Learning Commons Librarian - Dominican University

Dominican University and the Rebecca Crown Library invites applications for the position of Learning Commons Librarian. The Rebecca Crown Library seeks a Learning Commons Librarian who will provide the leadership, vision, and creativity to the new Learning Commons.

Reporting to the University Librarian, the Learning Commons Librarian will be the connection that brings together the student-centered services from the library and Student Success and Engagement division. The Learning Commons Librarian will lead outreach efforts to the greater Dominican community. The Learning Commons Librarian will be responsible for the development of the new Innovation Center which encourages use of emerging technologies in the classroom. Faculty librarians will be responsible for the leadership of their units, and all faculty librarians participate in library instruction, provide reference assistance, and participate in the development of an inclusive library collection reflective of our university curriculum and student body. Faculty Librarians are expected to follow the Rebecca Crown Library Roles and Responsibilities policies and procedures and the Faculty Handbook for promotion and tenure.

About the Rebecca Crown Library

Mission: As a Sinsinawa Dominican-sponsored institution, the Rebecca Crown Library guides its students, employees, and community to discover ideas, develop passions, find truths, and apply knowledge. We provide compassionate service and encourage our community to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world.

The library was built in 1972 and renovated in 2002. In 2019 librarians began reimaging library services and staffing, and with other stakeholders, began the planning of the Learning Commons. The Learning Commons will feature an enhanced classroom, an Innovation Center, the Academic Enrichment Center and Disability Support Services, numerous group study and testing rooms, collaborative spaces, a contemplative space, a small reading room, and a recording studio.


The successful candidate will hold an ALA accredited MLS/MLIS; demonstrate the capacity to understand, embrace, and champion the mission and values of the Catholic Dominican intellectual traditions; and be an interculturally competent leader who has a record advancing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Minimum Qualifications

  • MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution and at least at least one year of working in an academic library
  • Ability to work collegially and communicate effectively with the Dominican University Community.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment and enthusiasm in providing compassionate service and teaching to all library users.
  • Strong commitment to supporting cultural competencies, diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education.
  • Demonstrated experience of providing outreach, programming, or marketing
  • Ability to meet tenure requirements.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • One year recent instruction and reference experience in an academic library setting.
  • Experience with learning management systems, Springshare tools, Camtasia and social media tools.
  • Experience working with recording studio hardware and software, 3-D printing, and other emerging technologies.
  • Experience with marketing and outreach.
  • Experience working with students from diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to speak Spanish

About Dominican University:

Dominican University is a premier Catholic, comprehensive teaching university located in River Forest, a suburb of Chicago, with an enrollment of about 3,000 students. Dominican University is considered the #1 ranked university in the Midwest for ensuring the social mobility of its graduates, according to the recently released U.S. News & World Report college rankings. The 2020 "Best Colleges" issue also ranked Dominican #11 out of 162 Midwest master's level universities overall. Dominican has been among the top 20 of Midwest regional universities for more than two decades. U.S. News also ranked Dominican as the Best Value in the state of Illinois, and it listed Dominican within the top 15 Midwest universities for the quality of its undergraduate teaching. The student body reflects great social, economic, and racial/ethnic diversity, and is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). The total student body is 71% female, 48% Hispanic/Latinx, and 7% Black/African-American, and 48% of undergraduates are first-generation college students. For more information, visit www.dom.edu.


Applications received online will be ensured full consideration; the search will remain open until the position is filled. Applications should consist of the following materials:

  • A cover letter addressing the candidate's vision for a learning commons, their experience, qualifications, statement of inclusive librarianship and library instruction and how the candidate can contribute to the diversity and inclusion on the Dominican University Campus and Rebecca Crown Library
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • A list of three (3) professional references (including full contact information and brief notes explaining relationships). References will not be contacted without explicit permission from the candidate.

Applicants who progress in the search process will be asked to provide letters of recommendation and official transcripts. Submission instructions will be provided.

A background screening is required.

Dominican University is an equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to the goal of building a faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We seek a diverse pool of applicants who bring varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

DEPARTMENT: Rebecca Crown Library
REPORTS TO: University Librarian
JOB STATUS: Full time (at least 37.5 hours/week)
DATE AVAILABLE: March 15, 2020