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 Bloomington campus is home to Indiana University Libraries, ( one of the leading academic research library systems in North America. 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 9.9 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 1990’s, and recently embarked on the ambitious university-wide Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative.
    • 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. The 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 Libraries’ open access publishing initiatives.
    • Our visual flagship, the Herman B Wells Library, is one of the busiest academic spaces on campus, recording over 2 million visits each year. Its Scholars’ Commons, Learning Commons and Moving Image Collections and Archives were extensive and visionary renovations that redefine the role and potential of libraries. Other library destinations of particular note are the world-class Lilly Library of rare books and manuscripts (currently closed for a comprehensive renovation), the Wylie House Museum and collections, and the 6.4-million volume high-density Auxiliary Library Facility (ALF).

    IU Libraries actively participate in local, national, and international initiatives that will define collections and services of the future. On campus, for example, we take a leadership role 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), 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 Academic Preservation Trust (APTrust).


    Position Summary

    The Indiana University Bloomington Libraries seek a creative and innovative librarian to liaise with the students and faculty in several neuro- and health related academic units on the Bloomington Campus: Cognitive Sciences, Optometry and Vision Science, Nursing, Psychological and Brain Sciences, and Speech and Hearing Sciences. The person in this position will serve as a primary contact and resource for these constituencies and will work in close collaboration with library and campus colleagues to support research, teaching, and learning needs.

    This position reports to the Libraries’ Head of Sciences department. This department includes four librarians who are responsible for research and learning support services across multiple locations. The successful candidate will join a department that embraces innovation and new services in partnership with campus academic centers and institutes, various IT departments, and colleagues across the Libraries, particularly in the Research Data, Scholarly Communication, and Social Sciences areas.


    • Provide comprehensive and specialized instructional, research, and collections support at all educational levels and across information formats.
    • Provide advanced consultation and search services for narrative and scoping reviews and other literature intensive research projects.
    • Develop and build print and electronic collections that meet user needs.
    • Continually learn and understand the evolving research practices and teaching needs in order to engage constituents with spaces, services, and collections.
    • Proactively develop and manage relationships with constituents in order to anticipate and meet needs
    • Assist in the development and actualization of researchers’ data management plans using institutional and community best practices.
    • Support federal public access policy compliance.
    • With colleagues, participate in understanding research data service needs and the development of outreach and training strategies.
    • Explore and keep abreast of changing technologies and their application in neuro and health sciences, such as: 3D Virtual Reality, GIS, data visualization, curation and preservation of information, citation impact, and the semantic web.
    • Provide responsive, quality teaching and learning services, including the development and execution of instruction programs focused on advanced resources for undergraduate and graduate students.
    • Collaborate in programming and engagement activities with librarian colleagues to share research experience and expertise.
    • Support scholarly communication, data management, and open access initiatives in collaboration with campus and library colleagues
    • Actively participate in the Libraries’ Assessment program in order to provide responsive services to faculty and students.
    • Contribute to developments in the field of librarianship through active professional engagement and independent scholarship consistent with a library faculty appointment.



    • ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science and either experience or a degree in a neuro- or health related field. Candidates with an advanced degree in a relevant academic field and appropriate experience in an academic setting are also strongly encouraged to apply.
    • Demonstrated experience in instruction and research consultation.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of disciplinary terminology and familiarity with the latest methods used in neuro- and health-related research.
    • Demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate on projects and initiatives, particularly outside of the discipline to educate and deliver.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • Strong commitment to public services and improving the library user experience.
    • Understand and 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 (
    • Ability to meet the requirements of a tenure-track position at the IU Libraries (…).
    • Demonstrated ability to set and attain goals and the flexibility to adapt to change.


    • Demonstrated experience creating and sustaining new library services.
    • Knowledge of health and life sciences databases (e.g., record structure, indexing policies), thorough knowledge of search interfaces, and excellent database and grey literature search experience.
    • Knowledge of traditional and alternative research impact tools.
    • Experience with health communications, neuro- and/or health literature, and/or health sciences outreach.
    • Experience with book and journal selection and/or licensing.
    • Familiarity with systematic review search methodology, guidelines, and standards.
    • Familiarity with data visualization skills.
    • Experience with MyNCBI Services.
    • Knowledge of metadata standards.
    • Knowledge of subject-specific repositories.
    • Familiarity with the NIH and NSF grant processes.
    • In-depth knowledge of the publication process in the sciences

    To Apply

    Applications received by Friday, January 10, 2020, will be given full consideration. 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 205, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405 - Phone: 812-855-8196 - Fax: 812-855-2576 - Email: Expected start date: April 1, 2020.


    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:




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