Digital Initiatives Librarian – Indiana University – Bloomington, IN

Founded in 1820, Indiana University Bloomington has grown from a small state seminary into the flagship campus of a great public university with over 42,000 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 ( are among the leading academic research library systems in North America, having recently been named the top university library by the Association of College and Research Libraries. The IUB Libraries provide strong collections, quality service and instructional programs, and leadership in the application of information technologies. The collections support every academic discipline on campus and include more than 6.6 million books, journals, maps, films, and audio/visual materials in over 900 languages. Users can access more than 400 databases, 43,000 electronic journals, and 224,000 electronic books, as well as locally developed digital content. Of particular note are the 8-million volume high-density Auxiliary Library Facility (ALF) for preservation and access to the libraries’ collections and archives, and the Lilly Library, the rare books, manuscripts, and special collections library of the Indiana University Libraries, Bloomington.

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 the Hydra community, and are a founding member of HathiTrust, a shared digital repository. IU is the principal investigator for Kuali Open Library Environment (OLE) and is working with academic library partners to develop a next generation open source library management system. The IUB Libraries have been in the forefront of digital library initiatives for over two decades, and continue to support services and foster digital scholarship through the newly-opened Scholars’ Commons in the Herman B Wells Library.

Indiana University Libraries seeks a dynamic, innovative and collaborative individual to support digital scholarship initiatives including: providing guidance for the digitization of special collections, managing existing digital library services and informing the creation of new services, and fostering digital research projects. Reporting to the Head of Digital Collections Services, the Digital Initiatives Librarian leverages expertise across the Indiana University Libraries, bridges various subject domains and communities of practice across the Bloomington campus, and coordinates team members across the broad spectrum of activities required to produce digital resources, from selection and conversion of content to the design of the online resource.


The Digital Initiatives Librarian is responsible for managing projects and contributing to the digital library services provided by the Digital Collections Services department by cultivating working relationships among cross-functional groups while providing expertise and guidance in project planning. The Digital Initiatives Librarian will:

·         Manage and coordinate digital library projects among faculty, librarians, and staff; develop project plans, general project documentation, specifications, workflows, and timelines for successful completion of digital library projects

·         Coordinate the maintenance and development of new digital library services in partnership with Library Technologies staff and related units

·         Support electronic text initiatives including: text encoding following XML standards such as the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI), e-text quality control planning and assessment, e-text training and consultation, coordinate ongoing or new e-text web development; manage the electronic text repository, including setting up new projects, managing users of the repository and workflow tools, and making sure the repository is functioning as it should

·         Actively participate in outreach endeavors: coordinate internships for Digital Collections Services and related departments, manage the Digital Library Brown Bag series; participate in Indiana University Libraries’ Scholars’ Commons programming and training initiatives, including reference and consultation services

·         Assist in setting up new collections or content in the various service areas including Image Collections Online, Electronic Text Services, and Books/Serials; improve workflows for these services as needed

·         Provide guidance for the digitization of special collections in partnership with the Digital Media Specialist and collection managers

·         Leverage technical skills especially with respect to XML and XML-related technologies in managing content migration, sharing collections with aggregators, improving and normalizing encoding and descriptive practices

·         Assist in grant planning, research, and writing



·         An accredited MLS or MIS degree or an equivalent combination of an advanced degree and relevant experience

·         Ability to plan, coordinate and manage digital library projects and diverse partners

·         Knowledge or awareness of metadata and content standards including one or more of MARC, EAD, TEI, VRA Core, Dublin Core, MODS and METS, and AACR2, RDA, CCO, etc.

·         Knowledge 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 markup languages such as HTML and XML; style sheets such as CSS and XSL; and other XML-related technologies

·         Experience with multiple computer platforms including UNIX/Linux, Windows, and Mac OS

·         Good organizational skills and an aptitude for analytical and detailed work

·         Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a complex, rapidly changing and professionally diverse environment

·         Excellent written and oral communication skills


·         Minimum two years’ experience working in an academic library

·         Experience with digital repositories and online publishing platforms such as Fedora, Hydra, Solr, eXtensible Text Framework, Omeka, Open Journal Systems

·         Proficiency with advanced XML-related technologies including XSLT, XQuery and Schematron

·         Knowledge of and/or experience with Linked Data, RDF, and related technologies

·         Experience with relational database technologies

·         Solid understanding and experience with Web application development and version control systems such as Git or SVN

·         Previous work experience at libraries or other units in higher education or research institutions performing similar job functions


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 once achieving tenure. For a full list of benefit programs, please refer to the following resources:

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Review of applications will begin Monday, February 16, 2015.  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.