Librarian & IDEA Coordinator | DePaul University

Posted on Nov 19, 2021

General Summary
Inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility (IDEA), and racial justice are central to DePaul University Library’s mission and its development as an organization. Every member of the Library’s administration and staff is responsible for advancing the work of IDEA in the Library. Working with Library leadership and as an integral part of the Library’s Administrative Team and Library Council, the IDEA Coordinator will provide professional expertise, strategic leadership, and collaborative guidance for this work within the Library as well as in support of the University’s goals. The IDEA Coordinator is responsible for directing organizational and programmatic initiatives, expanding outreach, and contributing expertise and skills for advancing inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility within the Library and the community we serve. The IDEA Coordinator will work in a highly supportive and collegial culture that encourages active participation in meaningful and valuable skills training and professional development. This includes workshops, committee memberships, and engagement in programs that support the Library’s mission and its inclusion, diversity, equity, and access goals, while building connections and partnerships across DePaul’s wider academic and user community. The IDEA Coordinator will also serve as a liaison to one or more academic departments. 

Responsibilities & Duties

Organizational Development:

  • Provides leadership of the Library’s IDEA Committee which works to engage, support, and inform the university commitments to end racism in our community, as well as enhance and strengthen our commitment to DEI within the Library and within our profession.
  • Contributes to training and organizational development activities that lead to sustained individual, organizational, and systemic change, addressing topics such as cultural awareness, multicultural effectiveness and proficiency, humility, anti-racist practices, microaggressions and biases, power, privilege, and restorative justice.
  • Identifies and implements ways to integrate diversity and demonstrated intercultural competency in all areas of library work.
  • Leads and participates in Library-wide initiatives to examine current practices and strengthen policies that advance inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility goals, and provide guidance to individual Library departments.
  • Serves as a resource, ally, and advocate for diverse library staff members.
  • Advises on and monitors search processes to develop and maintain diverse outreach and recruitment networks and ensure transparent and unbiased hiring practices.
  • Works with Library leadership to ensure retention and wellbeing of the Library’s increasingly diverse staff.
  • Manages participation in fellowship opportunities and similar programs sponsored by library organizations to increase diversity in the profession.

Community Engagement:

  • Monitors emerging trends, research, and resources to identify innovative opportunities to enhance diversity programming and projects.
  • Promotes and advises on strategies for Library accessibility (physical, digital, and educational) in a collaboration with campus offices overseeing accessibility.
  • Represents the Library in meetings, committees, and other project work undertaken by the University’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity as well as the Office of the Associate Provost for DEI.
  • Proposes, develops, initiates, and assesses programming designed to deepen and sustain a diverse and inclusive culture.
  • Leads, coordinates, or participates in IDEA programs and initiatives with campus partners, including academic departments and centers, student groups, and community members.

Liaison Librarian Services:

  • Serves as liaison librarian to one or more academic or co-curricular programs, as assigned, including responsibilities for the provision of information and instructional services, collection management, and engagement with faculty, staff, and students to promote library resources and services.
  • Professional Growth and Participation
  • Maintains an awareness of best practices in academic librarianship through reading in the scholarly and professional literature, participation in relevant conferences, workshops, and professional development programs, and applying lessons learned to current needs in the Library.
  • Participates and represents the University Library in university, state, regional, or national professional service activities. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Education & Experience

  • Master's degree from an ALA-accredited program
  • 3 years of academic library experience with evidence of increasing responsibility
  • Demonstrated experience working on multi-dimensional IDEA initiatives
  • Commitment to inclusion, awareness, and understanding of diverse thought, cultures, race, religion, gender, and other differences
  • Expertise and experience administering human resources policies, regulations, and practices
  • Training and/or experience in negotiation and mediation
  • Demonstrated commitment to staff development programs
  • Leadership, project management, and/or management experience

Preferred Requirements

  • Second Master's degree in a related subject or field
  • Previous human resources work experience in an academic library setting
  • Experience with creating, interpreting, and analyzing data and reports for use in decision-making
  • Demonstrated knowledge of operations, services, key issues, and trends in academic libraries


$67,000 - $72,000


DePaul University
2350 N. Kenmore Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
United States

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