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Monday, May 18, 2015

[LIBJOBS] Outreach and Public Services Archivist, 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.


Reporting to the Director of the Office of University Archives and Records Management, the Outreach and Public Services Archivist is responsible for educational, programmatic, and outreach to faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, visiting scholars, and others whose research, teaching, and learning activities might benefit from engagement with materials held by the University Archives.



The Outreach and Public Services Archivist is also responsible for managing all aspects of the University Archives' public services. In consultation with the Director, the Outreach and Public Services Archivist manages the Archives public services program including reading room operations, on-site and remote reference inquiries, instruction, outreach and continuously assessing user needs and improving the Archives physical and online research environment. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent communication skills, as a critical component of the job is collegial work with library staff, faculty, students, alumni, donors, and members of the community. 


Other responsibilities include:

        Promotes department initiatives and services through tours, presentations, and other appropriate means;

        Provides reference service via email, telephone, chat, and in person;

        Manages policy, procedural, and technical matters relating to departmental access services;

        Develops, manages, and maximizes partnerships with academic departments;

        In collaboration with appropriate campus and library partners, develops and conducts workshops for faculty on the pedagogical value and uses of primary sources;

        Coordinates, develops, and promotes onsite and web based exhibitions of collections;

        Creates, coordinates, and manages content for departmental blogs, social media outlets and websites;

        Develops new and innovative approaches for effective outreach and public services;

        Possesses experience and willingness to learn new and emerging technologies;

·         Serves on Library and campus committees and represents the Libraries and the University in national groups;

·         Collaborates with the IU Libraries' Director of Communications to effectively market and publicize the Archives collections, services, and programs.




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

        Three years' experience providing reference and instruction in an academic archives setting

        Experience collaborating with teaching faculty to help them effectively utilize primary sources in the classroom

        Experience with cataloging systems and archival discovery tools

        Excellent organizational skills, and effectiveness in balancing multiple assignments and projects

        Experience creating in-house or online exhibits

        Experience with social media technologies

        Superior interpersonal, communications, and writing skills

·         Record of ongoing professional development and contribution

·         Demonstrated high level of initiative and creativity

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



        Supervisory experience

        Knowledge of Indiana University history and structure



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 June 19, 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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