Reference and Instruction Librarian – Pennsylvania State University – Philadelphia, PA

The Pennsylvania State University Libraries invite applicants for the position of Reference and Instruction Librarian at the Penn State Abington campus. The campus library seeks a proactive and creative librarian to provide general and specialized reference services. Duties of this position include the provision of reference services (both in person and in a virtual setting); bibliographic instruction; developing research guides and instructional materials; promoting library collections and services to faculty and students; and collection development. This position will be filled either as a tenure-line or fixed-term faculty librarian position, depending upon the interests and qualifications of the successful candidate. Some evening and/or weekend work is required.

Requirements: Requires a MLS degree from an ALA-accredited program (or equivalent); at least 1 year post-MLS experience with reference and bibliographic instruction in an academic setting; demonstrated knowledge of academic and library applications of Web 2.0 technologies; strong knowledge of print and electronic information resources; demonstrated potential to achieve the requirements for tenure and promotion in the areas of librarianship, research, and service; excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Please visit http://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/policies/ulhrg07.html to learn more about the University Libraries Promotion and Tenure Guidelines.

Compensation and Rank: 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.

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 2010 found overall student satisfaction with the University Libraries to be at the top of its category. Collections exceed 5.8 million volumes and include more than 102,000 current serial subscriptions. The University Libraries are located across 22 campuses throughout Pennsylvania, and serve approximately 6,000 faculty and 44,000 students at University Park, and more than 92,000 students system-wide.

Penn State Abington is located in the Philadelphia area, 15 miles north of Center City. The campus offers 16 baccalaureate degrees, 2 associate degrees, and the first 2 years of coursework for over 160 Penn State majors. There are approximately 4000 students, all commuters. More details about the Penn State Abington campus can be found at http://www.abington.psu.edu.

To apply, please visit http://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/jobs/facjobs/abrl.html. 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 May 4, 2015 and continue until position is filled. Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. Questions may be addressed to Lindsey Harter, Faculty Search Coordinator, at lap225@psu.edu.

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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