Civic Engagement Librarian

By IS Lab June 1, 2020

Loyola University Chicago


Loyola University Chicago (Loyola) seeks nominations and applications to identify user-focused, collaborative, and forward-thinking candidates for the position of Civic Engagement Librarian. This position will coordinate the Libraries participation in activities that recognize and support the civic dimension of university life; act as subject matter expert in government information and official publications; manage Loyola’s participation in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP); provide cross-disciplinary support for quantitative and qualitative scholarship in the social sciences; contribute to government grant-seeking activities; and serve as library liaison to selected academic departments and programs. This position also supports general research and learning needs of the university, including information literacy instruction for first year students, and participates in other library programming and information services.

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 Campuses, depending upon liaison assignment(s) though will have responsibilities on both campuses. Loyola encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups and from those with diverse backgrounds and life experiences. Opportunities for continuing education and training to develop skills and competencies related to the job are available and encouraged.


Reporting to the Head of Research and Learning Services, the Civic Engagement Librarian will

  • Collaborate with campus units supporting civic participation, service learning, and global engagement, and with neighborhood organizations, schools, and public libraries. Coordinate library programming with area high schools.
  • Provide expert guidance in finding and utilizing the publications and information services of local, state, national, and foreign governments, as well as those of regional and international intergovernmental organizations.
  • 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.
  • Provide support for the analysis of quantitative and qualitative data in the social sciences, through consultations and instruction, including skills-building workshops for faculty, students, staff, and others.
  • Work with the Loyola University Public Engagement (LUPE) initiative and other campus and community partners to offer programming and foster research, learning, and civil debate on contemporary political and social issues.
  • Assist in identifying and pursuing external funding opportunities from state and federal agencies.
  • Contribute to Research and Learning Department projects and initiatives, including creation of research guides and instructional materials, development of library discovery tools and platforms, and maintenance of the Reference Collection.
  • Provide library and information literacy instruction for university programs including first year writing, honors program, and undergraduate research program.
  • Participate in staffing information service desks and services, as needed.
  • Take initiative and work both autonomously and collaboratively to meet strategic goals, while consistently promoting teamwork, respect, diversity, and inclusiveness.
  • Take part in committee work and professional development.
  • Actively contribute to the broader profession through scholarship and service.

As library liaison

  • Serve as the main point of contact and coordinate collaborative efforts between the University Libraries and selected academic departments and programs to enhance Loyola’s teaching, research, and service missions.
  • Work with faculty to develop course-integrated instruction and other curriculum-based information literacy initiatives that promote the effective and ethical use of information resources.
  • Provide subject-specific research consultations and guidance on copyright and other scholarly communication issues.
  • Collaborate with faculty and other stakeholders to identify and acquire scholarly resources to support the curricular and research needs of faculty, students, and staff.

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 17,000 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 award-winning Information Commons on the shores of Lake Michigan, Loyola enjoys one of the most picturesque library facilities in the Midwest. In addition to the Information Commons, the University Libraries includes three archives, Cudahy Library, and the Library Storage Facility 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, 550 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.

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 For information about the university’s focus on transformative education, they should consult our website at


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
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills

Preferred qualifications

  • Additional advanced degree in the social sciences
  • Proficiency with quantitative analysis using statistical software such as SPSS, SAS, or Stata and/or programming languages such as R or Python
  • Experience with qualitative and mixed methods research and QDA software such as NVivo or ATLAS.ti
  • Familiarity with federal and other fundraising resources and grant writing
  • Work experience providing library instruction, research support, and/or collection development services
  • Background in outreach, promotion, and/or marketing
  • History of engagement with community organizations


To apply for this position:

Applicants should submit current curriculum vitae, and a letter of interest through 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 26, 2020.

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