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Circulation Services Librarian

Circulation Services Librarian

Iowa State University Library Job Location: Iowa Apply By: 11/19/2021 Date Created: 10-20-2021

Required Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree and 2 years of related experience

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program or international equivalent Experience supervising a diverse team One year of experience working in library circulation services Demonstrated leadership in providing excellent customer service to a diverse customer population Ability and interest to engage in and contribute to the library's ongoing DEI efforts *Not all preferred qualifications must necessarily be met to be a successful candidate

Job Description:


The Iowa State University Library is seeking applications for a service-focused, forward-thinking, curious, and collaborative Circulation Services Librarian (Librarian II) to lead the Circulation units (day and evening) at Parks Library, Design Reading Room, and Veterinary Medicine Library, as well as the Course Reserve unit. The Iowa State University Library advances the university’s commitment to academic excellence and the land-grant mission.

Major Duties

Reporting to the Access Services Department Head, the Circulation Services Librarian will provide direction and vision for the unit, including identifying and incorporating circulation best practices.

Responsibilities include:

  • Supervision of a team consisting of 6.5 FTE daytime and evening Circulation staff, 3.0 FTE Course Reserves staff, and 20+ students at the University Libraries. Staff responsibilities include opening and closing of Parks Library and branch libraries.
  • Fosters inclusive environments and services for library patrons and staff.
  • Serve as safety coordinator, including updating and developing safety policies
  • Patron fine and account management
  • Coordinate with other library departments to improve and ensure consistent service
  • Regularly reviewing policies, priorities, procedures, workflows, work assignments, and unit goals, modifying as necessary for efficiency, optimization of resources, and service to the ISU community’s needs.

Librarian II Level Guidelines:

  • Intermediate-level position with solid professional and/or technical skills working under general supervision to achieve goals
  • Applies broad, working knowledge of the principles of the field to moderately complex, difficult, and varied problems and issues
  • Exercises judgment within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action and resolve problems
  • Responds to a broad range of inquiries and requests
  • May lead projects of moderate scope and complexity
  • Demonstrate area(s) of research interest and/or leadership exhibited in professional activities.

What We Are Looking For

The successful candidate will have a customer-service focus, be skilled in organization and time management, and possess the ability to interact effectively with library staff and the university community, work independently as well as collaboratively in a rapidly changing, team-based environment. Additionally, the candidate will possess adaptability and decision-making skills; be able to formulate and implement innovative approaches and solutions to problems; communicate complex ideas to a wide range of audiences; effectively communicate and collaborate; and demonstrate a commitment to diversity, inclusion, social justice, public service, and the land-grant mission. Academic Librarians are required to contribute to the profession through service (participation/leadership on committees, working groups, etc. outside of the university) or scholarship outcomes in areas of professional interest. To achieve these contributions, Librarians have access to professional development funds. ISU Library is a member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance and is committed to creating and sustaining a safe, healthy, and inclusive environment where all individuals can succeed and thrive. All library staff report their DEI efforts on annual evaluations and have strong commitment to public service and the land-grant mission. ISU students, staff, and faculty strive to overcome historical and divisive biases in our society. Library staff must embrace an environment of inclusion that moves beyond simple tolerance to recognizing the richness in individual identities of people, and diverse perspectives.

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