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Open Scholarship Resident, Indiana University (apply by March 30)





The Indiana University Libraries invites applications for its Open Scholarship Resident position, which is a part of the IU Libraries Diversity Resident Program (https://libraries.indiana.edu/file/iu-libraries-diversity-resident-programpdf).   We designed this three-year appointed position to provide an immersion into academic librarianship allowing the incumbent to demonstrate skills at a professional level, develop a professional network, and be prepared for future career opportunities.

The IU Libraries established our Diversity Resident Program as part of our membership in the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance (http://www.ala.org/acrl/issues/diversityalliance). Residents will be part of a cohort established by ACRL Diversity Alliance member universities (http://www.ala.org/acrl/issues/diversityalliance/2018roster).  The purpose of the resident program is to bring diverse candidates into the profession, engaging them in professional learning and service at Indiana University and, ultimately, preparing them for a career in academic librarianship. This position supports the IU Libraries commitment to build a diverse profession and foster appreciation of diversity.

The Open Scholarship Resident will work in the Scholarly Communication Department in collaboration with partners such as the IU Press, reporting to the Head of the Scholarly Communication Department. They will be tasked with developing a program to assess and improve research impact and affordability of open content at Indiana University with emphasis on bibliometric assessment, affordable textbooks, open educational resources, altmetrics, and qualitative assessments. The Resident will evaluate impact, inclusiveness, and access in the IU Libraries’ repositories and publishing program in order to develop an impact and affordability programmatic plan with actionable items to increase representation in the repositories, expand access to affordable resources, and engage underrepresented groups in academic publishing supported by the IU Libraries. This programmatic plan will be integral in the Scholarly Communication Department’s implementation of the IU Libraries Diversity Strategic Plan (https://libraries.indiana.edu/file/diversity-strategic-plan-20162017pdf) and the IU Libraries (https://libraries.indiana.edu/file/iu-libraries-strategic-plan-2016-2020-pdf) and IUB Campus Strategic Plans (https://provost.indiana.edu/doc/IUB-Bicentennial-Strategic-Plan.pdf).

The resident will participate in the operational responsibilities of the Scholarly Communication Department with emphasis on tasks that promote accessibility. This includes XML-first publishing workflows for open access journals, content recruitment for the repository and journals programs, metadata enhancement in the institutional repository, development of digital textbooks and scholarly editions in the Pressbooks platform, development of educational resources for the IU community, agile project management, and instructional sessions and the development of online course content on impact and affordability.

As a member of the IU Libraries faculty, the resident will be appointed at the faculty rank of Visiting Librarian (see Bloomington Library Faculty (BLF) Handbook: https://libraries.indiana.edu/about/bloomington-library-faculty) (non-tenure track). The resident will work in a variety of strategically central areas of the IU Libraries on a rotational basis. These areas may include but are not limited to Library Technologies, Digital Collections, IU Press, Teaching & Learning, Assistive Technology & Accessibility Centers, and User Experience. As a Visiting Librarian, the resident is strongly encouraged to engage in professional research and publication.


  • Working with librarians, faculty, students, staff, and other stakeholders to evaluate affordability at IU Bloomington and provide consultations services around improving impact of IU-authored research and open content
  • Identifying opportunities to improve the impact and reach of IU-authored scholarship
  • Identifying opportunities to create, improve, and disseminate open and affordable resources
  • Consulting with faculty, staff, and students on research impact, open educational resources, and affordable content
  • Generating research impact reports to support collection development, subject liaison outreach, open access implementation, and administration
  • Developing a plan to increase library publishing for underrepresented groups on campus



  • Master’s Degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA accredited program or an advanced degree in computer science, literature, journalism, publishing, humanities and an interest in creating a career in libraries.
  • Interest in scholarly research, publishing, open access, affordable course content, and open educational resources
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated interest in professional development and contribution
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity and multicultural initiatives and the ability to advance the IU Libraries’ goals of diversity and inclusion as outlined in the IU Libraries Diversity Strategic Plan.
  • Ability to work in a team environment collaboratively, and build working relationships with library and campus colleagues.


  • Experience with or knowledge of quantitative and qualitative methods for data analysis and analysis of user or bibliometric data
  • Experience with or knowledge of indicators of research impact and emerging alternative measures of impact of scholarship
  • Experience with or knowledge of scholarly publishing and editorial workflows
  • Experience with or knowledge of data visualization tools
  • Experience with or knowledge of tools such as the Tableau business intelligence platform


For full consideration, please submit application materials by March 30, 2018.  The position will remain open until filled. Interested candidates should review the application requirements and submit their application at https://indiana.peopleadmin.com. 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: libpers@indiana.edu.

The Indiana University Libraries are committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce. We encourage all employees to incorporate fully their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work and towards the fulfillment of our mission. 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.