Two- Year Visiting Residency Librarian- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Approximate Date of Posting March 17, 2017

 Position: 4-Resideny Librarians- African American Studies Resident, Data Visualization, Digital Humanities Pedagogy, and Digital Preservation.

Location: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Company/Organization  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Library is pleased to announce a new opportunity for early-career librarians to gain professional experience and mentoring through a new library residency program. The residency program is offered to librarians within two years of receiving their degrees. The University Library seeks opportunities to help early career librarians embark on successful careers in academic and research libraries. Through the program, the residency librarian will gain in-depth work experience in academic librarianship, will be introduced to academic library administration, and will gain experience designing, conducting, and sharing the results of a research project. As part of a cohort of new professionals, the resident will benefit from mentoring and the opportunity to work closely with a group of individuals in the University Library. Individuals hoping to help the library advance and with the interest in developing themselves as a professional and scholar are encouraged to apply

We are recruiting to fill four, two-year positions with individuals who desire to build their skills and contribute to one of the following four areas of strategic importance and need to the institution: African American Studies Resident, Data Visualization, Digital Humanities Pedagogy, and Digital Preserv

Schedule/Hours  Twelve-month appointment

Time Frame August 16, 2017 through – August 15, 2019

Compensation: $50,000. A relocation allowance will be provided to offset documented expenses





  • ALA-accredited Masters of library and information science or an equivalent degree received in 2015-2017 with degree received by August 16, 2017.
  • All successful applicants will have demonstrated ability to work collegially and cooperatively with others in a team environment.
  • All successful applicants will have demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in writing as evidenced by their cover letter
  • Familiarity with or demonstrated interest in the area(s) of librarianship relevant to the specific residency positions in which the candidate has an interest.


  • African American Studies Resident :

o   Additional advanced degree in a humanities or social sciences discipline, with a focus on African American Studies;

o   Familiarity with or demonstrated interest in digital publishing and scholarly communications;

o   Teaching experience or experience conducting training;

o   Familiarity with collection development in an academic library setting

  • Data Analytics and Visualization Resident:

o   Coursework or experience in data visualization;

o   Familiarity with data visualization tools (e.g., Tableau, Splunk, R);

o   Familiarity with best practices in data visualization;

o   Coursework or experience in statistical analysis;

o   Familiarity with conducting training and teaching, and developing program materials;

o   Demonstrated ability to remain conversant with newly evolving technologies;

  • Digital Humanities Pedagogy Resident:

o   Knowledge of or demonstrated experience with research methods and tools in digital humanities, especially for text analysis or digital publishing;

o   Demonstrated experience or familiarity with teaching workshops or conducting other types of training events, especially for digital tools;

o   Demonstrated experience with instructional design or development of program materials;

o   Ability to remain conversant with newly evolving technologies;

  • Digital Preservation Resident:

o   training or professional experience in digital preservation and born-digital content processing and/or data curation;

o   knowledge of best and evolving practice for providing access to content stored in proprietary, obsolete, and threatened file formats;

o   ability to install and evaluate computer programs;

o   demonstrated interest in developing digital preservation procedures and policy;

o   strong project management and research skills

Position Available:  The expected start date for the four Visiting Resident Librarians is August 16, 2017

Salary and Rank:  The salary for all four positions is $50,000. A relocation allowance will be provided to offset documented expenses. Successful candidate will join the University Library as Visiting Assistant Professors.

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.


Deadline: In order to ensure full consideration, applications must be received by April 17, 2017. The review of applications will continue until the position is filled.


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