Community & Student Life Archivist Resident Librarian, University of Iowa

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Salary: $47,500

Program Description:

The UI Libraries offers early-career librarians or librarians new to research libraries the opportunity for their first professional-level experience in academic librarianship via its Residency Librarian Program. The Program consists of two positions and seeks applicants with the potential to bring to their librarian careers the perspective that comes from their understanding of the experiences of members of groups historically underrepresented in academic libraries.  

The three-year term appointments are 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 to serve in a newly created position called Community and Student Life Archivist. The Community and Student Life Archivist will work with individuals identifying with historically underrepresented groups in an effort 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.

Application Procedure:

In order to be eligible for interview, applicants must upload the following and mark them as “relevant files” when you upload the documents:

1.         A current resume

2.         A cover letter that clearly addresses how you meet the listed required and desired qualifications of this position.

Applications which fail to submit all required materials will be considered incomplete and therefore are ineligible for interview. This job ad will be posted through June 28, 2019 and may be removed from posting and filled any time after that date. Please contact if you have any questions about the position.

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