Academic Outreach Coordinator, Special Collections & Archives, UI Libraries (60%), and the Stanley Museum of Art (40%) - Librarian Classification

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Academic Outreach Coordinator, Special Collections & Archives, UI Libraries (60%), and the Stanley Museum of Art (40%)

We intend to hire for one position at either the Programming and Outreach Coordinator (PEI2/3A) classification, requisition #21002915, or Librarian classification (PLB1/3A), requisition #21002913, based on the qualifications of the successful candidate. 

Organization Description: Through the innovative “Iowa Idea” developed in the 1920s, the University of Iowa became one of the earliest proponents of object‐based learning in higher education; today, the UI remains committed to incorporating art and primary sources into teaching and research, and the UI Libraries and the Stanley Museum of Art are at the forefront of this effort. In August 2022, the Stanley Museum of Art will reopen in its new building adjacent to the Main Library. This proximity will enhance our longstanding collaborations, which already include co-curated exhibitions and conservation projects. These strengths provide unique opportunities for cross-collegiate collaboration with faculty from STEM, arts, and humanities disciplines.

Position Description: The UI Libraries and the Stanley Museum of Art, which hold deep, culturally diverse, and complementary collections of art and visual materials, are seeking an engaged and intensely collaborative librarian or museum professional to serve as Academic Outreach Coordinator. Reporting to the Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives Outreach and Engagement Librarian (60%) and the Stanley Museum’s Curator of Learning & Engagement (40%), the Academic Outreach Coordinator will work toward short- and long-term goals intended to increase the visibility and usability of diverse collection materials in both units.

The Academic Outreach Coordinator will collaborate with faculty to help them align object-based learning with course objectives across the curriculum. They will draw from collections representing diverse creators, while leveraging their understanding of the experiences of historically underrepresented people in academic libraries and museums. They will also facilitate discovery and pedagogical use of collection objects in the UI Libraries and the Stanley Museum; lead object‐centered teaching and research workshops for instructors across campus; and assist faculty and graduate students as they produce original research on collection objects.

Specific duties and responsibilities include:

  • Promote discoverability of resources, particularly those created by artists from Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) or Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) communities, with a special focus on collections such as the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, Alternative Traditions in Contemporary Arts, Global African collections, and the Stanley Museum’s works on paper.
  • Build and sustain relationships with students and faculty, in collaboration with other UI Libraries and Stanley Museum staff.
  • Develop strategies to integrate collections at the Libraries and Stanley Museum into teaching and research at the University.
  • Lead campus workshops to promote use of Libraries and Stanley Museum materials in the curriculum.
  • Assist with relevant physical and digital exhibits, events, and programs, particularly those about artists or creators who identify as BIPOC and/or LGBTQIA+.
  • Actively participate in departmental initiatives and standard operations such as provision of reference services.
  • Collaborate with colleagues across both the Libraries and Stanley Museum.
  • Keep abreast of developments in special collections and museum standards and trends, applying new rules, interpretations, and techniques as appropriate.
  • Contribute to the profession through service, research, publishing, and/or teaching; and contribute to relevant library and University-wide activities and committees.
  • Additional job duties as assigned based on individual knowledge, skills, and abilities.

To apply for the position:

The starting salary range for this position at either classification is $49,000 - $51,000 depending on qualifications. This position will be posted through at least July 5, 2021 and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended.

In order to be considered for an interview, applicants must upload the following documents that clearly address how they meet the qualifications of this position. Be sure to mark the documents as a "Relevant File" to the submission when completing the application.

Required Documents:

  1. Current resume or CV
  2. Cover letter that clearly addresses how you meet the listed required and desired qualifications of this position.
  3. Statement regarding diversity, equity, access, and inclusion. The UI Libraries and the Stanley Museum of Art welcome and serve all, including people of color from all nations, immigrants, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+, and the most vulnerable in our community. We safeguard the human right to access information. We offer educational resources that promote diversity, equity, access, and inclusion, and we strive to build collections that reflect all points of view on current and historical issues. Include an applicant statement to include examples of ways you have advanced diversity, equity, access, and inclusion in the workplace or community or provide other evidence of your demonstrated commitment to diversity.  [Please keep statement to 500 words or less.]

Required Qualifications:

  • For appointment at the Programming and Outreach Coordinator classification, Bachelor’s degree in library and information science, art history, or similar.
  • For appointment at the Librarian classification, Master’s degree from an ALA accredited Library Science Program.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity in an academic environment, in a workplace setting, and/or in the community.
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team-based setting where consultation, flexibility, and collaboration are essential.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Ability to articulate awareness of inequities and challenges in libraries, museums, and/or education, faced by historically underrepresented groups.
  • Advanced degree in a field related to the position.
  • Coursework or training in special collections librarianship, archives, art history, studio art, and/or museum studies.
  • Demonstrated experience in the areas of public history or the arts, including programming, events, and exhibitions.
  • Experience working in an archives or special collections, including the physical handling of materials.
  • Experience working in a museum environment.
  • Object-based teaching experience, especially at a college level.

Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer

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.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations with the application or interview process may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services, (319) 335-2660 or  For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at 319-356-7543.

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