Collection Dev & Digital Resource Mgmt Librarian, Penn State University, Hershey Campus

Librarian for Collection Development and Digital Resource Management
The Pennsylvania State University Libraries

The Harrell Health Sciences Library at Penn State Hershey seeks a Librarian for Collection Development and Digital Resource Management. Reporting to the Director, the incumbent will lead collection development and electronic resource management activities at the Harrell Health Sciences Library, a predominately digital library, located at Penn State Hershey, the medical campus for Penn State University. The library acquires, organizes, provides access to, and delivers information resources in a variety of formats to ensure high quality resources and services are readily available in support of the academic, research, clinical and community outreach missions of Penn State Hershey. This is a tenure track faculty appointment.

Position Summary:

The Librarian for Collection Development and Digital Resource Management is responsible for policy creation and the evaluation, promotion, and management of all print, electronic and media information resources with specific responsibility for developing policies, procedures, best practices, and documentation for managing the lifecycle of electronic resources. The incumbent will lead the Collection Development Team, work closely with the Collection Access and Support Services Librarian to manage print and electronic resource subscriptions and administer the Harrell HSL collection budget. Provides support for the acquisition, processing, and cataloging of library materials in partnership with University Libraries Technical Services. Critical skills include leadership for the library’s collection development activities, knowledge of the trends in Scholarly Communication, the ability to function effectively in a team environment, flexibility and the capacity to embrace change in a dynamic and evolving organization, and a facility for cross-departmental communications.

Manage the library’s print and electronic collections, including a small but highly regarded History of Medicine collection; oversee small local archive.
Collaborate with University Libraries, specifically the Life Sciences Library and other relevant STEM libraries, to build robust collections in the health and biomedical sciences across PSU.
Work in partnership with University Libraries to negotiate vendor licenses for both Penn State Hershey and system-wide electronic resources.
Provides support for the acquisition, processing, and cataloging of library materials in partnership with University Libraries Technical Services.
Manage electronic resource subscriptions and licenses including access, compliance, statistical reports and other technology issues; communicating as appropriate with vendors, publishers, University Libraries, Information Technology, and others.
Chair the Harrell HSL Collection Development Team providing a framework for the identification, selection, management and evaluation of resources.
Manage the Harrell HSL collections budget by calculating, monitoring, and planning expenditures; prepare and justify fund allocations.
Provide reference coverage; serve as a liaison to one or more academic departments; participate in the library’s education program, including conducting bibliographic instruction, research consultations, and orientations.
Contribute to the maintenance and support of the Harrell HSL Webpage.
Member of the Library Administrative Team; participate in strategic planning and evaluation of library programs, services, and resources.
Monitor trends in emerging technologies, business models and licensing.
Contribute to the profession through librarianship, teaching & learning, service, research and involvement in professional organizations.
MLS/MLIS or equivalent from an ALA-accredited institution.
Minimum of 2 years experience in procurement, licensing, management and maintenance of electronic resources.
Knowledge of and experience with health/STEM databases and resources.
Collection development experience; experience with library technical activities.
Experience working with vendors and publishers.
Experience with OpenURL Link Resolver and Metadata; knowledge of cataloging and MARC formats. Experience with EZProxy, Serials Solutions, or other relevant systems.
Demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging information management technologies.
Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative, service oriented, rapidly changing environment to accomplish mutual goals.
Ability to work independently and effectively across organizational lines and in collaboration with colleagues throughout University Libraries to build strong collections.
Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision making skills; aptitude for detailed work.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Ability to achieve tenure through effective job performance, contributions to the profession through research and scholarly publications and involvement in regional or national professional organizations.
Experience with the SirsiDynix Workflows integrated library system.
Project management skills/experience.
Experience using collection assessment tools.
Collections budget experience.
Experience in an Academic Health Sciences or Hospital library.
University Libraries:

Penn State, a land-grant institution is a member of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) academic consortium. 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. The University Libraries are located at University Park and 22 other locations throughout Pennsylvania, and they serve approximately 6,300 faculty and 46,000 students at University Park, and more than 95,000 students system-wide. Collections exceed 6.5 million volumes, including more than 68,000 current serial subscriptions. Penn State Hershey, located approximately 100 miles from University Park, is the medical campus of Penn State University.

Penn State Hershey:

Penn State College of Medicine at Penn State Hershey confers the doctor of medicine degree and in conjunction with Penn State’s Graduate School, offers doctor of philosophy degrees in anatomy, biochemistry, and molecular biology, bioengineering, bioinformatics and genomics, cell and molecular biology, chemical biology, genetics, immunology and infectious diseases, integrative biosciences, microbiology and immunology, molecular medicine, molecular toxicology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and physiology. The College of Medicine offers Master of Science degrees in anatomy, laboratory animal medicine, public health sciences, homeland security, neuroscience, physiology, and the Physician Assistant program.

The Penn State Hershey campus is located in Hershey, PA a suburban community approximately twelve miles from Harrisburg, the state capital. The fourth largest employer in Central Pennsylvania, Penn State’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center provides jobs for more than 10,000 area residents. Hershey Foods Corporation, also headquartered in Hershey, is Central Pennsylvania’s second largest industry. Hershey is within a 3 hour drive of New York, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia.
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/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 October 30, 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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