Reference and Instruction Librarian

The Pennsylvania State University Libraries seeks applications for a Reference and Instruction Librarian at the Penn State Beaver campus for a one-year, non-tenure track faculty position. We seek a proactive and innovative public services librarian to provide general and specialized instruction and reference services. Major responsibilities include course-related and course-integrated library instruction, in-person and virtual reference service (LibAnswers); development of print and web-based (LibGuides) research and instructional materials; consultation with faculty to support their research and course development; and participation in collection development with responsibility for building and maintaining collections across the curriculum. Some evening and/or weekend work may be required. Duties of this position include collaborating with colleagues at Beaver and across the University Libraries in planning, delivery, and evaluation of library instruction and reference services. 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 Requirements: This position requires a MLS degree from an ALA-accredited program (or equivalent); experience related to information literacy instruction, reference, and research support; strong knowledge of print and electronic information resources; demonstrated commitment to being student-centered; excellent communication and interpersonal skills; ability to work independently and collaboratively; and strong commitment to diversity, equity, respect and inclusion. Preferred qualifications include at least one year of post-MLS experience with relevant reference and instruction experience at an academic or research library and demonstrated experience with current technologies. Environment: Penn State Beaver is located in Monaca, PA, 25 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. In a diverse, multicultural, and student-centered setting, Penn State Beaver offers 8 baccalaureate degrees and the first 2 years of coursework for over 160+ Penn State majors to approximately 650 students. 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 6,000 faculty 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. Compensation and Benefits: 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. 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 January 15, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Questions may be addressed to Rob Harris, Faculty Search Coordinator, at


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