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[LIBJOBS] International Studies Librarian, Iowa City, IA USA

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International Studies Librarian

Librarian (PLB1-3A) or Specialist Librarian (PLB2-4A)


Position Description: The University of Iowa Libraries seeks a self-motivated, forward-thinking, and engaged area studies professional for an International Studies Librarian position. Reporting to the Head of Research & Library Instruction (RLI), the International Studies Librarian serves as the subject liaison for African, Middle Eastern, and/or South Asian studies and supports the research, teaching, and learning of faculty and students in African Studies, Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies, and/or South Asian Studies. The final assignment of subject areas will depend on the strengths of the successful candidate. The International Studies Librarian will assume direct responsibility for collection development, reference and research consultations, and instruction for a primary and a secondary area of specialty.




·         Serves as primary liaison to the African Studies Program, Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies, and/or South Asian Studies. Develops and manages the library's collections in the humanities and social sciences in these areas.  Responsibilities include selecting materials in all formats, working with vendors, managing budgets, and other collection-related activities. Provides instruction, workshops, credit courses, and other kinds of outreach, developing collaborative relationships with faculty, staff and students. Participates in general RLI activities.

·         Engages collaboratively with other library staff and with relevant academic departments and program to enhance scholarship and teaching through innovative uses of technology.

·         Participates in outreach efforts to faculty and students, encouraging positive change in the system of scholarly publishing and communication.

·         Participates in Libraries' initiatives outside RLI by serving on Libraries' and campus committees and contributing to other relevant activities and events.

·         Participates in relevant consortial activities.

·         Maintains a course of personal professional development through active participation in professional associations or other appropriate professional activity.


Required Education & Experience:


·         MLS from an ALA-accredited institution with a strong academic background in African, Middle Eastern, and/or South Asian studies; or an advanced degree in African, Middle Eastern, and/or South Asian studies or a related field and significant library work experience.

  • For appointment at the Specialist Librarian level: two years of professional experience plus demonstrated interest in professional development that will enhance the candidate's value to the Libraries, the University, the profession, or the scholarly community.

·         Knowledge of current developments in scholarship and teaching of African, Middle Eastern, and/or South Asian Studies.

·         Proficiency in a non-western language relevant to African, Middle Eastern, and/or South Asian studies, with a preference for Arabic, Hindi, or Swahili. Reading knowledge of additional languages is desired.

·         Excellent communication skills in English as well as excellent interpersonal skills.

·         Experience with or demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging technologies as they apply to collection development, instruction, and reference and research services.

·         Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment where consultation, flexibility, creativity, collaboration and cooperation are essential.

·         Demonstrated commitment to diversity in the workplace or community.

·         Demonstrated interest in professional development that will enhance the candidate's value to the Libraries, the University, the profession, or the scholarly community.


Desired Qualifications:


·         Experience selecting and managing research collections in African, Middle Eastern, and/or South Asian studies or a related area.

·         Familiarity with concepts, trends and assessment methods related to information literacy and instructional technology.

·         Experience teaching in a library or academic setting.

Universal Competencies:

·         Positive Impact/Achieving Results: Ability to utilize existing resources and learning to achieve or exceed desired outcomes of current and future organizational goals/needs. Able to demonstrate ethical behavior in diverse situations while producing results.

·         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.

·         Collaboration and Embracing Diversity: Ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and civil manner while appreciating the unique contribution of individuals from varied cultures, nationalities, genders, ages, etc.


Application Procedure: To apply, visit the University of Iowa Jobs@UIOWA website at Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. November 30, 2016.


Salary and appointment: Appointments will be made at either Librarian within a salary range of $47,476 to $49,000, or Specialist Librarian within a salary range of $50,000 to $64,000, depending on qualifications and experience. Start date is negotiable. The University of Iowa offers an attractive package of benefits including 24 days of paid vacation per year, your choice between two retirement plans and two University of Iowa health insurance plans, dental insurance, pre-tax child and health care spending accounts, and additional options.


The University of Iowa Libraries: The University of Iowa Libraries system consists of the Main Library, the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences and 5 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 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 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 Big Ten Academic Alliance, Hathi Trust, ARL, OCLC, Library Publishing Coalition, DPN, ORCID, CRL, 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. Lastly, we are a founding member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance.


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 2,700 and a permanent staff of 13,000 serving just over 32,000 students, more than 33% of whom are from out of state and close to 8,000 of whom are registered in graduate and professional degree programs. Approximately 9% of the University’s faculty and staff and 17% of its student body are members of minority groups, and 13% of the students are from foreign countries.


The University of Iowa is home to the Writers’ Workshop, the oldest graduate creative writing program in the country, and the blueprint for many of the creative writing programs that now thrive on campuses worldwide. It is also home to the International Writing Program where, since 1967, over a thousand writers from more than 120 countries have participated. The University has recently instituted a program in creative writing in Spanish. In 2008, UNESCO designated Iowa City as a world City of Literature.


Iowa City is a community of some 71,000 people (more than 150,000 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, 35.4% of the students are minority, with 19.8% identifying as Black, 8.4% as Hispanic, 6.7% as Asian/Pacific Islander, and .3% as Native American during the 2014/15 school year.


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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