Assistant Professor, Electronic Resources & Collections Librarian – Western Illinois University (Macomb, IL)

APPOINTMENT: April 1, 2021


  • Coordinate the acquisition and management of electronic resources, including e-journals, databases, and online primary source collections
  • Coordinate the evaluation, selection, and deselection of print and online book collections
  • Oversee and monitor the university libraries acquisition and e-resources budget allocation and expenditure
  • Collaborate with vendors and colleagues to maintain seamless access to owned and subscribed electronic resources using link resolvers and other e-resource management functions
  • Negotiate license terms with vendors and publishers, ensuring contract compliance and maintaining ongoing electronic resource agreements
  • Gather and analyze collections metrics to support recommendations and decision-making
  • Provide individualized instruction at the reference desk and via chat, e-mail, etc.
  • Serve as library liaison to selected academic departments

RANK & SALARY: Associate Faculty, non-tenure track, 12 month. Negotiable, commensurate with experience. Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit:

About Western Illinois University:

Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, serves over 7,500 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan branch campus in Moline, IL. Compliance to state and federal hiring standards is coordinated through WIU’s Office of Equal Opportunity & Access.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, veterans, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes discrimination based on an individual’s membership in the following classes: sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state or federal law.

Additional Information:

THE DEPARTMENT: WIU Libraries employs 8 faculty and 19 civil service staff in the Leslie F. Malpass Library, 2 on-campus branch libraries, and 1 at the WIU-Quad Cities Campus. The Libraries collection includes over 1,000,000 catalogued volumes, access to over 22,500 full-text journals, 300,000 maps and substantial government documents, microforms, and non-book materials. The annual materials budget is $1.1 million.

THE UNIVERSITY: Since 1902, Western Illinois University has provided outstanding educational opportunities to individuals in west central Illinois and well beyond our region and state. WIU’s traditional residential campus in Macomb, Illinois, is the educational, cultural and athletic center of the region, while the WIU-Quad Cities non-residential branch campus in Moline, Illinois, is the only public university in the immediate Quad Cities region.

More than 66 undergraduate degree programs, nearly 40 graduate programs and two doctoral programs prepare students for a successful career after graduation. Outside the classroom at Western, concerts, lectures, presentations, films, dance performances and more are performed each year, along with numerous major theatrical and dance productions and studio shows, as well as a variety of service-oriented projects and activities, all in a diverse and inclusive campus environment. The Multicultural Center is home to four cultural and resource centers: The Gwendolyn Brooks, Casa Latina, the Women’s Center, and the LGBT*QA Resource Center. These cultural and resource centers promote WIU’s goal of enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through educational programming and advocacy.

The University’s athletics program, based on the Macomb campus, sponsors 19 NCAA Division I intercollegiate men’s and women’s varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League.

WIU-Macomb, IL (Student Population: 6,432): A traditional, residential four-year campus with offering a comprehensive slate of undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, WIU-Macomb is located in the heart of west central Illinois in Macomb (population 20,000). Amtrak provides twice-daily service from Macomb to Chicago (and points in-between). Macomb is located approximately 75 miles from the Quad Cities International Airport (Moline, IL) and 70 miles from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (Peoria, IL).

WIU-Quad Cities (Student Population: 1,192): The only public university in the Quad Cities area, WIU-QC offers select undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education and a doctorate in environmental studies, at its metropolitan, non-residential campus in Moline, IL.

Application Instructions:

Screening will begin on January 4, 2021…

For assistance with the online application system contact HR at (309) 298-1971 or via email at


  • ALA-accredited master’s degree
  • Experience with library collection development
  • Experience with complex budgets
  • Familiarity with the back end operations of an integrated library management system (i.e., Acquisitions, Cataloging/Metadata, E-Resources/Link Resolution)
  • Strong public service orientation
  • Strong communication/interpersonal skills


  • Experience negotiating contracts and technical support issues with vendors
  • Experience using the Alma library services platform
  • Experience providing reference service
  • Experience with data-driven collection analysis

For a degree to be considered, it must be conferred from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution of higher education (or equivalent from an international accrediting body). Unless otherwise stated, the degree must be “in hand” at the time of application.