Opening: E-Science Librarian at Indiana University

The IU Bloomington Libraries are seeking an energetic, innovative and service-oriented individual for the newly created position of E-Science Librarian at the Indiana University Bloomington Libraries. Reporting to the Head of the IUScholarWorks Department, the person in this position will also serve as an active member of the Libraries’ Science Discipline Focused Working Group.

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 IU Libraries system consists of eighteen libraries on the Bloomington campus, five libraries in Indianapolis, and a library at each of the other six campuses across the state. 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.

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 is a founding member of HathiTrust, a shared digital repository. IU is the principle investigator for Kuali Open Library Environment (OLÉ) and is working with academic library partners to develop a next generation open source library management system.

The IU Bloomington Libraries collaborate extensively with University Information Technology Services (UITS) Research Technologies, UITS Enterprise Software, and the Data to Insight Center within the Pervasive Technology Institute. Primary areas of collaboration include shared infrastructure for data curation and mass storage for projects and services such as IUScholarWorks, the Digital Library Program, HathiTrust, including a shared virtual computing infrastructure known as the IU Intelligent Infrastructure and a multi-petabyte archival storage system mirrored between IU’s Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses. In 2010, a university-wide task force, led by a Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Data to Insight Center, submitted a report recommending the establishment of an “organizational entity” to play a leadership role in supporting data management and preservation. This position will play a key role in that initiative.


Reporting to the Head of the IUScholarWorks Department, the E-Science Librarian will:

  • Actively participate in university-wide initiatives to develop and design policies, sustainable services, and infrastructure to enable faculty and students to preserve and make available their research data
  • Partner with internal units (such as Digital Library Program and IU Science Libraries) and external units (such as Vice Provost for Research, UITS Research Technologies and the Data to Insight Center) to develop a data-publishing model that leverages IUScholarWorks and other library services in support of data management and preservation
  • Assist faculty with development of data management plans for grant applications
  • Serve as active member of IUScholarWorks Department, contributing to departmental initiatives and leading specific projects
  • Working closely with science librarians, incorporate support for data management and preservation into library services
  • Maintain close engagement with issues relating to scholarly communications such as copyright, open access, and data management and preservation

Applicants are encouraged to review the following sites:

  • “Indiana University Guidance on NSF Data Management Plans”: April 2011.
  • “Scientists Seeking NSF Funding Will Soon Be Required to Submit Data Management Plans”:
  • “Empowering People, The University Information Technology Services Strategic Plan” (Note Action Items 37 D and 70 C):



  • ALA accredited master’s degree in library or information science or related degree
  • Proven ability to effectively lead, manage, and deliver on multiple projects
  • Demonstrated subject knowledge and experience in the sciences
  • Demonstrated knowledge of issues and technical challenges related to the use and archiving of digital data
  • Proven familiarity with applications that support data preservation, curation and management
  • Experience with institutional or subject repository systems
  • Demonstrated capacity to work effectively and collegially with staff at all levels as well as with faculty and students
  • Strong commitment to public service
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well with diverse population of faculty, students, and academic colleagues
  • Must be able to meet the requirements of a tenure-track librarian position


  •  Second advanced degree in science discipline
  • Experience with one or more of the following web technologies: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, Perl, Java
  • Experience with DSpace, Fedora, or other repository software
  • Experience with XML, XSLT, and relational databases
  • Experience working in Windows, Mac, Linux/Unix environments
  • Experience with content creation/publishing tools
  • Experience with metadata applications for research data and digital preservation
  • At least three years of experience as a professional librarian


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

  • Web site:
  • Video:
  • Brochure:


Review of applications will begin on August 15, 2011. The position will remain open until filled. Please send letter of application, professional vita, and the names/addresses/telephone numbers of four references to:

Jennifer Chaffin
Director of Human Resources
Libraries Human Resources
Herman B Wells Library 201B
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: 812-855-8196
Fax: 812-855-2576

For more information about Indiana University Bloomington, go to

Indiana University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Indiana University has a strong commitment to principles of diversity and in that spirit seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

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