Founded in 1820, Indiana University Bloomington has grown from a small state seminary into the flagship campus of a great public university with over 48,000 students and almost 3,000 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 Indiana University Bloomington Libraries (http://libraries.indiana.edu) are among the leading academic research library systems in North America. The IUB Libraries provide strong collections, quality service and instructional programs, and leadership in the application of information technologies. The IU Libraries system consists of twenty-four libraries on the Bloomington campus, five libraries in Indianapolis, and a library at each of the other six campuses across the state. The collections support every academic discipline on campus and include more than 9.9 million books, journals, maps, films, and audio/visual materials in over more than 430 languages. Users can access more than 400-1,871 databases, 60,000 electronic journals, and 1.4-1.9 million electronic books, as well as locally developed digital content.  The IUB Libraries are active members of regional and national associations and consortia including the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Digital Library Federation (DLF), and is a founding member of HathiTrust, a shared digital repository.

The Indiana University Libraries seek a knowledgeable, innovative, dynamic individual to join the Arts and Humanities department as History Librarian.  Working in a highly collegial and collaborative library, the History Librarian is responsible for collection development, reference and research consultations, instruction, and general outreach.  Apart from History, other fund and subject assignments including Religious Studies or Jewish Studies may be made depending on the successful candidate’s expertise and qualifications. The History Librarian will also be active in digital scholarship initiatives within the Libraries and in partnership with groups across the campus who maintain a focus on digital scholarship in the humanities.  With a recently approved Open Access policy by the Bloomington Faculty Council, the History Librarian will play an active role in promoting and educating faculty about open access.

The successful candidate will be joining a thriving arts and humanities community on the Bloomington campus.  Highlighted as an area of focus in Indiana University’s Bicentennial Strategic Plan (https://strategicplan.iu.edu/) as well as in IUB’s Campus Strategic Plan (https://provost.indiana.edu/strategic-plan/) and the IUB Libraries Strategic Plan (https://libraries.indiana.edu/strategicplan), IUB’s historically strong arts and humanities departments and programs are expanding with new and exciting initiatives. The Libraries’ Arts and Humanities department has the unique opportunity to imagine and develop new ways of connecting with the constantly emerging initiatives led by the Arts and Humanities Council as well as to create new partnerships with faculty in areas of digital scholarship, data management, and open access.  Reporting to the Head of the Arts and Humanities Department, the successful candidate will be able to participate in shaping the department’s direction as it connects with these emerging initiatives.  We encourage applications from individuals with broadly focused subject expertise in History who are flexible and excited about expanding and/or shifting their range of responsibilities in alignment with campus and library needs.  The Indiana University Libraries are committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce.  We encourage all employees to fully incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work and towards the fulfillment of our mission.


  • Develop and manage the library’s collections in History and other assigned subjects
  • Serve as liaison to the History Department and other assigned departments
  • Provide reference and instruction in History and other assigned subjects
  • Collaborate and coordinate with Arts & Humanities initiatives across campus such as the Arts & Humanities Council and the Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities
  • Serve as an active member of the Libraries’ Arts and Humanities Department and help shape the department’s direction
  • Collaborate with archival and special collections units as well as the Lilly Library to connect archival and general collections into seamless Arts and Humanities outreach
  • Collaborate with other library departments, such as Social Sciences, Area Studies, Teaching and Learning, Digital Collections Services, and Scholarly Communications on services and initiatives
  • Support research and scholarly communication for History and other assigned subject areas through outreach to faculty and students; with members of the Scholarly Communications Department, support services related to humanities data curation and publishing
  • Promote the Libraries’ culture of diversity and inclusion, and support the values outlined in Indiana University Bloomington’s Campus Strategic Plan (https://provost.indiana.edu/strategic-plan/) and the Libraries’ Diversity Strategic Plan (https://libraries.indiana.edu/file/diversity-strategic-plan-20162017pdf)
  • Contribute to developments in the field of arts and humanities through active professional engagement and independent scholarship consistent with a library faculty appointment



  • ALA-accredited Master of Library Science (MLS) or advanced degree(s) in relevant subject areas and appropriate experience in an academic setting
  • At least two years of professional experience in an academic/research library
  • Strong public service orientation
  • Ability to work in a team environment and build working relationships with campus colleagues
  • Demonstrated knowledge of trends and issues in scholarly communication
  • Familiarity with digital scholarship tools, methodologies, and initiatives that support scholarship in the humanities
  • Experience in reference and instruction
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work well with a diverse population of faculty, students, and academic colleagues
  • Ability to meet the requirements of a tenure-track librarian position (https://libraries.indiana.edu/file/promotion-and-tenure-criteria-iub-librarians-pdf).
  • Ability to handle multiple responsibilities in a rapidly changing environment
  • Understanding and valuing of diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization
  • Knowledge and understanding of key issues and trends that affect academic libraries and higher education


  • Demonstrated experience in digital scholarship or digital humanities
  • Strong language skills in Hebrew
  • Working (or bibliographic) knowledge of Yiddish
  • Advanced degree in History
  • Collection development and liaison experience in Religious Studies


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:


Review of applications will begin Friday, May 26, 2017.  The position will remain open until filled. Interested candidates should review the application requirements and submit their application at https://indiana.peopleadmin.com. 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: libpers@indiana.edu.
For more information about Indiana University Bloomington go to http://www.iub.edu.

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 or identity, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.

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