Map Collection Project Coordinator Librarian | University of Iowa Libraries

Posted on Jun 10, 2024


Map Collection Project Coordinator Librarian, Special Collections & Archives
Specialist Librarian (PLB2), Specified Term (3 years)

The University of Iowa Libraries seeks to hire an organized and detail-oriented librarian to serve in a three-year term appointment as Map Collection Project Coordinator Librarian. Supervising a half-time graduate assistant, the librarian will lead the project team to achieve the overall goal of assessing and refining the map collection and improving its accessibility. The librarian will work to identify materials within and outside of the existing collection that are most likely to see use by our patrons and will collaborate with Special Collections and Archives staff to ensure discoverability of the collection. They will also work with the Government Information Librarian to ensure compliance with the Federal Depository Library Program and will evaluate materials held across Special Collections and Archives for potential enhanced description and digitization. This work will bring the Map Collection into the present and activate it in the future by addressing the physical refinement of the collection and increasing access to its digital counterpart.

This position is a full time (100% FTE) 3-year Specified Term position.

Specific duties and responsibilities include:

  • Work with the Curator of Rare Books and Maps to determine disposition of map collection materials.
  • Collaborate with colleagues in Special Collections and Archives, Cataloging-Metadata-Digitization, and other departments to improve accessibility to map collection materials.
  • Hire a Graduate Assistant to work on identifying, barcoding, marking, and rehousing materials, and performing other tasks as needed.
  • Identify alternative locations for maps slated for deaccessioning and facilitate transportation.
  • Collaborate with other staff to create sustainable, effective workflows.
  • Contribute to the profession through service, research, publishing, and/or teaching and to the University community through participation in relevant library and University committees.
  • Additional job duties as assigned based on individual knowledge, skills, and abilities.


Required Qualifications

  • A library science graduate degree from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent international degree.
  • Demonstrated interest in cartographic history, methods, and scholarship, and/or related fields.
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team-based setting where consultation, flexibility, reliability, initiative, creativity, collaboration, and cooperation are essential.
  • Demonstrated ability to support a welcoming and respectful environment in a job-related experience, an academic setting, and/or the community.
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds occasionally.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in a map collection, archives, and/or special collections, including the physical handling of materials.
  • Experience with geospatial research.
  • Coursework or training in special collections librarianship.


The hiring salary range for this Specialist Librarian position is $55,000 - $68,000.


University of Iowa Libraries
125 W. Washington St.
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States

How to apply

Application Details: See link for job ad and to apply:

Applications are only accepted through the Jobs@UIOWA website.

In order to be eligible for interview, applicants must upload the following and mark them as “relevant files” when you upload the documents:

  1. Cover letter that clearly addresses how you meet each of the required and any desired qualifications of this position. To ensure strongest consideration, applicants are encouraged to review all required qualifications and state directly how they meet each of them.
  2. Current resume

This job ad will be posted through June 30, 2024 and may be removed from posting and filled any time after that date. Please contact if you have any questions about the position.

Successful candidates will be required to self-disclose any conviction history and will be subject to a criminal background check and credential/education verification. Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process. 

This position is eligible for on-campus and/or hybrid remote work within Iowa, with the majority of work time being on campus, and will require a work arrangement form to be completed upon the start of your employment. Per policy, work arrangements will be reviewed annually, and must comply with the remote work program and related policies and employee travel policy when working at a remote location.

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, 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  For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at 319-356-7543.

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