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Work type: FT
Location: Des Moines
Categories: Faculty

Des Moines University brings their core values of honesty, accountability, inclusiveness, wellness, and collaboration to create and support the medical and health science leaders of tomorrow.  

Des Moines University is proud to be a place where people come together to create opportunities. DMU seeks a library team member with duties for developing and delivering information services to support excellence in education, research, and patient care at Des Moines University. Key functions include providing comprehensive reference and instructional services in the fields of medicine and the health sciences for students, faculty, and staff. Under the direction of the Lead Librarian, this position will be primarily focused on providing instruction and outreach to students. As a non-tenure track faculty member, the incumbent is responsible for demonstrating teaching, service and scholarly work.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Customer Service – Provides proactive customer-oriented services.
  • This responsibility includes reference/research services and accessing resources.
  • Assists DMU individuals and groups in locating and obtaining information and materials from within the library, online, or through interlibrary loan.
  • Provide instructional support in the form of reference links and outreach: either in person or by telephone, email, or mail.
  • Daily Operations - Monitor library statistics and adhere to copyright compliance and contractual commitments; Support the gathering of digital resources and systems usage data and work with colleagues to study and report this data internally and externally; Supervise student workers and/or volunteers as assigned.
  • Evaluate and purchase materials, and recommends materials for removal, as appropriate. Digital Information Access - Support the provision of effective access to digital information from on- and off-campus through the development of the institutional repository (intranet).
  • Digital Accessibility - In cooperation with library colleagues, ensure the ADA accessibility of the library’s digital resources and systems.
  • Coordinates digital preservation, intellectual property, and content management.
  • Library TechnologyMaximize the university’s investment in library technology by integrating the library’s resources and systems into campus technologies such as the campus portal and learning management system. Maximize the university’s intellectual capital by managing digital preservation systems, integrating paid e-resources that are served from the campus portal.
  • Work with or manage, as appropriate, the library’s integrated library system, online library resources and systems, and continuously improve user experience.
  • Collections Development - Ensure support for thoughtful, strategic, and meaningful development of library collections.
  • Professional Development - In cooperation with librarian colleagues and faculty in other departments; develop and offer instructional support, workshops and media to DMU faculty, students, and staff including: helpful apps, citation management systems, and other tools and devices helpful in teaching, learning, productivity and the research process
  • As appropriate, provide leadership in development, assessment, and promotion of the library offerings for faculty, student, and staff development.
  • Library Literacy Programs - Educate students, present information literacy workshops, and prepares instructional aids regarding bibliographic instruction, citations, computers and technology, and library materials and services.
  • Library Outreach - Develop and follow through on outreach opportunities to faculty, students, and staff to support the marketing and growth of library services and programs
  • Promote library resources and materials to students, faculty, and staff.
  • Teaching—As a member of the faculty, prepare and present instructional materials to the university’s various stakeholders.
  • Service— As a member of the faculty, participate on university, college, and department committees as well as selected meaningful opportunities for regional or national service to organizations that support library sciences.
  • Scholarly Work— As a member of the faculty, engage in or collaborate on scholarly projects, including manuscript publications in peer-reviewed journals, presentations at regional, national and international conferences and seeking sponsored research funding related to appropriate science areas.
  • Advisory Services – including research for faculty-researchers. In cooperation with library colleagues, support the library’s social media accounts by engaging with faculty-researchers.
  • Part of the Library Team – participate in strategic planning; promote the development and implementation of new services and programming.
  • Planning Programs – organize special events as appropriate Collaborate with colleagues within the library and across campus to resolve issues as they occur.
  • Attends workshops, conferences, and professional seminars to stay current with the latest developments and technologies in the field of library and information science.
  • Participate in and successfully complete all University required training including, but not limited to discrimination/harassment and code of conduct.
  • Performs other job-related duties and special projects as assigned.

Education and experience:

  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an American Library Association-accredited institution is required.
  • Experience with integrated library system(s), library administrative platform(s), and awareness about new/emerging trends in library technologies.

Essential skills:

  • Able to interact with variety of people including staff, faculty and/or students in a professional manner.
  • Intermediate or higher PC knowledge and skills; knowledge of PowerPoint, Excel, and MS Word.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, teamwork, time management and written/verbal communication skills required.
  • Knowledge of best practices in information literacy education, reference assistance services and development of library collections.
  • Commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusiveness.

About DMU:

Our employees are what make DMU special, so we treat them well.  Qualified faculty and staff enjoy a generous retirement match, flexible work arrangements, professional development funding, tuition assistance, access to wellness facilities and programs and so much more. Visit to learn more about our benefits.  

Founded in 1898, Des Moines University is a premier medical and health sciences institution comprising of three colleges– College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, and College of Health Sciences – that offer nine graduate degree programs. The programs share a collective strength — an inclusive campus community where students and faculty come together in pursuit of knowledge, research and innovation. Join us as we impact the future of medicine and healthcare in our new state of the art campus opening in West Des Moines in 2023.

Required Documents:

Resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references required at time of online submission.

Department:  Center for Educational Enhancement (CEE)      Status: Exempt       

Work Schedule: 8-4:30 M-F

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Des Moines University is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, age, disability, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, veteran status, genetic information and other characteristics protected by law (“protected class”). The EEO is the Law poster is available here. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

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