Reference and Instruction Librarian
Penn State University
- Penn State Abington
- Date Announced:
- Date Closing:
- open until filled
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- University Libraries
- Penn State Abington Campus Library
The Pennsylvania State University Libraries seeks applications and nominations for a Reference and Instruction Librarian at the Penn State Abington campus for a one-year, non-tenure track faculty position. We seek a proactive and innovative librarian to provide general and specialized instruction and reference services. Major responsibilities include course-related 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 Penn State Abington and across the University Libraries in planning, delivering, and evaluating information literacy 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 http://equity.psu.edu/psu-diversity-statement. For additional information about the Libraries’ diversity efforts, please visit https://libraries.psu.edu/about/diversity. This position requires an MLS degree from an ALA-accredited program (or equivalent); experience related to information literacy instruction, reference, and research support; strong knowledge of print and digital information resources; demonstrated commitment to a student-centered teaching philosophy; awareness of the needs of international students and diverse learner communities, 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. Penn State Abington is located on a beautiful, historic, suburban campus in Abington Township, just 15 minutes from the Philadelphia city line. Penn State Abington is the fifth largest campus in the world-renown Penn State University system of 24 campuses with an enrollment of 4000 students. Its diverse student body come from every socioeconomic background, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and cultural identity. Penn State Abington is deeply committed to being a community of scholars who value student success. Penn State Abington offers all four years of 19 baccalaureate degrees and a Masters of Business Administration. In addition, students can enroll in most of the Universities’ more than 275 undergraduate degrees for their first two years before seamlessly transitioning to another Penn State campus to complete the degree. Penn State Abington’s primary market area for 80% of its student enrollment is the surrounding counties of Montgomery, Bucks, and Philadelphia. Having recently added a residential component to the campus, the student enrollment includes 10% out-of-state students from 25 states and 10% international students. More details about the Penn State Abington campus can be found at http://www.abington.psu.edu. 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. 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. 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 four professional references (including email addresses) by visiting https://libraries.psu.edu/about/jobs/faculty-jobs-libraries. Review of applications will begin June 3, 2019 and continue until position is filled. Questions may be addressed to Sara Hackett, Faculty Search Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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