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(Archived) Historical Collections and Instruction Librarian

Last Updated: 1/19/22

Job Description

Historical Collections and Instruction Librarian

Iowa Wesleyan University is seeking a candidate to fill the position of Historical Collections and Instruction Librarian. This is a full-time, exempt, staff, on-tenure track position to serve as an administrator of the Iowa Wesleyan Historical Collections, including the Newsom Archives and Chadwick Library Special Collections; work cooperatively with faculty, staff, and administration to utilize archival materials in coursework, displays, presentations, or other means of promoting items within the collection; maintain and manage digital collections made available via the library’s website; serve as campus historian and liaison to all divisions; provide information literacy instruction and fulfill other duties as assigned; work specified hours providing service at the library’s information desk including some evenings and weekends; maintain and document annual professional development and scholarly activities appropriate for this position.


  • Develop relationships with faculty to promote the use of Historical Collections ephemera in coursework
  • Offer Historical Collections programming, including class presentations, community speaking engagements, and various other forms of outreach, to the Iowa Wesleyan and Mount Pleasant communities
  • Troubleshoot access and technical issues with archive equipment, including BookEye Scanner and microfilm/microfiche readers
  • Deliver one-shot and integrated information literacy sessions
  • Track and report on Historical Collections usage data for university annual reports as well as annual reporting to IPEDS, ACRL and consortia
  • Work with the Office of Advancement & Alumni to create promotional materials using archival ephemera
  • Answer archival questions and requests from interested parties, both internal and external
  • Submit papers for publication on the history of Iowa Wesleyan, Mount Pleasant, the State of Iowa, or the greater Midwest region
  • Maintain awareness of trends and on-going developments in areas related to the entire life cycle of e-resources
  • Ability to create and maintain detailed, accurate documentation for electronic resources and communicates this with the library team


  • American Library Association-accredited master’s degree in Library Science
  • History degree, or equivalent
  • Familiarity with library specific information systems and technologies, such as integrated library systems, and content management systems
  • Commitment and demonstrated ability to cooperate in a team environment and maintain effective and respectful working relationships with all campus personnel
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills as well as a strong service orientation
  • Demonstrated commitment to public service, diversity, and inclusion
  • Ability to work evening and weekends on a rotating schedule.

Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Qualified candidates must upload their letter of interest, resume/CV, and contact information for three professional references at

No phone calls please, candidates will be contacted if search committee needs further information. Iowa Wesleyan University is an equal opportunity employer.

Company Details

Mount Pleasant, Iowa, United States
The academic programs at Iowa Wesleyan include undergraduate, graduate, and online learning. Service-learning is integrated into the curriculum, ensuring that all students connect classroom learning with service to others. Located in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, Iowa Wesleyan offers a variety of arts and cultural opportunities for southeast Iowa. Art shows, concerts, lectures, and plays take place throu...