Medical and Academic Library Outreach Coordinator

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The University of Iowa Libraries seeks a Medical and Academic Library Outreach Coordinator (Expert Librarian PLB3/5A) to work in the Regional Medical Library (RML) located at the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences. Reporting to the RML Associate Director, the Medical and Academic Library Outreach Coordinator will engage individuals and organizations across Region 6 of the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) through training, coaching, and partnership outreach. NNLM is a network of libraries and information centers administered by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), with a mission to provide U.S. health professionals and consumers with equal access to biomedical and health information resources.

This is a specified term position dependent on grant funding, with an expected end date of April 30, 2026. 

Remote applications will be accepted, although employees will be expected to reside within or be willing to relocate to one of the seven states (IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI) served by Region 6.

Specific job responsibilities and duties include: 

  • Participate in Region 6 and NNLM Workgroup and Advisory Group meetings, communicating feedback and recommendations to Region 6 leadership.
  • Collaborate with partners across NNLM to develop assessments to understand the training needs of health sciences librarians, community college librarians, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and library and information science graduate programs.
  • Create and/or provide education and training sessions for network members and others, which may include in-person classes, online classes, presentations, articles, exhibiting and webinars.
  • Assist with the development and promotion of Region 6 funding opportunities for members.
  • Present and/or exhibit at national, state and regional conferences to promote NLM databases, the NNLM, and Region 6.
  • Oversee sponsorship of the Region 6 MLA Webinar Program.
  • Serve as the Region 6 representative on the DOCLINE Coordination Committee and proactively seek opportunities to promote DOCLINE services.
  • Seek opportunities to engage with libraries that serve medically underserved areas, including Tribal Colleges and Universities within the Region.
  • Work with library science programs across the Region to identify ways in which Region 6 and NNLM can support library science students.
  • Develop and send monthly electronic newsletters targeting medical librarians.
  • Perform other related duties and participating in special projects as needed.

The mission of the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by 1) providing equal access to biomedical information to all U.S. health professionals; and 2) improving the public's access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. The Program is coordinated by the National Library of Medicine and carried out through a nationwide network of health science libraries and information centers.

There are seven regions in the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) and Region 6 includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs) coordinate the operation of a network of libraries and other organizations to carry out regional and national programs. RMLs ensure a continuity of quality service for core programs of the NNLM, and cooperatively design, implement, and evaluate innovative approaches to advance the health information needs of health professionals and a diverse public.

Application Details:
In order to be considered for an interview, applicants must upload a resume and cover letter that clearly addresses 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. 

This position will be posted through at least May 10, 2021 and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended. 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.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library science program
  • Familiarity with NLM and NNLM programs and demonstrated knowledge of NLM resources.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, as well as web-based applications for online education.
  • Willingness to travel; valid driver’s license at the time of employment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully in a team environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity in the workplace or community.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform public speaking and instructional sessions
  • Ability to work under minimal supervision and guidance, learning new responsibilities quickly.
  • Minimum six years post-MLS relevant professional experience in an academic/research library

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with DOCLINE
  • Experience within health sciences librarianship
  • Experience with data science or research data management principles
  • Experience leading or participating on interdisciplinary teams

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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