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Friday, May 6, 2016

[LIBJOBS] Open Position: Collection Services and Strategies Librarian, Penn State University Libraries

Collection Services and Strategies Librarian
Penn State University Libraries
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The Pennsylvania State University Libraries invite applicants for the new position of Collection Services and Strategies Librarian.  This position will have responsibility for leading Collections Services, creating and implementing strategies for collection building and management in the ever-evolving environment of scholarly communication. The person appointed to this 12 month tenure-track faculty position will report to the Associate Dean for Research, Collections and Scholarly Communications and will work closely with subject liaisons on all Penn State campuses (24), Acquisitions, Access Services and the Business office to manage the collections budget and build on collaborative relationships with the medical and law school libraries, the university and beyond.

The Collection Services and Strategies Librarian will have wide responsibility for helping to build the collections of the Penn State University Libraries. This position will work in a highly collaborative organization to create and implement innovative approaches to provide strategic and effective stewardship of collections in all formats, and provide guidance and oversight for the collections budget and the work of the subject specialists.

Responsibilities and Duties
  • Provide leadership and coordination for collections-related projects and initiatives 

  • Develop a cutting edge program for building and stewarding collections, including periodic and on-going review of automated selection programs, selection decisions for retention of materials, and developing rubrics for de-duplication of resources to create budget flexibility

  • Assist in the management of the materials budget, and manage endowments and special funds in collaboration with Acquisitions and the Business office
  • Conduct budget planning and allocation, develop and implement fund management
  • Create and oversee program of new and continuing subject specialist training
  • Manage and coordinate subject liaison activities in relation to budget, allocations, reviews, assessments
  • Assist in the development of a data analytics program to inform collections strategy and institutionalize the application of data to allocations and collection decisions in collaboration with the Assessment Librarian
  • Engage with national and regional consortial partners to advance strategic collections activities
  • Provide effective and consistent communications with university constituencies regarding the library's strategies and programs for collection development and management

  • Master of Library Science degree from an ALA-accredited institution (or equivalent)
  • Minimum of five years of professional experience in building and managing library collections including management of funds 

  • Demonstrated competency in analysis, budgeting and planning, assessment and evaluation of library collections 

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement strategy in developing or managing library content
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, and collaboratively, to plan, coordinate, and implement effective projects
  • Ability to meet the requirements of promotion and tenure; commitment to professional development and service
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills 

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Desired Qualifications

  • Evidence of ability to develop strategy and lead change across an organization 

  • Knowledge and understanding of 21st century collections issues for research libraries, emerging practices, standards, and trends relating to collection development and management in an academic or research library environment
  • Knowledge and understanding of Open Access and Scholarly Communication issues 

  • Advanced skills in statistical analysis and research design 

The Penn State University Libraries is ranked among the top ten research libraries in North America, according to the Association for Research Libraries investment rankings, and provides services at University Park and 22 other locations throughout Pennsylvania as well as online. We serve approximately 6,300 faculty and 46,000 students at University Park, and more than 95,000 students system-wide. The University Libraries consists of approximately 120 faculty and enjoys extensive technological resources and research support services. The Libraries recently hired three associate deans and is actively involved in implementing year three of its strategic plan. 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. The University Park campus is set in the State College 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, 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. 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 apply, please visit  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 June 13, 2016 and continue until position is filled.  Questions may be addressed to Lindsey Harter, 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.

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