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Access Services and Scholarly Communications Librarian

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Chicago State University

Chicago, IL

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The Chicago State University Library seeks an energetic, innovative, service-oriented individual for the position of Access Services Librarian. This is a 12-month, tenure-track Library Faculty position. Under the direction of the Chair of Library and Instruction Services, the Access Services Librarian will provide leadership, oversight, and strategic planning for Access Services. The successful candidate will coordinate the services and staff of Circulation, Interlibrary Loan, Print/Electronic Reserves, and Stacks Maintenance. Primary duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

•Provide leadership in planning, developing and coordinating Access Services operations;

•Identify need for new resource sharing services and/or service enhancements in response to internal and external developments and user expectations;

•Foster a strong customer service orientation among Access Services staff;

•Navigate and interpret state, national and consortial access services and interlibrary loan policies;

•Ensure that all internal and external service commitments are routinely met;

•Maintain an awareness of trends and developments and laws and regulations in access services, resource sharing, document delivery, and copyright law as it pertains to resource sharing;

•Propose, implement, and evaluate new services or service enhancements in response to new trends, user expectations, technological advancements, and changes in copyright law;

•Plan and direct implementation of new resource sharing software and system upgrades;

•Work closely with Systems Librarian and staff to test, evaluate and troubleshoot software and equipment;

•Work with the Systems Librarian to manage


, the library’s automated storage and retrieval system;

•Draft policies for Access Services and ensures they are readily available to patrons;

•Create Access Services instructional guides for patrons and training materials for civil service and student employees;

•Hire, train, coordinate, and evaluate 5 fulltime civil service employees and a number of part-time student workers;

•Collect and analyze departmental data and generate reports related to Access Services.

•Oversee open access initiatives.

The successful candidate will be an engaged member of our faculty who will serve on library committees, the University’s Open Access Committee, and participate in research and service activities. Some evening and occasional weekend hours may be required.

Required Education


or equivalent degree from an


-accredited program and a second subject Master’s or Ph.D.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

•Experience with the Voyager Integrated Library System

•Experience in a consortial library environment

•Experience with circulation, reserves and interlibrary loan services

•Experience with supervision of personnel

•Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment; excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational, time management, analytical, and problem-solving skills; aptitude for detail-oriented work; high degree of initiative; and ability to identify and implement appropriate changes within a dynamic and fast-paced environment.

•Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions of a diverse workforce.

•Ability to meet contractual and unit criteria for performance of primary duties, research, and service.

Preferred Qualifications

Special Requirements

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Chicago State University
Phone : (773) 995-2000
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Chicago State University will celebrate its sesquicentennial in 2017. Chicago State University opened its doors as a teacher training school in a leaky railroad freight car in Blue Island, Illinois on September 2, 1867. Today, in contrast, the university is a fully accredited public, urban institution located on 161-picturesque acres in a residential community on the Southside of Chicago. During the first year of its founding, CSU enrolled 62 students. The current student enrollment is nearly 7,200. The path from then until now has been marked by change. During more than 140 years, CSU has changed its name, focus, governance and location. But with each transition, the university has kept sight of its educational mission and enhanced its services to Chicago and its surrounding communities. Under the name of Cook County Normal School, the school found its first permanent home in 1870. Daniel S. Wentworth was the institution’s first principal. The original building contained 27 rooms and a model grammar school. A few years later, Cook County Normal School added a dormitory that earned it a jump in enrollment and a national reputation. The school was acquired by the Chicago Board of Education in 1897, and renamed Chicago Normal School. In 1913, it became Chicago Normal College, and still later Chicago Teachers College. A major change, reflected in a broadening of the college’s curriculum, came in 1965, when control of the school passed into the hands of the State of Illinois. The revamped institution was renamed Illinois Teachers College: Chicago South. Soon after, the legislature acted to remove the title of “teachers college” from all state colleges and universities. In 1967, the school became Chicago State College. Throughout the 1960s, Chicago State expanded its academic programs and began to move toward fulfilling its new, more comprehensive role as a liberal arts institution. The school was renamed Chicago State University in 1971. In November 1972, the university made the monumental move from its 6800 South Stewart Street campus, where it had been located for 102 years, to its present location at 9501 South King Drive, 12 miles from the Loop. A new student union and a 360-bed residence hall opened in August 1995, giving CSU students an opportunity to experience the convenience of living on campus in an enriched academic, social and cultural environment. Today, CSU is governed by a Board of Trustees appointed by the Governor of Illinois. The university’s five colleges- Health Sciences, Arts and Science, Business, Education, and Pharmacy - offer 38 undergraduate and 30 graduate degree-granting programs. In addition, CSU has a Division of Continuing Education and Non-Traditional Programs that reach out to the community with extension courses, distance learning and not-for-credit programs. From its humble origins, Chicago State University has evolved into an outstanding, nationally acclaimed university that provides a value-added education for all who enter its hallowed halls. Consistently evolving to reflect state-of-the-art trends in higher education, Chicago State University prepares students for success in the twenty-first century.

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