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Instruction Librarian for the Arts and Humanities, Indiana University, (Bloomington, IN)

Indiana University Libraries seeks an innovative, collaborative, and creative Research and Instruction Librarian for the Arts and Humanities to connect and support faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students with services and resources and provide assistance across several arts and humanities subjects. Subjects that will be a part of this librarian’s portfolio include History, Religious Studies, and Jewish Studies, with opportunities to take on other subject responsibilities depending on interest.

We envision the librarian in this position having knowledge and expertise in humanities research methodologies through interest, experience, or degrees, preferably some combination thereof, and collaborating with faculty members, researchers, and students across the entire lifecycle of research and scholarship.

The Librarian for Arts and Humanities will be part of a team of librarians in the Research and Learning Division of IU Libraries. Librarians and professional staff in this division collaborate with faculty and students on research skills and techniques, information and data literacies, collection development, and emerging technologies to support and enable scholarship. The Librarian will build programs and partnerships that enhance teaching and learning, facilitate research productivity, and support interdisciplinary collaboration and scholarship. The successful candidate will also work closely with special collections and archives to support teaching and research and collaborate on outreach, selection, and purchasing of digital collections.

The Research and Learning Division embraces experimentation with new programs and services, leverages opportunities for partnerships with campus support centers and research institutes, fosters an inclusive and respectful learning environment and engages meaningfully with library and campus colleagues to advance shared goals. We strongly encourage those who will further advance the IU Libraries’ commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive community, including those from historically underrepresented groups, to apply for this position. We welcome applicants with various experiences, including those relatively new to the profession.


  • Promote the IU Libraries culture of diversity and inclusion and support the values outlined in the IUB Libraries Diversity Strategic Plan
  • Actively engage with faculty, instructors, students, and colleagues to establish partnerships, build strong working relationships, and support various teaching and research needs.
  • Develop research collections in multiple formats and languages to serve the IU academic community’s research, teaching, and learning needs.
  • Identify opportunities to collaborate with faculty and instructors to scaffold and integrate information literacy concepts into assignments, courses, and curricula.
  • Actively engage in opportunities to integrate library tools, expertise, and resources into courses, instructor development sessions, and co-curricular programming.
  • Design and maintain instructional materials, online learning objects, and research tools such as online modules, guides, and tutorials for self-directed learning, and present instructional workshops supporting student and faculty research needs.
  • Engage in and facilitate consistent communication with campus constituencies.
  • Conduct regular assessments of research support and instructional activities to identify new and emerging needs and opportunities for improvement and expansion.
  • Contribute to and participate in campus, department, and library events, programs, and outreach initiatives.
  • Develop research guides and provide general reference and specialized research consultations in-person and online.
  • Maintain awareness of various research tools, methodologies, and resources appropriate for student and faculty scholarship.
  • Provide consultation and guidance on scholarly communication issues such as open access, open educational resources, and data management and collaborate with library colleagues to address related researcher needs.


Applicants are encouraged to think broadly and communicate how their skills and experiences transfer to the qualifications in ways that may not be obvious.

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science; candidates with an advanced degree in a relevant subject and appropriate experience in an academic setting will also be considered
  • Educational background, professional, or pre-professional experience in a discipline covered by this position

·         Experience in collection development and management and familiarity with collaborative approaches to interdisciplinary collection development

  • Knowledge of or experience in providing research support to students and researchers
  • Demonstrated experience or interest in delivering instruction at the college level and ability to plan and deliver instructional programming
  • Demonstrated interest or experience with outreach to students, researchers, and instructors
  • Demonstrated familiarity and interest in applying new tools and skills to support both established and emerging research methods
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and knowledgeably
  • Demonstrated ability to work creatively, independently, flexibly, and collaboratively in a team environment
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering an environment of equity, diversity, and inclusion

·         Evidence of ability for ongoing professional development and contribution

·         Knowledge of Western European Languages

Preferred Qualifications

Candidates do not need to meet all preferred qualifications to be considered for this position.

  • Grounding in historical scholarship and methods
  • Experience with supporting citation management
  • Minimum two years of library work experience
  • Experience with, or coursework in, digital humanities
  • Knowledge of or experience with applying concepts of the ACRL Information Literacy Framework
  • Experience and aptitude with instructional technologies


The salary range is $62,000 – $72,000 per year; benefits include a university healthcare plan, a 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 complete list of benefit programs, please refer to the following resources:


Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications received by February 23, 2024, will receive full consideration, but the search 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 205, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405 – Phone: 812-855-8196 – Fax: 812-855- 2576 – Email: [email protected].  Expected start date: April 1, 2024. Please note that this date is flexible.

For more information about Indiana University Bloomington, go to For information about working and living in Bloomington, Indiana:

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment based on individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

“Before a conditional offer of employment with tenure is finalized, candidates will be asked to disclose any pending investigations or previous findings of sexual or professional misconduct. They will also be required to authorize an inquiry by Indiana University Bloomington with all current and former employers along these lines. The relevance of information disclosed or ascertained in the context of this process to a candidate’s eligibility for hire will be evaluated by Indiana University Bloomington on a case-by-case basis. Applicants should be aware, however, that Indiana University Bloomington takes the matters of sexual and professional misconduct very seriously.”