Business and Public Administration Liaison Librarian

Penn State University

Penn State Harrisburg
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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University Libraries
Commonwealth Campus Libraries, Harrisburg Campus


The Pennsylvania State University Libraries invite applicants for the position of Business and Public Administration Reference Librarian at the Penn State Harrisburg Library. This tenure-track faculty position will serve as the subject specialist and liaison for Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Business Administration ( and School of Public Affairs ( Additionally, the position will also serve as liaison to the Homeland Security programs through Penn State’s World Campus ( The Business and Public Administration Reference Librarian is a member of the University Libraries faculty and works as a member of the Penn State Harrisburg Library public services team. Required duties include reference desk coverage; liaison responsibilities with the School of Business and the School of Public Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg and its research centers and special projects; subject-related instruction, workshops, and research assistance; collection development in specific areas of business, public affairs, and reference; and provision of services as one of four services coordinators. New faculty benefit from the strong mentoring program developed by the University Libraries to support new faculty in tenure-track appointments in fulfilling expectations in the areas of librarianship, research, and service. Requirements: This position requires a Master of Library Science degree from an ALA-accredited institution (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; ability to work independently and collaboratively; facility with emerging technologies; and the potential to achieve the requirements for tenure and promotion in the areas of librarianship, research, and service. Some evening and/or weekend work is required. Preferred qualifications include at least one year of post MLS experience with relevant reference and instruction experience at an academic or research library. An advanced degree or graduate level study in business or public affairs-related areas is desirable. Early career librarians are encouraged to apply. Environment: Penn State Harrisburg is located in Middletown, Pennsylvania. The campus is just east of Harrisburg, the state capital, and about one and one half hours from Philadelphia and Baltimore, and two hours from University Park and Washington, D.C. The three-story, 115,000-square-foot, technologically advanced academic research library includes 300,000 volumes, more than 600 journals, and 1.3 million microforms. With access to nearly 750 databases and 110,000 online full-text journals through the Penn State University Libraries, the facility provides extensive support to online and remote users. The college offers 35 baccalaureate degree programs, 25 master degree programs, and three doctoral programs. Penn State Harrisburg also offers the first two years of study leading to more than 160 baccalaureate majors offered throughout the Penn State system. There are approximately 4,678 students. More details about the Penn State Harrisburg Library can be found at Information about the college and surrounding area can be located at Compensation and Benefits: Salary and rank are dependent upon qualifications. Fringe benefits include liberal vacation, excellent insurance and health care coverage, State or TIAA-CREF 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 January 4, 2016 and continue until position is filled. Questions may be addressed to Lindsey Harter, Faculty Search Coordinator, at

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088