Assistant/Associate Professor & Health Sciences Collections Librarian - UIC Library of the Health Sciences (Chicago)

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Library of the Health Sciences (LHS) seeks a tenure system faculty librarian to build health sciences collections in all formats. Reporting directly to the Associate University Librarian for the Health Sciences and Associate Dean, the Health Sciences Collection Librarian will also work closely with the UIC Library Collections Coordinator who will provide support and accountability for certain aspects of the position. This is a highly collaborative position that coordinates and consults with the LHS liaison librarians and regional department heads on an ongoing basis to support and manage the collection development needs across all of LHS.

The Library of the Health Sciences supports UIC programs in medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, applied health sciences, public health, and doctoral programs in basic and clinical science, several with regional presence in Peoria, Rockford, and Urbana. 

This tenure system appointment includes the expectation that the faculty member will be actively engaged in and significantly contribute to the profession through research/scholarship and service related to professional and scholarly interests.  This includes publication, presentation, and committee work at various levels.   Expectations are further outlined in the norms for tenure-track/tenured appointments. 

Key responsibilities include:

  • Leads collections development and maintenance for print and electronic resources across all LHS locations and ensures the collection is balanced to support all subject areas.
  • Works with the UIC Library Collections Coordinator on consortial collections development, overall collections policy, budget planning, and big deal journal package analysis. 
  • Serves as the UIC Library Collections Coordinator’s primary contact for LHS collection development. Provides advice on health sciences issues and trends.
  • Leads assessment and trend analysis of the LHS collections. 
  • Manages the health sciences collections budget and allocates funds to each guideline in collaboration with all LHS sites. 
  • Coordinates subscriptions to databases, e-journals, and e-books that serve the whole of LHS.
  • Coordinates print materials selection for LHS Chicago and monitors the balance between print and electronic books among all sites.
  • Serves as the primary contact for vendors of health science content. Arranges trials and coordinates evaluation of resources. 
  • Maintains a current awareness of new products in the health sciences and changes to subscribed/licensed content.
  • Disseminates health sciences collections information to internal and external audiences, and works with the Communications Director to publicize notable developments.
  • Coordinates the development and documentation of LHS collections policies and processes.
  • Schedules and chairs regular meetings with LHS liaisons to discuss collections issues, coordinate collections work, and provide ongoing training on best practices and trends. 
  • Participates in collaborative efforts across LHS departments providing patron support and reference services.
  • Supervises student workers and/or support staff

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited program; two years of professional library experience; experience in an academic health science library (or equivalent experience); proficiency with collection resources in service to academic health science programs; knowledge of emergent library roles and collection issues; familiarity with electronic health information resources; strong user-focused services orientation; excellent written communication and interpersonal skills; familiarity with basic computer applications and bibliographic management software; flexibility to work collaboratively in a team environment; strong project management skills; evidence of good judgment and organizational skills; and demonstrated ability to meet University standards in research, publication and professional service commensurate with tenure; ability to travel.

Additional Desirable Qualifications:

Subject background in the health sciences or equivalent; supervisory experience.


Salary commensurate with experience; the minimum salary for a full-time twelve-month appointment is $51,333.  Benefits for a twelve month appointment include 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 State Universities Retirement System compulsory (8% of salary is withheld and is tax exempt until withdrawal); no Social Security coverage, but Medicare payment is 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 January 4th, 2019 with cover letter, C.V., and name and contact information for at least three references. The position close date is January 21, 2019.

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The University of Illinois conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer of employment. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act. 

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or status as an individual with a disability.