Center for Black Digital Scholarship Librarian

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
University Libraries
Research Informatics


The Pennsylvania State University Libraries seeks creative and collaborative applicants for the Center for Black Digital Research (CBDR) Scholarship Librarian. This person will play a key leadership role in developing and coordinating scholarly activities and digital research initiatives in the Center for Black Digital Research. This position, supported by the Provost in collaboration with the College of Liberal Arts, will coordinate efforts in digital scholarship with the Center’s faculty, co-directors, and a managing director. Librarians, staff, and students across the University, as well as community members and external institutional partners, are also key to the Center’s philosophy of engagement. This is a tenure-track faculty position reporting to the Head of Research Informatics and Publishing in the University Libraries, home to the Center. Major Responsibilities: Lead a community of practice with leaders of individual CBDR projects. Develop tool kits of resources that are interoperable across CBDR projects as well as meeting the needs of individual CBDR projects. Manage budgets and grants along the CBDR directors and administrator. Participate in grant writing and reporting. Coordinate the CBDR fellows. Supervise and coordinate undergraduate and graduate student project work with the project coordinators and faculty directors. Communicate with appropriate university administrators and national directors of digital projects at various institutions. Help coordinate metadata creation, editing, and interoperability. Serve as a team lead for selected faculty digital research and teaching projects. Help coordinate instruction, production, and outreach activities among team of librarians, data specialists, developers. Plan, track, and communicate resources, tasks, and processes for projects to build capacity. Required Qualifications: Requires a Master`s degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution. Minimum of two years experience working in an academic setting. Significant experience with nineteenth-century African American subject areas. For example: undergraduate/graduate degree(s) in African American studies, Africana studies, American studies, history, English or other area, with an emphasis in African American content. Demonstrated initiative, flexibility and ability to work creatively and effectively both independently and as a member of a large, diverse, multi-disciplinary and interinstitutional team. Commitment to collaborative ethos and horizontal management with a record of working in such structured projects or environments. Additionally, the candidate should have substantial experience in: Developing and managing budgets, reporting, and audits. Managing or participating in fundraising campaigns from ideation to implementation to collection and receipts. Project management experience with a track record of running parallel large and small projects. Web design and development, with a track record leading projects to implementation. Familiarity with content management systems, including but not limited to WordPress and Omeka. Familiarity with descriptive metadata standards with a particular understanding of how archives can be inclusive/exclusive of communities, histories and narratives. Digital technologies, archives, and public humanities/history. A track record in social change organizations, practices or projects. Communicating between creators and technologists on development projects. Working with and publishing digital collections of hidden histories with examples of digital scholarship produced. 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 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 State College, 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: 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 December 1, 2019 and continue until position is filled. Questions may be addressed to Rob Harris, Faculty Search Coordinator, at Employment 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 minorities, women, veterans, disabled individuals, and other protected groups. CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS: For more about safety at Penn State, and to review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters, please go to, which will also provide you with detail on how to request a hard copy of the Annual Security Report.

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