Monday, January 14, 2013

Residency Program Librarians

The UI Libraries is excited to announce two entry-level librarian residency opportunities. The purpose of the University of Iowa Libraries' Residency Program is to interest entry-level librarians who are members of historically underrepresented groups in professional learning and service at the University of Iowa Libraries and, ultimately, in a career in academic librarianship. Residency positions come with two-year appointments and include benefits coverage plus funding to support professional development activities.

Residency appointments are available in one of four specialties: Archives; Health Sciences Librarianship; Scholarly Communication/Collections, and Undergraduate Services. Final candidates will go through an interview process. Start date of June 1, 2013.

Required Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree from an ALA-accredited program in Library and Information Science on or by May 31, 2013
  • General knowledge of physical and digital information resources
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity in the workplace or community
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Demonstrated interest in professional development and contribution
Additional qualifications for specialties:

The Archivist position encompasses a full range of professional activity in two archival settings, the University Archives and the Iowa Women’s Archives. The position involves working under the supervision of the Head, Special Collections & University Archives. Responsibilities include processing collections, participating in acquisitions and outreach activities, coordinating digitization efforts, assisting with user services tasks, and working with colleagues in other departments in the library and across campus on collaborative projects and events. Desired qualifications: Demonstrated knowledge of or experience in archival studies, and familiarity with systems such as Archon.

The Clinical Education Librarian position involves working under the supervision of the Head, Health Sciences Education & Outreach, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences. The Hardin Library for the Health Science’s Education unit plans, promotes, and provides information services that support the needs of residents, faculty, researchers, staff and students in all the assigned liaison departments in five health sciences colleges and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Responsibilities for this position include develop and conduct tailored library education sessions for all assigned liaison departments, work with faculty to learn about needs of students with the goal of preparing sessions that are useful and can be integrated into the curriculum, assists patrons with research and information management tools and skills through individual and small group consultations, and investigate new technologies that would enhance access to the changing information needs of members of the health sciences campus. Desired qualifications: Familiarity with health sciences resources such as PubMed; demonstrated knowledge of or experience in instruction, reference, and outreach.

The Scholarly Communications/Collections position involves working under the supervision of the Associate University Librarian, Collections and Scholarly Communication. Responsibilities include usage analysis of digital and physical collections, fund management for one or more collections areas, assistance with Open Access Week events planning, electronic resource licensing, and electronic resource management. Desired qualifications: Familiarity with issues related to open access and scholarly communication; interest in collections analysis, especially in terms of usage of e-resources; coursework in collection management.

The Undergraduate Services position involves working under the supervision of the Head, Research & Library Instruction. Responsibilities include working at a centralized information desk, including monitoring chat service, instruction to undergraduates, creating LibGuides, and collaborating on outreach activities with the Undergraduate Services Librarian and the Learning Commons Coordinator. Desired qualifications: Demonstrated knowledge of or experience in instruction, reference, and outreach.

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.

The University of Iowa Libraries: The University of Iowa Libraries 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 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.

Please visit our Recruiting Librarians website for more information about working at the UI Libraries and living in the diverse community of Iowa City.

Salary and Appointment: Available June 1, 2013. The two-year appointment will be made at the Librarian level with an annual salary of $42,000. 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, and additional options. Residents are also provided with a generous allowance for moving expenses.

Application Procedure: To apply, please visit the University of Iowa Jobs@UIOWA website at Please submit a resume, cover letter and the names/contact information of three professional references. Please specify your preferred area of interest in the cover letter (or first and second choices) along with a substantial paragraph describing your skill set for serving a clientele of diverse backgrounds. To help facilitate your application process, note the requisition number -- 62068. Applications must be received by February 10, 2013.


For more information about the University of Iowa Libraries and community, please see

No comments: