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Undergraduate Engagement Librarian


Position Vacancy

Librarian (I) or Specialist Librarian (II)

Position Description: Reporting to the Head, Research and Library Instruction Department (RLI), the Undergraduate Engagement Librarian (UEL) will focus on building connections, developing programs, and promoting the role of the library as both an academic and non-academic partner in support of undergraduate student success. The UEL is responsible for the design and implementation of innovative library services and instruction programs aimed at undergraduate students, especially within the Department of Rhetoric, and the General Education program. S/he will work collaboratively with colleagues in the libraries and beyond to enhance undergraduate student engagement.

The UEL works with other RLI staff to accomplish the unit’s initiatives, and works to accomplish Libraries’ initiatives outside of RLI by serving on Libraries’ and campus-wide committees.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Facilitate the library efforts for the undergraduate’s first-year experience and other undergraduate student activities in collaboration with library liaisons, the Learning Commons Coordinator, and campus partners;
  • Cultivate and sustain collaborative relationships with students, staff, and faculty in support of campus teaching and learning;
  • Develop materials and provide instruction for library-sponsored courses, embedded partnerships with faculty, general workshops, and orientation and outreach activities;
  • Work with RLI and others to assess the impact of the Libraries’ efforts to serve undergraduates through programs, resources, and learning spaces;
  • Participate in Libraries’ initiatives outside of RLI by serving on Libraries’ and campus committees and contributing to other relevant activities and events;
  • Maintain a course of personal professional development through active participation in professional associations or other professional activities external to the Libraries;
  • Contribute to and learn from the profession through such avenues as local, state, and national professional organizations, presentations, and publications.


Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited program;
  • Knowledge of current developments in library instruction, student development, and undergraduate success
  • Experience with instruction and/or outreach to undergraduates.
  • For appointment at the Specialist Librarian (II) level, 3 or more years of experience is required.
  • Ability to work in a team environment where consultation, flexibility, creativity, collaboration and cooperation are essential.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity in the workplace or community.
  • Demonstrated interest in professional development that will enhance the candidate’s value to the Libraries, the University, and the profession.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with information literacy and instructional technology concepts, pedagogies, and assessment, especially assessment of student learning.


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 2,800 and a permanent staff of 16,000 serving 31,000 students, almost 40% of whom are from out of state and close to 10,000 of whom are registered in graduate and professional degree programs. Approximately 11% of the University’s faculty and staff and 14% of its student body are members of minority groups, and 12% 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 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 2012/13 school year.


Salary and appointment: Start date is negotiable. Appointment will be made at the Librarian (I) or Specialist Librarian (II) level, depending on qualifications. Salary ranges: Librarian $43,000 – $46,000; Specialist Librarian $47,000 – $60,000. 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 Applications received by September 7, 2014 will be given first consideration; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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.

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