Job Posting: Head, Ricker Library of Architecture and Art

Head, Ricker Library of Architecture and Art

Open Rank Faculty University Library

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


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


Responsibilities: Reporting to the University Librarian, the Head of Ricker Library of Architecture and Art will provide leadership for and supervision of library services to students, faculty, and other scholars using the Ricker. The Head of Ricker is a member of the University Library’s Arts and Humanities Division.


As Architecture and Art Librarian, the successful candidate will:

·         Provide leadership for the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art;

·         Lead and manage collection development and management in architecture, architectural history, art history, studio arts, design and related disciplines;

·         Liaise with the University Library Visual Resources Collection, School of Architecture, School of Art and Design, Krannert Art Museum, and other units in the College of Fine and Applied Arts and across campus;

·         Provide information literacy services for architecture, architectural history, art history, studio arts, design and related disciplines;

·         Manage the provision of and contribute to  effective, responsive reference service

·         Coordinate the Ricker Library web site management, digital projects, development and management of additional collections, specific library programs and operations, and participate in other projects and activities;

·         Work with Library Advancement to secure additional funding for the Art and Architecture Library;

·         Contribute to the national and international reputation of the University Library through professional research, service, and collaboration with appropriate colleagues and organizations


As Unit Head of the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art, the successful candidate will:

·         Oversee all administrative aspects of the unit;

·         Mentor, motivate, supervise, and train staff in the unit;

·         Direct the selection, training, evaluation, and deployment of support staff members and graduate assistants/hourly staff in Ricker Library;

·         Prepare regular and on-demand reports for the Ricker Library, including but not limited to strategic plans, annual goals, annual reports, and budget proposals and request;

·         Collaborate collegially and cooperatively with other personnel throughout the Library, including those in the Ricker Library, other unit heads, the Associate University Librarian for User Services, and the Associate University Librarian for Collections and Technical Services.




Required Qualifications:

·         ALA-accredited MLS degree or equivalent;

·         Advanced degree in Art History, Architecture, or related field;

·         3 years of relevant experience working in a research library or a related setting;

·         Demonstrated skills in managing programs and bringing projects to completion;

·         Evidence of research, publication, and service consonant with University standards for tenure and promotion at the level of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor


Preferred Qualifications:

·         Managerial and organizational skills required to oversee an extensive program of acquisitions, collection management, and public engagement activities;

·         Knowledge of at least one foreign language of importance to the field of art history;

·         Demonstrated understanding or familiarity of current theory and practice of art and architecture librarianship;

·         Knowledge of current trends in scholarship and teaching of art and architecture;

·         Clear understanding and vision for the use of new technologies (digitization and beyond) in the field art and architecture librarianship;

·         Experience of building and sustaining library or research collections in all formats;

·         Experience providing instruction or workshops in an academic library or similar research environment;

·         Demonstrated ability to work collegially and cooperatively with others in a team environment;

·         Experience in grant writing and development;

·         Evidence of bibliographical and scholarly accomplishment


To Apply:  To ensure full consideration, please complete your candidate profile at 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 29, 2014. The review of applications will continue until the position is filled.