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The Digital Scholarship Section (DSS) provides a forum for ACRL members engaged in exploring, adapting, and implementing emerging digital scholarship services. This includes the topics of digital curation in support of the lifecycle management of research; digital humanities to cultivate a community of practice involved in digital humanities research and development; and connecting researchers with numeric and geospatial data that is compiled by others. This section will sponsor discussions or programs that share the ways in which libraries are working toward these topics using scalable, efficient, and sustainable methods. This section will inform and educate librarians on digital scholarship trends and new technologies and collaborate with other organizations within the library profession and academe on issues concerning digital scholarship.

Position Announcement: Associate University Librarian for Content Discovery, University of Northern Iowa

  • 1.  Position Announcement: Associate University Librarian for Content Discovery, University of Northern Iowa

    Posted Mar 24, 2020 09:12 AM

    Are you looking to apply your leadership skills in a new setting? Are you looking to take a step into library administration? We hope you'll consider joining our team at Rod Library! We are looking for two creative and strategic Associate University Librarians, to lead our Content Discovery and Learning and Research Divisions. Due to a retirement and an internal promotion the two positions are open at the same time. Rod Library is at the heart of the University of Northern Iowa and is home to a dynamic group of faculty and staff dedicated to student success. The Cedar Valley in northeastern Iowa is a vibrant community with a thriving arts scene; abundant outdoor recreation including over 110 miles of paved, soft, and water trails; and a low cost of living.

    The University administration has decided to move forward with the searches during this fluid time of the COVID-19 situation. The university administration will continue to monitor the situation and search details may change. We wish everyone good health.

    If you have any questions about the position, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the search committee chair, Ellen Neuhaus (

    Stay safe. We look forward to hearing from you!

    Associate University Librarian, Content Discovery

    The University of Northern Iowa's (UNI) Rod Library seeks a collaborative and visionary individual to serve as Associate University Librarian, Content Discovery. Rod Library, located at the heart of campus, serves more than 12,000 students, faculty, and staff at one of three public universities in Iowa. The Library includes the UNI Museum and the HNI Corporation Instructional Resources & Technology Services (IRTS), which is located in the Schindler Education Center. The Library is committed to supporting student success, diversity and inclusion, campus vitality, and community engagement, as outlined in its strategic plan.


    The Associate University Librarian will provide leadership and strategic direction for the library's Content Discovery Division, one of three library divisions. The division includes Access Services (including Interlibrary Loan), Cataloging and Metadata, Digital Scholarship, and Resource Management (Acquisitions and Collections), with a total of 24 faculty and staff. The position reports to the Dean of Library Services.


    This is a full-time tenure eligible administrative faculty position at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. The successful candidate's record must demonstrate professional accomplishments that warrant this appointment.


    This position will be responsible for developing the vision and strategic direction and providing leadership for the Content Discovery Division; supervising and supporting unit coordinators, selected tenured and tenure-track faculty, and professional & scientific staff; fostering an environment of collegiality, respect, trust, and teamwork; monitoring and evaluating trends and developments in librarianship relevant to the division; building productive relationships with internal and external partners; serving as a member of the library's Executive Management Team and Dean's Advisory Group; participating in appropriate professional associations; serving on library, university, and professional committees; and engaging in research, scholarship, and creative work.


    UNI has a bold vision that we will be a diverse and inclusive campus community that provides an engaged education empowering students to lead locally and globally. We seek faculty across disciplines, departments, and colleges to work together to build our national prominence in any of four distinct but interrelated areas of our vision and strategic plan: engaged learning, diversity and inclusion, sustainability, and community engagement.


    ALA-accredited Master's degree in library or information science or international equivalent required.


    Required qualifications include increasing responsibilities in positions relating to collections, technical services, digital scholarship, and/or access services; at least three years of experience managing or supervising the work of librarians and/or staff in an academic library; evidence of competence in strategic planning, collaborative decision-making, and project management in a rapidly changing environment; demonstrated skills in leadership, oral and written communication, and creative problem solving; demonstrated ability to foster an environment of collegiality, respect, trust, and teamwork; demonstrated knowledge and understanding of trends relevant to any of the areas of the division; and a record suitable for appointment at the Associate Professor rank or higher.


    Preferred qualifications include experience supporting and/or mentoring tenured and tenure-track faculty; demonstrated experience in improving workflow and services; experience with data-informed decision making; and demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion. Not all preferred qualifications must necessarily be met to be a successful candidate.


    Applications received by April 30, 2020, will receive full consideration. Anticipated start date is Fall 2020 and the salary is $84,000 to commensurate. To apply, visit Inquiries may be sent to Ellen Neuhaus at 319-273-3739 or Pre-employment background checks required.


    UNI actively seeks to enhance diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  The University encourages applications from persons of color, women, individuals living with disabilities, and protected veterans.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal and/or state law.


    The University is a tobacco-free campus.


    Ellen Neuhaus
    Digital Scholarship Librarian
    University of Northern Iowa Rod Library