Position Vacancy

Media Librarian

Position Description: Reporting to the Director for Research and Instructional Services, the Media Librarian is responsible for all functions associated with the UI Libraries Media Services. This is an exciting opportunity for a user-oriented innovator who can identify trends in media services, and can evaluate and implement emerging technology/multimedia services in support of teaching, learning and research at the University of Iowa. The existing media collections consist of approximately 25,000 titles, primarily in video formats, and over 7 million microforms.

The Media Librarian will:
·          Develop, deliver and evaluate services for media collections, including reference, consulting, instructional services/materials
·          Supervise staff of library assistants (2 FTE) and student assistants (1.5 FTE)
·          Direct booking/film-rental services and circulation services for media collection
·          Address licensing and copyright issues for film titles
·          Provide direction to the UI Libraries Preservation unit in maintaining and preserving the media collections
·          Depending on background and experience, and in coordination with appropriate subject specialists, participate in the selection of audio, video, and digital media materials, as well as supporting material in other formats
·          Ensure appropriate materials and equipment are available to meet user needs

·          Graduate degree from an ALA accredited library and information science program
·          Strong commitment to quality user services
·          Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively
·          Demonstrated commitment to diversity in the workplace or community
·          Excellent communication skills
·          Demonstrated interest in professional development and contribution
·          Media librarianship experience in an academic library
·          Subject expertise in film or media/cinema studies
·          Reference and/or instruction experience in an academic library
·          Knowledge of licensing and copyright issues for media materials
·          Familiarity with preservation issues pertaining to media resources
·          Familiarity with the varied technologies related to media services
·          Supervisory experience

Salary and appointment: Appointment will be made at the Librarian I or II level with a salary range of $41,000 to $47,000. The University of Iowa offers an attractive package of benefits including 24 days of paid vacation per year, TIAA/CREF retirement, and a flexible selection of medical, life, and dental insurance, childcare credit, and additional options.

The University of Iowa Libraries: The University of Iowa library system consists of the Main Library, the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences and 10 branch libraries (Art, Music, Business, and the sciences). With more than 4 million volumes, the Libraries is ranked 30 out of 113 among the Association of Research Libraries for size of collections.  InfoHawk, the Libraries’ integrated online system, uses ExLibris’ Aleph 500 software. The Libraries has been innovative in the development of services related to digital technologies with the creation of such units as the Information Arcade and Information Commons. The University Libraries is an active member of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), and the ARL SPARC Project. The Libraries provides a program of support for professional development activities and its staff members are actively engaged in national cooperative efforts.

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 2000 and a permanent staff of 15,000 serving 29,000 students, close to 10,000 of whom are registered in graduate and professional degree programs. Approximately 8% of the University’s workforce is minority faculty and staff, 9% of the student body are members of minority groups, and 7% are international students.

Iowa City is a community of some 63,000 people with excellent educational, recreational, and cultural advantages and is consistently cited in the national media as a city with an excellent quality of life. The community is growing in its diversity; within the Iowa City Community School District, 13.4% of the students are African American, 7.2% are Asian American, 6.6% are Latino, and .5% are Native American. The Latino population is increasing at a rate of .5%/year. The city is readily accessible via interstate highways and a major airport only 30 minutes away.

Application Procedure: To apply for this position, please visit the University of Iowa Jobs@UIOWA website at To help facilitate your application process, note the requisition number — 54311.  Applications must be received by August 31, 2007.


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