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Public & Environmental Health Sciences Librarian (Assistant or Associate Librarian), Indiana University Bloomington Libraries, Bloomington, IN


The Indiana University Libraries seek a creative and innovative librarian to liaise with students and scholars engaged in the growing discipline of public health, taking into special account how environmental issues affect human health in a multitude of interdisciplinary ways.  This position provides general and specialized instructional, research, outreach, and collections support through a variety of information sources to the students and faculty in the recently re-imagined and steadily expanding IU Bloomington School of Public Health, specifically the department of Environmental and Occupational Health. The incumbent will also directly serve the Human Biology Program in the College of Arts and Sciences.  This position actively interacts with colleagues who support environmental studies cutting across the whole University on the Bloomington Campus, particularly in the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs (see example links at the end of this posting).  The librarian will report to the Libraries’ Head of Sciences, and join a department that embraces experimentation with new services, opportunities for partnerships with campus academic centers and institutes, and collaborations with colleagues in the Libraries’ Research Data, Scholarly Communication, Government Information, and Social Sciences units, and various IT departments.


  • Provide advanced consultation and research support for literature intensive research projects using appropriate health and environmental sciences databases.
  • Provide responsive, quality teaching and learning support including the development and execution of instruction programs focused on advanced resources for undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Collaborate in programming and engagement activities with librarian colleagues to share research experience and expertise.
  • Support scholarly communication, open access, open educational resources, and open data initiatives in collaboration with campus and library colleagues.
  • With colleagues, participate in understanding research data services; respond to data management needs and requests as appropriate, and collaborate on the development of related outreach and training strategies relating thereto.
  • Keep abreast of evolving technologies and their application in public and environmental health, such as: GIS, data visualization, collection and use of big data, curation and preservation of information, citation impact, and the semantic web.
  • Actively participate in the Libraries’ Assessment program in order to provide responsive services to faculty and students.
  • Promote the Libraries’ culture of diversity and inclusion, and support the values outlined in the Libraries’ Diversity Strategic Plan (



  • ALA-accredited graduate degree in library or information science or international equivalent.  Early career and individuals from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates with an advanced degree in a relevant subject area and appropriate experience in an academic setting will also be considered
  • Demonstrated interest or experience in instruction and/or research consultation.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of public and environmental health disciplinary terminology and familiarity with relevant methods regarding literature access and dissemination.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate on projects and initiatives.
  • Ability to perform autonomously and in team environments.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong commitment to providing research and learning services and to contributing to a proactive and responsive library user-experience.


  • Training in the appraisal of public and/or environmental health literature.
  • Experience with book and journal selection and/or licensing.
  • Familiarity with literature review (e.g. scoping, systematic, meta-analysis, rapid, etc.) search methodologies, guidelines, and standards.
  • Familiarity with GIS resources commonly used within public and environmental health research, data visualization skills.
  • Familiar with MyNCBI Services and NCBI databases (National Center for Biotechnology Information).
  • Knowledge of metadata standards.
  • Knowledge of subject-specific repositories.
  • Familiarity with the NIH and NSF grant processes.
  • Knowledge of the publication process in the health and environmental sciences.
  • Knowledge of traditional and alternative research impact tools.

How to Apply:

Full job description can be found here:

Applications received by Friday August 20, 2021 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: [email protected]. Expected start date:  January 1, 2022.

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