Librarian for Arts and Humanities

Teaching Innovation Librarian, Diversity Resident


About the Indiana University Libraries

Salary and Benefits

Being Hired with Tenure

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment based on individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.

Librarian for Arts and Humanities

Indiana University Libraries seeks an innovative, collaborative, and creative Research and Instruction Librarian for the Arts and Humanities to connect and support faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students with services and resources and provide assistance across several arts and humanities subjects. Subjects that will be a part of this librarian’s portfolio include History, Religious Studies, and Jewish Studies, with opportunities to take on other subject responsibilities depending on interest.
We envision the librarian in this position having knowledge and expertise in humanities research methodologies through interest, experience, or degrees, preferably some combination thereof, and collaborating with faculty members, researchers, and students across the entire lifecycle of research and scholarship.
The Librarian for Arts and Humanities will be part of a team of librarians in the Research and Learning Division of IU Libraries. Librarians and professional staff in this division collaborate with faculty and students on research skills and techniques, information and data literacies, collection development, and emerging technologies to support and enable scholarship. The Librarian will build programs and partnerships that enhance teaching and learning, facilitate research productivity, and support interdisciplinary collaboration and scholarship. The successful candidate will also work closely with special collections and archives to support teaching and research and collaborate on outreach, selection, and purchasing of digital collections.
The Research and Learning Division embraces experimentation with new programs and services, leverages opportunities for partnerships with campus support centers and research institutes, fosters an inclusive and respectful learning environment and engages meaningfully with library and campus colleagues to advance shared goals. We strongly encourage those who will further advance the IU Libraries’ commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive community, including those from historically underrepresented groups, to apply for this position. We welcome applicants with various experiences, including those relatively new to the profession.


  • Promote the IU Libraries culture of diversity and inclusion and support the values outlined in the IUB Libraries Diversity Strategic Plan 
  • Actively engage with faculty, instructors, students, and colleagues to establish partnerships, build strong working relationships, and support various teaching and research needs.
  • Develop research collections in multiple formats and languages to serve the IU academic community's research, teaching, and learning needs.
  • Identify opportunities to collaborate with faculty and instructors to scaffold and integrate information literacy concepts into assignments, courses, and curricula.
  • Actively engage in opportunities to integrate library tools, expertise, and resources into courses, instructor development sessions, and co-curricular programming. 
  • Design and maintain instructional materials, online learning objects, and research tools such as online modules, guides, and tutorials for self-directed learning, and present instructional workshops supporting student and faculty research needs.
  • Engage in and facilitate consistent communication with campus constituencies.
    Conduct regular assessments of research support and instructional activities to identify new and emerging needs and opportunities for improvement and expansion.
  • Contribute to and participate in campus, department, and library events, programs, and outreach initiatives.
    Develop research guides and provide general reference and specialized research consultations in-person and online.
    Maintain awareness of various research tools, methodologies, and resources appropriate for student and faculty scholarship.
  • Provide consultation and guidance on scholarly communication issues such as open access, open educational resources, and data management and collaborate with library colleagues to address related researcher needs.


Applicants are encouraged to think broadly and communicate how their skills and experiences transfer to the qualifications in ways that may not be obvious. 

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science; candidates with an advanced degree in a relevant subject and appropriate experience in an academic setting will also be considered
  • Educational background, professional, or pre-professional experience in a discipline covered by this position
  • Experience in collection development and management and familiarity with collaborative approaches to interdisciplinary collection development 
  • Knowledge of or experience in providing research support to students and researchers
  • Demonstrated experience or interest in delivering instruction at the college level and ability to plan and deliver instructional programming
  • Demonstrated interest or experience with outreach to students, researchers, and instructors 
  • Demonstrated familiarity and interest in applying new tools and skills to support both established and emerging research methods
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and knowledgeably 
  • Demonstrated ability to work creatively, independently, flexibly, and collaboratively in a team environment
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering an environment of equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Evidence of ability for ongoing professional development and contribution
  • Knowledge of Western European Languages
  • Ability to meet the requirements of a tenure-track position at the IU Libraries (

Preferred Qualifications:

Candidates do not need to meet all preferred qualifications to be considered for this position. 

  • Grounding in historical scholarship and methods
  • Experience with supporting citation management
  • Minimum two years of library work experience
  • Experience with, or coursework in, digital humanities
  • Knowledge of or experience with applying concepts of the ACRL Information Literacy Framework
  • Experience and aptitude with instructional technologies

TO APPLY                 
Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications received by February 23, 2024, will receive full consideration, but the search 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 205, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405 - Phone: 812-855-8196 - Fax: 812-855- 2576 - Email:  Expected start date: April 1, 2024. Please note that this date is flexible. 

Teaching Innovation Librarian, Diversity Resident

The Indiana University Libraries invites applications for a Teaching Innovation Librarian as a part of the IU Libraries' third cohort of the Diversity Residency Program. Designed for a new or early-career individual, this three-year, non-renewable position provides opportunities for the incumbent to apply professional knowledge and skills, develop a professional network, and gain valuable experience toward career goals and opportunities in academic librarianship. 
As a member of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance (, the IU Libraries’ Diversity Residents are part of a cohort established by ACRL Diversity Alliance member libraries. The purpose of the resident program is to provide underrepresented racial and ethnic candidates with professional positions, engage them in professional learning and service at Indiana University, and support their success in academic librarianship. The Diversity Resident Program is a part of the IU Libraries’ commitment to cultivating diversity within the profession and fostering an appreciation of diversity. The Resident will be supported by the Residency Planning & Support Committee, a group of library colleagues who provide support, mentoring, feedback, and career development guidance. The Resident will actively participate in committees, councils, and task forces, will have opportunities to participate in relevant national and regional professional organizations, and have support to participate in scholarship and service activities within the university and profession.
The Teaching Innovation Librarian, Diversity Resident will work in the Lilly Library, the rare book and manuscript library of Indiana University, and develop sustainable, inclusive, and innovative teaching and outreach programs. The Lilly Library holds over 450,000 rare books and over 8.5 million manuscripts, with collection strengths including, but not limited to, British and American literature and history; global literature and history; medieval manuscripts and early printed books; science and medicine; children’s literature; literary archives; Latin American history; film and television; and artists’ books. This position will explore new instructional opportunities and services for the Lilly Library and develop and pilot new teaching and outreach programs. Reporting to the Head of the Teaching and Research Department, this position will collaborate with Teaching and Research Department colleagues. Possible projects include but are not limited to piloting an outreach program to use the Lilly Library’s new Teaching Collection on and off campus; working with the Curator of Modern Books to continue building the Teaching Collection; researching and surveying online learning resources and modules at other special collections libraries; and piloting online modules for teaching book history and/or primary source literacy with Lilly Library collections.


  • In collaboration with Teaching and Research Department members, use special collections materials to provide high-quality instruction to diverse audiences, including undergraduates, graduate students, and community groups.
  • Collaborate with faculty and other library and campus partners to develop innovative teaching strategies that utilize information technologies and special collections materials. 
  • With the Curator of Modern Books, continue to develop the Lilly Library’s Teaching Collection of materials that can leave the library for campus and community outreach; plan, pilot, and implement teaching with these materials.
  • Under the direction of the Head of Teaching and Research, research, plan, and pilot online learning modules, lesson plans, or other digital resources for teaching primary source literary and/or book history using the Lilly Library’s collections.
  • In collaboration with other Teaching and Research Department members, assist in planning and implementing outreach initiatives, including in-person events, online programs, and social media.
  • Provide reference services for specialized areas on a backup basis, including weekends.
  • Promote the Libraries’ culture of diversity and inclusion and support the values outlined in the IU Libraries’ Diversity Strategic Plan (  



  • An ALA-accredited graduate degree in library or information science or an advanced degree in a relevant discipline and appropriate experience in an academic setting will also be considered. Those earning degrees by May 2024 will also be considered. Early-career individuals and those from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and the ability to promote the Libraries’ culture of diversity and inclusion and support the values outlined in the Libraries Strategic Plan ( and the Libraries’ Diversity Strategic Plan (
  • Demonstrated ability to provide teaching, reference, or other public services in a special collections repository to a diverse clientele, including faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting an appreciation and the use of special collections materials to a variety of audiences 
  • Demonstrated understanding of the significance of original artifacts and the nature and value of primary materials for learning, teaching, research, and outreach
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively with library and campus colleagues
  • Demonstrated general knowledge of the humanities through, e.g., coursework, previous work experience, or publications.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills


  • Additional graduate degree in a discipline related to the collections of the Lilly Library
  • Reading knowledge of any Western or non-Western language significantly represented in the Lilly Library’s collections
  • Knowledge of instructional design, pedagogy, and assessment principles for effective instruction
  • Knowledge of the history of the book and the book arts and of the methods and materials that have been used to create and disseminate archival and non-print materials
  • Knowledge of the basic history, theory, and professional practices relating to materials generally found in special collections research libraries, including but not limited to rare books, maps, prints, photographs, ephemera, archives, manuscripts, original artwork, audiovisual media, and digital materials
  • Experience working with underrepresented communities in a higher education environment

Applications received by May 1, 2024, will receive full consideration, but the search 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 (Phone: 812-855-8196 - Fax: 812-855- 2576 - Email:  For more information about Indiana University Bloomington, go to  Expected start date:  June 15, 2024.

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About the Indiana University 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 to research and the arts. The campus covers over 1,800 wooded acres and is distinctive for its park-like beauty and architectural heritage inspired by local craftsmanship in limestone.

The Bloomington campus is home to Indiana University Libraries, one of North America's leading academic research library systems. Our collections, people, and spaces use knowledge to inspire great work.

IU Libraries partners with every academic department on campus. Materials are digital, visual, audio, and print. Over 60,000 journals are offered electronically, and the libraries hold more than 10 million print volumes in 450 languages and 120,000 films in its Moving Image Archive. A long-time leader in digital library projects, IU Libraries developed wide-ranging initiatives as early as the 1990s.

  • Indiana University’s librarians actively collect and conserve knowledge and are leaders in national conversations in areas such as diversity initiatives, digital preservation and associated technologies, the changing role of area studies librarianship, and integrating information literacy. In addition, the IU Libraries are the organizational home of the innovative and visionary Office of Scholarly Publishing, which brings together the work of the highly respected Indiana University Press with the IU Libraries’ open-access publishing initiatives.
  • Our visual flagship, the Herman B Wells Library, is one of the busiest academic spaces on campus, recording millions of visits yearly. The Scholars’ Commons, Learning Commons, and Moving Image Collections and Archives help redefine the role and potential of libraries and archives. Other noteworthy library destinations are the freshly renovated Education Library, the world-class Lilly Library of rare books and manuscripts, the University Archives, the Wylie House Museum and its collections, and the William and Gayle Cook Music Library that supports musical performance, teaching, learning, and research, primarily to the Jacobs School of Music, a world-renowned center of musical excellence.
  • IU Libraries actively participate in local, national, and international initiatives that will define collections and services of the future. For example, we take a leadership role on campus as active members of the Indiana University Arts and Humanities Council. 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), and the Samvera community. The IU Libraries are a founding member of HathiTrust, a shared digital repository.

Being Hired with Tenure

Before a conditional offer of employment with tenure is finalized, candidates will be asked to disclose any pending investigations or previous findings of sexual or professional misconduct. They will also be required to authorize an inquiry by Indiana University Bloomington with all current and former employers along these lines. The relevance of information disclosed or ascertained in the context of this process to a candidate’s eligibility for hire will be evaluated by Indiana University Bloomington on a case-by-case basis. Applicants should be aware, however, that Indiana University Bloomington takes the matters of sexual and professional misconduct very seriously.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and education; benefits include a university healthcare plan, a 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: