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Library Assessment Specialist - Office of User Services

Library Assessment Specialist - Office of User Services

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library Job Location: Illinois Apply By: 02/19/2021 Date Created: 01-11-2021

Library Assessment Specialist

Office of User Services, University Library

University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign

Position Available:  This position is available as soon as possible. This is a 100%-time, permanent, twelve-month Academic Professional position in the University Library.   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 we 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 who share these values to apply.   The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO.   Duties and Responsibilities: The incumbent collects analytical evidence about the library's impact on student success. The incumbent conducts standard data-collection activities required by the University of Illinois, U.S. Department of Education/Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), and professional organizations such as the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). The incumbent works collaboratively to play an active role in fostering the “culture of assessment” within the University Library and the University.   The successful candidate will:   Collect Mission-Critical Data
  • Apply knowledge from specialized fields including library and information science, data science, and related social sciences to the collection of data about library services, facilities, technology and collections
  • Conduct surveys, interviews or other studies for assessing library services, facilities, technology and collections
  • Perform research tasks such as:
    • completing and submitting research protocols for Institutional Review Board (IRB) review; and
    • designing and testing surveys or interview questions
  Synthesize data and conduct analysis
  • Analyze qualitative and quantitative data and produce interpretive spreadsheets, charts, graphs and written reports
  • Compile statistics for strategic planning, communication, unit annual reports, student learning outcome assessment (SLOA) as well as statistics needed for grant applications and library faculty research and publication
  • Communicate results externally as well as internally with library units, committees, and working groups
  Professional development and service duties
  • Pursue professional development to keep current on trends and developments in library assessment, action research, and higher education assessment trends.
  • Participate in local, state, regional, and national professional associations, conferences and committees as appropriate.
  Academic Professional employees are encouraged to use “investigation time” to pursue areas of interest, not directly in support of an immediate program need, in accordance with the University Library’s policy on Investigation Time for Academic Professional Employees https://www.library.illinois.edu/staff/bhrsc/human/resources/guidelines-for-investigation-time/. Some investigations originating in this manner may evolve into regular work assignments or production activities.   Qualifications:   Required: A master’s degree in social sciences, information science, or related field; significant coursework or experience in a wide range of assessment methodologies, both quantitative and qualitative; demonstrated ability to design, implement, and interpret research that informs decision-making; experience with statistical analysis software such as SPSS or R; experience with data visualization software such as Tableau or Microsoft Power BI   Preferred: ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and/or Information Science (or equivalent), or demonstrated experience with library services; experience in planning and managing projects in a team environment; knowledge or experience in assessing user behavior in higher education settings; ability to view issues from a library-wide perspective and to contribute effectively to collaborative projects within and outside the library   Environment:  The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library is a leader in the delivery of user services, and active programs in information, instructional, access, and scholarly services that 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 13 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. For more information, see: http://www.library.illinois.edu/.   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 2,765 faculty members who serve more than 33,000 undergraduates and 15,000 graduate and professional students. More information about the campus is available at www.illinois.edu. The university is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana (total population 207,000) in east-central Illinois, and is situated about 140 miles south of Chicago, 125 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: https://with.illinois.edu/advancement/living-in-c-u/ or https://www.champaigncounty.org/ .   Salary and Rank: Minimum salary is $55,000 and commensurate with credentials and experience. This position is eligible for the Library’s Academic Professional Promotion Program. The University of Illinois also has a dual-career partner placement program and is strong committed to work-life balance and family-friendly programs for faculty and staff (https://provost.illinois.edu/faculty-affairs/work-life-balance/).   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.   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 February 19, 2021.   The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility    

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