Fine Arts Librarian - Illinois State University

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General Summary

Illinois State University's Milner Library seeks a creative, collaborative, and user-oriented tenure-track Fine Arts Librarian, at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. Reporting to the Head of the Arts and Humanities Subject Group, the Fine Arts Librarian will cultivate partnerships within the library and across campus to identify and meet the informational needs of the Wonsook Kim School of Art, School of Theatre and Dance, Creative Technologies Program, and University Galleries. In addition to their own research and scholarship, the Fine Arts Librarian will engage students in the learning process by teaching instruction sessions and workshops, creating online guides and digital learning objects, and providing research consultations. They will develop and maintain diverse, representative collections for the assigned subject areas. They will collaborate with library colleagues in University Archives, Special Collections, and other areas to connect with faculty interested in using these collections. The Fine Arts Librarian will form an integral part of the campus arts community by attending faculty and committee meetings and events and developing partnerships with faculty for teaching, collection development, research support, and related projects.

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.

The library and university are committed to increasing the representation of Black people, Indigenous people, People of Color, women, persons with disabilities, members of LGBTQIA+ community, and those embodying any and all expressions of gender identity and sexuality. Successful candidates will show a commitment to serving and/or addressing issues related to underrepresented populations. Women, veterans, persons with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ people, and People of Color are encouraged to apply. Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Additional Information

Milner Library:
Milner Library 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 personnel who are here to help support student success in their academic journey and beyond. Milner Library also holds the University Archives and Special Collections, which house some of the most unique items on campus.

Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts:
The Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts includes the School of Theatre and Dance, the Wonsook Kim School of Art, the School of Music, and the Creative Technologies Program. In addition, the College supports the Illinois Shakespeare Festival at Ewing Cultural Manor, the Center for the Performing Arts, University Galleries, and Central Illinois Regional Airport Student Art Gallery. For more information about the Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts, please visit

Illinois State University:
Illinois State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. Illinois State is a co-educational, residential university that emphasizes undergraduate study with more than 20,000 students. Our six colleges offer 174 undergraduate majors, 76 minors, 97 master’s programs, 17 doctoral degrees, and 40 certificate options. 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 an ALA recognized international equivalent
• Evidence of reference and/or liaison work that demonstrates a strong public
services commitment
• Demonstrated experience with teaching information fluency
• Evidence of ability to engage in scholarly productivity
• Evidence of excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills 
• Demonstrated subject knowledge of fine and/or performing arts resources and
research methodologies
• 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

Desired Qualifications

• Experience as a subject librarian in fine and/or performing arts disciplines
• Degree(s) and/or coursework in fine and/or performing arts disciplines
• Background in fine and/or performing art disciplines

Work Hours

Varies depending on class hours and office hours.

Proposed Starting Date


Salary Rate / Pay Rate

 This is a 12-month position. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. 24 vacation days and 11 paid holidays per year. 

Required Applicant Documents

1. Cover Letter
2. Resume
3. Names of 3 Professional References
4. Statement of Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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

To assure full consideration submit a cover letter, resume, the names of 3
professional references, and a statement of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion to
posting number 512381 at Initial review of
applications will begin on December 2, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

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