Thursday, November 29, 2012

Head, Marvin A Pomerantz Business Library

(Specialist [II] or Expert [III] Librarian)

Position Description: Reporting to the Associate University Librarian and Director, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences and Branch Libraries, the incumbent is responsible for:

  • Developing and implementing a vision for the Business Library that is housed in and supports the Tippie College of Business’ vision for education, research and service.
  • Providing liaison services for the College of Business including reference, research, instruction, scholarly communications, data curation planning and related responsibilities for the disciplines of accounting, economics, finance, management and organizations, management sciences, entrepreneurship and marketing.
  • Assisting undergraduate, graduate and professional students in the use and critical evaluation of information resources and necessary information management skills.
  • Collecting, managing and maintaining business and economics publications and resources in all formats.
  • Supervising 1 librarian and 1.8FTE support staff and various students, requiring competent and effective hiring, training, communication, coaching, performance management, conflict management, and recognition skills.
  • Overseeing the day-to day-operations of the Business Library including space planning, staffing and services such as circulation, document delivery and reserves.
  • Interacting with appropriate Main Library personnel, Physical Plant Maintenance staff, and College of Business staff to maintain facilities and equipment for the use, preservation, and conservation of materials in the Pomerantz Business Library.
  • Participating in University Libraries initiatives by serving on Libraries’ and University committees and contributing to other relevant activities and events such as strategic planning.
  • Contributing to and learning from the profession through such avenues as local, state and national professional organizations and publications.

Required Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree in library & information science from an ALA accredited institution.
  • Demonstrated ability to work creatively in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of or experience with emerging trends in librarianship.
  • Demonstrated ability to work productively and sensitively with library and university colleagues, faculty, students, researchers, and donors.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment where consultation, flexibility, collaboration and cooperation are essential.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity in the workplace or community.
  • Three years of professional experience to qualify at the Librarian II level plus demonstrated interest in professional development that will enhance the candidate’s value to the Libraries, the University, the profession, or the scholarly community.
  • Six years of professional experience to qualify at the Librarian III level plus evidence of continuing achievement, particularly at a national level, in an area or areas of professional interest that will enhance his/her value to the Libraries, the University, the profession of librarianship, or the scholarly community.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in a Business Library
  • Experience providing instruction and reference services
  • Experience supervising staff and students
  • Knowledge of primary resources for a Business clientele
  • Knowledge of scholarly communication and open access initiatives

Universal Competencies
Positive Impact/Achieving Results: Ability to utilize existing resources and learning to achieve or exceed desired outcomes of current and future organizational goals/needs. Able to demonstrate ethical behavior in diverse situations while producing results.

Service Excellence/Customer Focus: Ability to meet or exceed customer service needs and expectations and provide excellent service in a direct or indirect manner. Ability to effectively transmit and interpret information through appropriate communication with internal and external customers.

Collaboration and Embracing Diversity: Ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and civil manner while appreciating the unique contribution of individuals from varied cultures, nationalities, genders, ages, etc.

Salary and appointment: Appointment will be made at the Specialist or Expert Librarian level, depending on qualifications. Salary ranges: Specialist Librarian $47,133 - $59,987; Expert Librarian $57,502-$73,184. 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.

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, which includes the Business Library. 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 close to a million 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, CRL, 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.

The University of Iowa is home to the Writers’ Workshop, the oldest graduate creative writing program in the country, and the blueprint for many of the creative writing programs that now thrive on campuses worldwide. It is also home to the International Writing Program where, since 1967, over a thousand writers from more than 120 countries have participated. The University has recently instituted a program in creative writing in Spanish. Finally, UNESCO designated Iowa City as the world’s third City of Literature in 2008.

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, 33% of the students are minority, with 17% identifying as African-American, 9% as Latino/Hispanic, 7% as Asian-American, and .4% as Native American during the 2011/12 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 61878. Applications must be received by December 26, 2012.


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