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Monday, March 30, 2015

[LIBJOBS] Open Position: Reference and Instruction Librarian, Penn State University, University Park, PA

Reference and Instruction Librarian
Penn State University Libraries
Knowledge Commons

The Pennsylvania State University Libraries invite applications for the position of Reference and Instruction Librarian for the Knowledge Commons, Penn State University Libraries.  The Reference and Instruction Librarian will provide face-to-face and virtual reference service, give classes and tours, market and promote services, and participate in library outreach initiatives. This is a one year non-tenure track, renewable fixed term faculty position working during the Fall and Spring semesters. Evening and weekend work is required. This faculty position will report to the Head of the Tombros and McWhirter Knowledge Commons.

Qualifications:  Requires a Master’s of Library Science degree from an ALA-accredited program (or equivalent); demonstrated commitment to reference services; familiarity with electronic and networked information resources; excellent oral and written communication skills as well as excellent interpersonal skills; and the ability to communicate and work effectively with diverse populations.  Academic library experience, instructional skills, and demonstrated knowledge of academic and library applications of Web 2.0 technologies are desirable.

Environment: Penn State, a land-grant institution is a member of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), a consortium of the Big Ten universities plus the University of Chicago. Based on current Association for Research Libraries investment rankings, The Pennsylvania State University Libraries are ranked among the top ten research libraries in North America.  A student survey completed in 2014 found overall student satisfaction with the University Libraries to be at the top of its category. The University Libraries hold membership in ARL, CRL, CLIR, and DLF. Collections exceed 5.8 million volumes and include more than 102,000 current serial subscriptions. The University Libraries are located at University Park and 22 other locations throughout Pennsylvania, and they serve approximately 6,000 faculty and 44,000 students at University Park, and more than 92,000 students system-wide.

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 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, Philadelphia, and Detroit. For more information, please visit and

Compensation: Rank and salary are dependent upon qualifications and experience.  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 at  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 April 27, 2015 and continue until position is filled.  Questions may be addressed to Lindsey Harter, Faculty Search Coordinator, at

Employment requires 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.

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