Reference and Instruction Librarian, Abington Campus Library

The Pennsylvania State University Libraries invite applications and nominations for a tenure-track Reference and Instruction Librarian at the Penn State Abington campus.  We seek a proactive and creative librarian to provide general and specialized reference services.  Duties of this position include collaborating with colleagues at Abington and across the Libraries in planning, delivery, and evaluation of library instruction and reference services. The position serves as liaison to the Science and Engineering Division, the Nursing program, and ACURA, the College’s undergraduate research program. Major responsibilities include course-related and course-integrated library instruction, in-person and virtual reference service; development of print and web-based research and instructional materials; consultation with faculty to support their research and course development; participation in collection development with responsibility for building and maintaining collections across the curriculum; participation in the review and development of library policies and procedures; and participation in faculty governance and University service. In addition to these duties, tenure track library faculty are expected to publish in scholarly journals, present at conferences, and demonstrate service to the University and the profession. The University Libraries values diversity of thought, perspective, experience and people, and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect.  We encourage candidates to apply who thrive in a welcoming multicultural environment. More information on Penn State’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence, can be found by visiting http://equity.psu.edu/psu-diversity-statement. For additional information about the Libraries’ diversity efforts, please visit https://libraries.psu.edu/about/diversity.

Requirements:

Requires a MLS degree from an ALA-accredited program (or equivalent); experience with reference and bibliographic instruction; demonstrated knowledge of academic and library social media applications; strong knowledge of print and electronic information resources; excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Some evening and/or weekend work is required.

Environment:

The Penn State University Libraries are a strategic asset to Penn State, advancing intellectual discovery, information literacy, and lifelong learning, all in support of the University’s strategic goals in teaching, research, service, and outreach.  The University Libraries is ranked among the top 10 research libraries in North America, according to the Association for Research Libraries investment rankings, and provides services at University Park and 22 other campus locations throughout Pennsylvania as well as online. We serve more than 6,400 faculty and 46,800 students at University Park, and approximately 97,500 students university-wide. More than 120 faculty librarians in the University Libraries benefit from extensive technological resources and research support services. Penn State, a land-grant institution, is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance and the Association of American Universities. The University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the international Center for Research Libraries.

Penn State Abington is located in the Philadelphia area, 15 miles north of Center City. In a diverse, multicultural, and student-centered setting, the Abington College offers 18 baccalaureate degrees and the first 2 years of coursework for over 160+ Penn State majors to approximately 4000 students.  The College will open its first residence hall in Fall of 2017.

Compensation and Benefits:

This is a tenure-track faculty position.  Rank and salary are dependent upon qualifications and experience. In addition, faculty in the University Libraries are afforded funds for professional development travel annually. Faculty may be asked to travel as official representatives of the Libraries to certain events and those trips are reimbursed at full cost within limits established by the University.

Application Instructions:

Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted online.   To be considered for the position, interested candidates should upload a letter of application, resume or C.V., and the names and contact information of three professional references (including email addresses).   Review of applications will begin July 3, 2017 and continue until position is filled.  Questions may be addressed to Lindsey Harter, Faculty Search Coordinator, at lap225@psu.edu.

 

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