Position Available: The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. This is a 100% twelve-month, tenure-system appointment.

Position Description: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library seeks a dynamic and collaborative individual to serve as the Planning, Landscape Architecture, and Agriculture Librarian. The successful candidate will contribute to innovative and inclusive services in the Funk ACES (Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences) Library.

Reporting to the Head of the Funk ACES Library, the Planning, Landscape Architecture, and Agriculture Librarian will serve as the University Library’s liaison to the departments of Landscape Architecture and Urban & Regional Planning within the College of Fine and Applied Arts, and will be responsible for collection development, instruction, research consultations, and outreach to support those departments. This position will also serve as the liaison to one or two departments within the College of ACES, providing support through instructional, research consultation, and outreach services.

In addition, this candidate will serve as the supervisor for the Funk ACES Library’s Graduate Assistants (GAs), responsible for GA hiring and management, and will work collaboratively with other Funk librarians on GA training, mentoring, and projects.

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:

  • Serves as the subject specialist for landscape architecture and urban and regional planning, and performs collection development and manages funds earmarked for these subjects, including gift/endowment funds.
  • Depending on unit needs and qualifications of the successful candidate, serves as the subject specialist for one or two departments in the College of ACES
  • Working closely with the unit head, serves as the Graduate Assistant (GA) Supervisor for Funk ACES Library, responsible for hiring and managing GAs and coordinating their unit-specific training and project assignments.
  • Working collaboratively with library colleagues, contribute to Library-wide information, instruction and research support services, including support for research data management, scholarly communication, etc.
  • Participates in public services and other user-focused activities as part of the Funk ACES Library, including reference services, outreach and engagement initiatives.
  • Contributes to the national and international reputation of the University Library through professional research, service and collaboration with national colleagues and organizations.


  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent
  • At least one year of experience working in an academic or research library
  • Supervisory experience
  • Demonstrated ability to work collegially and collaboratively with others in a team environment
  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with all elements of an academically and culturally diverse community
  • Preparation and commitment to conduct independent scholarship consistent with a tenure-track faculty appointment and indications of ability to meet the promotion and tenure requirements of the University


  • Educational background or work experience in landscape architecture, urban & regional planning, or a related discipline
  • Experience teaching in workshop or classroom settings
  • Experience with collection development/management
  • Experience assessing library public services or programs

Environment: The Funk ACES Library is in a beautiful, distinctive building that opened in 2001. It serves as the hub library for life sciences on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus and is closely linked with the Veterinary Medicine Library. The Funk ACES Library serves the students, faculty, and staff in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES); the School of Integrative Biology; the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology; the Department of Landscape Architecture; the Department of Urban and Regional Planning; the Prairie Research Institute; and the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology. The current staff includes 4 librarians, 5 staff, and 6 graduate assistants from the School of Information Sciences.

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. 

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: Illinois.edu 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, applications and nominations must be received by August 30, 2019. The review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer