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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

[LIBJOBS] Scholarly 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 IU Libraries is a national and international leader in the creation of tools to support digital scholarship. The Scholars’ Commons’ (SC) services and space have been designed to reinforce and extend the IU Libraries’ great strength in the area of digital scholarship, to bring together digital tools and methods with traditional scholarly inquiry.  The Scholarly Technologies Librarian will identify new areas of support and develop training for librarians and staff who provide consultation and reference services in the SC, as well as collaborating with colleagues to reach out to the campus community.  The Scholarly Technologies Librarian will maintain awareness and expertise in such areas as digital tools for text analysis, authoring, collaboration, topic modeling, personal research curation, and bibliographic management. This position will also develop partnerships, services, and programming focused on the increasingly complex research environment that regularly crosses traditional academic subject boundaries.  This position requires continual education and training and an interest in research methodology.



·         Provide digital scholarship training to librarians and staff.

·         Develop librarian staff awareness and knowledge of digital scholarship practices.

·         Sustain and improve library support for bibliographic management tools.

·         Work closely with visualization equipment and tools on campus.

·         Develop new and support existing campus partnerships with units supporting research.

·         Work with subject librarian colleagues to reach out to faculty and students to provide research digital technologies support.

·         Work with colleagues in areas complementary to digital scholarship support including Digital Collections Services, Library Technologies, and University Information Technology Services.

·         Participate in curation of digital displays, and use social media tools and outlets for promotion of library resources, collections, and services.




·         ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library Science (MLS) or equivalent education or experience or a graduate degree or equivalent experience in an art, art history, or design field.

·         Strong public service orientation.

·         Knowledge of, enthusiasm for, and experience in the application of new technologies in the evolving academic information environment.

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

·         Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work well with a diverse population of faculty, students, and academic colleagues.

·         Demonstrated ability to deliver in-person and online reference services.

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


·         Two or more years of experience in an academic/research library.

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

·         Experience in Digital Humanities or Digital Scholarship.

·         Knowledge and understanding of key issues and trends that affect academic libraries and higher education.



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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