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Research and Graduate Studies Librarian

Macomb, IL, United States

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Feb 24, 2023

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Research and Graduate Studies Librarian
Macomb, IL
Feb 24, 2023
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Recognized as a Best Midwestern College by the Princeton Review. **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***., accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, serves nearly 7,600 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan, non-residential branch campus in Moline, IL.
Job Description:
As part of the WIU Libraries strategic cluster initiative, we seek an innovative, motivated, dynamic, and goal-oriented Research and Graduate Studies Librarian who engages in inclusive, collaborative, critical, and creative pedagogies to foster information literacy and inspire intellectual curiosity. The Research and Graduate Studies Librarian will join a cohort with two additional positions in this cluster hire: an Outreach and Engagement Librarian and a C.T. Vivian Scholar.
The Research and Graduate Studies Librarian will collaborate with other library faculty in academic work. They will work with library colleagues in developing the Learning and Research Commons, a partnership with other academic units promoting student success and improving retention.
: 12-month tenure-track position. Start date: August 1, 2023.
: Reports directly to the Dean of University Libraries.
Engages in a successful relationship with faculty, students, and staff in assigned areas and collaborates with other librarians to promote research services to academic programs and colleagues across the institution.
Develops and teaches bibliographic and other instruction sessions to foster scholarly research and publication at all levels, both traditional and all-digital.
Provides reference and research consultations in person and using various online methods, teaching users to identify, evaluate, and use information resources. Develops and maintains research guides and other information tools to assist users and facilitate library engagement.
Functions as a liaison between University Libraries and graduate programs at the University in conjunction with other library faculty.
Collaborates with faculty to develop high-quality collections to encourage and facilitate the use of library and information resources. Collaborates with the CT Vivian Scholar in developing the area studies collections to promote their use in research at undergraduate and graduate levels.
Serves as the Federal Depository Library Program Coordinator and the Illinois Depository Library Coordinator; oversees compliance with GPO guidelines and maintains the physical collection. Coordinates government & legal Information activities, including creating and maintaining web pages and resource guides.
Fulfills tenure requirements, serves on library and university committees, and contributes to the profession through scholarly activity.
: Assistant Professor, 12-month tenure-track position. Minimum salary $6426/month. Negotiable, commensurate with experience. **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. offers a competitive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit: ****Requirements:
ALA-accredited Master's degree
additional accredited advanced or professional degree
demonstrated public service orientation
superior oral and written communication skills
demonstrated ability to assist graduate students throughout the research process
academic library experience
experience providing reference service
instruction experience
experience or expressed interest in working with government publications (local, state, national, and international)
demonstrated understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in library practice
experience or interest in the development of born-digital publications
For a degree to be considered, it must be conferred from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution of higher education (or equivalent from an international accrediting body). Unless otherwise stated, the degree must be in hand at the time of appointment.
Additional Information:
WIU Libraries is transforming its services and facilities. The department is working to establish the Learning and Research Center. WIU Libraries recently hired a Digital Scholarship Librarian that is developing a Digital Scholarship Center (DSC) to incorporate digital scholarship as part of the university's teaching, research, and community engagement. In collaboration with the Office of the Provost and others on campus, the Libraries will host the new Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Technology. As part of the strategic planning process, WIU Libraries is proposing the establishment of 6 area studies collections (Hispanic, Latinx, Caribbean Studies; Afro-American, African and African Diaspora Studies; Women, Gender, and LGBTQIA Studies; Asian and European Studies; and Anti-Racism, Intolerance, Genocide, and Holocaust Studies). These collections reflect the commitment of WIU Libraries to promote diversity, inclusion, equity, and accessibility in services and collections. In 2022 WIU Libraries developed its first ever Diversity Plan, and recently designated its first Diversity Officer to oversee implementation of the plan.
The WIU Libraries received a 2022 federal Title VI Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Languages grant entitled WIU Global Citizen: Illinois International Scholars Initiative. Planning and development are underway now, and in August we will begin writing the continuing grant proposal for the implementation phase. This second proposal will be as a consortium with other American and overseas universities as well as civil society organizations. Another important initiative during 2023-24 will be the transformation of our university archives and special collections into the new Center for Illinois Regional Heritage Studies, which will promote the study of communities and organizations in the western region of Illinois. WIU Libraries is unique among academic libraries by administering a degree program, a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies. As part of our strategic planning process, we want to broaden the number of programs to include certificates and micro-credentials.
WIU Libraries employs ten faculty and 24 staff in the Leslie F. Malpass Library, two branch libraries in Macomb (Music and Curriculum), one branch at the WIU-Quad Cities Campus, and the General Studies program. The WIU Libraries collections include over 1,000,000 cataloged volumes, approximately 2,000 periodical print subscriptions, access to over 22,500 full-text journals, 300,000 maps and important government documents, microforms, and non-book materials. The annual budget is $3.75 million.
About WIU
Since 1899, **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. has provided outstanding educational opportunities to individuals in west central Illinois and well beyond our region and state. WIU's traditional residential campus in Macomb, Illinois, is the educational, cultural and athletic center of the region, while the WIU-Quad Cities non-residential branch campus in Moline, Illinois, is the only public university in the immediate Quad Cities region.
WIU-Macomb, IL
Western's traditional, residential main campus offers a comprehensive slate of undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, and post-baccalaureate certificates. A diverse community in west central Illinois, Macomb features a unique blend of agriculture, industry, service, retail, education, and culture. Macomb serves as the county seat, with connections across the state with Amtrak providing twice-daily service from Macomb to Chicago (and point in-between). Macomb is located approximately 75 miles from the Quad Cities International Airport (Moline, IL) and 70 miles from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (Peoria, IL).
WIU-Quad Cities
Located on the banks of the Mississippi River in Moline, Illinois, the WIU-Quad Cities campus is the only public four-year regional university that serves the Quad Cities region. Designed as a metropolitan commuter campus, WIU-Quad Cities offers select undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs. Moline is located just 80 miles north of the Macomb campus and is centered within a diverse, bi-state community of 383,000 that offers a broad range of cultural, social, and entertainment amenities and experiences, as well as varied businesses and industries.
WIU Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism
**MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. fosters respect, equity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. WIU is committed to anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, social justice, and diversity. We value inclusion as a core value and as an essential element of Western's public service mission. WIU embraces individual uniqueness and a culture of inclusion that supports broad and specific diversity initiatives. Western believes in the educational and institutional benefits of diversity in society as integral to the success of all individuals.
At WIU, we will
Maintain a safe and secure environment for all members of our University communities. Educate and empower students, staff, and faculty to be social justice advocates.
Provide curricula, programs, training, resources, and environments that reflect and strengthen the diversity of our communities, and to elevate cultural awareness and understanding.
Ensure fair, equitable, and inclusive access to University facilities, programs, resources, and services.
Create inclusive and equitable policies and practices.
Diversify the University's workforce by assessing hiring practices to attract, retain, and develop talented staff and faculty from diverse backgrounds.
Address intergroup disparities through areas as representation, retention, learning outcomes, and graduation rates.
Create a University wide diversity plan to ensure a continued commitment to anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, social justice, and diversity.
More than 61 undergraduate degree programs, 41 graduate programs, two doctoral programs and 16 post-baccalaureate certificate programs prepare students for a successful career after graduation.
Student Resources
More than 200 student organizations at Western provide social, academic, recreation, athletics, service, academic, and many other opportunities for students to grow and learn, develop leadership skills, and much more. Numerous concerts, lectures, films, dance performances, cultural events and more are presented and performed each year, along with numerous major theatrical and dance productions and studio shows, and a variety of service-oriented projects and activities, all in a diverse and inclusive campus environment. The Multicultural Center is home to four cultural and resource centers: The Gwendolyn Brooks, Casa Latina, the Women's Center, and the LGBT*QA Resource Center. These cultural and resource centers promote WIU's goal of enhancing justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion through educational programming and advocacy.
WIU Intercollegiate Athletics
The University's athletics program, based on the Macomb campus, sponsors 17 NCAA Division I intercollegiate men's and women's varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League
Application Instructions:
Complete applications include:
1) a letter of application
2) current curriculum vita or resume
3) the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three current professional references
4) a separate statement regarding your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
Please upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or by navigating to the WIU Employment page at the following URL ******Note** In order to upload Individual documents must be under 2 MB in size.
Screening will begin on April 1, 2023 and continue until position is filled.
**MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. endeavors to provide a safe environment for its employees and students and requires candidates to submit to a background investigation upon offer of employment. Employment is contingent upon compliance with University policies and procedures relating to the receipt and evaluation of information contained in the background investigation.
Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Dr. Héctor Maymí-Sugrañes, Dean of Libraries, at ****.
For assistance with the online application system **** or via email at ****.
**MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, veterans, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes discrimination based on an individual's membership in the following classes: sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state or federal law.

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