Women in Politics Archivist

at University of Iowa Libraries (view profile)
Published April 11, 2022
Location 125 W. Washington Street, Iowa City, Iowa
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
Apply Here http://p.rfer.us/UIOWACGxB5z
Education Requirements Master's
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $52,500
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency $65,000
Hourly or Salary? Salary
Pay Grade 4A


The University of Iowa Libraries seeks an organized, intellectually curious, and service-oriented archivist to serve in a newly created position, the Women in Politics Archivist in the Iowa Women’s Archives. The Archivist will work primarily with Iowa Women’s Archives collections and projects with a political focus or history, touching on other collections and projects as needed.


Under the general direction of the Curator of the Iowa Women’s Archives, the Women in Politics Archivist will participate in collections acquisition, processing, and donor relations activities. They will liaise with the Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio to sustain, preserve, and promote digital projects pertaining to the Iowa Women’s Archives, including Hard Won, Not Done: A Salute to Iowa Women Politicians. They will also contribute to instruction, reference, and outreach activities. It is anticipated that the incumbent will be named the Jean Lloyd-Jones and Michal Eynon-Lynch Women in Politics Archivist.


Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Process collections, primarily those with a political orientation; including arrangement and description of legacy and recently acquired collections and addenda.
  • Facilitate digitization of Iowa Women’s Archives material.
  • Serve as the digital projects liaison between the Iowa Women’s Archives and the Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio, especially for Hard Won, Not Done: A Salute to Iowa Women Politicians.
  • Represent the department in collection development work, especially as it pertains to women in politics.
  • Provide reference services in the reading room, over the phone, and online; provide instruction to classes and groups; and support day-to-day operations.
  • Collaborate with colleagues working in areas of collection development, archival and manuscript processing, rare books cataloging, preservation, digitization, and instruction.
  • Contribute to department-level planning and the formulation of new policies and procedures.
  • Keep abreast of developments in archival standards and trends, applying new rules, interpretations, and techniques as appropriate.
  • Contribute to the profession through service, research, publishing, and/or teaching.
  • Participate in Libraries’ initiatives outside of Special Collections & Archives by serving on Libraries’ and campus committees and contributing to other relevant activities and events.
  • Actively supports the University of Iowa Libraries commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion (DEAI) in the workplace.
  • Additional job duties as assigned based on individual knowledge, skills, and abilities.


Required Education

  • A graduate degree in library and information science from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent, or a graduate degree in archival studies, or the equivalent combination of graduate degree and archival experience.


Required Qualifications:

  • For appointment at the Specialist Librarian level: two years of professional experience working in a special collections or archives environment, including the physical handling of archival material.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity in an academic environment, in a workplace setting, and/or in the community.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team-based setting where consultation, flexibility, reliability, initiative, creativity, collaboration, and cooperation are essential.
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • A record of accomplishment in the area of scholarship and/or professional service activities.
  • Valid driver’s license and the ability to meet and maintain University Driving Policy standards.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the history of politics and political issues, especially of women in politics, as demonstrated through advanced coursework, certification, or prior work experience.
  • Archival certification including but not limited to the Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA), the Society of American Archivists (SAA), or substantial coursework in archives or records management.
  • Knowledge of and experience in implementing current trends and best practices in the archival field, including familiarity with technologies and best practices in core functions such as appraisal, description, digitization, preservation, and access.
  • Experience creating and editing web content in a content management system (CMS) such as WordPress, Omeka, or similar platforms
  • Experience working with born digital material


Application Procedure:

To apply, go to: http://p.rfer.us/UIOWACGxB5z 

In order to be considered for interview, applicants must upload the following and mark them as a “relevant file” to the submission:

  1. A current resume
  2. A cover letter that clearly addresses how you meet the listed required and desired qualifications of this position.
  3. Statement regarding diversity, equity, access, and inclusion. The University of Iowa Libraries welcomes and serves all, including people of color from all nations, immigrants, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+, and the most vulnerable in our community. We safeguard the human right to access information. We offer educational resources that promote diversity, equity, access, and inclusion, and we strive to build collections that reflect all points of view on current and historical issues. Include an applicant statement to include examples of ways you have advanced diversity, equity, access, and inclusion in the workplace or community or provide other evidence of your demonstrated commitment to diversity.


Applications which fail to submit all required materials will be considered incomplete and therefore are ineligible for interview. This job ad will be posted through May 13, 2022, and may be removed from posting and filled any time after that date. The Specialist Librarian classification salary range is $52,500 - $65,000. Please contact andrea-rost@uiowa.edu if you have any questions about the position.

Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check and credential/education verification. Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later point in the recruitment process.


The University of Iowa Libraries:

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.


For more information about the University of Iowa Libraries, please see http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/

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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.