Tuesday, July 26, 2011



Position Vacancy


The University of Iowa Libraries seeks an innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented subject librarian for the Head, Lichtenberger Engineering Library. Working with a team of science, technology and medicine librarians around the campus, this individual is responsible for collection development, research and instruction, and other liaison services to the College of Engineering and the Computer Science Department. Within this context, the Head participates in long-term planning, conducts on-going assessment of collections and services, develops web-based guides and other research and learning products, collaborates on special projects, and serves on committees and task forces as needed. The Lichtenberger Engineering Library, located in the College of Engineering within the Seamans Center for Engineering Arts & Sciences on The University of Iowa Campus, is an innovative space dedicated to providing quality services to students, faculty and staff.

Position Description: Reporting to the Associate University Librarian and Director, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences and Branch Libraries, the incumbent is responsible for:
  •  Providing liaison services for the College of Engineering including reference, research, instruction, scholarly communications and related responsibilities for the disciplines of civil and environmental engineering, mechanical and industrial engineering, electrical and computer engineering, hydraulic engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, and computer science.
  •  Assisting students in the use and critical evaluation of information resources and necessary information management skills.
  •  Participating in the delivery of group instruction in support of the libraries’ outreach endeavors in the university community.
  •  Collection development, management, and maintenance of engineering and applied computing publications in all formats.
  •  Directly supervising 1 FTE support staff member, requiring competent and effective hiring, training, communication, coaching, performance management, conflict management, and recognition skills.
  •  Working with other campus librarians to develop and execute library-wide strategic initiatives and recommend services and activities to the Libraries’ Administration and other appropriate groups and individuals.
  •  Interacting with appropriate Main Library personnel, Physical Plant Maintenance staff, and Engineering staff to maintain facilities and equipment for the use, preservation, and conservation of materials in the Lichtenberger Engineering Library.

Required Qualifications:
  •  ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Science
  •  Significant coursework, undergraduate, or graduate degree in engineering or a science
  •  Excellent oral and written communication skills
  •  Demonstrated commitment to diversity in the workplace or community
  • Strong customer service and public services abilities
  •  Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work as part of a team
  • Demonstrated interest 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

Desired Qualifications:
  •  Experience working in a science or engineering library
  •  Experience providing instruction and reference services
  •  Knowledge of primary resources for an Engineering clientele
  •  Knowledge of course management systems
  •  Knowledge of scholarly communication and open access initiatives

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 I or II level with a salary range of $43,000 to $49,000. Start date is negotiable. The University of Iowa offers an attractive package of benefits including 24 days of paid vacation per year, your choice between two retirement plans and two University of Iowa health insurance plans, dental insurance, pre-tax child and health care spending accounts, and additional options.

Lichtenberger Engineering Library: The Lichtenberger Engineering Library primarily supports the combined information and research needs of the College of Engineering and the computer sciences department through consultation, reference, instruction and collection development. Located in the College of Engineering, the Library has seating for 82, a collections budget of over $700,000 and 33 workstations available.

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.

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 68,000 people (more than 150,000 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, 32.47% of the students are minority, with 16.22% identifying as African-American, 8.55% as Latino/Hispanic, 7.33% as Asian-American, and .37% as Native American during the 2010/11 school year.

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 59797. Applications must be received by August 28, 2011.


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

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