Reference Services/Media Librarian

Kristine R. Brancolini (
Wed, 27 Sep 2000 12:14:30 -0700 (PDT)

The posting below is for the reconfigured version of my former position in
the IU Libraries. I was appointed Director of the Digital Library
Program on August 1. I continue to serve as Media Librarian until this
position is filled. I'm a member of the search and screen committee and
I hope that some of you will consider applying. The media collection here
is wonderful and enjoys strong financial support. This position is an
excellent opportunity for someone who wants to combine general reference
work with media librarianship. Plus, Bloomington is a fabulous place to
live. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about the
position. -- Kris

Kristine R. Brancolini, Media/Digital Library Program
Main Library E170, 1320 E. Tenth Street
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: 812.855.3710 | Fax: 812.856.2062 | Email:


Indiana University Libraries, Bloomington
Reference Services and Media Librarian
Undergraduate Library Services/Information Commons

The Indiana University Libraries in Bloomington are seeking an enthusiastic,
service-oriented and innovative individual for the position of Reference
Services and Media Librarian.

The Indiana University Libraries are one of the leading academic research
library systems in North America, providing strong collections, quality
service and instructional programs, and leadership in the application of
information technologies. The university community includes approximately
92,000 students and 4,600 faculty on eight campuses. The IU Libraries
consist of 20 libraries on the Bloomington campus, five libraries in
Indianapolis, and a library at each of the six campuses across the state.

The Bloomington campus, located in the rolling hills of Southern Indiana,
has a student enrollment of 36,000 and faculty numbering 1,600. The
Bloomington libraries house over five million cataloged volumes and other
extensive and diverse collections that include manuscripts, photographs,
music, sound recordings, film, and electronic media. The IU Libraries are
active members of regional and national associations and consortia,
including the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, the Association of
Research Libraries' SPARC project, Digital Library Federation, the Center
for Research Libraries, and the Research Libraries Group.

Undergraduate Library Services (UGLS) provides services and collections that
target the curriculum needs of IU's undergraduate students. During the
coming year, through a planned renovation that promotes the use of advanced
information technology, including multi-media equipment, the UGLS public
services will become an Information Commons. This area will be a hub for
library and complementary campus-partnership services--drawing users into an
attractive, secure, and highly computerized environment with help available
for information and technical needs. The Information Commons will extend the
concept of the traditional library to include complementary services that
users expect in a large, centrally located facility such as the Main
Library. The Information Commons will include over 200 individual and group
configured workstations providing access to research databases, multi-media
and productivity software, reference services, career information, and
writing tutorial help.

The Main Library also houses the media resource collection in support of all
academic disciplines. The video collection is comprised of more than 10,000
videocassettes and 1,000 laserdiscs and a small, but growing collection of
DVDs. The collection includes documentary films; feature films and other
creative works; and performances of plays, operas, and ballets. The
audiocassette collection is comprised of nearly 4,000 spoken-word
audiocassettes and CDs covering a broad range of topics. For more
information see the Media Services home page:

RESPONSIBILITIES: Under the direction of the Head of Undergraduate Library
Services, oversee and provide leadership in the delivery of traditional and
new reference services for the Information Commons. Hire, train, supervise
and evaluate reference desk graduate student assistants. Participate in all
programs of UGLS/Information Commons, sharing responsibility for general
reference service (including some night and weekend hours on a rotating
basis), orientation activities, development of Web resources, and selection
of UGLS materials; select UGLS reference materials; share in the planning,
delivery, and evaluation of Information Commons' services and collections;
work with other reference service points to coordinate reference services
and collections. Serve as the Media librarian: select media in all
appropriate formats and reference works; work with other collection managers
on joint purchases; provide reference support for users of the Media
collections and services; develop the content of the Media Web site;
evaluate and implement new and emerging multimedia technologies and
services; work closely with the Head of Customer and Access Services, who
oversees the daily operations of the Media Center, on the purchase of new
equipment and on the development of new user services and policies.

QUALIFICATIONS: Required: MLS from an ALA-accredited library school or
equivalent combination of education and experience; academic library
reference experience; demonstrated supervisory experience; excellent oral
and written communication skills with demonstrated ability to work and
communicate effectively with a variety of staff and patrons; strong
commitment to quality user services; demonstrated ability to provide
instructional presentations; familiarity with media content and technology
and its potential for network applications; successful experience working in
a collaborative environment. Preferred: Knowledge of HTML and the creation
of web pages; experience selecting reference materials and databases;
advanced degree in a media related area (film/video, cinema studies,
instructional technology), or BA/S degree in an appropriate field; media
librarianship experience or familiarity with the higher education media
market; hands-on experience with instructional technologies and digital

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary and rank are negotiable and competitive
dependent upon qualifications and experience. This is a tenure-track
academic appointment that includes eligibility for sabbatical leaves.
Benefits include a university health care plan, TIAA/CREF retirement/annuity
plan, group life insurance, and liberal vacation and sick leave.

TO APPLY: Send letter of application, professional vita, and the names,
addresses, and phone numbers of four references to:

Yolanda Cooper-Birdine, Libraries Human Resources Officer
Indiana University Libraries
Main Library C-201
Bloomington, IN 47405
812-855-8196; Fax: 812-855-2576; e-mail:

Review of applications will begin October 20, 2000 and continue until the
position is filled.

For further information concerning Indiana University: <>.

Indiana University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Betty Bell
Libraries Human Resources
Main Library C-201
(812) 855-8196