Job posting: Arts and Humanities Librarian, Indiana University Bloomington

Arts and Humanities Librarian (English Literature) (link)

Indiana University Bloomington, IN

The IU Libraries are a national and international leader in the creation of tools to support digital scholarship. The Scholars’ Commons’ (SC) services and space have been designed to reinforce and extend the IU Libraries’ great strength in the area of digital scholarship, to bring together digital tools and methods with traditional scholarly inquiry.

The Indiana University Libraries seek a knowledgeable, innovative, dynamic, and service oriented individual to provide library services for the English Literature (with the possibility of other subjects) in a rapidly changing environment. Working in a highly collegial and collaborative library, the Arts and Humanities Librarian is responsible for collection development, traditional research consultation, and instruction for the English Department. This position will also be active in digital humanities outreach, working with the Digital Collections Services Department, the Arts & Humanities Department, and IU ScholarWorks, as well as appropriate departments across campus with a focus on digital scholarship while maintaining the traditional values and services of traditional research.

Reporting to the Head of Arts & Humanities Department, the Arts and Humanities Librarian will serve as a liaison to campus departments and programs, providing reference and instructional support for students and scholars. The Arts & Humanities Department of the Indiana University Bloomington Libraries includes six librarians who are responsible for all aspects of collection development/management, reference, and outreach to students and faculty in the Arts and Humanities. This position will participate in the activities and initiatives of the Arts & Humanities Department to provide the expertise needed both in the traditional reference setting and in the digital research environment of the Scholars’ Commons. This position will work closely with special collections and archives to support teaching and research, and to collaborate on outreach and selection and purchasing of digital collections.


Subject Liaison & Collection Development

  • Serve as liaison to assigned academic departments and develop collections therein.
  • Build collections in multiple formats in English Literature, including interdisciplinary programs such as Medieval Studies or American Studies.
  • Experiment with new approaches and effective models needed for delivery of library services remotely and face to face.
  • Develop and manage relationships and explore and maximize partnerships with academic departments.
  • Maintain awareness of research practices and teaching needs in the Arts and Humanities.
  • Develop and deliver innovative online and face-to-face information literacy instruction.
  • Contribute to academic course development by providing teaching consultation and support for faculty and instructors.
  • Provide research consultations and support to faculty, students, and staff.
  • Provide reference services and consultation.
  • Manage collections to maximize space, usability, and teaching and research support.

Reference & Instruction Support/Services

  • Maintain knowledge of information sources/platforms and vendors in the Arts and Humanities.
  • Participate in planning, organization, implementation, and direction of public services for the Arts & Humanities Department.
  • Participate in reference service in the Scholars’ Commons.
  • Develop and provide instructional and reference services and materials in support of teaching and learning and research.

Digital Humanities & Scholarship

  • Develop and implement projects involving digital technologies in collaboration with other subject librarians, teaching faculty, and graduate students in various humanities fields; maintaining awareness of changing models in scholarly communications and evolving technologies and standards in digital scholarship and research.
  • Work with colleagues in areas complementary to digital scholarship support including Digital Collections Services, Library Technologies, and University Information Technology Services.
  • Participate in curation of digital displays and use social media tools and outlets for promotion of library resources, collections, and services.



  • ALA accredited master’s degree in library or information science.  Candidates with an advanced degree in a relevant subject area and appropriate experience in an academic setting will also be considered.
  • Two or more years of experience in an academic/research library.
  • Strong public service orientation.
  • Knowledge of, enthusiasm for, and experience in the application of new technologies in the evolving academic information environment.
  • Ability to work in a team environment and build working relationships with campus colleagues.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work well with a diverse population of faculty, students, and academic colleagues.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver in-person and online reference services.
  • Ability to handle multiple responsibilities in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Knowledge and understanding of key issues and trends that affect academic libraries and higher education.
  • Ability to meet the requirements of a tenure-track librarian position.


  • Experience in digital scholarship or digital humanities.
  • Advanced degree in English Literature.


For full consideration applications must be received by Monday, April 4, 2016.  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 201, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405 – Phone: 812-855-8196 – Fax: 812-855-2576 – Email:


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