Reference Librarian and Subject Specialist for Business and Communication
Loyola University Chicago - Chicago, IL

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Library - Water Tower-02913A

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Duties and Responsibilities

Loyola University Chicago invites applications from enthusiastic, self-motivated librarians with a strong public services commitment to join our team of reference/subject specialists. Librarians at Loyola University Chicago have non-tenured faculty status, but participate in a system of rank and promotion for the library faculty. This position reports to the Head of Lewis Library and is based at Loyola's Water Tower Campus in downtown Chicago, but some of the job's responsibilities may require travel to Loyola's campus in Rogers Park. The successful candidate will serve as subject specialist and liaison to the Quinlan School of Business and the School of Communication. Subject Specialist librarians are responsible for collection development, specialized reference services, instruction, and outreach to faculty and students in assigned subject areas. The successful candidate will participate in the service activities of the department, including bibliographic instruction, virtual reference, reference desk service and research consultation. Some evening and weekend hours will be required. Library faculty serve on one or more library and/or University committees and are encouraged to participate in professional development opportunities.

Minimum Education or Experience

MLS or MIS from ALA accredited program; commitment to excellent public service; knowledge of business and or communication resources; enthusiasm for teaching and collaborating with faculty; strong public presentation abilities; effective verbal and written communication skills; excellent interpersonal and organizational skills; ability to work independently and as part of a team. Preferred: Degree in business or communications; comfortable with current and emerging technologies, including social media, in an academic library environment; and web authoring skills.

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Open Until Filled

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All Candidates

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University Faculty Registration Form

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Special Instructions to Applicants

About the University and University Libraries: Loyola University Chicago, a private university founded in 1870 as St. Ignatius College, is Chicago's only Jesuit Catholic University and one of the largest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Loyola University Chicago is comprised of four campuses: the Lake Shore Campus (LSC) in Rogers Park, the Water Tower Campus (WTC) in downtown Chicago, Loyola University Health Systems (LUHS) in Maywood, IL, and the John Felice Rome Center in Rome, Italy. The University is home to ten schools and colleges: arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, professional studies and social work. Current enrollment is approximately 16,000. Like the University itself, Loyola's libraries are in a growth mode with new and upgraded facilities a high priority. With the opening of the $32 million Information Commons in 2008 Loyola has one of the finest and most advanced academic libraries in the Chicago area. In addition to the Information Commons the University Libraries include the Cudahy Library, the Lewis Library, an offsite storage facility, and a library at the John Felice Rome Center. For more information, please visit http://libraries/ LUC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer with a strong commitment to hiring for our mission and diversifying our faculty. As a Jesuit Catholic institution of higher education, we seek candidates who will contribute to our strategic plan to deliver a transformative education in the Jesuit tradition. In order to gain a clearer understanding of LUC's mission, candidates should consult our website at For information about the university's focus on transformative education, they should consult our website at Applications from women and minority candidates are especially encouraged.

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