Germanic and Slavic Languages and Linguistics Librarian

The Pennsylvania State University Libraries seeks applications and nominations for a librarian to serve as subject specialist for Germanic and Slavic languages and literatures and Linguistics. Based in the Arts and Humanities Library, this 12 month tenure-track faculty position reports to the head of the Arts and Humanities Library and serves as the liaison to departments and programs in the College of the Liberal Arts including the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, the Linguistics Program, and the Department of Applied Linguistics, and as a subject consultant for students, faculty, and library colleagues at all Penn State campuses including the online World Campus.

Responsibilities of the position include developing research and teaching collections in Germanic and Slavic languages and literatures, linguistics, and applied linguistics; fostering all forms of scholarly communication including digital scholarship and open access; engaging in the intellectual life of relevant departments and programs in the college; promoting information literacy by developing and delivering course-related and other instructional sessions; promoting online learning by developing subject guides, tutorials, and other learning objects; and providing research consultation and reference service in face-to-face and online environments. In addition to these duties, tenure track library faculty are expected to devote time to research, scholarship, and 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 For additional information about the Libraries’ diversity efforts, please visit


Requires a Master of Library Science degree from an ALA-accredited institution (or equivalent), and academic background or relevant experience in Germanic and Slavic languages and literatures. Excellent communication, collaboration and interpersonal skills, and a strong commitment to diversity, equity, respect and inclusion.  Candidates must have the potential for success in the tenure process according to the University Libraries criteria for librarianship, research, and service.

Preferred qualifications: academic background or relevant experience in linguistics or applied linguistics. Experience with digital humanities programs or projects.


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.

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 Benefits: Salary and rank are dependent upon qualifications.  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.   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


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