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 well over 2 million visits each year. Its recently opened 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, 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).

Salary and Benefits


The IUB Libraries seek a knowledgeable, collaborative, and team-oriented Media Archivist to work within the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive (IULMIA) to preserve and provide access to the collections.

The successful candidate will be joining a thriving Moving Image Archive that: actively collects and preserves our moving image heritage; supports Bloomington campus curriculum and student projects; creates and assists with training and education efforts; collaborates on global media preservation initiatives; oversees and manages the Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative for film and is a destination for international research projects. Reporting to the Director of the Moving Image Archive, the Media Archivist will process collections and will work with researchers and faculty to provide access to collections. Through active participation in professional programs and organizations related to moving image preservation, this position will provide leadership within the archive and within the field.

The Indiana University Bloomington Libraries supports a safe and inclusive environment for all members of our diverse communities. We are committed to building a diverse workforce and strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to apply.


  • Inventory, inspect, and prepare new and existing collections for long term storage, digitization, loan requests, and for researcher and student use.
  • Contribute to the design of efficient workflows that follow archival practices and standards and assist in overseeing the student workers and training them in archival practice, media history, and preservation.
  • Serve as part of archival team that will move film collections from one storage vault to another (~150,000 items) in a four-year time frame.
  • Oversee management of all of the films in advanced stages of deterioration in the freezer and the conservation of these films.
  • Assist researchers and students with archival viewings, both on site and online and serve as a reference for researcher and loan requests.
  • Serve as a liaison to campus units and departments and assist with incorporating the collections into curriculum across a wide range of disciplines.
  • Assist with making all recently digitized material available online by evaluating for best copy (of digital files) and assessing legal status prior to moving to IU Media Collections Online. (Approx. 40,000 items)
  • Assist with maintenance of online exhibits, the web sites, and social media of the Moving Image Archive.
  • Promote the Libraries’ culture of diversity and inclusion, and support the values outlined in the Libraries’ Diversity Strategic Plan (
  • Contribute to developments in the field of moving image archiving through active professional engagement and research, presenting and publishing in appropriate venues, and by serving as representative on special committees and task forces organized by professional associations.



  • ALA-accredited graduate degree in library or information science; candidates with advanced degree in a relevant subject area and appropriate experience in academic setting will also be considered.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in handling, inspecting, and identifying motion picture film and other media.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of film and media preservation required.
  • Knowledge of media digitization process, best practices, and workflows.
  • Knowledge of basic metadata and cataloging schema for moving image material.
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and presentation skills.
  • Understand and promote the Libraries’ culture of diversity and inclusion, and support the values outlined in the Libraries Strategic Plan (, and the Libraries’ Diversity Strategic Plan (
  • Ability to meet the requirements of a tenure-track position at the IU Libraries. (…)


  • Experience in teaching or instruction.


Applications received by Friday May 7, 2021 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: August 1, 2021.

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