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Head - Business/SPEA Information Commons, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

The IU Libraries at Bloomington are seeking an innovative and service oriented individual for the position of Head, Business/SPEA Information Commons at the Indiana University Libraries Bloomington.


Reporting to the Head of Social Sciences, the Head of the Business/School of Public and Environmental Affairs Information Commons will serve as the primary contact and library liaison to faculty, students, and staff of the Kelley School of Business and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA).  This position will supervise a staff of one librarian, one professional staff member, and two full-time support staff members who oversee the day-to-day operations of the facility and provide core services such as reference, circulation, some instruction, and reserves. 


The Head of the Business/SPEA Information Commons will be heavily involved in outreach, teaching, and instructional and research support. In addition, this position will be responsible for managing library collection funds.  This position works in close collaboration with library colleagues in the Social Sciences department and within the Research & Learning division, and is a member of the Libraries Managers Roundtable.



  •  Provide vision and strategy for the Information Commons and manage its collections, services, and personnel
  • Lead the Business/SPEA Information Commons personnel in proactive engagement with constituents in order to anticipate and meet needs
  • Develop and manage relationships and explore and maximize partnerships within the Kelley School of Business, the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and the IU Libraries system to facilitate problem solving and patron success and position the Libraries for new and sustained viability
  • Learn and understand the continually evolving research practices and teaching needs of those in the Kelley School of Business and School of Public and Environmental Affairs in order to promote the Business/SPEA Information Commons and its space, services, and collections
  • Create and deliver business-focused library offerings that address university and library strategic initiatives and support user success
  • Contribute to academic course development by providing instructional consultations and teaching support for faculty partners
  • Provide research support to faculty, students, staff, and the community at large
  • Serve as a resource for librarians and library staff in queries related to the Business/SPEA Information Commons and the disciplines therein
  • Develop print and electronic collections that meet patron needs and Library philosophies and specifications
  • Apply knowledge of information sources, platforms, and vendors related to Business, Economics, and SPEA disciplines
  • Supervise Business/SPEA Information Commons personnel and provide regular support, evaluations, and development opportunities
  • Ensure the continual development of facilities' policies and management




  • ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library Science (MLS)
  • Ability to work in a team environment and build working relationships with campus colleagues
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well with diverse population of faculty, students, and academic colleagues
  • Experience in collection development and a broad knowledge of information resources for business, public affairs, environmental sciences, or other related social sciences
  • Demonstrated experience in pedagogy, information literacy instruction, and assessment
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver in-person and online research support
  • Supervisory experience
  • 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 (



  • 3-5 years of experience in an academic or research library strongly preferred
  • Knowledge or experience with developing and evaluating services and spaces
  • Ability to handle multiple responsibilities in a rapidly changing environment
  • Knowledge and understanding of key issues and trends that affect academic libraries and higher education


Salary and Benefits

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 tenure-track academic appointment includes eligibility for sabbatical leaves.  For a full list of benefit programs, please refer to the following resources:


To Apply

Applications received by Friday, May 31, 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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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, gender identify or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.

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