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University of Iowa Libraries, Special Collections Department
Community & Student Life Archivist
Residency Librarian Program

Program Description:
The Residency Librarian Program at the University of Iowa Libraries offers early-career librarians the opportunity for their first professional-level experience in academic librarianship. As a founding member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance, the University of Iowa is committed to increasing the hiring pipeline of qualified and talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups and economically disadvantaged groups. The goals of the Residency Librarian Program align with the Libraries’ and University’s strategic goal of excellence through Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

The three-year specified term appointment is designed to provide an immersion into academic librarianship, an opportunity to focus on areas of interest and funding to support professional engagement at the national level. By participating in the Residency Librarian program, individuals will demonstrate skills at a professional level, develop a professional network, and be prepared for their next career opportunity. Resident librarians are not eligible for promotion but are full-time and have access to benefits, paid leave, etc. They may apply for permanent positions for which they feel qualified but are not guaranteed continued employment following the residency.

Position Description:
The University of Iowa Libraries seeks an innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented librarian or archivist with a demonstrated ability to apply a deep understanding of the experiences of individuals who identify as members of historically unrepresented racial and ethnic groups to serve in a newly created position called Community and Student Life Archivist. The Community and Student Life Archivist will work with individuals of historically underrepresented groups to document the experiences of those communities for the historical record.

Under the general direction of the University Archivist, the Community and Student Life Archivist will participate in collections acquisition, processing, and donor relations activities. They will also contribute to instruction, reference, and outreach activities on behalf of the larger Special Collections department.

The Community and Student Life Archivist will spend the first year of their residency establishing their area of focus, working primarily within existing collections and systems with the University Archivist. The second year, work will expand to include the development of new collections, especially those within the individual’s area of focus. The third year will further expand assignments to include an additional area within the individual’s interests; this could include a digital project, additional processing work, exploration of additional collecting areas, or similar. This structure is subject to change depending upon the individual knowledge, skills, and abilities of the archivist.

Specific Duties and responsibilities include:
Provide reference services in the reading room, over the phone, and online; provide instruction to classes and groups; participate in collection development activities; and support day-to-day operations.
Process collections, including arrangement and description of legacy and recently acquired collections; a particular focus will be placed on increasing accessibility to material
Represent the department in collection development work, especially as it pertains to increasing representation of people historically underrepresented in the archives.
Collaborate with colleagues working in areas of collection development, archival and manuscript processing, rare books cataloging, preservation, digitization, and instruction.
Contribute to department-level planning and the formulation of new policies and procedures.
Keep abreast of developments in archival standards and trends, applying new rules, interpretations, and techniques as appropriate.
Contribute to the profession through service, research, publishing, and/or teaching.
Participates in Libraries’ initiatives outside of Special Collections by serving on Libraries’ and campus committees and contributing to other relevant activities and events.
Additional job duties as assigned based on individual knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Required Education
Graduate degree from an ALA-accredited program in Library and Information Science on or by May 31, 2020.

Required qualifications:
Demonstrated commitment to diversity in an academic environment, in a workplace setting, and/or in the community.
Ability to articulate awareness of inequities and challenges faced by historically underrepresented or economically disadvantaged groups, and/or the negative consequences of underutilization.
Demonstrated ability to work in a team-based setting where consultation, flexibility, reliability, initiative, creativity, collaboration and cooperation are essential.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Demonstrated interest in professional development.

Desired qualifications:
Classwork, certifications (such as Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA) certification), concentration(s), or additional degree(s) in special collections, archives, or records management (such as the Records and Information Management (RIM) certificate).
Advanced knowledge of Special Collections and archives as demonstrated through advanced classwork, certification, or prior work experience.

Application Procedure:
To apply, go to:

In order to be eligible for interview, applicants must upload the following and mark them as “relevant files” when you upload the documents:
A current resume
A cover letter that clearly addresses how you meet the listed required and desired qualifications of this position.
A statement of 300 words or less addressing your awareness of inequities and challenges faced by historically underrepresented or economically disadvantaged groups.

Individuals whose applications fail to contain all required materials will not be considered for the position. This position is open until filled. Applicants who apply by April 30, 2020, will receive priority consideration.

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

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 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.

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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.

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