Film Archivist, Bloomington, Indiana, USA

Film Archivist

Assistant/Associate Librarian

Indiana University Bloomington Libraries


The Indiana University Bloomington Libraries seek a dynamic, innovative, and collegial individual to serve in the position of Film Archivist for the IU Libraries Film Archive.


Founded in 1820, Indiana University Bloomington has grown from a small state seminary into the flagship campus of a great public university with over 42,000 students and almost 3,000 faculty. Innovation, creativity, and academic freedom are hallmarks of IU Bloomington and its world-class contributions in research and the arts. The campus covers over 1,800 wooded acres and is distinctive for both its park-like beauty and an architectural heritage inspired by local craftsmanship in limestone.


The Indiana University Bloomington Libraries ( are among the leading academic research library systems in North America, having recently been named the top university library by the Association of College and Research Libraries. The IUB Libraries provide strong collections, quality service and instructional programs, and leadership in the application of information technologies. The IU Libraries system consists of twenty libraries on the Bloomington campus, five libraries in Indianapolis, and a library at each of the other six campuses across the state. The collections support every academic discipline on campus and include more than 6.6 million books, journals, maps, films, and audio/visual materials in over 900 languages. Users can access more than 400 databases, 43,000 electronic journals, and 224,000 electronic books, as well as locally developed digital content.


The Indiana University Libraries’ Film Archive ( was born in 2010 with the transfer of 74,000 films into the Auxiliary Library Facility and the creation of the unit, and is one of the largest film archives in an academic library in the country. Almost immediately after it was created, the IU Libraries’ Film Archive was accepted as a member of the prestigious International Federation of Film Archives. As part of the Collection Development Department in the Libraries, the Film Archive represents one of the most notable and respected special collections in the Libraries, and contributes directly to the library’s mission to support and strengthen teaching, learning, and research by providing the collections, services, and environments that lead to intellectual discovery.  The IU Libraries’ Film Archive plays a leadership role in planning for and implementing the Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative, a university-wide initiative to digitize time-based media.



Reporting to the Director of the IU Libraries’ Film Archive, the individual in this position will:

·         Provide reference services and research consultations and support to faculty, students, staff, and the community at large

·         Assist with collection development, management and inventorying

·         Inspect and prepare films for patron use, digitization and projection

·         Assist with grant proposals and project management

·         Manage and develop preservation projects, online exhibits and collaborative national collection related projects

·         Assist with prioritizing of cataloging/conservation/preservation of film collections

·         Keep abreast of developments related to moving image archiving, digital collection management and related issues

·         Contribute to the developments in the field of moving image archives through active professional engagement and research, presenting and publishing in appropriate venues

·         Develop regional, national and international partnerships and collaborations

·         Hire, train and supervise graduate students

·         Serve as an active member of the Collection Development Department




·         ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library Science (MLS) or equivalent education or experience

·         Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of film, video and digital moving image formats and preservation issues

·         Ability to work in a team environment and build working relationships with campus colleagues

·         Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well with diverse populations of faculty, students, researchers and academic colleagues

·         Experience in collection development and a broad knowledge of information resources for moving image collections

·         Experience in moving image archives including motion picture film-handling experience.

·         Excellent communication skills

·         Ability to meet the requirements of a tenure-track librarian position


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







For full consideration, applications must be received prior to February 17, 2014.  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 201

Indiana University

Bloomington, IN 47405

Phone:  812-855-8196

Fax:  812-855-2576



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Indiana University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  Indiana University has a strong commitment to principles of diversity and in that spirit seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.