Associate University Librarian for Teaching, Learning and Research – University of Iowa Libraries

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Published April 22, 2023
Location Iowa City, Iowa
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
Cover Letter Requirements Required
Education Requirements MLIS or equivalent
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency 130000
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency 150000
Hourly or Salary? Salary


Please note, University of Iowa Libraries has expressly engaged Jack Farrell & Associates ( to find the winning candidate for this important position. Interested candidates should please contact Amy Morse ( Thank you.


The University of Iowa Libraries seeks a highly collaborative, creative, and strategic leader for the position of Associate University Librarian for Teaching, Learning, and Research.


The Associate University Librarian (AUL) for Teaching, Learning, and Research (TLR), a senior academic leader in the organization, provides leadership, vision, and strategic direction to advance and promote the Libraries’ role in teaching, learning, and research at the University of Iowa. They guide, oversee, and coordinate the functions and departments responsible for providing library services in support of teaching, learning, and research and lead efforts to support inclusive and accessible services in the Libraries. The AUL for Teaching, Learning, and Research reports to the Jack B. King University Librarian and is a key member of the University of Iowa Libraries senior leadership.  The position is based in Iowa City, IA and relocation assistance is available to the winning candidate. Learn more about the city and region here:


The AUL for TLR currently has primary responsibilities to provide leadership for the following departments and functions:

  • Digital Scholarship and Publishing Studio
  • Hardin Library for the Health Sciences
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Lichtenberger Engineering Library
  • Marvin A. Pomerantz Business Library
  • Scholarly Impact
  • Sciences Library
  • Undergraduate Engagement, including Main Library service desk and Learning Commons


They are also responsible for developing and executing the Libraries’ Strategic Plan, overseeing program development and evaluation, and managing resources in support of the Libraries’ mission. The TLR portfolio consists of approximately 65 full-time employees.

Key Areas of Responsibilities and Specific Job Tasks

  • Envisions and implements strategies that support the teaching, learning, and research mission of the University. In collaboration with the Libraries’ leadership team, fosters the adoption of innovative, user-focused approaches to research, instruction, clinical care, and outreach to students, faculty, and staff.
  • Provides programmatic visioning, resource management, and coordination for public service functions.  Aligns operations and workflows with the University’s strategic direction and secures support from key constituents and stakeholders.
  • Collaborates in libraries-wide planning, policy development, resource allocation, and staff management.
  • Fosters and sustains an inclusive and welcoming environment for staff, students, scholars, faculty, clinicians, and the general public through the development of equitable services.
  • Develops a collaborative work environment, building partnerships with other departments and units throughout the Libraries and the University.
  • Displays and exemplifies attributes of a model leader and encourages others to develop leadership skills.
  • Participates in fundraising and other development programs as needed.
  • Engages in advocacy activities and represents the Libraries with other library administrators, campus partners, Board of Regents, Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) institutions, and other member-based organizations, such as HathiTrust.
  • Maintains and stays abreast of up-to-date job skills or professional standards.  Stays informed about innovations, trends, and developments. Skilled in mentoring staff in their continuous learning and skill development.
  • Actively participates in and demonstrates visibility in relevant professional associations; demonstrates advanced professional activity and engagement. Demonstrates a commitment to services by actively participating in and/or leading communities or teams within the Libraries, on campus, and/or in the profession.


Universal Competencies: 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and respectful manner while appreciating the unique contribution of an inclusive workforce that brings together the talents of people across multiple identities, including race, creed, color, religion, national origins, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preferences.

Collaboration/Positive Impact
Ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and civil manner and utilize existing resources and learning to achieve or exceed desired outcomes of current and future organizational goals/needs.


Service Excellence/Customer Focus
Ability to meet or exceed customer service needs and expectations and provide excellent service in a direct or indirect manner. Ability to effectively transmit and interpret information through appropriate communication with internal and external customers.


Required Qualifications: 

  • Master’s degree from an American Libraries Association (ALA) accredited program or other appropriate advanced degree.
  • A minimum of seven years of relevant experience and the ability to demonstrate broad knowledge of an academic library’s role in instruction and research. Relevant experience may include experience with teaching and learning, academic liaison programs, digital humanities, open scholarship, open science, health sciences librarianship, and/or research services in an academic library environment or other relevant setting.
  • At least four years of administrative/supervisory responsibilities.
  • Evidence of progressively increasing leadership, supervisory, or managerial responsibility.
  • Demonstrated understanding of higher education research, the health sciences landscape, open scholarship, and the library’s role as an essential component of the research infrastructure.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate a strong vision and the roles libraries can play in meeting the evolving needs of faculty, staff, students, clinicians, and scholars.
  • Demonstrated experience supporting inclusion and accessibility in an academic environment, in a workplace setting, and/or in the community, and the ability to articulate and successfully communicate the University’s and the Libraries’ commitment to develop, support and sustain inclusive and accessible culture and services.
  • Ability to establish and sustain effective working relationships and proven effective interpersonal, verbal and written communications skills.
  • A record of significant professional activity and awareness of national and international issues and trends in higher education, public services, and research.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a rapidly changing environment.


Desirable Qualifications: 

  • Prior academic research library work experience.
  • Prior experience supervising staff and/or librarians responsible for instruction, research, outreach, and/or other public services.
  • Successful record of initiating, developing, and sustaining new programs and services.
  • Knowledge of emerging and best practices related to health sciences librarianship.
  • Knowledge of emerging and best practices related to digital scholarship and the role of libraries in making faculty and research output more impactful to the public.
  • Knowledge of emerging and best practices related to student success and information literacy across the curriculum.


how to apply

The University of Iowa Libraries has exclusively retained Jack Farrell & Associates ( to find the successful candidate for this position. Interested candidates should provide a CV and cover letter by email to Amy Morse ( by May 30, 2023, for best consideration. The cover letter should address: 1) Why are you interested in this position; 2) How do you meet all the required qualifications, including a statement to include ways you have supported or advanced inclusion and/or accessibility in an academic environment, in a workplace setting, and/or in the community; and 3) Describe your vision for the future of teaching, learning, and research in research libraries, including opportunities and challenges on the horizon. We expect to begin the review of application materials by June 5, 2023.


Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background and credential check. Five professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.


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, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth and related conditions), disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preferences.


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