Engineering Instruction Librarian, University Park

You are a creative, risk-taking, solution-finding, passionate, learner-centered, collegial, and caring librarian. We are a supportive, encouraging, resourceful institution offering an inclusive, dynamic, knowledge-rich environment for you to succeed as our Engineering Instruction Librarian. Together we will make a positive difference in the educational and research lives our faculty, students, and staff.

As our Engineering Instruction Librarian, you will be a partner in teaching, learning, student engagement, outreach, and research in order to support Penn State University Park’s College of Engineering, the largest college on the campus. Pivotal duties include developing, implementing, and assessing an engaging platform of learning opportunities and resources scaffolded across the engineering curriculum and focused on information literacy for Engineering and STEM faculty and students.  Contributing to student engagement and outreach efforts, liaising with selected departments, and working collaboratively and enthusiastically with other colleagues and community members are also essential components of this position. We welcome your application and look forward to meeting you.

Duties and Responsibilities

Designing, developing, facilitating, and assessing foundational, advanced level, and course-specific instruction sessions and information literacy workshops in Engineering and STEM liaison areas as part of the Libraries’ teaching and learning program. Strategically designing, developing, integrating, and assessing effective learning objects for Engineering and STEM faculty and students. Collaborating within and beyond the Libraries on initiatives and projects to advance teaching and learning, maximize user experience, utilize instructional technologies, and measure educational contributions. Contributing to Libraries-wide student engagement initiatives by leading efforts to integrate Penn State University Libraries within Engineering and STEM student organizations and other co-curricular learning opportunities. Facilitating research consultations in both face-to-face and online formats with faculty, students, lab groups, research institutes, and other community members and groups. Contributing to the advancement of Penn State Libraries’ programs for scholarly communication in the sciences, data management, data set acquisition and management, open access initiatives, open educational resources, and entrepreneurship. Participating in library, college, and university shared governance as a faculty librarian. Remaining abreast of current developments in library and information sciences and devoting time to research, scholarly activity, and service to the University, the public, and the profession. Please visit to learn more about the University Libraries Promotion and Tenure Guidelines. Some evening and/or weekend work is required.


Requires a Masters of Library Science degree from an ALA-accredited institution (or equivalent); Knowledge of Engineering and STEM information sources, including Compendex, Inspec, IEEE Digital Library, technical reports, and standards; Demonstrated ability to clearly convey library skills to large and small groups, individuals, and online learners; Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; Ability to work independently and collaboratively; Strong commitment to diversity, equity, respect and inclusion; and the potential to achieve the requirements for tenure and promotion in the areas of librarianship, research, and service.  An advanced degree or graduate level study in engineering, the physical or natural sciences, technology, or other STEM fields is strongly preferred.  Early career librarians are encouraged to apply.


The College of Engineering has 12 departments and schools offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in a broad spectrum of engineering, computer science, and technological disciplines, as well as more than 30 research centers and laboratories. Undergraduate enrollment stands at well over 10,000 students, with graduate enrollment numbers close to 1,500, employing over 250 faculty. All academic departments offer degrees through the doctoral level and most are ranked in the top twenty nationally. The College of Engineering is embarking on several exciting initiatives including a new building plan and gender equity efforts. The current strategic plan focuses on the globalization of engineering, sustainable options, entrepreneurship and innovation, and enhancing diversity. More information on the College can be found at

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 is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the Association of American Universities, and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. The University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, Digital Preservation Network, AP Trust, SPARC, CNI, the ACRL Diversity Alliance and a number of other organizations.

The University Park campus is set in the State College metropolitan area, a university town located in central Pennsylvania. State College offers a vibrant community with outstanding recreational facilities, a low crime rate, and excellent public schools. The campus is within a half-day's drive to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, or Pittsburgh. The University Park Airport is served by three major carriers with flights to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago and Detroit. For more information, please visit and

Compensation and Rank:

This is a tenure-track faculty position. Rank and salary are dependent upon qualifications and experience. Fringe benefits include liberal vacation, excellent insurance and health care coverage, state or TIAA retirement options, and educational privileges. 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.

Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted online.  Interested candidates should upload a letter of application, resume or C.V., and the names and contact information of four professional references (including email addresses).  Review of applications will begin February 1, 2019 and continue until position is filled. 


Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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