Visual Literacy and Resources Librarian at Indiana University – Bloomington, IN



Position Summary

The Indiana University Bloomington (IUB) Libraries seek a dynamic, innovative, and service-oriented individual for the Visual Literacy and Resources Librarian in the Scholars’ Commons. Working closely with the Art, Architecture, and Design Librarian, the person in this position will serve as a resource for a variety of constituencies across a number of departments including, but not limited to the School of Art, Architecture, and Design, as well as the Art History Department, and will address inquiries related to finding and using digital image resources. The incumbent will serve as the visual resources contact person for library staff and for other departments across the IUB campus, including the departments of History, Religious Studies, Folklore, History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine, Slavic and East European Studies, African Studies, and the School of Global and International Studies. This position works in close collaboration with library colleagues in the Digital Collections Services and Research & Learning Services divisions.

The Scholars’ Commons department of the Indiana University Bloomington Libraries includes four librarians and two staff employees who are responsible for reference and research support services in an interdisciplinary, collaborative hub that offers easy access to experts for every stage of scholarship.


Reporting to the Head of the Scholars’ Commons, the individual in this position will provide general and specialized research and instructional support related to finding and using all formats of images and will support collection management activities to build teaching-focused image collections for departments and units across the IUB campus. This position will participate in the activities and initiatives of the Scholars’ Commons department, and will provide expertise in the physical and digital research environments of the Scholars’ Commons through reference services, collection support, and instruction for the research community. Additional responsibilities include:

  • Promote visual materials and actively engage with faculty to advance visual literacy via teaching and learning opportunities across the IUB campus.
  • Manage and develop teaching image collections for History of Art and other departments across campus who use images for teaching and research. Consult closely with faculty about image acquisitions and accession image orders for inclusion in the library’s teaching image repository (currently JSTOR Forum).
  • Provide research and publishing support in collaboration with campus faculty, the Copyright Librarian, and the Scholarly Communication Librarian.
  • In alignment with the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, provide instruction to faculty and students in best practices for image use, search and retrieval of image content, and provide visual literacy instruction to groups and individuals through research consultations, workshop presentations, and course-integrated instruction sessions.
  • Foster strategic partnerships with campus partners and special collections, such as the Eskenazi Museum of Art, the Office of Scholarly Publishing (OSP) and the Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning (CITL), and maintain a close and sustained connection with the library’s Arts & Humanities department and the Digital Collections Services department.
  • Explore new technologies and liaise with the Libraries Arts and Humanities department to integrate and align workflows as appropriate.
  • Inform the development and use of image-based repository services including Image Collections Online and forthcoming Samvera-based digital image repository service.
  • Responsible for digital image metadata creation and delivery to support best practices in digital image collections.
  • Explore potential innovation in open-access platforms, and collaborations across the IU Library system, and potentially with the Big Ten Academic Alliance and the Samvera Community.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with partners across campus such as the Arts & Humanities Council and the Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities.
  • Train and supervise temporary student and staff employees in tasks related to digital image production, image cataloging, and image technologies/research support.
  • In collaboration with Communications staff and library colleagues, curate digital displays of new materials/collections in public areas and make use of social media tools and outlets to promote image resources, collections, and services.
  • Contribute to developments in the field of librarianship through active professional engagement and independent scholarship consistent with a library faculty appointment.
  • Promote the Libraries’ culture of diversity and inclusion, and support the values outlined in Indiana University Bloomington’s Campus Strategic Plan and the Libraries’ Diversity Strategic Plan (



  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library Science (MLS) or equivalent education or experience or a graduate degree or equivalent experience in an art, architecture, art history, or design field.
  • Experience in information/visual literacy instruction, including knowledge of instructional design, pedagogy, and assessment principles for effective information/visual literacy instruction.
  • Evidence of strong user engagement and a public service orientation.
  • 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 and research support.
  • Knowledge of image-based digital asset management systems such as JSTOR Forum (formerly ARTstor Shared Shelf), Luna, CONTENTdm, or open-source alternatives.
  • Knowledge of digital imaging standards and best practices for archival digitization of images and three-dimensional image capture.
  • Knowledge of, enthusiasm for, and experience in the application of new technologies in the evolving academic information environment.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the values 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 (…)
  • Ability to meet the requirements of a tenure or tenure-track position at the IU Libraries (… )


  • Two or more years of experience in an academic/research library or in a visual resources or museum setting.
  • Familiarity with the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF).
  • Experience working on projects with software development teams.
  • Familiarity with concepts of digital scholarship.
  • Knowledge and understanding of key issues and trends that affect academic libraries and higher education.
  • Ability to handle multiple responsibilities in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Supervisory experience.

To Apply

Applications received by Friday, May 10, 2019, will be given full consideration. 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 205, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405 – Phone: 812-855-8196 – Fax: 812-855-2576 – Email:

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