Born Digital? Try UI’s Residency Program

Looking for something new and exciting?  Check out this residency at the University of Iowa!

Created by The University of Iowa Libraries and used with permission.

Position Description: The Libraries seeks an entry-level, two-year Residency Program Librarian to serve in Digital Library Services (DLS), a department created in 2005 to provide a wide range of services in support of digital scholarship and data curation. This position offers the opportunity to learn about and work with new media and technologies used in academic research, teaching, and intellectual engagement and experimentation. The position reports to the head of DLS.

In addition to learning about and providing service in the department, the resident will learn about other departments in the Libraries, serve on general committees in the library system, receive mentoring, and initiate a program of professional development and contribution.

Specific Responsibilities (after training):

§  Plan and manage projects — define project goals; develop timelines; manage staff and technology resources; develop and administer project budgets; maintain vendor contacts; and work with designers, technology support personnel, and public relations staff.

§  Assist in engaging new cultural communities to participate in building and using the digital library as well as helping expand collection boundaries to include materials under-represented in traditional archives.

§  Assist with providing advice and consultation to the campus community and overseeing production development for digital initiatives.

§  Collaborate with technology and information science professionals to develop databases and portals for disseminating research.

§  Assist with digital library production work, including digitizing and batch processing images, assigning metadata and establishing processes for automated metadata creation, and performing testing and quality control.

§  Develop local expertise in an emerging area of digital library work.

§  Research current web technologies (e.g., Zotero, mashups, tagging, social networking) and promote them, as appropriate, to faculty and students.
§  Stay current about emerging technologies and forward recommendations as new software becomes available.

§  Participate in general DLS activities, as well as Libraries’ and campus task forces and committees related to the mission of DLS.

Mentoring: The department head, along with the Director, Human Resources and Diversity Programs, serve as mentors for residents. Opportunities for peer and informal mentoring are available, as well, and regular meetings are arranged with the University Librarian and appropriate Associate University Librarians.

Professional Development: Professional development is a strong component of the Residency Program. Participants are encouraged to give presentations, attend national and regional conferences, and/or write for professional publications. The Libraries provides significant financial support for attendance at relevant conferences and professional meetings. In addition, if accepted by the institute, residents receive support to participate in the Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians from Traditionally Underrepresented Groups.


Please, in your cover letter or resume,

§  address each qualification;

§  provide a substantial paragraph describing what in your background has helped you develop the skills necessary to engage underrepresented communities in building and using the collection; and

§  describe your goals as a participant in the Libraries’ Residency Program.


*   graduate degree from an ALA-accredited program in Library and Information Science
*   demonstrated service orientation and interest in information users’ values and needs
*   demonstrated commitment to diversity in the workplace or community
*   excellent written and oral communication skills
*   experience handling multiple projects and tasks simultaneously in a diverse and highly collaborative environment
*   experience successfully balancing competing priorities and working with fixed deadlines
*   demonstrated interest in professional development and contribution
*   demonstrated interest in or experience with digital library services


*   demonstrated interest in and potential for developing a deep understanding of the research process and knowledge of the ways that new technologies are affecting the production of scholarship
*   demonstrated interest in and ability to develop a working knowledge of some of the technologies used in research, such as web design and site management (including XHTML, CSS, graphics editing software), digital library technologies and standards (such as XML, EAD, and TEI), relational databases design and development, and server-side web-development (e.g., PERL, PHP, java, javascript, ASP or .Net

Additional Expectations of the Position:
§  Civil and Respectful Interactions: Demonstrates respect for all members of the University community in the course of performing one’s duties and in response to administrators, supervisors, coworkers, and customers; constructively brings forward workplace concerns to coworkers and/or supervisor.
§  Diversity and Inclusion: Welcomes the richness of talent from a diverse workforce and recognizes that diversity brings stimulation, challenge, and energy that contribute to a productive and effective workplace.
§  Leadership Accountability: Represents the interests of the University and of unit leadership in the use of resources to meet service and productivity demands within unit goals and budgets; strives to promote continual process and quality improvement.
Learning and Professional Development: Seeks opportunities to enhance one’s own professional knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to one’s current position and/or to prepare for potential future roles and overall career development.

Salary and Appointment: The two-year appointment will be made at the Librarian I level with an annual salary of $41,000. The University of Iowa offers an attractive package of benefits including 24 days of paid vacation per year, TIAA/CREF retirement, and a flexible selection of medical, life, and dental insurance, childcare credit, and additional options. Residents are also provided with a generous allowance for moving expenses.

The University of Iowa Libraries: The University of Iowa library 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 more the 440,000 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, 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.

Iowa City is a community of some 63,000 people (more than 100,000 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, 32% of the students are minority, with 16.2% identifying as African-American, 8.3% as Latino/Hispanic, 7.2% as Asian-American, and .3% as Native American during the 2009/10 school year.

Application Procedure: To apply for this position, please visit the University of Iowa Jobs@UIOWA website at

To help facilitate your application process, note the requisition number — 58921. Applications must be received by February 18, 2011.


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