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 ( 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 Libraries seek a dynamic, innovative, and collegial individual to serve in the position of Digital Preservation Librarian. The Digital Preservation Librarian will lead the development and implementation of preservation strategies and policies for digital collections for the IU Libraries, including both digitized and born-digital materials. The position reports to the Head of Digital Collections Services within the Library Technologies division of the Libraries.

The successful candidate will join a robust local community of librarians and information technology professionals active in building digital collections through digitization, born-digital acquisitions, and deposit of faculty research work, and in building and managing digital repository environments to support these collections. The Digital Preservation Librarian will be an active participant in major university initiatives such as the Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative (, which seeks to comprehensively digitize and preserve audio, video, and film holdings of value from across the university; and the Enterprise Scholarly Systems initiative, a collaboration between the IU Libraries in Bloomington, IUPUI University Library in Indianapolis, and IU’s University Information Technology Services to establish enterprise-wide digital repository services for IU collections. The Digital Preservation Librarian will also be actively engaged in IU’s participation in national and international initiatives such as the Digital Preservation Network ( and Samvera Community (

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.


Working closely with librarians and staff in Library Technologies, Scholarly Communication, Preservation, and special collections units such as University Archives, as well as with University Information Technology Services-Research Technologies and other library, campus, and university units, the Digital Preservation Librarian will:

  • Play a lead role in establishing a cohesive digital preservation program at IU including development of an effective and achievable strategy to ensure long-term viability of university digital assets regardless of format
  • Assist in the ongoing development of requirements and specifications for digital materials that the library acquires
  • Advise both library staff and external content creators on digital content lifecycle issues and strategies for digital content preservation
  • Participate in the development of digital preservation strategies for research data
  • Participate in the development of digital preservation strategies for audio, video, and film media as part of IU’s Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative
  • Develop preservation policies for IU’s digital repository environments, including Fedora, DSpace, and Samvera
  • Oversee the Libraries’ Born Digital Preservation Lab, supporting transfer of born-digital files from physical media
  • Serve as liaison to the Indiana University (IU) community for digital preservation projects and initiatives related to digital collections and data
  • Contribute to the IU Libraries’ participation in consortial efforts such as Digital Preservation Network (DPN), Academic Preservation Trust (APTrust), and Samvera
  • Represent the university in matters concerning digital preservation at the local, national, and international level
  • Promote the Libraries’ culture of diversity and inclusion, and support the values outlined in Indiana University Bloomington’s Campus Strategic Plan ( and the Libraries’ Diversity Strategic Plan (



  • 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
  • Demonstrated knowledge of digital preservation issues, strategies, standards, and best practices
  • Knowledge or awareness of digital preservation and trustworthy digital repository standards such as OAIS, TRAC, Data Seal of Approval, and ISO 16363
  • Familiarity with national and international collaborative digital preservation efforts
  • Experience with digital repository technologies such as Samvera, Fedora, DSpace, and LOCKSS
  • Experience with metadata standards such as MARC, EAD, Dublin Core, MODS, METS, PREMIS, PBCore, EBUCore, and/or AES57
  • An understanding of digital objects in various formats (text, image, audio and/or video) and best practices and standards associated with each format
  • Knowledge or awareness of tools and technology standards typically used in digital library environments
  • Experience with multiple computer platforms including Linux, Windows, and/or macOS
  • Good organization skills and an aptitude for analytical and detailed work
  • Ability to work independently as well as collegially in a complex, rapidly changing and professionally diverse environment
  • Creative, energetic, and collaborative work style
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • 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
  • Ability to meet the requirements of a tenure-track position at the IU Libraries (


  • Professional work experience in the field of digital preservation, digital libraries, or digital repositories
  • Hands-on experience in use of digital preservation systems in an enterprise-scale environment
  • Experience with markup languages such as HTML and XML,  style sheets such as CSS and XSL, and other XML-related technologies
  • Familiarity with large-scale storage systems such as HPSS and GPFS
  • Experience with archival practices related to born-digital acquisitions
  • Familiarity with best practices and standards for preservation of 3D digital formats
  • Knowledge of and experience with traditional and agile project management methodologies
  • Success in acquiring and developing grant funded projects


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:


Review of applications will begin Monday, September 18, 2017.  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 201, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405 – Phone: 812-855-8196 – Fax: 812-855-2576 – Email:

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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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