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Education & Outreach Librarian, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences

Education & Outreach Librarian, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences

Application deadline:  June 29, 2018 at 12:00am



Education & Outreach Librarian, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences

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


Position Description: Hardin Library for the Health Sciences at the University of Iowa Libraries seeks an energetic and motivated professional for the position of Education & Outreach Librarian. Reporting to the Deputy Director, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, the Education and Outreach Librarian plans, promotes and provides health information services that support the needs of residents of the State of Iowa, as well as faculty, researchers, staff, and students of the College of Public Health and other assigned groups.


Specific Duties and responsibilities include:

  • As health sciences outreach librarian, represents Hardin Library and the National Network of Medicine Greater Midwest Region to unaffiliated users across the state of Iowa. Visits sites around the state of Iowa as needed (must have a valid driver’s license).
  • Develops and teaches tailored library education session for groups not affiliated with the University of Iowa, highlighting freely-available resources such as those from the National Library of Medicine.
  • As liaison to the College of Public Health and other assigned departments, cultivates relationships with faculty, researchers, staff, and students to identify opportunities for library partnerships with education and health care programs.
  • Develops and conducts tailored library education sessions for the College of Public Health and other assigned liaison departments. Works with faculty to learn about needs of students with the goal of preparing sessions that are useful to students and which integrate library instruction into the curriculum.
  • In support of research and education, assists patrons with research and information management tools and skills through individual and small group consultations.
  • Partners with other librarians to develop and market library services to assigned liaison groups as well as the community.
  • Provides information and circulation services at the public service desk in-person and via telephone, email, and chat.
  • Serves on Hardin Library, University Libraries, health colleges, university, and hospital committees and working groups.
  • Contributes to and learns from the profession through such avenues as local, state, and national professional organizations and publications.




  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Science;
  • Knowledge of biomedical databases, such as PubMed;
  • Knowledge of Evidence-Based Practice concepts;
  • Experience with mobile devices, social networking, and other new forms of technology;
  • 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;
  • Current driver’s license and ability and willingness to travel around the state of Iowa.
  • For appointment at the Librarian (I) level:  Interest in health sciences librarianship as well as interest in professional development that will enhance the candidate’s value to the Libraries, the University, the profession, or the scholarly community.
  • For appointment at the Specialist (II) Librarian level: A minimum of two years of professional experience in an academic or research library plus interest in health sciences librarianship and demonstrated interest in professional development that will enhance the candidate’s value to the Libraries, the University, the profession, or the scholarly community.


  • Experience providing instruction and reference services in the health sciences or life sciences;
  • Experience providing instruction in consumer health;
  • Experience providing advanced information services, including searching biomedical literature; and full-text databases for general literature searches and for systematic reviews;
  • Experience using health sciences specific mobile apps;
  • Knowledge of scholarly communication and open access initiatives.


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, University of Iowa health insurance plan, 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  Application deadline is June 29, 2018.

References will be requested at a later date from candidates.


Universal Competencies:

  • 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, race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

  • 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.


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.


Hardin Library for the Health Sciences:
Hardin Library for the Health Sciences serves the combined information and research needs of the students, faculty, and staff of the University of Iowa Colleges of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health; the faculty, staff, residents, and students at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics; and the students, faculty, and staff of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Department of Health and Human Physiology. The National Network of Libraries of Medicine office for the Greater Midwest Region is also located at Hardin Library.

Hardin’s staff of 15 librarians and 11 support staff provide a wide range of services, including an extremely active liaison librarian program and a growing systematic review service. Hardin is also the home of the John Martin Rare Book room, which includes over 6000 volumes representing the history of the health sciences beginning in the 15th century.


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.