E-Learning Specialist - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library

E-Learning Specialist

Academic Professional

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library


Position Available: The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. 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, knowledgeable, and service-oriented professional for the newly created position of E-Learning Specialist. The University Library has a strong tradition of instruction, and this newly created position will build upon ongoing instruction practices in the University Library. Reporting to the Coordinator for Information Literacy Services & Instruction in the Office of User Services, the successful candidate will develop and support e-learning programs in the University Library and work closely with subject specialist and instructional librarians who support online programs and/or create instructional materials to support blended learning. The E-Learning Specialist will be responsible for providing e-learning support, consulting, training, and communications to library faculty, staff, and units in order to enhance the instructional efficiency and learning outcomes of the Library.


Specifically, the E-Learning Specialist will:

  • Work with the Coordinator for Information Literacy Services & Instruction to plan and develop instructional services throughout the University Library
  • Coordinate implementation, ongoing management, and response to support needs for online instructional technologies (e.g., Blackboard Collaborate, LibGuides, and DIY Library) in the University Library
  • Evaluate new instructional technologies for possible application to Library instructional services
  • Advocate for integration of Library services into the learning management systems on campus including Illinois Compass (Blackboard Learn) and Moodle
  • Collaborate with subject specialists and other librarians serving online and blended programs to develop online instructional materials
  • Partner with librarians to develop and deliver learning objects and create content to be embedded in course pages and learning management systems
  • Develop, implement, and facilitate workshops and presentations on the pedagogy of online and blended instruction
  • Pursue professional development to keep current on trends and developments in the pedagogy and delivery of online and blended learning and information literacy.
  • Serve as a library resource on pedagogy for distance and blended learners
  • Actively participate in campus discussions related to educational technologies and ensure open communication and collaboration with campus instructional technology units
  • Serve as an active member of the University Library’s User Education Committee


Environment: The University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign is one of the preeminent research libraries in the world. With more than 13 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. For more detailed information, please visit <http://www.library.illinois.edu/>. 


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 Office of Information Literacy Services and Instruction (http://www.library.illinois.edu/infolit/) reports to the Associate University Librarian for User Services and is responsible for providing leadership and support for a full-range of instructional programs and educational initiatives across the University Library. 


Qualifications: Required: Bachelor’s degree; experience in an education setting providing support to instructors for the delivery of online or blended learning; experience with course management software; demonstrated success working collaboratively in a team environment; effective communication skills; interest in instructional technology testing and assessment. Preferred: Master’s degree in educational technologies, instructional design, or related field; two years of experience providing support for the delivery of online or blended learning;  experience in administrating an online synchronous learning system (e.g., Blackboard Collaborate); experience serving as a LibGuides administrator; demonstrated success in designing and delivering professional development training programs; experience with instructional technology testing and assessment; knowledge of accessibility and universal design principles; demonstrated understanding of and commitment to information literacy.



Salary and Rank: Salary commensurate with credentials and experience.

This is a full-time, regular, Academic Professional position in the University Library.


Terms of Appointment: Twelve-month appointment; 24 annual vacation days; 11 annual paid holidays; 12 annual sick-leave days (cumulative), plus an additional 13 sick-leave days (non-cumulative) available, if needed, each year; health insurance requiring a small co-payment is provided to employee (with the option to purchase coverage for spouse and dependents); required participation in State Universities Retirement System (SURS) (8% of annual salary is withheld and is refundable upon termination), with several options for participation in additional retirement plans; newly-hired 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 www.illinois.edu.


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: <http://illinois.edu/about/community/community.html> or <http://www.ccchamber.org/>.


To Apply:  To ensure full consideration, please complete your candidate profile at https://jobs.illinois.edu 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.


Deadline:  In order to ensure full consideration we urge candidates to submit application materials on or before August 22, 2014.


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






Donna Hoffman

Administrative Assistant

Library Human Resources

University of Illinois Library

1408 W. Gregory Dr. – Suite 127

Urbana, IL  61801


Office (217) 333-8168

Cell (217) 621-9149