ASSOCIATE DEAN/ASSOCIATE LIBRARIAN OR LIBRARIAN

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 almost 3,100 faculty. Innovation, creativity, and academic freedom are hallmarks of IU Bloomington and its excellent 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 artisanship in limestone.

The Indiana University Bloomington Libraries (http://www.libraries.iub.edu) is among the leading academic research library systems in North America. The IUB Libraries provide strong collections, innovative service and instructional programs, and leadership in the application of information technologies. The collections support every academic discipline on campus and include more than 9 million books, journals, maps, films, and audio/visual materials in over 900 languages. Of particular note are the 6.4-million volume high-density Auxiliary Library Facility (ALF) for preservation and access to the libraries’ collections and archives, the Lilly Library of rare books and manuscripts, and the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive. The Libraries have renowned area studies collections and librarians who are leaders in the national conversation about the changing role of area studies librarianship. The Libraries are recognized leaders in integrating information literacy into the teaching and learning fabric of the university, and recently opened IU Scholars’ Commons and IU Learning Commons, two extensive renovations that have redefined the role of the Libraries in the academic missions of the university.

The IU Libraries actively participate in local, national, and international initiatives that will define collections and services of the future.  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 Digital Preservation Network (DPN,) and the Academic Preservation Trust (APTrust).  The IU Libraries have developed wide-ranging and active digital library projects and initiatives that date back to the early 1990’s, including Variations Digital Music Library, Image Collections Online, significant text collections, and most recently, the university-wide Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative and the Avalon Media System. The Libraries are the organizational home of the Office of Scholarly Publishing that brings together the work of the Indiana University Press with the Libraries’ open-access publishing initiatives.

The Indiana University Bloomington Libraries seek a forward-thinking, motivational, and experienced librarian to lead the Libraries’ Research and Learning Services division. Depending on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate, this hire may be at the tenured or tenure-track Associate Librarian or Librarian level. Reporting to the Dean of Libraries, the Associate Dean is a member of the Libraries’ senior leadership team and will join a vibrant, energized, and successful research library at a moment of exceptional opportunity and excitement. Recent significant investments in physical spaces have attracted students and scholars to the libraries in new ways. Investments in strategic areas such as teaching and learning and assessment are beginning to affect both the libraries’ effectiveness as well as campus strategies. Long-term close collaborations with critical campus partners, including the Provost’s office, University Information Technology Services, the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, the Vice Provost for Research, the Council for Arts and Humanities, and the new Schools of Global and International Studies and Art + Design, are hallmarks of a campus culture that supports many successful services and collections.

The Associate Dean serves as lead architect of a set of user-centered library spaces and services that support and foster university and campus strategic plans, enhance student engagement with scholarship, foster experiential learning, and empower students and faculty to create new knowledge. The incumbent is responsible for creating a collaborative environment that cultivates and shapes the vision for research and learning services both within the division and across the libraries. The Associate Dean participates and provides leadership in philanthropic efforts for identification, cultivation and stewardship of prospects and donors critical to long term library success and sustainability. The following departments report directly to this position:  Access Services, Arts and Humanities, Area Studies, Social Sciences, Sciences, Reference Services/Scholars’ Commons, Discovery and User Experience, and Teaching and Learning, with a total of 32 librarians, 6.5 professional staff, 18 support staff, and 25 FTE student staff.

The Associate Dean joins a highly collaborative senior leadership team composed of the Dean of University Libraries and the Associate/Assistant Deans for Collection Development and Archival Collections, Research and Technology Strategies, Library Technologies, Technical Services, and Advancement. As a member of the senior leadership team, this position participates in determining overall library direction, resource allocation, and strategic planning aligned with university and campus missions and strategic plans. All Associate Deans promote the Libraries’ culture of diversity and inclusion, and support the values outlined in IU Bloomington’s Campus Bicentennial Strategic Plan (https://provost.indiana.edu/strategic-plan/), the Libraries Strategic Plan (https://libraries.indiana.edu/strategicplan), and the Libraries’ Diversity Strategic Plan (https://libraries.indiana.edu/file/diversity-strategic-plan-20162017pdf ).

The Associate Dean for Research and Learning Services will cultivate an especially effective working relationship with the Associate Dean for Collection Development and Archival Collections to maximize the positive synergies between collection development and outreach/engagement. Working together, they will ensure that outreach/public services and collection development activities of all librarians and staff, regardless of their organizational division, are appropriately directed, supported, and evaluated. 

QUALIFICATIONS

Required:

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree or an advanced degree in a relevant field and appropriate experience in an academic library
  • Substantial demonstrated successful leadership experience in increasingly responsible positions  in an academic/research library
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the role of libraries in teaching, research and scholarship, with expertise in one or more areas of academic library public services
  • Knowledge of trends in technology and their application to libraries
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal and communication skills to establish and maintain  productive working relationships with academic units and departments, administrators and researchers
  • Ability to serve as an advocate and representative for the Libraries
  • Effective supervisory and team building experience
  • Strong record of professional contributions and engagement, including publications, presentations, and service in local, regional and/or national organizations
  • Ability to meet the requirements of a tenure-track librarian position (https://libraries.indiana.edu/file/promotion-and-tenure-criteria-iub-librarians-pdf).
  • 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

Preferred:

  • A second Master’s degree
  • Demonstrated ability to lead organizational change
  • Experience in financial management and success in grant writing
  • Experience in development, fundraising, and donor relations
  • Demonstrated experience in library assessment data analysis

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:

TO APPLY

Review of applications will begin Tuesday, September 5, 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 additional information about the Libraries, campus resources, and Bloomington please see https://libraries.indiana.edu/libpers.
For more information about Indiana University Bloomington go to https://www.indiana.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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