Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Science Librarian

Reporting to the Head of Science and Math Libraries, this position supports the education, outreach, reference, and collection management endeavors of the Geoscience, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics libraries/collections and relevant academic departments.

Specific Responsibilities:
· Develop, promote and provide user education programs and services;
· Investigate new technologies and work with others to develop and revise programs to respond to the changing information needs of patrons;
· Provide reference information services (in person and virtual) for liaison departments;
· Provide consultation services for liaison departments;
· Assist users with research and information management tools through individual and small group consultations;
· Cultivate relationships with faculty and researchers to identify opportunities for library partnerships;
· Participate as a member of a team that plans and develops collections and services supporting instruction and research;
· Serve on library committees and contribute to and learn from the profession through such avenues as local, state and national professional organizations and publications.

· Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library science program;
· Subject background in science, math or computer science and/or experience providing user education services;
· General knowledge of information literacy and instruction principles;
· General knowledge of traditional and electronic information sources;
· Ability to successfully work in a team environment;
· Excellent written and oral communication skills;
· Demonstrated commitment to diversity in the workplace or community;
· Demonstrated interest in professional development and contribution.

· Experience working in a science library – academic, public, or special;
· Demonstrated skill in using electronic and print information resources in computer science, math and physics;
· General understanding of the mission and functions of a research library and the information needs of academic users;
· Familiarity with methods and techniques for user education and collection development;
· Experience with course management software and web design software.

Additional Expectations of the Position:
  • Civil and Respectful Interactions: Demonstrates respect for all members of the University community in the course of performing one’s duties and in response to administrators, supervisors, coworkers, and customers; constructively brings forward workplace concerns to coworkers and/or supervisor.
  • Diversity and Inclusion: Welcomes the richness of talent from a diverse workforce and recognizes that diversity brings stimulation, challenge, and energy that contribute to a productive and effective workplace.
  • Leadership Accountability: Represents the interests of the University and of unit leadership in the use of resources to meet service and productivity demands within unit goals and budgets; strives to promote continual process and quality improvement.
  • Learning and Professional Development: Seeks opportunities to enhance one’s own professional knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to one’s current position and/or to prepare for potential future roles and overall career development.

Salary and Appointment: Appointment will be made at the Librarian I level with a salary range of $41,000 to $44,000. The University of Iowa offers an attractive package of benefits including 24 days of paid vacation per year, TIAA/CREF retirement, and a flexible selection of medical, life, and dental insurance, childcare credit, and additional options.

The University of Iowa Libraries: The University of Iowa library system consists of the Main Library, the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences and 9 branch libraries (Art, Music, Business, and the sciences). With more than 4 million volumes, the Libraries ranks 31 out of 114 among the Association of Research Libraries for size of collections. InfoHawk, the Libraries’ integrated online system, uses ExLibris’ Aleph 500 software. The University Libraries is an active member of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), and the ARL SPARC Project. The Libraries provides a program of support for professional development activities and its staff members are actively engaged in national cooperative efforts.

The University and Iowa City: A major research and teaching institution, the University of Iowa offers internationally recognized programs in a diverse array of academic, medical, and artistic disciplines, from otolaryngology to fiction writing, printmaking to space science, hydraulic engineering to dance. The University consists of a faculty of 2,000 and a permanent staff of 15,000 serving 30,000 students, close to 10,000 of whom are registered in graduate and professional degree programs. Approximately 8% of the University’s workforce is minority faculty and staff, 9% of the student body are members of minority groups, and 7% are international students.

Iowa City is a community of some 63,000 people (more than 100,000 live in the surrounding area) with excellent educational, recreational, and cultural advantages. It is consistently cited in the national media as a city with an excellent quality of life. The community is growing in its diversity; within the Iowa City Community School District, 13.4% of the students are African American, 7.2% are Asian American, 6.6% are Latino, and .5% are Native American. The Latino population is increasing at a rate of .5%/year. The city is readily accessible via interstate highways and a major airport only 30 minutes away.

Application Procedure: To apply for this position, please visit the University of Iowa Jobs@UIOWA website at http://jobs.uiowa.edu. To help facilitate your application process, note the requisition number 55220. Applications must be received by April 25, 2008.


For more information about the University of Iowa Libraries and community, please see http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/ and http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/about/employment/recruiting.html

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