


·         A Master’s degree in LIS from a program accredited by the American Library Association. Degree must be completed before the start of the appointment.

·         Experience working in Archives or Special Collections Librarianship.

·         Demonstrated proven ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with diverse groups and individuals.

·         Effective presentation, written, and verbal skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

·         Coursework related to archives.

·         Experience teaching with primary sources, or coursework in instructional design.

·         Knowledge of Chicago history.

·         Familiarity with Springshare library products and services, as well as archival content management systems, such as Archivists’ Toolkit or SKCA.


The salary range for this appointment is $50,000 - $53,000; 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 Illinois State Universities Retirement System compulsory (8% of salary is withheld and is tax exempt until withdrawal); no Social Security coverage but Medicare payment required; this appointment is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois and UIC United Faculty Local 6456, IFT-AFT, AAUP.

For fullest consideration, apply by March 13, 2020 with cover letter, supporting resume, and name and address of at least three references. The position close date is March 30, 2020. 

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