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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

[LIBJOBS] Learning Commons Librarian, Bloomington, IN, USA





Founded in 1820, Indiana University Bloomington has grown from a small state seminary into the flagship campus of a great public university with over 42,000 students and almost 3,000 faculty. Innovation, creativity, and academic freedom are hallmarks of IU Bloomington and its world-class contributions in research and the arts. The campus covers over 1,800 wooded acres and is distinctive for both its park-like beauty and an architectural heritage inspired by local craftsmanship in limestone.


The Indiana University Bloomington Libraries ( are among the leading academic research library systems in North America, having recently been named the top university library by the Association of College and Research Libraries. The IUB Libraries provide strong collections, quality service and instructional programs, and leadership in the application of information technologies. The collections support every academic discipline on campus and include more than 6.6 million books, journals, maps, films, and audio/visual materials in over 900 languages. Users can access more than 400 databases, 43,000 electronic journals, and 224,000 electronic books, as well as locally developed digital content. Of particular note are the 8-million volume high-density Auxiliary Library Facility (ALF) for preservation and access to the libraries’ collections and archives, and the Lilly Library, the rare books, manuscripts, and special collections library of the Indiana University Libraries, Bloomington.


The IUB Libraries are active members of regional and national associations and consortia including the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Digital Library Federation (DLF), and the Hydra community, and are a founding member of HathiTrust, a shared digital repository. IU is the principal investigator for Kuali Open Library Environment (OLE) and is working with academic library partners to develop a next generation open source library management system. The IUB Libraries have been in the forefront of digital library initiatives for over two decades, and continue to support services and foster digital scholarship through the newly-opened Scholars’ Commons in the Herman B Wells Library.


The Indiana University Bloomington Libraries seek a creative and enthusiastic individual to work with university partners to envision, develop, and sustain student-centered academic support in the Learning Commons, a dynamic 24/7 environment that fosters learning, research, writing, and use of technology in a collaborative atmosphere. The Learning Commons Librarian will build and capitalize upon partnerships with campus units to provide a rich learning experience for students in the Learning Commons, with an emphasis on addressing targeted needs of undergraduates. Candidates having knowledge and experience with student engagement, pedagogical practices, and collaborative leadership will be given the highest consideration. This is a tenure-track position reporting to the Head of Teaching & Learning.



·         Plan, implement, review, and assess library services in the Learning Commons.

·         Lead a group of campus collaborators who provide services in the Learning Commons.

·         Establish and engage in collaborative working relationships with library, campus, and community partners to support the mission of the Learning Commons.

·         Lead the ongoing and long-term assessment of the Learning Commons’ spaces in order to make informed decisions for sustained success and future innovations.

·         Assist in the design and delivery of innovative information literacy pedagogies for the use of faculty and librarians.

·         Develop and maintain knowledge of instructional practice, teaching methodologies, instructional tools, learning environments, etc.

·         Hire, train, and supervise graduate students who provide instructional initiatives in the Learning Commons, including library instruction sessions, tours, and one-on-one research consultations.

·         Develop, teach, and assess library instruction initiatives.

·         Provide reference services (desk, e-mail, phone, chat, individual consultation), including some weekend hours.

·         Investigate opportunities for and coordinate the participation of the libraries in cross-training of student employees in the Learning Commons.

·         Oversee graphic display content and signage in the Learning Commons.



·         ALA accredited master’s degree in library or information science; candidates with an advanced degree in a relevant subject area and appropriate experience in an academic setting will also be considered.

·         Minimum of two years of experience in an academic library or higher education.

·         Knowledge of instructional design, pedagogy, and assessment principles for effective information literacy instruction.

·         Strong student-centered philosophy of professional practice.

·         Ability to work in a team environment and build working relationships with campus colleagues.

·         Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.

·         Ability to communicate and work effectively with diverse populations.

·         Ability to handle multiple responsibilities in a rapidly changing environment.

·         Ability to use a variety of technological applications, both in and beyond the classroom context.

·         Ability to meet the requirements of a tenure-track librarian position.



Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and education; benefits include a university healthcare plan, university-funded base retirement plan, a 100% university paid group life insurance plan, and a generous paid time off plan. This is a tenure-track academic appointment that includes eligibility for sabbatical leaves once achieving tenure. For a full list of benefit programs, please refer to the following resources:

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Review of applications will begin Friday, May 15, 2015.  The position will remain open until filled.  Interested candidates should review the application requirements and submit their application at: Questions regarding the position or application process can be directed to: Jennifer Chaffin, Director of Human Resources, Libraries Human Resources, Herman B Wells Library 201, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405 - Phone: 812-855-8196 - Fax: 812-855-2576 - Email:

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Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.


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