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Outreach Specialist

Outreach Specialist (1 Yr Specified Term Position)

Application deadline:  April 14, 2020

The University of Iowa Libraries

Outreach Specialist, NNLM Greater Midwestern Region

Librarian (PLB1/3A)



Position Description:  Reporting to the Regional Medical Library (RML) Associate Director, the Outreach Specialist will engage individuals and organizations across the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) through training, coaching, and partnership outreach. The NNLM is a network of libraries and information centers administered by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), with a mission to provide U.S. health professionals and consumers with equal access to biomedical and health information resources.

This is a one-year, Specified Term position that will end April 30, 2021.
Applications to work remotely will be considered.

Specific job responsibilities and duties include:

  • Participate in GMR and NNLM Workgroup meetings, communicating feedback and recommendations to GMR leadership.
  • Provide education and training sessions for network members and others, which may include in-person classes, online classes, presentations, articles, exhibiting and webinars.
  • Assist with the development and promotion of NNLM GMR funding opportunities for members and support applicants with the proposal process.
  • Monitor subcontracts awarded for outreach projects in the region, evaluating quarterly reports and providing feedback to awardees, NNLM GMR and NLM.
  • Exhibit at national, state and regional conferences to promote NLM databases, the NNLM, and the GMR.
  • Develop and send monthly electronic newsletters targeting health professionals.
  • Perform other related duties and participating in special projects as needed.


Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library science or public health program (Summer 2020 graduation accepted).
  • Familiarity with NLM and NNLM programs and demonstrated knowledge of NLM resources.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, as well as web-based applications for online education.
  • Willingness to travel; valid driver’s license at the time of employment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully in a team environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity in the workplace or community.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform public speaking and instructional sessions

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience using Drupal.
  • Experience with health sciences libraries, public libraries, or public health organizations.

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 UI Libraries has more than 5.7 million volumes including thousands of electronic resources.  We coordinate 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 250,000 rare books, ranging in age from the 15th century to newly created artists’ books, as well as 4.7 miles of manuscripts. We also host the Greater Midwestern Regional Library of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

The University of Iowa Libraries is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the Association of Research Libraries and a variety of other regional and national collaboratives focused on information services at scale.  The Libraries provides a program of support for professional development activities and its staff members are actively engaged in national cooperative efforts.  The Libraries are a founding member of the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Diversity Alliance.

Application Details:

To apply for the position:

In order to be considered for an interview, applicants must upload a resume and cover letter that clearly addresses how they meet the qualifications of this position. Be sure to mark the documents as a “Relevant File” to the submission when completing the application.

This position will be posted for at least 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended. Applications received by that date will receive priority review. Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check and degree verification.

Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.


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.