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 Indiana University Libraries seek a creative and innovative librarian to liaise with students and scholars engaged in the growing discipline of public health, taking into special account how environmental issues affect human health in a multitude of interdisciplinary ways. This position provides general and specialized instructional, research, outreach, and collections support through a variety of information sources to the students and faculty in the recently re-imagined and steadily expanding IU Bloomington School of Public Health, specifically the department of Environmental and Occupational Health. The incumbent will also directly serve the Human Biology Program in the College of Arts and Sciences. This position actively interacts with colleagues who support environmental studies cutting across the whole University on the Bloomington Campus, particularly in the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs (see example links at the end of this posting). The librarian will report to the Libraries’ Head of Sciences, and join a department that embraces experimentation with new services, opportunities for partnerships with campus academic centers and institutes, and collaborations with colleagues in the Libraries’ Research Data, Scholarly Communication, Government Information, and Social Sciences units, and various IT departments.


  • Provide advanced consultation and research support for literature intensive research projects using appropriate health and environmental sciences databases.
  • Provide responsive, quality teaching and learning support 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, open access, open educational resources, and open data initiatives in collaboration with campus and library colleagues.
  • With colleagues, participate in understanding research data services; respond to data management needs and requests as appropriate, and collaborate on the development of related outreach and training strategies relating thereto.
  • Keep abreast of evolving technologies and their application in public and environmental health, such as: GIS, data visualization, collection and use of big data, curation and preservation of information, citation impact, and the semantic web.
  • Actively participate in the Libraries’ Assessment program in order to provide responsive services to faculty and students.
  • Promote the Libraries’ culture of diversity and inclusion, and support the values outlined in the Libraries’ Diversity Strategic Plan (



  • ALA-accredited graduate degree in library or information science or international equivalent. Early career and individuals from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates with an advanced degree in a relevant subject area and appropriate experience in an academic setting will also be considered.
  • Demonstrated interest or experience in instruction and/or research consultation.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of public and environmental health disciplinary terminology and familiarity with relevant methods regarding literature access and dissemination.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate on projects and initiatives.
  • Ability to perform autonomously and in team environments.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong commitment to providing research and learning services and to contributing to a proactive and responsive library user-experience.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the values of diversity and inclusion as evidenced by an understanding of the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization.
  • Ability to meet the requirements of a tenure-track position at the IU Libraries (…)


  • Training in the appraisal of public and/or environmental health literature.
  • Experience with book and journal selection and/or licensing.
  • Familiarity with literature review (e.g. scoping, systematic, meta-analysis, rapid, etc.) search methodologies, guidelines, and standards.
  • Familiarity with GIS resources commonly used within public and environmental health research, data visualization skills.
  • Familiar with MyNCBI Services and NCBI databases (National Center for Biotechnology Information).
  • Knowledge of metadata standards.
  • Knowledge of subject-specific repositories.
  • Familiarity with the NIH and NSF grant processes.
  • Knowledge of the publication process in the health and environmental sciences.
  • Knowledge of traditional and alternative research impact tools.

Links to Environmental Initiatives and Programs at IUB:

Environmental Resilience institute

Center for Rural Engagement

Center for the Analysis of Socio-Ecological Landscapes

College of Arts and Sciences Departments:

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Geography

Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering: Bioinformatics and computational biology

O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Indiana Geological and Water Survey

Integrated Program in the Environment


Applications received by Friday August 20, 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: January 1, 2022.

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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