University of Northern Iowa

Job Title

Assessment Librarian


Opening Date: 09/05/2017
Closing Date: 10/09/2017

Job Description

The University of Northern Iowa’s Rod Library seeks an energetic, collaborative and innovative individual to serve as its Assessment Librarian to lead the integration of regular assessment practices into the culture of the organization, ensuring shared actions toward assessment goals. They will coordinate assessment data collection, analysis, and documentation; develop an evidence-based approach to achieving strategic objectives related to library operations and user needs; and coordinate projects and support colleagues engaged in assessment work. The Assessment Librarian will actively serve as a liaison to academic departments and programs in Social Sciences and/or Humanities fields as assigned. Areas of liaison activity include teaching, research consultations, academic outreach, creating and maintaining research guides, and scholarly communication. They will participate in teaching other instructional sessions as needed and will provide in-person and virtual research assistance to faculty, staff, students, and community members. This is a non-administrative tenure-track faculty position. Participation in library and institutional committees and professional associations and public professional service is expected, as is ongoing research, scholarship, and/or creative work.

Primary Responsibilities: Plans, develops, and implements library-wide assessment programs, initiatives and strategies that enable continuous review, evaluation, and improvement of services; coordinates projects and supports colleagues engaged in assessment work, ensuring shared actions toward assessment goals; identifies key data to measure the impact of the library’s collections, services, and facilities on the successful completion of University goals and student success initiatives; coordinates the gathering of library-wide statistics for external surveys; works collaboratively with others across campus responsible for assessment; teaches research instruction sessions for classes in liaison areas, the Liberal Arts Core, and other areas as needed; actively serves as liaison to assigned academic departments or programs.

Areas of liaison activity include teaching, research consultations, academic outreach, creating and maintaining research guides, and scholarly communication; consults with students, faculty, and staff about research projects, individually or in small groups; and provides subject-specific research and reference services in person and through email, online chat, conferencing software, phone, etc.

UNI has a bold vision that we will be a diverse and inclusive campus community that provides an engaged education empowering students to lead locally and globally. We seek faculty across disciplines, departments, and colleges to work together to build our national prominence in any of four distinct but interrelated areas of our vision and strategic plan: engaged learning, diversity and inclusion, sustainability, and community engagement. Successful candidates with background and interest in these areas will form clusters to advance our work, joining current faculty conducting teaching, scholarship, and service in these areas. 

UNI actively seeks to enhance diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University encourages applications from persons of color, women, individuals living with disabilities, and protected veterans. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal and/or state law. UNI is a tobacco-free campus.


ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science or international equivalent required. Additional required qualifications include demonstrated knowledge of processes and software tools for analyzing, drawing insight from, reporting, and/or visualizing data; demonstrated knowledge of current theories, trends, standards, and practices of assessment in academic libraries; demonstrated interpersonal, problem-solving, and oral and written communication skills; and a commitment to high ethical standards in data collection and analysis. Preference will be given to candidates with experience articulating the value of academic libraries through quantitative and/or qualitative assessment methodologies; experience using processes and software tools for analyzing, drawing insight from, reporting, and visualizing data; professional work experience in assessment and/or liaison work; demonstrated experience compiling and reporting academic library statistics; evidence of competence in planning, project management, and/or data management; academic library work experience; demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion; teaching experience; and second graduate or other advanced degree.

How to Apply

Applications received by Oct. 9, 2017, will receive full consideration. To apply, visit Inquiries may be sent to Gretchen Gould, search chair, at [email protected] or 319-273-6327. Pre-employment background checks required.