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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

[LIBJOBS] Scholars' Commons Programming and Outreach 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 are 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 SC, a newly renovated space that supports researchers from curiosity to discovery to publication, is home to a remarkably successful and growing workshop series that consistently receives extremely positive responses from faculty and graduate students.  The workshop topics focus on traditional and digital scholarship as well as a wide range of proprietary and free research tools.  The Scholars’ Commons Programming and Outreach Librarian will enhance the impact of the workshop series and experiment with innovative approaches to workshop curriculum and programming. This position requires extensive collaboration and creativity.



  • Create and develop practical workshop series targeting faculty and graduate students.
  • Collaborate with other librarians and campus partners to develop programs that engage graduate students and faculty in traditional and new forms of scholarship.
  • Plan, organize, and facilitate exhibits, events, lectures, and presentations in the library.
  • Assess and revise programs based on study and analysis.

·         Partner with departments including Reference Services, Teaching & Learning, Area Studies, Arts & Humanities, Sciences, Social Sciences, and Digital Collections Services to develop pertinent programming for the campus.

·         Serve as active member of the Reference Department.




·         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.

·         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.

·         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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