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Outreach Specialist @ Univ. of Iowa

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Subject: Outreach Specialist @ Univ. of Iowa
Date Posted: 13/Jul/2017 at 8:21pm

Outreach Specialist
NNLM Greater Midwestern Region
Librarian (PLB1-3A), Specialist Librarian (PLB2-4A), or Expert Librarian (PLB3-5A)

Position Description : The University of Iowa (UI) Libraries is seeking a collaborative, creative, customer-focused librarian to be a part of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine office serving a ten-state region in the Greater Midwest. This position reports to the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) Associate Director, is funded via a renewable, five year grant and is full-time, benefit-eligible.

The Greater Midwest Region is one of eight Regional Medical Libraries that support the National Library of Medicine (NLM) in outreach and education across the nation. The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is to provide U.S. health professionals and consumers with equal access to biomedical and health information resources. To learn more about NNLM and the GMR, see .

The librarian in this position will develop partnerships through teaching courses, promoting and coaching outreach projects, and developing resources. This is a new position within the GMR office; the librarian in this position will work closely with a team of outreach specialists employed in the office.

Specific Responsibilities :

1.      Serve as the regional expert on precision medicine initiative, attending meetings on these subjects and providing recommendations to GMR leadership.
2.      Develop continuing education for network members that relate to precision medicine, with a focus on utilizing NLM resources.
3.      Promote, develop and deliver continuing education on precision medicine via webinars, in-person workshops and presentations at regional conferences.
4.      Participate in precision medicine workshops and meetings within NIH, NLM and NNLM, communicate updates to GMR leadership.
5.      Assist with the development and promotion of NNLM GMR funding opportunities, focusing on precision medicine projects, and support applicants with the application process.
6.      Monitor subawardees funded for outreach projects in the region, particularly those relating to precision medicine and community colleges, evaluating quarterly reports and providing feedback to awardees.
7.      Promote precision medicine programs and services available through NLM and NNLM to network members in the region.
8.      Develop and maintain a subject guide promoting precision medicine, containing information on NLM resources and tutorials.
9.      Develop and maintain a subject guide promoting NLM resources for community colleges, working with faculty to embed resources into the curriculum.
10. Identify organizations and educational institutions within the region to target as potential outreach partners.
11. Perform other related duties and participating in special projects as needed.

Required Qualifications :

·        Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library science program.
·        To qualify at the Specialist Librarian level, two or more years of professional experience and demonstrated interest in professional development that will enhance the candidate’s value to the Libraries, the University, the profession, or the scholarly community; 4 or more years of professional experience to qualify for the Expert Librarian level.

·        Familiarity with NLM and NNLM and demonstrated knowledge of NLM resources.
·        Experience developing classes and teaching workshops and/or seminars online and in-person.
·        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 successfully work in a team environment.
·        Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
·        Ability to work independently and ability to demonstrate examples of initiating and following through on projects.
·        Demonstrated commitment to diversity in the workplace or community.

Desired Qualifications :

·        Experience developing and teaching classes in Moodle or a similar learning management system.
·        Experience educating health professionals in an academic or hospital environment.
·        Knowledge or demonstrated interest in precision medicine and opportunities for engaging librarians in projects surrounding this model of healthcare.
·        Experience developing or participating in an outreach program.

Application Procedure : To apply, visit the University of Iowa Jobs@UIOWA website at Applications must be received by August 11, 2017.

Salary and Appointment: Start date is negotiable. Appointment will be made at either Librarian (PLB1-3A) $47,476-$49,000, Specialist Librarian (PLB2-4A) $50,000 - $64,000, or Expert Librarian (PLB3-5A) $55,000 - $79,000, depending on qualifications and experience.
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.

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 2,000 and a permanent staff of 13,000 serving 30,500 students, more than 40% of whom are from out of state and close to 10,000 of whom are registered in graduate and professional degree programs. Approximately 9% of the University’s faculty and staff and 10% of its student body are members of minority groups, and 8% 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 71,000 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, 35.4% of the students are minority, with 19.8% identifying as Black, 8.4% as Hispanic, 6.7% as Asian/Pacific Islander, and .3% as Native American during the 2014/15 school year.

For more information about the University of Iowa Libraries, please see

For more information about the University of Iowa and community, please see

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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