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Community & Student Life Archivist

Community & Student Life Archivist

University of Iowa Job Location: Iowa Apply By: 06-28-2019 Date Created: 06-07-2019

Community & Student Life Archivist Residency Librarian Program Department:  University of Iowa Libraries, Special Collections Department Position FTE:  100% Classification title: Librarian Job code/Pay level:  PLB1/3A Staff Type: Professional & Scientific Position Type: 3 year Specified Term 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.
Required Education
  • Graduate degree from an ALA-accredited program in Library and Information Science on or by May 31, 2019
Required qualifications:
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity in an academic environment, in a workplace setting, and/or in the community.
  • Demonstrated experience taking on new challenges and opportunities with initiative and creativity.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team-based setting where consultation, flexibility, reliability, collaboration and cooperation are essential.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated interest in professional development that will enhance the candidate’s value to the Libraries, the University, and the profession.
Desired qualifications:
  • Ability to articulate awareness of inequities and challenges faced by historically underrepresented or economically disadvantaged groups, and/or the negative consequences of underutilization.
  • 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).
  • Demonstrated understanding of Encoded Archival Descriptions (EAD) and Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)
  • Experience working with archival collections in a variety of formats
Universal Competencies Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and respectful manner while appreciating the unique contribution of an inclusive workforce that brings together the talents of people across multiple identities, including: race, creed, color, religion, national origins, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preferences. Collaboration/Positive Impact Ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and civil manner and utilize existing resources and learning to achieve or exceed desired outcomes of current and future organizational goals/needs. Service Excellence/Customer Focus Ability to meet or exceed customer service needs and expectations and provide excellent service in a direct or indirect manner.  Ability to effectively transmit and interpret information through appropriate communication with internal and external customers. Application Procedure: To apply, go to: http://p.rfer.us/UIOWAayi2KP 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 andrea-rost@uiowa.edu if you have any questions about the position. 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. 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. For more information about the University of Iowa Libraries, please see http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/ For more information about the University of Iowa and community, please see https://jobs.uiowa.edu/why_ui/index.php 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.

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