Salary and Benefits

About the Indiana University Bloomington Libraries

Founded in 1820, Indiana University Bloomington has grown from a small state seminary into the flagship campus of a great public university with over 49,000 students and over 3,100 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 (https://libraries.indiana.edu) are among the leading academic research library systems in North America. The IUB Libraries provide strong collections, innovative service and instructional programs, and leadership in the application of information technologies. The collections support every academic discipline on campus and include more than 9 million books, journals, maps, films, and audio/visual materials in over 900 languages. Of particular note are the 6.4-million volume high-density Auxiliary Library Facility (ALF) for preservation and access to the libraries’ collections and archives, the Lilly Library of rare books and manuscripts, and the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive. The Libraries have renowned area studies collections and librarians who are leaders in the national conversation about the changing role of area studies librarianship. The Libraries are recognized leaders in integrating information literacy into the teaching and learning fabric of the university, and recently opened IU Scholars’ Commons and IU Learning Commons, two extensive renovations that have redefined the role of the Libraries in the academic missions of the university.

The IU Libraries actively participate in local, national, and international initiatives that will define collections and services of the future.  Memberships include regional and national associations and consortia including the Big Ten Academic Alliance Center for Library Initiatives, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Digital Library Federation (DLF), the Unizin Consortium and the Samvera community. The IU Libraries are a founding member of HathiTrust, a shared digital repository and a managing partner of the HathiTrust Research Center, and a member of preservation initiatives such as the Digital Preservation Network (DPN,) and the Academic Preservation Trust (APTrust).  The IU Libraries have developed wide-ranging and active digital library projects and initiatives that date back to the early 1990’s, including Variations Digital Music Library, Image Collections Online, significant text collections, and most recently, the university-wide Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative and the Avalon Media System. The Libraries are the organizational home of the Office of Scholarly Publishing that brings together the work of the Indiana University Press with the Libraries’ open-access publishing initiatives.




Indiana University Libraries Bloomington seeks an enthusiastic, innovative, and creative leader to provide strategy and management in the position of Head of Scholars’ Commons. This is a leadership opportunity for an individual with vision and creativity who is willing to experiment and pursue new opportunities for the ongoing development, delivery, and assessment of a suite of traditional and digital research services in the Scholars’ Commons. The Head of Scholars’ Commons will provide leadership for the Scholars’ Commons research support services, a variety of partnerships associated with the Scholars’ Commons, and will build programs that actively support and inspire discovery in research. Located in the Herman B Wells Library, the Scholars’ Commons supports the journey from curiosity to discovery to publication for all IU researchers and is a vital and active hub that offers easy access to experts for every stage of scholarship. With a combination of individual and collaborative workspaces, the Scholars’ Commons adapts to researcher needs and is optimized for technology ranging from laptops and mobile devices to the interactive visualization or IQ-Wall. The co-location of a digitization lab, lecture hall, collaboration rooms, and exhibition space offers a level of flexibility and service unparalleled on campus.

The successful candidate will actively contribute to the Libraries efforts to engage with faculty and graduate research initiatives and will establish and promote research support programs in partnership with library and campus colleagues. The Head of Scholars’ Commons will contribute to library and campus-wide research initiatives that emphasize inquiry, research, creativity, and innovation, and develop the Scholars’ Commons as a place that encourages those activities. The incumbent will coordinate services at the public information and research support desk and provide leadership in the design, delivery, and assessment of programs and services in this dynamic and collaborative academic environment. Displaying a vision for growth, the incumbent will proactively support the Libraries’ alignment and integration into the graduate and research curricula. The Head of Scholars’ Commons will work to develop and maintain strategic partnerships, and will capitalize on the Scholars’ Commons as a distinct space to support interdisciplinary research and collaboration and the development of research skills. The incumbent will draw on the skills and knowledge of a variety of library colleagues with disciplinary expertise, including colleagues working in areas of digital scholarship. This position directly supervises two librarians and two staff members, collaborates closely with other Research & Learning division department heads, is a member of the Libraries Managers Roundtable, and reports to the Associate Dean of Research and Learning Services.


  • Develops and implements structure and strategy for programming in the Scholars’ Commons in alignment with wider Libraries and campus initiatives, particularly aimed at supporting research and learning among graduate students and faculty
  • Serves as contact for a variety of partners who are located, or are providing programming, in the Scholars’ Commons; establishes regular communication channels with and among Scholars’ Commons partners; and encourages a sense of community and contribution toward the Scholars’ Commons mission
  • Cultivates new and existing relationships with library units and campus-wide research and graduate student support programs and coordinates the integration of these into the Scholars’ Commons
  • Coordinates and oversees a range of services and activities in the Scholars' Commons, including managing and participating in the delivery of information and research support services at the public desk
  • Pursues technological and other innovations, including software and instructional technologies that will provide new opportunities for students and researchers
  • Initiates and coordinates educational and social programming that encourages innovation and collaboration
  • Collaborates with colleagues in the Libraries to develop comprehensive assessment plans and regularly monitors and responds to assessment data and feedback
  • Collaborates with colleagues in the Libraries to maintain and develop website content
  • Manages and develops the Wells Library reference collection
  • Serves as a member of the Libraries’ Research and Learning Division, participating in overall Division programming



  • ALA-accredited master’s degree or equivalent combination of a relevant advanced degree and academic library experience
  • Demonstrated increasingly responsible leadership experience in an academic or research library
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and expand collaborative relationships with library and campus colleagues and diverse populations
  • Demonstrated experience designing and delivering programs in collaboration with library and campus partners
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to effectively interact and work collaboratively with a diverse population of students, staff, faculty, administrators, and other members of the community
  • Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, and self-direction
  • Demonstrated experience with, and ability to apply, technology in research and instructional contexts
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of key issues and trends that affect academic libraries and higher education
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collegially as a member of a complex and dynamic team environment
  • Effective written communication skills in English as demonstrated by the candidate’s application materials, examples of written work, or publications
  • Demonstrated understanding of the values 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 (https://libraries.indiana.edu/file/indiana-university-libraries-diversity-strategic-plan-pdf)
  • Ability to meet the requirements of a tenure-track position at the IU Libraries (https://libraries.indiana.edu/file/promotion-and-tenure-criteria-iub-librarians-pdf)


  • Supervisory experience in user-centered services
  • Demonstrated experience with co-curricular educational programs, research support services in higher education, and/or graduate studies or faculty affairs programs
  • Knowledge of instructional design, pedagogy, digital scholarship, and assessment principles


Applications received by Wednesday, October 24, 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 https://indiana.peopleadmin.com. 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: libpers@indiana.edu.

For more information about Indiana University Bloomington go to https://www.indiana.edu/

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, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.


Salary and Benefits

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.  For a full list of benefit programs, please refer to the following resources:

Website: http://www.indiana.edu/~uhrs/benefits/neweeo-profe.html

Video: http://www.indiana.edu/~uhrs/benefitsvideo/academic.html

Brochure:  http://hr.iu.edu/pubs/books/IU-benefits_broch.pdf

For more information about Indiana University Bloomington go to http://www.indiana.edu.

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.