Collections Care Technician - Library Assistant IV

This position will be posted through at least September 11, 2022, and may be removed any time after that date.

The University of Iowa Libraries
Conservation and Collections Care Department
Collections Care Technician
(Library Assistant IV GB37, pay grade 12)

General Description

Under the direction of the Collections Conservator, the Collections Care (CC) Technician performs a variety of treatments and creates housing for archival materials, flat paper documents, and other non-lending collection materials. The CC technician is responsible for all departmental treatment photo documentation, metadata, and treatment database maintenance.

General work expectations: Work must be performed accurately and in a timely manner, demonstrating exemplary customer service attitude and excellent communication and collaboration skills. Flexibility and civility in all interactions with colleagues are essential.

Specific duties and responsibilities:

  • Perform treatment, create housing, and conduct other preventative care activities
  • Manage and perform all photo-documentation; maintain data for all treatment database function
  • Create labels, perform QC, organize treatments, and complete other project duties
  • Inspect incoming materials
  • Update Conservation and Collections Care website and SharePoint site
  • Create, update, and maintain lab documentation; collect statistics for measuring impact and efficiency, making recommendations for continuous quality improvement.
  • Serve on disaster response and recovery team as needed in the event of materials emergency
  • Additional responsibilities such as monitoring listservs, attending department meetings, training, or staff development sessions

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Four years of library work experience, or
  2. A combination of related work experience, undergraduate education, and/or post-high school library training totaling 5 years

Desired Qualifications:

  • Two years’ experience in library conservation or collections care.
  • Prior experience in digital photography and Adobe suite.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity in an academic environment, in a workplace setting, and/or in the community.
  • Prior experience with bookbinding and/or a demonstrated understanding of basic book structure.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to write technical documents.
  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively w/others, groups, and/or team settings.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the role and importance of an academic library’s physical holdings in support of the institution’s mission of teaching and learning, research and scholarship, and clinical care.

Application Information:

To apply for the position:

In order to be considered, applicants must upload a resume and cover letter (under submission relevant materials) that clearly address how they meet the listed required and desired qualifications of this position.

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 10 calendar days. This job may be removed from posting and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended. Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check.

Starting salary $42,952. Merit pay level 12.

Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer

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.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations with the application or interview process may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services, (319) 335-2660 or  For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at 319-356-7543.