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Education and Psychology Librarian

Education and Psychology Librarian

Application deadline:  June 30, 2018 at 12:00am




Education and Psychology Librarian

Librarian (PLB1/3A) or Specialist Librarian (PLB2/4A)

Position #00216767


Position Description: The University of Iowa Libraries seeks to fill the Education and Psychology Librarian position. Reporting to the Team Leader for Teaching & Learning, the librarian serves as the subject liaison for the College of Education and the Psychological and Brain Sciences Department, and supports the research, teaching, and learning of faculty and students for related departments and programs. The librarian will assume direct responsibility for collection development, reference and research consultations, instruction and support for a diverse community of faculty and students.


As a member of the Research and Library Instruction Department, the librarian provides instruction and general reference for the Main Library including government publications. The librarian participates in and develops programs in support of the Libraries’ endeavors within the University community. The librarian also works with staff to execute the department’s initiatives.


Specific Responsibilities:

  • Develops and manages the library’s collections for education and psychology.
  • Serves as primary liaison to faculty and students in the College of Education and the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.
  • Provides instruction, workshops, credit courses, and other kinds of outreach, developing collaborative relationships with faculty, staff and students.
  • Engages collaboratively with other library staff and with relevant academic departments and programs to enhance scholarship and teaching.
  • Participates in Libraries’ initiatives outside RLI by serving on Libraries’ and campus committees and contributing to other relevant activities and events.
  • Maintains a course of personal professional development through active participation in professional associations or other appropriate professional activity.


Required Education & Experience:

  • MLS from an ALA-accredited institution with a strong academic background in Education, behavioral sciences, or social sciences.
  • For appointment at the Specialist Librarian level: two years of professional experience including some collection development work and a demonstrated interest in professional development that will enhance the candidate’s value to the Libraries, the University, the profession, or the scholarly community.
  • Knowledge of current developments in information literacy instruction and scholarly communication.
  • Experience with or demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging technologies as they apply to collection development, instruction, and reference and research services.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity in the workplace or community.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment where consultation, flexibility, creativity, collaboration and cooperation are essential.
  • Demonstrated interest in professional development that will enhance the candidate’s value to the Libraries, the University, the profession, or the scholarly community.
  • Demonstrated effective communication skills and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the mission of a research university and the mission and functions of a large research library.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in Education, behavioral sciences, or social sciences.
  • Experience teaching in a library or academic setting.
  • Experience in collection development and management.
  • Experience using and teaching citation management tools, particularly EndNote.


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: Start date is negotiable. Appointment will be made at the Librarian (I) or Specialist Librarian (II) level. Salary ranges: Librarian $47,476-$49,000 or Specialist Librarian $50,000 – $64,000. 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.

Application Procedure: To apply for this position, please visit the University of Iowa Jobs@UIOWA website at  This job ad ends on June 30, 2018.

References will be requested at a later date for finalists.


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 Big Ten Academic Alliance, 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 UI Libraries is a charter member of the newly formed ACRL Diversity Alliance.


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. In 2008, UNESCO designated Iowa City as a world City of Literature.


Iowa City is a community of some 71,000 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, 35.4% of the students are minority, with 19.8% identifying as Black, 8.4% as Hispanic, 6.7% as Asian/Pacific Islander, and .3% as Native American during the 2014/15 school year.


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The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.