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Friday, May 6, 2016

[LIBJOBS] Open Position: Global Partnerships and Outreach Librarian, Penn State University Libraries

Global Partnerships and Outreach Librarian
Penn State University Libraries

The Pennsylvania State University Libraries seeks applications for the position of Global Partnerships and Outreach Librarian.  This new faculty position will work across Penn State to support existing global partnerships and build new ones in a manner that capitalizes on the Libraries strengths as well as its position at the heart of the University. This position represents an opportunity to shape international information services to the campus community.  The successful applicant will also be instrumental in helping the Libraries establish priorities for services in support of international programs. This is a non-tenure track, renewable fixed-term faculty position funded for two years from date of hire with a strong possibility of renewal, and reports to the Director of Commonwealth Campus Libraries and Strategic Projects.

The Global Partnerships and Outreach Librarian will:
  • Establish a formal Library liaison to Global Engagement Network Office in the Office of the Vice-Provost for Global Programs.
  • Provide primary support to the Interinstitutional Center for Indigenous Knowledge (ICIK).  Among other things, this involves organizing several programs each year, managing an open source journal published two times a year, supervising interns, and reaching out to other institutions with similar interests and developing relationships.
  • Work cooperatively with international and area studies colleagues and campus sponsored programs in support of faculty/students working abroad and library/information needs of international students at Penn State.
  • Identify opportunities for the Libraries to collaborate with national and international higher education institutions in areas ranging from training, to faculty exchanges, to research.
  • Develop knowledge of current and emerging trends in international education related to libraries.
  • Hold workshops on international information and library resources that will assist faculty in internationalizing the curriculum.
  • Establish relationships and collaborate with University Park and Commonwealth Campus librarians involved in global partnerships.
  • Establish relationships with student clubs with international focus.


Requires a Master of Library Science degree from an ALA-accredited institution (or equivalent); excellent communication and presentation skills; and demonstrated supervisory skills and networking ability, including successful supervision of culturally diverse employees.  An academic background in an inter-disciplinary field encompassing both social and biological sciences and demonstrated support of academic diversity are preferred.


The 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.

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: 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 apply, 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 6, 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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