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Instructional Services Specialist

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Instructional Services SpecialistAcademic Professional PositionUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignPosition Available: This position is available immediately. This is a 100%-time, twelve-month appointment Academic Professional position.Duties and Responsibilities: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks an innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented professional for the position of Instructional Services Specialist. The University Library has a strong tradition of instruction, and this newly created position will build upon ongoing and current instruction practices in the University Library. Reporting to the Instructional Services Librarian at the Undergraduate Library (UGL), the successful candidate will provide instructional services to undergraduates, primarily first-year students; assist in the coordination of the UGL instruction program and training for graduate assistants; provide reference services; participate in collection development activities; and serve as a liaison to the K-12 community.Specifically, the Instructional Services Specialist will:Work with the Instructional Services Librarian at the Undergraduate Library to plan and implement instructional services at the Undergraduate LibraryParticipate in the teaching of library instruction sessions for first-year classesDeliver instruction in-person and online (synchronous & asynchronous) using best practices for learning, teaching, and information literacyIdentify and implement current and emerging technologies that further the library’s instruction missionCollaborate with library colleagues to design learning experiences that enhance critical thinking and information literacyMentor graduate assistants and provide constructive feedback to improve instructionDevelop and maintain web-based materials, including LibGuides to augment instruction and research needsCreate reusable online learning objects and templatesParticipate in reference services, both in person and onlineAssist in identifying, encouraging, and supporting training opportunities and implementing best reference, teaching and learning practices among graduate assistantsFacilitate the use of library resources and other tool sets within the learning management systemServe as Liaison to K-12 programs for instructional sessions and tours at the libraryProvide instructional sessions to summer K-12 enrichment programs, especially to groups such as Upward Bound and iSTEMAssist in collection development activities of the unitInvestigate topics, techniques, skills, methods, and procedures that will benefit library projects as well as develop advanced professional skills (5-10% of time, in consultation with supervisor).Environment: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Library is a leader in the delivery of user services, and active programs in information, instructional, access, and scholarly services help the Library to maintain its place at the intellectual heart of the campus. The Library also holds one of the preeminent research collections in the world, encompassing more than 12 million volumes and a total of more than 23 million items. The Library is committed to maintaining the strongest collections and service programs possible, and to engaging in research, development, and scholarly practice - all of which support the University's missions of teaching, research, and public engagement. The Library employs approximately 90 faculty members, and more than 300 academic professionals, staff, and graduate assistants. The Library consists of multiple departmental libraries located across campus, as well as an array of central public, technical, and administrative service units. The Library also encompasses a variety of virtual service points and “embedded librarian” programs. For more information, see: http://www.library.illinois.edu/The Undergraduate Library is one of the centers of the undergraduate student experience on campus, with an educational mission to utilize innovation and experimentation as key tools in engaging students in the academic research process through the expertise of our professional and knowledgeable staff who develop and maintain our preeminent collections, facilities and services. In addition to ~120,000 print volumes, over 30,000 media items, and the largest centralized print reserve collection, the Undergraduate Library provides services such as the Media Commons, a Gaming Center, loanable technology, and a robust instruction program. The UGL has the busiest instruction program within the University Library and teaches approximately 300 classes to more than 5,000 students each year. The UGL partners with other campus groups, such as CITES, Writer’s Workshop, Career Services, McKinley Health and others to provide services at the UGL. The print and media collection alone generate approximately 20,000 circulations per month during Fall and Spring semesters and a the UGL has a gate count of over 50,000 users per month.Qualifications: Required: A master's degree in library and information science (or equivalent) from an accredited school; Familiarity with learning theory and accepted pedagogical methods; Experience in the following: conducting, instructional sessions in a higher education library setting, incorporating instructional technologies into the teaching and learning process, conducting library reference in person and online; Strong oral & written communication skills; Ability to work both collaboratively and independently; Preferred: Academic coursework or professional development training in instructional design/technology or related area; Experience in the following: working with undergraduate students, particularly first-year undergraduates, training and mentoring graduate students, evaluating educational programs and learning outcomes, conducting academic library reference in person and online, creating online resource guides, such as LibGuides, creating learning objects, collection development, interacting with K-12, students participating in professional library associations.Salary and Rank: Salary commensurate with credentials and experience.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 receive 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/.The University is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, which have a combined population of 100,000 and are situated approximately 140 miles south of Chicago, 120 miles west of Indianapolis, and 170 miles 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 and its members. For more information, see: http://illinois.edu/about/community/community.htmlTo 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, applications must be received by February 21, 2014.Illinois is an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu
 
 

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