Thursday, January 10, 2013

Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Dean of Libraries and University Librarian

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites nominations and applications for the position of Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Dean of Libraries and University Librarian. The University of Illinois Library, one of the world's leading academic research libraries, is distinguished for the strong collections and innovative user services that it provides to a diverse campus community. With a commitment to enhancing access to information resources, the Library has long been described as the intellectual heart of the campus. The Dean and University Librarian will provide effective leadership and commitment to advancing the research, teaching, and service missions of the Library and University, both on campus and in the state, as well as nationally and internationally.

This position serves as the Library's chief administrative and academic officer with overall responsibility for overseeing collection development and management; library services; budget and planning; the application of emerging information technologies; personnel resources; fund raising, public relations; and state, regional, national, and international cooperative efforts. The Dean and University Librarian acts as the official representative and advocate for the Library in the context of a research-oriented, internationally recognized land-grant university.

Job Requirements
The Dean and University Librarian will be a visionary leader who collaborates with the faculty, students, and staff on campus and in the state of Illinois, across the nation, and around the world. The ideal candidate will possess administrative, budgetary, fund-raising, and collaborative leadership skills, as well as a demonstrated commitment to undergraduate, graduate, and professional education; public engagement; and developing a diverse workforce. Candidates should have a distinguished record of librarianship, scholarly achievement, and professional accomplishments commensurate with an appointment at the rank of full professor.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign houses the largest public university collection in North America, totaling over 14-million print volumes, 135,389 serial titles (92,721 of which are available electronically), 645,398 electronic books, and roughly 400 electronic databases covering almost every discipline. The Library is committed to maintaining the strongest collections and service programs possible, and to being actively engaged in research, development, and scholarly practice—all of which support the University's missions of teaching, research and public engagement. The Library system comprises four primary library facilities, and a number of specialized libraries and facilities that are located both in the Main Library building and in buildings across campus. These include 26 service locations, several technical services departments that support acquisitions and collection management, metadata, digitization, and preservation; and several administrative units that support human resources, business, and information technology. The Library employs approximately 90 faculty members, and more than 300 academic professionals, staff, and graduate assistants. The current Library budget is approximately $42.25 million. Over the last ten years (2002 - 2012), the University Library strengthened enormously, raising over $29-million in philanthropic gifts and securing over $6 million in grants and sponsored research.

The position of Dean and University Librarian is a University of Illinois senior administrative position reporting to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs with a seat on the Council of Deans. This full-time, 12-month appointment has a preferred start date of August 2013. Salary is commensurate with experience.

An initial review of applications will begin on February 15, 2013 and will continue to review applications until position is filled.

Nominations should include the name, current position, and a brief description of qualifications and experience for the position and should be sent to:

Debasish (Deba) Dutta
Dean of the Graduate College and Chair of the Search Committee

Application materials should include a letter outlining qualifications, a current curriculum vitae, contact information, and names of three references. Candidates may create a profile through or submit materials directly to:

Debasish (Deba) Dutta
Dean of the Graduate College and Chair of the Search Committee

Founded in 1867, the University of Illinois is located in Urbana-Champaign and is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement, distinguished by the breadth of its programs, academic excellence, and internationally renowned faculty. Illinois faculty and alumni have earned 22 Nobel Prizes and include 147 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. They have also been awarded Pulitzer Prizes and Olympic medals, have orbited the earth, and led and founded international corporations. For more information about the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, please visit: For more information about the position, please visit:

The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas, who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity (

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