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University of Iowa Libraries - Sciences Reference & Instruction Librarian

Classification Title: Librarian (PLB1)
Pay Grade: 3A
Percent of time: 100%
Department: Library Administration – Sciences Library
Staff Type: Professional & Scientific
Salary Range: $47,500 - $49,500
Requisition Number: 19001516

Classification Title: Specialist Librarian (PLB2)
Pay Grade: 4A
Percent of time: 100%
Department: Library Administration
Staff Type: Professional & Scientific
Salary Range: $50,000 - $65,000
Requisition Number: 19001518

This position is being posted simultaneously at two levels with MLS job posting ID 19001518 (Specialist Librarian level, PLB2) and MLS job posting ID 19001516 (Librarian level, PLB1). A single candidate will be hired between these two job postings, based on the qualification of the candidate.

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.

Position Description:
Reporting to the Head, Sciences Library, the Sciences Reference and Instruction Librarian delivers responsive and innovative information and instruction services to 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 library services.

Specific responsibilities and duties
Serves as a member of the sciences team, providing an array of responsive services and resources that meet the needs of many science disciplines, 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 Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, and Statistics & Actuarial Sciences Departments, and others as needed, providing instruction, reference, and consultation services, and participating in departmental activities.
Develops, promotes and provides user education programs and services.
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.
In consultation with colleagues, creates and maintains research guides, and adds to the Sciences Library web site.
Collaborates with other librarians in supporting data services in the sciences.
Investigates new technologies and works with others to develop and revise programs to respond to the changing information needs of patrons;
Provides general reference services (in-person, email, chat).

The University of Iowa is one of the nation’s premier public research universities, with 11 colleges offering internationally recognized programs in disciplines ranging from otolaryngology to fiction writing, printmaking to space science, hydraulic engineering to dance. Iowa draws nearly 33,000 students from more than 100 countries and all 50 U.S. states, and employs about 29,500 faculty and staff.

The university is located along the picturesque Iowa River in Iowa City, a city of some 77,000 people (170,000+ in the metro area) regularly ranked as one of the nation’s best places to live. Iowa City is less than four hours from Chicago and within five hours of Minneapolis, St. Louis, and Kansas City, readily accessible via interstate highways and a regional airport 30 minutes away.

Application details

To apply, go to The University of Iowa’s Jobs Website.
Librarian Level position posting:
Specialist Librarian Level position posting:

A resume and cover letter are required as part of the application process. This job opening will remain posted at least through March 12, 2019. Applications received by that date will be given priority consideration. For questions or additional information, please contact

Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check and degree verification. References will be requested from candidates at a later point in the interview process.

To review Education Requirement and Required and Desired Qualifications, please review each job ad.

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) 335-2660or For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at 319-356-7543.

ANDREA ROST | Admin Services & HR Coordinator
5031 Main Library, Iowa City IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5871
Admin Office Main Line: 319-335-5867
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