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Head, Library Services at University of Iowa Hardin Library, Iowa City IA

Reporting to the Assistant Director, the Head, Hardin Library Services, provides leadership and coordination of operational aspects of the Library’s day-to-day activities. Oversees and coordinates the operations and staffing of Hardin Library’s three service desks. Monitors and assesses Circulation, Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery, Reference services and Collection Management/Stacks Maintenance. Develops education and training for staff. Directly supervises the Library Assistant supervisors in each unit. Serves on committees and contributes to the profession via scholarly efforts.

Specific Responsibilities:

Provides oversight of the activities at Hardin Library’s three service points, including the Basic Skills Simulation Center, the Interlibrary Loan Department and basic stacks management

Directly supervises 4 FTE Merit staff members (Access Services Supervisor, Reference Assistant, Interlibrary Loan Supervisor, and Collections Manager)

Represents the Hardin Library within the University community and beyond regarding daily operations of the library

Works with unit supervisors to establish policies, procedures, priorities and goals for Access Services, Collection Management/Stacks Maintenance, Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery, and Reference

Troubleshoots any problems including user verification, vendors, etc. and works with University Libraries’ personnel as needed to resolve the problem

Participates in Hardin Library activities and meetings

Monitors and stays abreast of trends and practices in health sciences libraries, particularly in the areas of Circulation, Reserves, Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery, Collection Management/Stacks Maintenance, and Reference

Evaluates aspects of Hardin Library services and identifies areas for improvement

Provides research consultations for faculty, staff and students

Serves as liaison to assigned colleges or disciplines

Serves on committees at the five University of Iowa health colleges and affiliated hospital as requested

Serves on University Libraries’ committees

Contributes to and learns from the profession through professional organizations and publications

Education Required:

Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library science program

Experience Required:

Experience with daily operations of an academic or health sciences library

Experience supervising library assistants and/or students

General knowledge of emerging trends in librarianship

Demonstrated ability to successfully work in a team environment

Demonstrated ability to work creatively in a rapidly changing environment

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

Demonstrated commitment to diversity in the workplace or community

Three years of professional experience to qualify at the Specialist Librarian level plus demonstrated interest in professional development that will enhance the candidate’s value to the Libraries, the University, the profession, or the scholarly community.

Six years of professional experience to qualify at the Expert Librarian level plus evidence of continuing achievement, particularly at a national level, in an area or areas of professional interest that will enhance his/her value to the Libraries, the University, the profession of librarianship, or the scholarly community.

Desirable Qualifications:

3 years or more of supervisory experience

Experience providing reference, research and instructional services

Experience or general knowledge of health sciences information sources

Ability to efficiently manage multiple projects and priorities

Ability to work with and think creatively about emerging as well as established technologies

General understanding of the mission and functions of a research library and the information needs of academic users

Demonstrated ability to work productively and sensitively with library and university colleagues, faculty, staff and students

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