Associate Dean for Information Assets – Illinois State University

Illinois State University’s Milner Library seeks an Associate Dean for Information Assets.  The incumbent will join at a transformational time for Milner Library, which is currently in the design phase of construction for a student success center, deepening campus partnerships in student and faculty success, and preparing for a capital plan that includes a significant multi-phased renovation.  Milner Library is committed to enriching the educational experiences of the campus and the greater community by placing equity, diversity, and inclusion at the heart of our work.  Candidates who will contribute to the climate of inclusivity are especially welcomed to apply.  Persons identifying as belonging to minoritized groups are encouraged to apply.
Reporting to the Dean of Milner Library, the incumbent will work in close cooperation with the Associate Dean for Public Services and Technology to coordinate all library operations, services, and strategic initiatives in a framework and expectation of shared governance.  The Associate Dean for Information Assets will have primary responsibility for the library’s access and technical services, scholarly communication initiatives, and cultural heritage activities.  The AD for Information Assets directly oversees the heads of access services; cataloging and acquisitions; special collections; and university archives, as well as the scholarly communication librarian, copyright officer; digitization coordinator, and conservator. Comprised of seven faculty and thirty-one full-time administrative professional and civil service staff, the division also includes interns and student assistants.  

The Associate Dean for Information Assets aids the faculty/staff in the Information Assets division with the development of strategies to acquire, describe, and preserve library and archival collections across a range of formats.  The AD for Information Assets is also responsible for the public services provided by the library’s circulation desk, special collections and university archives.  The incumbent is expected to advance the library’s scholarly communication initiatives and grow the expertise and capabilities of the library’s support for digital humanities/scholarship.  The incumbent will stay abreast of trends in access and technical services and cultural heritage management within the library profession, particularly as they relate to technology and user engagement.  As an active member of the Library Administrative team, the incumbent will support and implement library-wide initiatives and projects.  

This is a 12-month administrative professional position with faculty rank and tenure eligibility. Milner Library faculty members have responsibilities in the areas of librarianship, scholarly and creative activities, and service as outlined in Illinois State University Faculty Appointment, Salary, Promotion and Tenure Policies ( and Milner Library's Department and College Faculty Status Committees’ Criteria for Evaluation, Promotion, and Tenure. Faculty members are supported through the efforts of Milner Library’s Faculty Research and Development Committee, receive professional development and travel support, and are eligible for university grants to support scholarly and creative activities.

Required Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree in library and/or information science from a program accredited by the American Library Association or from a program recognized by the American Library Association as an international equivalent.
  • A minimum of five years’ experience in an academic library, with three years or more years at a supervisory level
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the selection, organization, and discovery of library and cultural heritage collections
  • Ability to work independently and in concert with others in a strongly collegial and participative environment
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated cultural competency and understanding of equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Ability to manage diverse, simultaneous assignments in a rapidly changing organization
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the library’s role in student success
  • Demonstrated potential to meet University promotion and tenure requirements

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with the administration of library management systems, particularly the Alma/Primo VE environment, in a consortial environment.
  • Knowledge of copyright and intellectual property issues.
  • Knowledge of the library’s role in cultural heritage stewardship and programming
  • Experience with grant development and administration
  • Experience with collection management methodologies and tools

University and Library:

As Illinois’ oldest public university, Illinois State University, is ranked as a Top 100 Public University by U.S. News & World Report; boasts retention and graduation rates well above the national average; and is designated as a Military Friendly School by VIQTORY. It offers an outstanding education to 18,250 undergraduates in over 160 degree options, and 2,628 graduate students in diverse master’s and doctoral programs. Illinois State welcomed 3,860 freshmen to campus for the 2019-2020 academic year, its largest freshman class in 33 years. One-quarter of the student population comes from underrepresented groups. The Chronicle of Higher Education named it as a “Great College to Work For” for the fourth consecutive year—the only four-year, public university in Illinois on the list. 

Milner Library supports Illinois State’s academic programs with a service-focused staff of 80, an institutional budget of approximately $9 million and a collection of over 1.4 million volumes, 200,000 e-books, over 100,000 electronic journals and a number of digital collections. Milner Library curates the circus & allied arts collection, one of the best of its kind in the world. Milner Library is a member of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois whose I-Share integrated library system offers resource sharing across 91 member institutions with 14.7 million unique bibliographic records and 38.1 million items records. The Library is a NACO member, participates in SACO, and a history of early adoption of library technologies.  Milner Library’s annual gate count exceeds 650,000, and it is a clearly beloved destination on campus. Master planning has occurred for renovations of significant portions of the library including the student success center. Milner Library easily exceeded its half million-dollar goal in Redbirds Rising, the current comprehensive campaign at Illinois State.

The Library is woven into the fabric of the campus at every level, actively supporting the campus strategic plan (“Educate Connect Elevate: Illinois State”) and mentioned in the campus facilities plan and the campus capital campaign plan – all evidence of institutional commitment to excellence in its library.

Illinois State is located in Normal/Bloomington, a growing community 2-3 hours from Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis, that ranks as one of the top 40 college towns in America based on its quality of life and among the top 10 for arts and entertainment opportunities according to the American Institute for Economic Research.

Salary and Benefits: 

This is a 12-month position. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. 24 vacation days and 11 paid holidays per year.

Position Available:

July 1, 2020

To Apply: 

To assure full consideration, please complete an online faculty employment application and submit a cover letter, resume, and names of 3 professional references  to posting by April 10, 2020. Initial review of applications will begin then and continue until the position is filled.

Illinois State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action university encouraging diversity.