Media Commons Coordinator - UIUC


Media Commons Coordinator

Academic Professional

University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign

Position Available:

Position available immediately. This is a 100%-time, twelve-month appointment Academic Professional position.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks an innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented professional for the position of Media Commons Coordinator. Reporting to the Head of the Undergraduate Library, the successful candidate for this newly-created position will provide leadership for the establishment of the Undergraduate Library's Media Commons. The Media Commons Coordinator will collaborate with colleagues in the Library and across campus to develop programs and services that focus on undergraduate students and instructors creating and using media in course-related activities. The Media Commons Coordinator will establish strategic relationships and design services and instructional programs supporting undergraduate students' curricular requirements in the creation, dissemination, use, and curation of digital media. The Media Commons service model is built on a commitment to providing flexible technology-intensive spaces, training and educational programs focused on students and faculty engaged in instruction, and programming designed collaboratively by librarians, faculty, and campus providers of technology services to undergraduates. The Media Commons Coordinator participates in related Library and campus committees and ad hoc groups and serves as a resource for other Library units, including the Scholarly Commons.

The Media Commons Coordinator will:

  • Lead the Media Commons program and service development, facilities, technologies, and training, in consultation with the Library, and key campus personnel;
  • Direct the hiring, scheduling, training, and evaluation of staff for the Media Commons to provide technology consultation, teach workshops, and provide support for software and technology equipment management, including the Undergraduate Library's loanable technology program;
  • Develop, coordinate, and/or teach student workshops on media and technology literacy, and the use of the hardware, software, and other technologies available in the Media Commons;
  • Develop and maintain a Media Commons web site and contribute to a media and technology literacy virtual presence and ongoing communication channels;
  • Collaborate with faculty, staff, and students to develop and implement technologies that enhance the accessibility of Library materials and primary source documentation into the curriculum;
  • Represent the Media Commons in efforts between the Library and campus partners to identify best practices that foster technology enhanced learning spaces. Campus partners include: CITES, Educational Technologies, the Office of the CIO, the Center for Multimedia Excellence, ATLAS the Writing Across Media program, faculty and students interested in media development;
  • Participate with the Library and campus partners in planning efforts, formal and informal, to develop policies, procedures, and initiatives related to the Media Commons programs and services;
  • Develop methods to assess the effectiveness of services and programs and conduct needs assessments for potential services and resources, in consultation with the Library's assessment program;


The University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign is one of the preeminent research libraries in the world. With more than 12 million volumes and significant digital resources, it ranks second in size among academic research libraries in the United States and first among public university libraries in the world. As the intellectual heart of the campus, the Library is committed to maintaining the strongest possible collections and services and engaging in research and development activities in pursuit of the University's mission of teaching, scholarship, and public service. The Library currently employs approximately 90 faculty and 300 academic professionals, staff, and graduate assistants.

The Library consists of multiple departmental libraries located across campus, as well as an array of central public, technical, and administrative service units. The Library also encompasses a variety of virtual service points and "embedded librarian" programs. The Media Commons will be a new service program housed in the Undergraduate Library, and will complement similar service initiatives, including the Learning Commons the Scholarly Commons For more detailed information, please visit



Bachelor's degree; evidence of successful program development or management experience; demonstrated supervisory experience; current, relevant experience with Microsoft Windows and Apple operating systems, educational technologies, media creation and editing, and common desktop applications; experience developing and producing video, audio, web pages and other media products; demonstrated ability to effectively provide instructional presentations; understanding of media and digital literacy; excellent oral and written communication skills with demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively with a variety of staff and user groups; experience evaluating and selecting media and technologies software and equipment; successful experience working in a collaborative environment.


Master's or doctoral degree in one of the following areas: media, library and information science, education, or computer science; demonstrated experience working with faculty, students and other stakeholder groups on the development of media-focused programs and services; familiarity with the application of gaming, social networking, and immersive environments to instructional settings; experience in program assessment

Salary and Rank:

Salary commensurate with credentials and experience.

Terms of Appointment:

Twelve-month appointment; 24 work days' vacation per year; 11 paid holidays; 12 days annual sick leave (cumulative up to a maximum of 240 days) plus an additional 13 days (non-cumulative) per year if necessary; health insurance, requiring a small co-payment, is provided to employees (coverage for dependents may be purchased); participation in the State Universities Retirement System is required upon appointment (8% of member's salary is withheld and is tax exempt until retirement); newly hired university employees are covered by the Medicare portion of Social Security, and are subject to its deduction.

Campus and Community:

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a comprehensive and major public land-grant university (Doctoral/Research University-Extensive) that is ranked among the best in the world. Chartered in 1867, it provides undergraduate and graduate education in more than 150 fields of study, conducts theoretical and applied research, and provides public service to the state and the nation. It employs 3,000 faculty members who serve 31,000 undergraduates and 12,000 graduate and professional students; approximately 25% of faculty receives campus-wide recognition each year for excellence in teaching. More information about the campus is available at The University is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, which have a combined population of 100,000 and are situated about 140 miles south of Chicago, 120 miles west of Indianapolis, and 170 northeast of St. Louis. The University and its surrounding communities offer a cultural and recreational environment ideally suited to the work of a major research institution. For more information about the community, visit: ity.html or

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.


In order to ensure full consideration, applications and nominations must be received by May 15, 2012. Interviews may occur before the closing date; however, no decisions will be made prior to the closing date.

Illinois is an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.

Application Information

Contact: Human Resources
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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