Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Undergraduate Services Librarian


Position Vacancy

Position Filled
Undergraduate services librarian
Position Description: Reporting to the Head, Reference and Library Instruction Department (RLI), the Undergraduate Services Librarian is responsible for the design and implementation of innovative library services and instruction programs aimed at undergraduate students and for coordinating all aspects of first-year experience and general undergraduate education /library outreach.

General responsibilities include:
·         facilitating the library efforts for the undergraduate’s first-year experience and other undergraduate student activities in collaboration with library liaisons and campus partners
·         cultivating and sustaining collaborative relationships with faculty, students, and staff in support of campus teaching and learning
·         developing materials and providing instruction for library-sponsored courses, embedded partnerships with faculty, general workshops, and orientation and outreach activities
·         participating in general RLI activities, including research consultations and working at the Information/Reference Desk (some evening and weekend work required)
·         participating in Libraries’ initiatives outside of RLI by serving on Libraries’ and campus committees and contributing to other relevant activities and events
·         maintaining a course of personal professional development through active participation in professional associations or other professional activities external to the Libraries

  • Graduate degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association
  • Knowledgeable about emergent trends in academic librarianship;
  • Experience with instruction to undergraduates;
  • Ability to work in a team environment where consultation, flexibility, creativity, collaboration and cooperation are essential
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity in the workplace or community;
  • Demonstrated interest in professional development that will enhance the candidate’s value to the Libraries, the University, the profession, or the scholarly community.

  • Familiarity with information literacy and instructional technology concepts, trends, pedagogies, and assessment, especially assessment of student learning;
  • Experience or demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging instructional technologies and online learning pedagogies in support of undergraduate education;
  • Knowledgeable about first-year experience programs.

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.
·         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 a number of branch libraries. The Libraries has more than 5 million volumes including thousands of electronic resources and coordinates the development and maintenance of the University’s locally-created open access digital resources including the Iowa Digital Library, featuring more the 440,000 digitized texts, images, and audio and video recordings, as well as Iowa Research Online, our institutional repository. Our Special Collections include over 200,000 rare books, ranging in age from the 15th century to newly created artists’ books.

Librarian liaisons promote the development of critical thinking and research skills, and support teaching, learning, research, and clinical services through one-on-one research consultations, course-related instruction and Instant Messaging and e-mail reference. They also help promote Iowa Research Online and provide outreach and education on issues related to scholarly communication. Library systems are built on a mix of open source, locally developed, hosted services, and vended applications primarily from Ex Libris, OCLC, and Microsoft. The University of Iowa is a member of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), ARL, OCLC, SPARC, CNI, CLIR, LOCKSS, CLOCKSS, and Portico.

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 13,000 serving 30,500 students, more than 40% of whom are from out of state and close to 10,000 of whom are registered in graduate and professional degree programs. Approximately 9% of the University’s faculty and staff and 10% of its student body are members of minority groups, and 8% of the students are from foreign countries.

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 is only 30 minutes away. The community is growing in its diversity; within the Iowa City Community School District, 32% of the students are minority, with 16.2% identifying as African-American, 8.3% as Latino/Hispanic, 7.2% as Asian-American, and .3% as Native American during the 2009/10 school year.

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 – 58334. Applications must be received by October 22, 2010.


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