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Assistant/Associate Librarian, LIBR (Scholars' Commons Librarian)

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Applications received by Friday, February 23, 2018 will be given full consideration. The position will remain open until filled. Interested candidates should review the application requirements and submit their application at

Posting Details

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Position Details

Title Assistant/Associate Librarian, LIBR (Scholars' Commons Librarian)
Appointment Status Tenure Track
Department IU Bloomington Libraries
Position Summary

The Indiana University Libraries seek a creative, innovative and user-focused individual to join the Reference & Scholars’ Commons department as Scholars’ Commons Librarian. 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. Working in a highly collegial environment, the Scholars’ Commons Librarian is responsible for collaborating with library and university partners to envision, develop, and sustain a robust program of exhibits, workshops, lectures and presentations that highlight library collections and engage researchers and faculty in traditional and new forms of scholarship. Working within a powerful academic service hub that supports researchers at every stage of their scholarship through innovative integrations of space, technology and expertise, the successful candidate has the unique opportunity to help shape the evolving direction and development of the Scholars’ Commons vision and programming. Candidates who have knowledge and experience with digital scholarship, instructional design, scholarly communication, assessment, and/or pedagogical practices will be given the highest consideration. This is a tenure-track position reporting to the Head of Reference & Scholars’ Commons.

•Lead the creation and coordination of programming within and through the Scholars’ Commons to support research, scholarship, teaching and learning
•Act as primary point of contact for coordination and development of Scholars’ Commons exhibits, events, lectures, and presentations that highlight library collections and engage researchers and faculty in traditional and new forms of scholarship
•Plan, organize, and facilitate practical workshop series targeting faculty and graduate students
•Conduct program evaluations on an ongoing basis, assessing effectiveness and impact of existing programs and identifying opportunities for new programming
•Collaborate in the design, implementation, and maintenance of instructional tools and services that meet the needs of discipline/interdisciplinary research communities
•Coordinate physical displays within the Wells Library, including lobby cases and Scholars’ Commons exhibit area
•Coordinate publicity and marketing efforts to promote engagement with Scholars’ Commons programming
•Actively promote and advocate for the Libraries through outreach events and activities, both curricular and co-curricular
•Provide timely, attentive, and personalized reference and research support
•Hire, train, and supervise one full-time staff position and part-time student employees
•Promote the Libraries’ culture of diversity and inclusion, and support the values outlined in IU Bloomington’s Campus Bicentennial Strategic Plan (, the Libraries Strategic Plan (, and the Libraries’ Diversity Strategic Plan (

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 tenure-track academic appointment includes eligibility for sabbatical leaves. For a full list of benefit programs, please refer to the following resources:
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Basic Qualifications

•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.
•Two years’ experience in an academic library or higher education setting.
•Strong public service orientation.
•Demonstrated ability to deliver in-person and online reference services.
•Good organization skills and an aptitude for analytical and detailed work.
•Demonstrated evidence of designing and implementing user-centered services and/or instruction, curricular or co-curricular.
•Knowledge and understanding of key issues and trends that affect academic libraries and higher education.
•Ability to work proactively and independently as well as collegially in a complex, rapidly changing and professionally diverse environment.
•Creative, engaging, and collaborative work style.
•Excellent written and oral communication skills and ability to communicate and work effectively with diverse populations.
•Ability to summarize complex findings and present results of assessment activities.
•Ability to meet the requirements of a tenure-track librarian position. (
•Understanding and valuing of diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization.

•Supervisory experience.
•Demonstrated knowledge of instructional design, pedagogy, and assessment principles.
•Demonstrated knowledge of trends and issues in scholarly communication
•Familiarity with digital scholarship tools, methodologies, and initiatives.

Department Contact for Questions

Questions regarding the position or application process can be directed to: Jennifer Chaffin, Director of Human Resources, Libraries Human Resources, Herman B Wells Library 205, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405 – Phone: 812-855-8196 – Fax: 812-855-2576 – Email:

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Additional Qualifications
Salary and Rank Competitive and commensurate with experience and education.
Special Instructions

Applications received by Friday, February 23, 2018 will be given full consideration. The position will remain open until filled. Interested candidates should review the application requirements and submit their application at

For Best Consideration Date 02/23/2018
Expected Start Date
OAA # 21801-08

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Letter of Application
  3. List Of References
Optional Documents