Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Coordinator of Education and Research

Hardin Library for the Health Sciences

Position Description: Reporting to the Assistant Director of the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, the Coordinator of Education and Research is responsible for all aspects of reference including clinical and research support services and oversight of the Library’s liaison program. The incumbent:
Supervises six librarians and one library assistant
Establishes policies, procedures, priorities and goals for the Education and Research unit;
Oversees Education and Research unit activities, work assignments, and special projects;
Plans, develops and assesses programs, services and policies designed for users;
Coordinates, develops, promotes and assesses the library liaison program;
Oversees consultations, reference and research assistance including staff training;
Monitors and stays abreast of reference trends and practices in health sciences libraries;
Monitors and stays abreast of education (information literacy) trends and practices;
Serves on committees at the five health colleges and the affiliated hospital;
Serves on University Libraries’ committees; and
Contributes to and learns from the profession through such avenues as local, state and national professional organizations and publications.

ALA accredited master’s degree in library or information science or foreign equivalent;
Three years post-Masters experience in a health sciences or life sciences library;
Supervisory experience;
Knowledge of trends and practices in instruction, reference services and information access;
Experience providing advanced information services, including searching biomedical literature and full-text databases;
Demonstrated commitment to diversity in the workplace or community;
Excellent oral and written communication skills;
Strong customer service and public services orientation;
Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work as part of a team; and
Demonstrated involvement in an area or areas of professional interest that will enhance the candidate's value to the Libraries, the University, the profession of librarianship, or the scholarly community.

  • Three or more years of supervisory experience;
  • Experience managing professional staff;
  • Experience implementing a library liaison program and/or working as a library liaison;
    Experience with a “single service desk”;
  • Experience with and/or knowledge of the Informationist or embedded library professional concept;
  • Knowledge of and interest in integrating emerging technologies into instructional and/or research services;
  • Knowledge of Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) and EBM resources;
  • Experience developing instructional sessions and employing effective teaching technique.

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.
□ Establishes and maintains standards of collaborative interaction among peers and employees that is characterized by respect, honesty and service; assures that all unit members are held to similar standards and ethics; constructively manages conflict.

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.
□ Manages the talents, strengths and behaviors of each individual in a diverse work group, while providing each employee with the opportunity to contribute to the goals of the unit. Works to assure that all employees are respected and treated in a manner consistent with University policies in regard to equal employment opportunity and diversity.

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.
□ Inspires and motivates others to high performance by exercising strong stewardship of University resources, setting expectations, measuring success through individual performance evaluations, and driving organizational results.

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.
□ Identifies opportunities for and creates development plans that encourage employees to attend to the growth of their personal and professional capacity; engages self and staff in collective reflection of the University’s greater role in society.

Salary and appointment: Appointment will be made at the Librarian II or III level with a salary range of $44,000 to $59,400. 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.

Hardin Library for the Health Sciences: The Hardin Library for the Health Sciences serves the combined information and research needs of the Colleges of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics (including related allied-health education programs), and the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology. The mission of the Hardin Library is to disseminate health sciences information to the students, faculty and staff of the University of Iowa in support of education, research, and health care, and to preserve the scholarly record for the future. Additionally, the Hardin Library serves as regional and outreach library within the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and serves the state through a number of electronic and traditional information services. The Hardin Library is the largest medical library in the state; its collection includes more than 360,000 print volumes, 2,300 serials subscriptions, and 2,300 electronic journals.

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 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 faculty and staff and 9% of its student body are members of minority groups, and 7% of the students 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 city is readily accessible via interstate highways and a major airport only 30 minutes away. The community is growing in its diversity; within the Iowa City Community School District, 31% of the students are minority, with 17% identifying as African-American, 7% as Latino/Hispanic, 7% as Asian-American, and .5% as Native American.

Application Procedure: To apply for this position, please visit the University of Iowa Jobs@UIOWA website at To help facilitate your application process, note the requisition number – 56232. Applications must be received by November 14, 2008.


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