The NIU Libraries seek an experienced and forward-thinking leader for our new Special Collections and Archives Department, which includes rare books, manuscripts, university archives and regional history collections.
The successful candidate will work with colleagues to envision and define the programs and services of the department. They will lead improvements to the visibility and accessibility of our research collections to integrate them into teaching, learning and research.
The libraries, the campus and the community provide many opportunities for collaboration. Learn more about our amazing collections:
The Founders Memorial Library, located in the heart of campus, includes more than 310,000 square feet of collections, services and spaces dedicated to student and faculty success. Also on campus, the Faraday Library serves faculty and students in chemistry and physics while the Music Library supports the School of Music’s curriculum and performances.
In total, our physical collections include more than 2.3 million volumes of books and journals, while our online and digital collections also include e-books, online journals, streaming video, databases and the Huskie Commons, NIU’s open access institutional repository.
Our library faculty comprise subject specialists who, in addition to both virtual and in-person instruction, work closely with undergraduates, graduate students and faculty, to fulfill their information needs.
The NIU Libraries also include several distinctive collections including:
The University Libraries have also partnered with Tutoring Services and the Writing Center to develop the Learning Commons to better serve our students. In addition to our committed faculty and staff, the University Libraries frequently partner on initiatives with other departments, such as the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning; the Division of Information Technology (DoIT); and the Division of Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development.
Finally, as members of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium, the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), the Center for Research Libraries and the Chicago Collections Consortium, the NIU Libraries collaborate on numerous projects to provide our community with additional opportunities for growth.
Northern Illinois University is a student-centered, nationally recognized public research university, with expertise that benefits its region and spans the globe in a wide variety of fields, including the sciences, humanities, arts, business, engineering, education, health and law. Through its main campus in DeKalb, Illinois, and education centers for students and working professionals in Chicago, Naperville, Oregon and Rockford, NIU offers more than 100 courses of study while serving a diverse and international student body.
Northern Illinois University's vision is to be an engine for innovation to advance social mobility; promote personal, professional and intellectual growth; and transform the world through research, artistry, teaching and outreach.
The mission of Northern Illinois University is to empower students through educational excellence and experiential learning as we pursue knowledge, share our research and artistry, and engage communities for the benefit of the region, state, nation and world.
In pursuing our vision and fulfilling our mission, we value and practice:
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