Regular: A position which is considered essential for the effective long-term operation of the university. Persons appointed to this position will receive the privileges and benefits associated with regular employment status.
SCIENCES REFERENCE & OUTREACH LIBRARIAN
Positions Description: Reporting to the Head, Sciences Library, this position supports the education and outreach endeavors of the Sciences Library to relevant academic departments. The Sciences Reference and Outreach Librarian delivers responsive and innovative information and outreach services in support of departments supported by the Sciences Library, actively building relationships with faculty, researchers, staff, and students. The position collaborates with a team of science librarians to provide Libraries services to programs and scientists.
Specific responsibilities and duties include:
Serves as a member of the sciences team, providing an array of responsive services and resources that meet the needs of many science disciplines, including the biological sciences, physics and astronomy, and the research centers managed by these programs. Participates in meetings of librarian groups and is an active member of the University Libraries teaching community.
Initiates and establishes liaison relationships with faculty, students, and staff in the Biology Department, the Physics & Astronomy Department, and others as needed, providing instruction, reference, and consultation services, and participating in departmental activities.
In consultation with colleagues, creates and maintains research guides, the Sciences Library web site, and other social media marketing (Blog posts, Facebook and Twitter).
Collaborates with other librarians in supporting data services in the sciences. Assists science faculty and students in managing the entire lifecycle of data resulting from research projects of all types.
Uses assessment data to inform the development of new services as new needs arise in science fields, following trends in scholarly communication and e-science.
Plans and promotes Sciences Library events, exhibits, and outreach activities.
Provides general reference services (in-person, email, chat).
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.
Salary and appointment: Start date is negotiable. Appointment will be made at the Librarian level. Salary ranges: $47,476 - $49,000. 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.
A Master's Degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program in all but exceptional circumstances.
Equivalent education to the MLS would be a graduate degree from a library, information science, or media program which is accredited by a foreign equivalent of the American Library Association AND a degree in science (e.g. biology, chemistry, earth sciences or physics.)
Evidence of ability to work independently and with others in a demanding and rapidly changing environment where collaboration, consultation, and cooperation are essential.
Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills; evidence of strong written and oral communication skills.
Evidence of initiative, creativity, and resourcefulness in previous professional or academic activities.
Evidence of interest in and ability to learn and apply new technologies to user services.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace.
Undergraduate or graduate degree or extensive study in the biological or related sciences.
One to two years of experience working in public services in an academic library.
Experience working with researchers and students in sciences disciplines.
Evidence of knowledge or interest in research data management practices and services.
Experience in planning and/or providing instruction.
With over 31,000 students, the University of Iowa is one of the nation's top public research universities, a member of the Big Ten conference and the Association of American Universities. The University of Iowa is composed of eleven colleges and is known around the world for its balanced commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities. It is home to one of the nation's largest academic medical ce...nters and the pioneering Iowa Writers' Workshop. The University of Iowa promotes work/life integration and is located in the casual yet cosmopolitan environment of Iowa City, widely recognized as one of the country's most livable communities.