Company: The University of Iowa
Location: Iowa City, IA 52242


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.

This 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.

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

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

  • Current resume

  • Cover letter
    that clearly addresses how you meet the listed required and desired qualifications of this position.

  • 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.