Classics and Research & Information Services Librarian
Open Rank Faculty, University Library
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Position Available:  The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date.  This is a 100%, twelve-month, tenure-system appointment.

The Classics and Research & Information Services Librarian will hold a 50% appointment as Classics Librarian; and a 50% appointment as a librarian in Research & Information Services, where the incumbent will contribute to the University Library's broader suite of service activities, including reference and instruction, scholarly communication and research support services, and outreach.

As Classics and Research & Information Services Librarian, the successful candidate will:

*         Serve as a liaison to the Classics Department and related interdisciplinary programs;

*         Develop and manage collections in all formats in the areas of liaison responsibility for one of the leading Classics research collections in the United States; and work closely with faculty to establish collection priorities;

*         Provide in-depth, subject-based research services to faculty and students in liaison areas;

*         Develop and promote services and resources in liaison areas and for a general scholarly audience to enhance the research, teaching, and learning missions of the University;

*         Monitor trends in scholarly communications and the emerging resources and technologies supporting scholarly work in liaison areas and across the disciplines, in order to inform the design of library services and the development of online teaching materials;

*         Provide information literacy services in a variety of formats for liaison departments, as well as for a general scholarly audience as part of the RIS instruction program;

*         Coordinate the development and maintenance of online resources, including LibGuides and unit webpages in Classics and the RIS, that assist users with research and teaching;

*         Develop resources, tools, and workshops supporting research and teaching in digital scholarship; and participate actively in local, national, and international digital humanities initiatives;

*         Provide effective, responsive reference service via all media-including in-person, email, virtual chat, telephone, and all other formats as technology evolves-as part of the Main/Undergraduate Library Reference Hub team;

*         Contribute to the national and international reputation of the University Library through professional research, service, and collaboration with appropriate colleagues and organizations.


The Classics collections at the University Library include nearly 400 serials and more than 100,000 volumes that focus on all aspects of the Greco-Roman world, from southern Egypt to Great Britain, and includes works on art, archaeology, history, literature, mythology, numismatics, papyrology, and philosophy. It also supports Early Christian studies, as well as Medieval and Byzantine studies. The Classics resources are primarily in support of the research and teaching of the Department of the Classics, from undergraduate programs through doctoral and advanced research, as well as students and scholars in medieval studies, archaeology, history, English, the history of art, the modern European languages, philosophy, religious studies, and speech communication.
The Research and Information Services is the University Library's central hub for research assistance, leading patrons to the discovery of library resources and expert help. RIS is dedicated to increasing the research skills of faculty, staff and students, and educating the campus regarding the many ways in which the Library supports research and teaching, while also assuring that scholars are connected to their subject liaisons and disciplinary libraries.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Library is a leader in the delivery of user services, and active programs in information, instructional, access, and scholarly services help the Library to maintain its place at the intellectual heart of the campus. The Library also holds one of the preeminent research collections in the world, encompassing more than 13 million volumes and a total of more than 23 million items. The Library is committed to maintaining the strongest collections and service programs possible, and to engaging in research, development, and scholarly practice - all of which support the University's missions of teaching, research, and public engagement. The Library employs approximately 90 faculty members, and more than 300 academic professionals, staff, and graduate assistants. For more information, see:


*         ALA-accredited Masters of library and information science or an equivalent degree;

*         Undergraduate degree in Classics or closely related field;

*         Knowledge of Greek, Latin, and/or other relevant languages for the study of the Classics;

*         2 years of relevant experience working in a research library or a related setting;

*         Demonstrated skills in managing programs and bringing projects to completion.


*         Graduate degree in Classics or closely related field;

*         Knowledge of current trends in scholarship and teaching of Classics and related fields;

*         Knowledge of resources, research methods, and tools in digital humanities, digital curation, data management, and/or scholarly communication;

*         Experience of building and sustaining library or research collections in all formats;

*         Experience in providing instruction or workshops in an academic library or similar research environment;

*         Experience in providing reference services in an academic library or similar research environment;

*         Demonstrated ability to work collegially and cooperatively with others in a team environment;

*         Evidence of research, publication, and service consonant with University standards for tenure and promotion.

Salary and Rank:  Salary commensurate with credentials and experience. Librarians have faculty rank, and must demonstrate excellence in librarianship, research, and university/professional/community service in order to meet university standards for tenure and promotion. For more information, see <>.

Terms of Appointment: Twelve-month appointment; 24 annual vacation days; 11 annual paid holidays; 12 annual sick-leave days (cumulative), plus an additional 13 sick-leave days (non-cumulative) available, if needed, each year; health insurance requiring a small co-payment is provided to employee (with the option to purchase coverage for spouse and dependents); required participation in State Universities Retirement System (SURS) (8% of annual salary is withheld and is refundable upon termination), with several options for participation in additional retirement plans; newly-hired employees are covered by the Medicare portion of Social Security and are subject to its deduction.

Campus & Community: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a comprehensive and major public land-grant university (Doctoral/Research University-Extensive) that is ranked among the best in the world. Chartered in 1867, it provides undergraduate and graduate education in more than 150 fields of study, conducts theoretical and applied research, and provides public service to the state and the nation. It employs 3,000 faculty members who serve 31,000 undergraduates and 12,000 graduate and professional students; approximately 25% of faculty receives campus-wide recognition each year for excellence in teaching. More information about the campus is available at<>.

The University is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, which have a combined population of 100,000 and are situated about 140 miles south of Chicago, 120 miles west of Indianapolis, and 170 northeast of St. Louis. The University and its surrounding communities offer a cultural and recreational environment ideally suited to the work of a major research institution. For more information about the community, visit: <><> or <><>.

To Apply:  To ensure full consideration, please create your candidate profile at<> and upload your letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information (including email addresses) for three professional references. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For questions, please contact Library Human Resources at 217-333-8169.

Deadline: In order to ensure full consideration, applications must be received by February 1, 2016. The review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a  disability or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.  (<>).


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