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Loyola University Chicago (Loyola) – Civic Engagement Librarian

Civic Engagement Librarian – Loyola University Chicago


Loyola University Chicago (Loyola) seeks nominations and applications to identify user-focused and forward-thinking candidates for the position of Civic Engagement Librarian. This position will coordinate library programs and services that recognize and support the civic dimension of university life; manage participation in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP); contribute to government grant-seeking activities; serve as library liaison for one or more academic departments or programs; and participate in other library programming and information services. Loyola encourages applications from underrepresented groups and from those with diverse backgrounds and life experiences.


This is a non-tenured Library faculty position with opportunities for promotion. The successful candidate will be based on either the Lake Shore or Water Tower campus, depending upon liaison assignment(s), though will have responsibilities in both locations.



Founded in 1870, Loyola is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities. Loyola is a private, not-for-profit institution consisting of eleven schools and colleges with four locations in Chicagoland and a campus in Rome, Italy, providing educational services to approximately 16,000 students in undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs. The University enjoys robust enrollments, an outstanding reputation for the quality of its teaching, and an increasing level of research activity. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has consistently ranked Loyola among the “top national universities” in its annual publications.


Like the University itself, Loyola’s libraries and archives are in a growth mode with new facilities and initiatives, such as the eCommons, Loyola’s institutional repository. With the opening of the $32 million Information Commons on the Lakeshore Campus in 2008, Loyola has one of the finest and most advanced academic library facilities in the Midwest. In addition to the Information Commons, the University Libraries includes Cudahy Library and the Library Storage Facility (LSF) at the main campus in Rogers Park, the Lewis Library at the Water Tower campus in downtown Chicago, and a library at the John Felice Rome Center in Italy. The University Libraries has an annual materials budget exceeding $6 million. Collections include nearly two million volumes, 430 databases, 60,000 journals, and a variety of physical and streaming media resources.  The Libraries sponsors frequent cultural programs for the Loyola community and its neighbors.  For additional information, please visit libraries.luc.edu.



Reporting to the Associate Dean of Libraries for Research, Learning, and Engagement, the Civic Engagement Librarian will

  • Work with library, campus, and community partners to offer programming fostering research, learning, and civil debate on contemporary political and social issues.
  • Collaborate with campus units supporting civic participation, service learning, and global engagement, and with neighborhood organizations, schools, and public libraries, on programs and services that enrich the lives of area residents and the campus community.
  • Serve as depository library coordinator, actively promoting the use of Federal government information resources and ensuring conformance with the legal and program requirements of the FDLP.
  • Identify and pursue external funding opportunities from state and federal agencies.
  • As library liaison, provide educational, research support, and content development services that contribute to student success and faculty productivity.
  • Take initiative and work both autonomously and collaboratively to meet strategic goals, while consistently promoting teamwork, respect, diversity, and inclusiveness.
  • Actively contribute to the broader profession through scholarship and service.


Required qualifications

  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library and information science program or in a relevant discipline or professional area
  • Demonstrated problem solving, organizational, and analytical skills
  • Familiarity with the Federal Depository Library Program and government information in all formats
  • Familiarity with federal and other fundraising resources and grant writing
  • Robust interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong leadership potential, including a commitment to equity, shared responsibility, and accountability
  • Potential for ongoing contributions to professional practice, scholarship, and service
  • Resonance with Loyola’s mission to deliver a transformative educational experience in the Jesuit tradition and a commitment to the underserved and social justice


Preferred qualifications

  • Additional advanced degree
  • Experience working with students from a variety of backgrounds
  • Experience providing library instruction, research support, and/or collection development
  • Experience with outreach, promotion, and marketing
  • Experience working with community organizations


To apply

Applicants should submit a current curriculum vitae, and a letter of interest to www.careers.luc.edu. They also should provide the names and email addresses of three individuals prepared to speak to their professional qualifications for this position. References will not be contacted immediately, but might be at subsequent points in the review process.


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For full consideration, applications should be received by June 11, 2018.



Please direct inquiries to the chair of the selection advisory committee:

Gabrielle Annala

Loyola University Chicago Libraries

25 E. Pearson St.

Chicago, IL 60611




Loyola University Chicago 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. To learn more about LUC’s mission, candidates should consult our website at www.luc.edu/mission/.  For information about the university’s focus on transformative education, they should consult our website at www.luc.edu/transformativeed.


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