Online Learning Librarian – Penn State University Libraries

Online Learning Librarian
Penn State University Libraries

The Pennsylvania State University Libraries seeks applications and nominations for the position of Online Learning Librarian. The person appointed to this fixed-term multi-year faculty position will be responsible for leading the expansion of the University Libraries online learning initiatives as a cohesive and strategic program.

The Online Learning Librarian has a dual reporting structure, reporting to the Associate Dean for Learning, Undergraduate Services and Commonwealth Campus Libraries within University Libraries and the Assistant Vice Provost for Online Undergraduate and Blended Programs within World Campus. This position is responsible for creating strategies and building partnerships to develop, assess, and maintain an online instruction program within University Libraries for strategic integration into online and blended courses and programs.


  • Provide leadership in conjunction with other librarians and a dedicated learning designer to develop and deliver learning objects and create content to be embedded in course pages and learning management systems.
  • Work closely with subject librarians, instructional librarians, campus librarians, and support staff to provide comprehensive online learning support to Penn State students and faculty.
  • Provide online learning support, consulting training, and communications to library faculty, staff, and units in order to enhance the instructional efficiency and learning outcomes of University Libraries.
  • Evaluate new instructional technologies for possible application to Library instructional services.
  • Collaborate with integration of Library services into Penn State learning management system(s).
  • Partner with subject librarians and campus librarians serving online and blended programs to support the development of online instructional materials.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of learning objects and other content developed as part of overall learning outcomes assessment.
  • Develop, implement, and facilitate workshops and presentations on the pedagogy of online and blended instruction.
  • Pursue professional development to keep current on trends and developments in the pedagogy and delivery of online and blended learning and information literacy.
  • Actively participate in campus discussions related to educational technologies and ensure open communication and collaboration with campus instructional technology units.


  • MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited program, or a Master’s degree in a related field.
  • Experience teaching information literacy through in-person or online instruction.
  • Experience working with learning management systems.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work effectively, both independently and collaboratively, in a collegial environment.


  • Educational background or second Master’s degree in Education or related field.
  • Experience training and supervising staff, interns, or student assistants.
  • Participation in any of the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program tracks.
  • Experience building partnerships to enhance learning and student success.
  • Experience with outcomes assessment of student learning.
  • Experience with curriculum development.

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 successful candidate will have an office within close proximity to a dedicated Learning Designer in the World Campus in Innovation Park on the University Park campus.

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

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 July 24, 2015 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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