Benedictine University (formerly Illinois Benedictine College) in west suburban Lisle, Illinois is seeking a Branch Library Director to run the branch of the University Library on the Mesa Branch Campus in Mesa, Arizona. They want someone with an A.L.A.-accredited M.L.S. degree or equivalent and would prefer a candidate have a second master’s degree, as well.
A candidate should have a minimum of five years of experience as a librarian with increasing responsibility. The Branch Library Director supervises branch library professionals, staff, and student-workers.
Benedictine University states, “The Branch Library Director will provide vision, direction and operational management for the Mesa, Arizona campus branch of the University Library. Other responsibilities will include: serving as a member of the Library Supervisory Team; serving as the Library’s representative to the Mesa Campus Administration; coordinating and participating in reference and information literacy services in Mesa; providing appropriate public services and facilitating access to resources for Mesa Campus students, faculty, and staff; overseeing public relations activities for campus library events and services; representing the library in a wide range of consortia and partnerships at the state, regional, and national levels; serving as library liaison to faculty and departments in Mesa; coordinating tracking, compiling, and reporting of all statistics and assessment measures; overseeing library student payroll record keeping activities; and supervising conditions of library public areas including physical collections and study areas.”
The Benedictine monks of St. Procopius Abbey founded Benedictine University as St. Procopius College in Chicago in 1887. St. Procopius Abbey began as a priory in 1885.
Benedictines gained administration of St. Procopius Parish in Chicago in January of 1886.
The church was located at 18th Street and Allport Street.
There were 4,000 families in the parish back in the 1870s. That meant there were between 16,000 and 20,000 parishioners.
The parish school had about 700 students. St. Procopius College, as distinct from St. Procopius Parish School, opened on March 2, 1887. It occupied two rooms in the house at 704 Allport Street.
Fr. Procopius Neuzil was the first rector of the college. At the time, Fr. Nepomucene Jaeger, was pastor of St. Procopius Parish.
In 1890, the State of Illinois issued the school a charter. The priory gained the status of an abbey four years later.
St. Procopius Abbey purchased the 104-acre Morris Neff farm outside Lisle, Illinois in 1896. Abbott Jaeger attended the groundbreaking ceremony on April 19, 1900.
In 1901, St. Procopius College moved to Benedictine Hall in Lisle. Bishop Peter Muldoon, representing the Diocese of Chicago (now the Archdiocese of Chicago), dedicated the building on July 1, 1901. Today, the Main Campus in Lisle is a 108-acre site twenty-five miles west of downtown Chicago.
Benedictine University has five colleges: the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Science, the College of Education and Health Services, and the Moser College of Adult and Professional Studies. They offer ungraduated, graduate, and doctoral degrees.
In addition to the Main Campus in Lisle and the Mesa Branch Campus, there are the Springfield Branch Campus in Springfield, Illinois; the Moser Center for Adult and Professional Studies in Naperville, Illinois; forty-two additional class sites in Illinois; three class sites in China; and two class sites in Vietnam.
Between 1901 and 1961, the library collection grew from 7,000 volumes to over 40,000 volumes, which is why it moved from Benedictine Hall to the Theodore Lownik Library in 1963. It remained there until 2001, when it moved to Kindlon Hall, which also houses the Benedictine University Archives.
Today, the University Library has more than 200,000 books, 30,000 periodicals, and 115 subject databases. The Benedictine University Archives has rare books that are up to 500 years old; manuscripts; records of Benedictine College and its predecessor institutions (Illinois Benedictine College, St. Procopius College, Springfield College in Illinois, and Springfield Junior College); and copies of thesis papers and dissertations produced at Benedictine University and George Williams College. To find out more about the job and apply for it, click here.