Advertised Employing Department: University Library
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:
The Iowa State University Library offers early-career librarians an opportunity to gain professional experience and mentoring through its library residency program. The purpose of the residency program is to attract early-career librarians who are members of historically underrepresented groups to successful careers in academic and research libraries.
The three-year program provides residents with a holistic understanding of academic and research libraries. It provides experience in different areas of librarianship, mentorship, opportunities to observe and participate in library leadership, and an introduction to professional service, research, and scholarship.
For the duration of the program, the Resident Librarian will be placed in a home department. The selection of the home department should match the Resident Librarian's professional interests and expertise, aligned with strategic areas defined by the library. The Resident Librarian will be able to select their home department from:Digital Scholarship and Initiatives;
Library Instruction; and
Special Collections and University Archives.
Information about these departments can be found at http://www.lib.iastate.edu/about-library/library-diversity/residency/home-departments/.
In the first year, the Resident Librarian will gain a breadth of experience in a variety of functional areas of academic librarianship by completing rotations in the home department and two to three other library departments of the Resident Librarian's choosing. For more information about potential rotation sites, visit http://www.lib.iastate.edu/about-library/library-diversity/residency/rotation-sites.
In the second and third years, the Resident Librarian will gain in-depth work experience in their home department. The Resident Librarian will work with a research mentor to design and conduct a capstone project, with the goal of disseminating research outcomes through publication and/or conference presentations.
The Resident Librarian will gain leadership experience through active participation in library committees and teams. They will also become involved in relevant regional, national and international professional organizations. Professional development funding is provided to enable professional and scholarly engagement at the national level.
This position supports the University Library's efforts to advance diversity, inclusion and social justice on campus and in the profession. The successful candidate will possess the ability to interact effectively with library staff and the university community and work both independently and collaboratively in a rapidly changing team-based environment. Additionally, the successful candidate will possess adaptability, problem solving and decision making skills; have the ability to formulate and implement innovative approaches and solutions to problems; communicate complex ideas to a wide range of audiences; speak and write clearly, concisely, and persuasively; and demonstrate a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion, public service and the land-grant mission.
ISU students, staff, and faculty strive to overcome historical and divisive biases in our society. Library staff must embrace an environment of inclusion that moves beyond simple tolerance to recognizing the richness in individual identities of people, and diverse perspectives. Applications from a broad spectrum of people are encouraged to apply.
Required Education and Experience:
Master’s degree and related experience.
Preferred Education and Experience:Experience in an academic or research library
Experience, knowledge, or training that supports the functions of the selected home department
Demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, inclusion and social justice
Demonstrated interest in scholarship and/or professional service
Iowa State University is a premier land grant institution located in Ames in the heart of Iowa. Ames celebrates all four seasons and activities to accompany each of them. Ski trails, golf courses, aquatic centers and orchards are plentiful. Ames has over 30 parks (encompassing 750 acres), 13 park shelters, dog parks and miles of bicycle and walking trails. As of the 2010 Census, the Ames population was nearly 59,000, and in 2014, CNN Money placed Ames at no. 8 on the list of top 50 best small cities in the country. Ranked no. 4 on the list of 100 Smartest Cities in America Study, no surprise that Ames and surrounding school districts are recognized nationally for quality education, low teacher-student ratios, and reading and math proficiency.
Ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation, ISU is one of three Iowa Regent's institutions. Over 16,000 employees serve a population of over 34,000 students. Iowa State is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the University Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA).
The campus boasts amenities like Art on Campus, a collection of over 2,000 works of public art, including Grant Wood's largest murals located in Parks Library and many pieces by Sticks, Inc., founded by renowned artist and Ames native Sarah Grant. Collegerank.net lists the William Robert Parks and Ellen Sorge Parks Library at no. 16 on the list of the 50 Most Amazing College Libraries.
Visit the City of Ames, Iowa State University and the University Library for additional information.
The library is home to robust current and retrospective collections in animal science, material science, plant science, and veterinary medicine, agriculture, and landscape architecture. Other strengths include a distinguished history of providing formal instruction in library research, a state-of-the-art conservation lab, a highly-praised interlibrary loan service, an extensive collection of rare botanical and natural history books, the women in science and engineering archives, and a rapidly growing, highly used digital repository.
Guaranteed Consideration Date: 02/14/2017
Proposed End Date or Length of Term: 3 years
Posting Number: 70019P