South Asian and Southeast Asian Studies Librarian

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Salary and Benefits

South Asian and Southeast Asian Studies Librarian

Assistant/Associate Librarian

Seeking a dynamic, innovative, and collaborative individual to support research, teaching, and learning in South Asian and Southeast Asian Studies departments and programs. The South Asian and Southeast Asian Studies Librarian supports students and researchers alike through instruction and research consultations, promotes and supports the use of the Libraries’ collections and resources, develops and maintains strong, collaborative relationships with faculty, students, and affiliated researchers across departments, and proactively identifies and meets needs through innovative programs, collections, and services. This librarian reports to the head of the Area Studies department in the Research & Learning division of IU Libraries. The Area Studies department includes six librarians and four 0.5 FTE support staff positions who are responsible for all aspects of collection development/management, reference, and instruction, and outreach to students and faculty in African, Latin American, Spanish & Portuguese, Latino, Slavic, and East European, East Asian, Middle Eastern, Islamic and Central Eurasian, Jewish, India and South Asian, and Tibetan Studies. The department’s mission is to support and strengthen teaching, learning, and research by providing the collections, services, and environments that lead to intellectual discovery. For more information, see


The individual in this position will provide research and instructional support, oversee collection development and management in the areas of South and Southeast Asia Studies, and promote the Libraries’ resources and expertise through outreach and engagement initiatives.

  • Contribute and engage as an active member of the Libraries’ Area Studies Department
  • Manage and develop interdisciplinary library collections including current and retrospective materials from and about the regions of South Asia and Southeast Asia, manage these collections’ budgets, approval plans, and electronic resources
  • Manage the niche collection of South Asian film materials, including a web archive, special collections, and published materials
  • Establish and maintain effective communication with distributors, publishers, and other sources of content and materials
  • Participate in cooperative agreement initiatives that strengthen the collections and contribute to national cooperative projects including the Center for Research Libraries’ SAMP and SEAM, The Committee on South Asian Libraries and Documentation (CONSALD), the Committee on Research Materials on Southeast Asia (CORMOSEA), and the South Asia Cooperative Collection Development group (SACOOP)
  • Regularly evaluate the collections to assess strengths, weaknesses, and needs to enhance the collection, including potential gift materials
  • Engage with potential donors and make site visits as necessary
  • Collaborate with other collection managers to coordinate across interdisciplinary areas of the collection
  • Collaborate with departments in the Libraries, such as Acquisitions, Technical Services, and Preservation in order to coordinate communication regarding vendors and publishers, exchange programs, purchasing agreements, bindery decisions, digitization, and storage
  • Actively engage as the liaison to the Dhar India Studies Program and the Southeast Asian and ASEAN Studies Program, develop and maintain relationships with researchers and students and regularly communicate and promote Libraries’ resources, programs, and tools
  • Identify and leverage opportunities to contribute to research and learning initiatives through program and departmental committees, meetings, seminars, events, or grants
  • Support research and scholarly communication initiatives in these subject areas through active outreach and engagement with researchers and students
  • In consultation with Libraries’ colleagues and course instructors, develop workshops and provide course-based instruction that incorporates information literacy concepts
  • Collaborate and partner with Libraries’ colleagues and course instructors to develop and maintain research guides, online tutorials, and other digital tools and resources
  • Provide reference and research consultations and respond to referrals in a timely manner
  • Maintain awareness of evolving research practices and teaching needs of South and Southeast Asian Studies faculty, students, and instructors
  • Collaborate with colleagues across the Libraries to advance research and learning initiatives
  • May hire, train, supervise, and evaluate student employees and graduate assistants and monitor a student employee budget
  • Promote the Libraries culture of diversity and inclusion, and support the values outlined in the IUB Libraries Diversity Strategic Plan



  • ALA-accredited graduate degree in library or information science or international equivalent; candidates with an advanced degree in a relevant subject area and appropriate experience in an academic setting will also be considered.
  • Demonstrated ability to 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 (
  • Demonstrated understanding of the history and major trends in research and scholarly publishing in the South Asian world area.
  • Demonstrated experience with collection development and broad knowledge of information resources for South and Southeast Asian Studies.
  • Demonstrated experience in delivering information literacy instruction and providing in-person and online reference and research support services.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both autonomously and in a team environment and to build meaningful relationships with colleagues.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to work well with diverse populations of faculty, students, and academic colleagues.
  • Excellent communication skills in English.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet the requirements of a tenure-track position at the IU Libraries. (…)


  • Demonstrated aptitude in at least one key Indic language, such as (but not exclusively) Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, or Sanskrit.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and work with materials in a variety of Indic languages.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple responsibilities and priorities in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of key issues and trends in academic libraries and higher education.
  • Experience as a South Asian Studies Librarian, or a comparable combination of academic and professional experience.
  • Ph.D. in India or South Asian Studies discipline.


Applications received by May 20, 2022 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: July 1, 2022.

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:

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