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The University of Iowa Libraries is seeking a Preservation Reformatting Librarian (Librarian PLB1/3A) to oversee analog-to-digital reformatting, including in-house photographing of non-circulating print material, developing and managing audiovisual reformatting workflows, preparing large collections for digitization, inventory tracking, and safe handling of original preservation masters for digitized collections.


For a full job description, please send an e-mail to the contact listed below.

Specific duties and responsibilities include:

  • Performs all aspects of audiovisual reformatting across media types that include reel-to-reel films, videocassette and audio cassette tapes, vinyl recordings, and other less common analog formats
  • Operates overhead photographing studio and wide-format scanner, performs high-resolution nondestructive scanning of materials requiring special handling, due to format, condition, age, size, and other characteristics that render the item ineligible for scanning by outside contractor.
  • Manages accounts with vendors including digitization contracts, materials preparation, shipping logistics, inventory tracking, and quality control.
  • Contributes to departmental planning and the formulation of new policies and procedures.
  • Maintains currency of digitization technologies and best practices.
  • Manages large-scale projects that can include image processing and uploading, batch file manipulation, technical and technologically derived metadata, and preservation planning.
  • Contributes to the profession through service, research, publishing, and/or teaching.
  • Participates in and contributes to relevant library and campus planning initiatives and committees.


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.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited program.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team-based setting where consultation, flexibility, collaboration, and cooperation are essential.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity in an academic environment, in a workplace setting, and/or in the community.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Work experience with Microsoft Office or similar spreadsheet, email & online calendar systems
  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite (Bridge, Acrobat, PhotoShop
  • Familiarity with photography concepts and terminology
  • Work experience in a Research Library setting
  • Demonstrated ability to Inspect Library Items 

Application Details:

In order to be considered for an interview, applicants must upload a resume and cover letter and mark them as a "Relevant File" to the submission.


This position will be posted through at least March 5, 2020 and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended. Applications received by that date will receive priority review. Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check and degree verification.


Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.

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 fsds@uiowa.edu.  For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at 319-356-7543.

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