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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

[LIBJOBS] Sciences Librarian (Health Sciences), 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 Bloomington Libraries are seeking an innovative and service oriented individual for the position of Sciences Librarian (Health Sciences) at the Indiana University Bloomington Libraries.  Reporting to the Head of the Sciences Department, the successful candidate will join a dedicated and diverse team of librarians and help shape the future of Science librarianship at Indiana University.  Collection development responsibilities may include areas relevant to medicine, nursing, vision/optometry, health, and life sciences. This position provides an ideal learning environment for new library school graduates or early-career librarians to develop general reference, collection development, teaching, and subject librarian experience.  This position will be responsible for outreach in areas such as consumer health outreach, health literacy, scholarly communication, compliance with public access policy mandates (such as NIH), and preservation and access to scholarly outputs.



·         Serve as liaison to assigned academic departments and develop collection development expertise therein.

·         Experiment with new approaches and effective models needed for delivery of library services remotely and face to face.

·         Develop and manage relationships and explore and maximize partnerships with academic departments.

·         Maintain awareness of research practices and teaching needs of faculty in the Sciences.

·         Develop and deliver innovative online and face-to-face information literacy instruction.

·         Contribute to academic course development by providing teaching consultation and support for faculty and instructors.

·         Provide research consultations and support to faculty, students, and staff.

·         Provide reference services and consultation hours in the libraries as well as the academic departments.

·         Manage collections to maximize space, usability, and teaching and research support.

·         Maintain knowledge of information sources/platforms and vendors in the Sciences.

  • Participate in planning, organization, implementation, and direction of public services for the Sciences 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.

·         Familiarity/experience with scholarly communication issues, such as:  NIH Public Access Policy and other directives stemming from the US Office of Science and Technology Policy; non-traditional publishing such as open access journals and digital edition ebooks; intellectual property issues including copyright and patents

·         Familiarity with structure and organization of scientific literature and knowledge of health and life sciences databases, such as: PubMed and others from NCBI, CINAHL, Scopus, Web of Science, VisionNet, and BIOSIS.

·         Experience and willingness to learn new and emerging technologies.

·         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 diverse population of faculty, students, and academic colleagues

·         Strong public service orientation.

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


·         Advanced degree in health sciences or related field, or membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals.

·         Teaching experience.



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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