Assistant/Associate Professor - Teaching and Learning Librarian

Illinois State University
Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Oct 26, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Other Education, Professional Fields, Library & Information Sciences, Other Professional Fields
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Salary Band
Commensurate with Experience
Employment Type
Full Time
General Summary

Illinois State University’s Milner Library seeks a dynamic and engaged individual to join the Social Sciences Subject group as the tenure-track Teaching and Learning librarian at assistant or associate professor rank. The Teaching and Learning librarian serves as the subject librarian to the College of Education’s School of Teaching and Learning, and is responsible for maintaining the Teaching Materials Center, a large collection of PK-12 educational materials. The person in this role will be highly involved with the School of Teaching and Learning and should have a strong interest in working with not only traditional college students, but also student teachers and individuals at ISU’s laboratory schools: Thomas Metcalf School and University High School. This is an ideal position for someone with interests in PK-12 teaching and school librarianship as well as academic librarianship.

This work includes the following duties and responsibilities:

• Act as the subject liaison to the College of Education’s School of Teaching and Learning, serving as primary library contact for administrators, faculty, students, and staff;
• Pursue relationships with the chairs, directors, and/or faculty library liaisons;
• Oversee all aspects of collection development and maintenance within subject area(s);
• Plan, develop, conduct, teach, and assess library instruction sessions in alignment with information fluency outcomes;
• Develop and maintain learning objects;
• Participate in general and specialized reference and research services, as well as provide in-depth consultation with faculty and students in liaison departments.

This is a tenure-track faculty position. Milner Library faculty members 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. Faculty members are supported through the efforts of Milner Library’s Faculty Research and Development Committee, receive professional development and travel support, and are eligible for University grants to support scholarly and creative activities.

Additional Information

Milner Library
Milner Library, located in the heart of Illinois State University’s campus, is an active partner in teaching, learning, and research activities at Illinois State University. Milner Library’s six floors encompass more than a million volumes, 200,000 e-books, and 100,000 electronic journals; technology such as computers, 3D printing, Ready Record Studio, and Make It Space; award-winning study spaces; and our exceptional staff who are here to help support student success in their academic journey and beyond. Milner Library is also home to University Archives and Special Collections, housing some of the most unique items on campus that are used in the classroom, for research, and beyond.

Milner Library is committed to increasing the campus representation of Black people, Indigenous people, People of Color, women, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and those embodying any and all expressions of gender identity and sexuality. Candidates who have experience working with a range of faculty, staff, students, and patrons, and can contribute to the culture of openness, belonging, and mutual support are encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will show a commitment to serving underrepresented populations and/or building/maintaining collections with inclusion, equity, and diversity at the forefront. Black people, Indigenous peoples, People of Color, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, veterans, and women are encouraged to apply.

College of Education School of Teaching and Learning
In Illinois, more than one in six teachers are Redbirds. As part of the University’s oldest college, the School of Teaching and Learning offers four undergraduate programs, two master’s programs, and one doctoral program as well as a library information specialist certificate. These sequences prepare our students for a variety of careers in education.

Illinois State University
Illinois State University is a community of scholars with a commitment to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities. As Illinois’ first public university, we promote the highest academic standards in our teaching, our scholarship, and the connections we build between them. Illinois State University is a residential university with an enrollment of 21,000 students. Our 34 academic departments in six colleges offer 63 undergraduate programs in more than 160 fields of study. The Graduate School coordinates 38 masters, two specialist and seven doctoral programs. We have repeatedly been named a “Great Place to Work” by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Illinois State University is located in the growing twin cities of Bloomington and Normal, with a population of approximately 167,000. The community is home to Illinois Wesleyan University, Lincoln College, Heartland Community College, OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Carle BroMenn Medical Center, Rivian Motors, Country Financial, and State Farm Insurance Corporate Headquarters. The community has distinguished itself for its outstanding school systems and educational attainment, parks and recreation, health care, job growth, economic opportunity, and low crime. Forbes magazine ranked Bloomington-Normal the 66th best small places for businesses and careers and 13th best for education. ( Bloomington-Normal is conveniently located about three hours from Indianapolis, two hours from both Chicago and St. Louis and an hour from Peoria, Champaign-Urbana, Decatur, and Springfield, many of which are accessible by Amtrak Train. For more information on our community, please visit

Required Qualifications

• Advanced degree from an ALA-accredited graduate program or ALA-recognized
international equivalent
• Professional experience in a PK-12 setting
• Experience or training working with educational collections
• Knowledge of PK-12 pedagogical practice
• Demonstrated commitment to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion
• Demonstrated strong instructional and research skills in classroom and one-on-one
• Strong commitment to public services
• Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively with others in a strongly collegial and
participative environment

Desired Qualifications

• Professional experience as a subject librarian in education disciplines
• Degree(s) in education disciplines
• Knowledge of children’s and young adult literature

Work Hours

Varies depending on class hours and office hours.

Proposed Starting Date


Salary Rate / Pay Rate

Pay is commensurate with qualification and experience, combined with an excellent benefits package.

Required Applicant Documents

1. Cover Letter
2. Vita/Resume
3. Names of Three References (with phone numbers and email addresses).

PLEASE NOTE:  These documents are required to be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on "Apply"

Special Instructions for Applicants

Please submit materials by Tuesday, November 30, 2021 for fullest consideration; however, review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Please submit your application for posting #512356 at The application should include:

1. Cover Letter
2. Current Resume/Vita
3. Names of three references including phone numbers and email addresses.

Contact Information for Applicants

Leta Janssen, Milner Library Business Manager
Phone: (309) 438-3325

Important Information for Applicants

This position is subject to a criminal background investigation based on University Policy 3.1.30 and any offer of employment is contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.

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

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. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access will hold any confidential information you provide in confidence.

If you are having difficulty accessing the system, please call Human Resources at (309) 438-8311.

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