Natural and Applied Sciences Archivist - University Archives
Assistant or Associate Professor, University Library
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Position Available: The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. This is a 100% twelve-month, Library tenure-system appointment.
Position Description: The University of Illinois seeks a dynamic faculty member to lead efforts that document the University's world-class programs and initiatives related to the natural and applied sciences. Founded in 1867 and the nation's leading land-grant University, Illinois has a long track record of achievement in these fields, including but not limited to 24 Nobel prize winners among its present or past faculty. The successful candidate will play a leading role in documenting the University's scientific and technical impact on the broader world, as well as the tensions and cross-currents that exist around innovation.
The University Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign values diversity of thought, perspective, experience and people, and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. We are dedicated to the practices of social justice, diversity, and equality, and strive to overcome historical and divisive biases in our society and embrace diverse points of view as assets to the fabric of our community. All positions will be called on to contribute to building this environment in the Library and throughout the campus community, and we encourage candidates to apply who share these values.
The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO.
Duties and Responsibilities:
This full-time tenure system faculty member (assistant, associate, or full level, depending on qualifications) will coordinate appraisal, processing, digitization, preservation, research access, and outreach functions for records and personal archives relating broadly to the fields of natural and applied sciences. The archivist will assume a leading role in providing instructional, reference, and public services for these materials. The archivist will use disciplinary knowledge and knowledge of archival standards and techniques to educate, engage, and assist all members of the University community as well as the public in research use of natural and applied sciences archives materials. The archivist will develop and implement plans to accession, arrange, describe, and provide access to the materials in all formats gathered from the administrative records and personal archives of relevant academic staff. They will also develop and administer a robust outreach program via websites, exhibits, and other ways that connect the archives materials with users.
This archivist will work with natural and applied sciences disciplines across the University including but not limited to engineering, life sciences, physical sciences, and medicine. As appropriate, the archivist will collaborate and develop relationships with faculty and administrators to support the work of the University Archives and Library. The archivist will also seek institutional or external resources through various means including writing and developing grant applications in support of programs and projects that ensure the long-term development of natural and applied sciences archives programs for the University. As appropriate the archivist will develop relationships with faculty and administrators to develop and implement archives programs, policies and procedures.
Responsibilities primarily, though not exclusively, related to natural and applied sciences archives materials include:
appraising and collecting records, personal papers, and oral histories in collaboration and consultation with appropriate experts in the University Archives and Library, including subject and functional specialists;
developing and cultivating relationships with creators of materials and determining the disposition of records in collaboration and consultation with Records and Information Management Services and the Faculty Papers Archivist:
planning, conducting, and supervising the work needed to survey, appraise, accession, arrange, and describe archives materials;
engaging in outreach and developing instructional programming for undergraduate and graduate students;
providing research services, instruction sessions, and remote reference services.
The University of Illinois Archives provides services to undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, the public, and visiting scholars. Its holdings include official records of the University, personal and professional archives of prominent faculty and alumni, and associated manuscript collections including the Student Life and Culture Archives, and the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music. The Archives also holds records, papers, photographs, audiovisual materials, and related historical collections of affiliated associations such as the American Library Association and the Advertising Council. The Archives' permanent staff includes six archivists, four academic professionals, graduate assistants, and hourly student assistants.
Environment: The University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign is one of the preeminent research libraries in the world. With more than 14 million volumes and significant digital resources, it ranks second in size among academic research libraries in the United States and first among public university libraries in the world. As the intellectual heart of the campus, the Library is committed to maintaining the strongest possible collections and services and engaging in research and development activities in pursuit of the University's mission of teaching, scholarship, and public service. The Library currently employs approximately 80 faculty and 300 academic professionals, staff, and graduate assistants.
Salary and Rank: Salary commensurate with credentials and experience. Librarians have faculty rank, and must demonstrate excellence in librarianship, research, and university/professional/community service in order to meet university standards for tenure and promotion. Library faculty have an obligation to remain professionally informed, to pursue the discovery of new knowledge related to their field of expertise, to disseminate the results of their scholarly work, and to seek opportunities for service to the Library, campus, state, nation and profession. Library faculty are governed by University statements on review and promotion found in Article IX of the Statutes, and in Provost's Communication No. 9 and Provost's Communication No. 13 . For more information on library tenure and promotion, see .
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.
Campus and Community: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a comprehensive and major public land-grant university (Doctoral/Research University-Extensive) that is ranked among the best in the world. Chartered in 1867, it provides undergraduate and graduate education in more than 150 fields of study, conducts theoretical and applied research, and provides public service to the state and the nation. It employs 3,000 faculty members who serve 31,000 undergraduates and 12,000 graduate and professional students; approximately 25% of faculty receives campus-wide recognition each year for excellence in teaching. More information about the campus is available at www.illinois.edu.
The University is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, which have a combined population of 100,000 and are situated about 140 miles south of Chicago, 120 miles west of Indianapolis, and 170 northeast of St. Louis. The University and its surrounding communities offer a cultural and recreational environment ideally suited to the work of a major research institution. For more information about the community, visit: http://illinois.edu/about/community/community.html or http://www.ccchamber.org/
To Apply: To ensure full consideration, please complete your candidate profile at https://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a letter of interest, resume, and contact information including email addresses for three professional references. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For questions, please call: 217-333-8169.
Deadline: In order to ensure full consideration we urge candidates to submit application materials on or before May 10, 2019.
The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.
Masters in Library and Information Science with a specialization in archives; or Masters in History with a specialization in archives;
prior professional or pre-professional experience with archival techniques and practices;
demonstrated knowledge of standards for archives appraisal, arrangement, and description;
written evidence of the ability to conduct scholarly research and work to meet the requirements for promotion and tenure;
demonstrated ability to communicate clearly in person and in writing;
demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgment and participate in group/team endeavors;
ability to move, rearrange, and otherwise handle records and archives materials.
demonstrated experience providing reference services for archival materials;
five years prior work in an academic archives, manuscripts repository, or research institution;
demonstrated knowledge of the history of the natural or applied sciences, such as that gained through work experience or graduate coursework in a natural or applied sciences discipline or advanced undergraduate or graduate work in the history of science and technology;
records management training or experience;
demonstrated experience with digitization and/or metadata creation;
demonstrated supervisory experience.
About University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
About University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - University Library
The University Library holds more than thirteen million volumes and 24 million items and materials in all formats, languages, and subjects, including 9 million microforms, 120,000 serials, 148,000 audio-recordings, over 930,000 audiovisual materials, over 280,000 electronic books, 12,000 films, and 650,000 maps. These collections form the bulk of I-Share, the statewide library online catalog. Currently there are 76 I-Share libraries and more than 30 million library items represented in the I-Share catalog. Users at these I-Share libraries may borrow books directly from the 76 I-Share library participants.