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Job Title: Head of the Cataloging and Acquisitions Department and Electronic Resources Librarian
Location: Normal, IL United States
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/20/2018
Expire Date: 11/20/2018
Job Categories: Collegiate Faculty, Staff, Administration
Job Description
Head of the Cataloging and Acquisitions Department and Electronic Resources Librarian
Illinois State University's Milner Library seeks an innovative, forward-thinking, and collaborative librarian for a 12-month, tenure-track faculty position responsible for managing the department and the Library’s electronic resources. Appointment will be at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank.

In addition to the Head, the department is comprised of three faculty and twelve classified staff. As a member of the Consortium for Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), the Library participates with 90 libraries in a VuFind and Ex Libris Voyager environment. The department is responsible for the acquisition, licensing, and cataloging or archival processing of library resources; management of the library's discovery systems: SFX, EBSCO Discovery Service, and Archon; and Coral, its electronic resource management system. The library is a NACO member, participates in SACO, and has a history of early adoption of library technologies.

This position works in partnership with and reports to the Associate Dean for Information Assets. The position interacts with the Library's administrative office, all library departments and divisions, university lab schools, and state organizations, particularly CARLI. Milner Library faculty 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.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Manages ongoing technical access to electronic resources and collaborates with other library faculty and staff to maximize discovery of resources for patrons.
• Stays abreast of new technology, national developments, and best practices in order to provide leadership for acquisitions, cataloging, and electronic resources management activities.
• Directly supervises one faculty member (Senior Cataloging Librarian) and three classified staff (Acquisitions Coordinator, Cataloging Unit Coordinator, and Electronic Resources Specialist)
• Develops procedures and workflow routines which can be used to accomplish objectives and improve efficiency of the Department.
• Provides expertise for ongoing system administration, technical support, and training for the department’s faculty and staff.
• Selects, evaluates, and works with library vendors.
• Works closely with the Head of Collection Development, the Head of Library Information Technology Services (LITS), the Head of Access Services, the Library's Business Manager, and Public Services.
• Acts as technical services liaison to two university laboratory school libraries.
• Conducts original research appropriate to continued appointment as a faculty member

University and Library:

The Library is woven into the fabric of the campus at every level, appearing in the campus strategic plan ("Educate, Connect, Elevate"), the campus facilities plan, and the campus capital campaign plan - all evidence of institutional commitment to excellence in its library. Diversity is a core value of Milner Library and of Illinois State University. We believe a diverse faculty and staff helps us to better understand our world, educate our students, and engage our community. For the third consecutive year, Illinois State University was named a Great College to Work For by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Illinois State is located in Normal/Bloomington, a vibrant community 2-3 hours from Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis.

As Illinois' oldest public university, Illinois State University ( offers an outstanding education to 20,784 undergraduates and 2,454 graduate students in diverse master’s and doctoral programs. Milner Library supports those programs with a service-focused staff of 78, an institutional budget of approximately $9 million, and a collection of over 1.3 million volumes, including 100,000 e-books and 81,000 e-journals. The library's integrated library system (Ex Libris Voyager), OpenURL link resolver (Ex Libris SFX), and online catalog (VuFind) are hosted by CARLI. The resource discovery system (EBSCO Discovery Service) and Archon are hosted locally. The library uses OCLC CONTENTdm to manage digital collections and bepress Digital Commons for the institutional repository.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary commensurate with experience. See the Illinois State University Human Resources site ( for information on vacation, holidays, and other benefits.

Position Available: July 1, 2019

To Apply:
For full consideration, please apply to posting number 0711164 at Please complete an online application and attach the following documents:
• Cover letter addressing required qualifications
• Curriculum vitae
• Names and email addresses of three references ~ (listed as "Reference List”)

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2018 and continue until position is filled.

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

If you are having difficulty accessing the system, please call Human Resources at (309) 438-8311. If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other state or federal law you may request an accommodation by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at 309-438-3383.

Qualifications & Requirements
• Master's degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited program or ALA-recognized foreign equivalent.
• A second master’s degree, certificate of advanced studies, or a doctorate in library/information science or a subject discipline by date of appointment.
• Minimum of 3-years supervisory experience with demonstrated ability to lead, develop, and mentor staff.
• Demonstrated ability and experience to plan, manage, and oversee complex projects, meet deadlines, and prioritize work in alignment with goals of the department, library, and university.
• Evidence of strong commitment to customer service.
• Knowledge and experience in most aspects of the electronic resources lifecycle.
• Experience in either acquisitions or cataloging with a strong preference for experience in both areas.
• Knowledge of cataloging processes and techniques, and familiarity with basic cataloging standards, including RDA, Library of Congress Subject Heading practice, Library of Congress and Dewey Decimal Classification systems, and MARC21 formats.
• Technical knowledge of and experience working with OCLC, integrated library systems, link resolvers, and other applications used in libraries.
• Familiarity with trends in library technology related to acquisitions and knowledge organization.
• Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
• Potential to meet university requirements for tenure, including scholarly or creative activities and service.
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Contact Information
Contact Name:Courtney Greenlee
Phone Number:309 438 7292
Company Description:
Illinois State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. Illinois State is a co-educational, residential university that emphasizes undergraduate study with almost 21,000 students. Our 34 academic departments in six colleges offer 77 undergraduate programs in more than 160 fields of study. Illinois State works as a diverse community of scholars, educators, and staff to support our commitment to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities. We promote the highest academic standards in our teaching, scholarship, public service, and the connections we build among them. We devote all of our resources and energies to creating the most supportive and productive community possible to serve the citizens of Illinois and beyond.
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