Social Sciences Librarian – Indiana University Bloomington Libraries – 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.

The Indiana University Bloomington Libraries seek an innovative and service-oriented individual for the position of Social Sciences Librarian.  Reporting to the Head of Social Sciences, the Social Sciences Librarian will provide reference and instructional support for, and oversee collection development and management in the areas of federal, state, and local government documents. In addition, this position supports reference and support for data collections and collection development and collaborates with the Area Studies Department in the area of international documents. The position actively participates in initiatives of the Reference Services Department to provide the expertise needed in a traditional reference setting as well as in the digital research environment of the Scholars’ Commons. Additionally the position serves as the librarian for the Federal, European Union, United Nations, and Indiana depository library programs and is responsible for oversight of “citizen” services.


  • Support research in the areas of federal, state, and local government information through outreach to faculty and students.
  • Actively supporting teaching in the above subject areas by consulting with faculty on teaching information literacy skills and teaching library instruction sessions.
  • Develop and manage relationships and explore and maximize partnerships within the IU Libraries, relevant departments on campus in collaboration with other librarians, and with state and federal government information programs.
  • Develop and manage print and digital collections in federal, state, and local government documents, as well as data that meet user needs as well as Library philosophies to maximize space, usability, and teaching and research support.
  • Collaboratively, provide successful consultation and instruction about data and use of statistical software and GIS related software.
  • Form new and manage existing partnerships with other Government Documents Libraries including the Government Documents Libraries of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, the Indiana State Library, and other state and public libraries as appropriate.




  • 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.
  • 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 meet the requirements of a tenure-track librarian position.


  • Two or more years of experience in an academic/research library.
  • Ability to handle multiple responsibilities in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Experience teaching in a library setting.
  • Experience providing reference services.
  • Experience in collection development.
  • Experience in government documents.


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 Friday, May 15, 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.