Reference and Instruction Librarian, Penn State University Libraries, Brandywine Campus


The Pennsylvania State University Libraries invite applicants for the position of Reference and Instruction Librarian at the Penn State Brandywine Campus Library. The campus library seeks a proactive and creative librarian to lead general and specialized reference services. Duties of this position include the provision of reference services in person and in a virtual environment; bibliographic instruction in classrooms and online; developing instructional materials including online subject and course guides; outreach and promotion of library collections and services to faculty and students; and development of print and digital collections. 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. In addition to these duties, tenure track library faculty are expected to devote time to research, scholarship, and service to the University and the profession.

REQUIREMENTS: Requires a MLS degree from an ALA-accredited program (or equivalent); experience with reference and bibliographic instruction; demonstrated knowledge of academic and library applications of Web 2.0 technologies, demonstrated ability to provide leadership in the delivery of a campus-wide bibliographic instruction program; strong knowledge of print and electronic information resources; excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Prefer at least one year of post MLS experience in an academic library setting. Some evening and/or weekend work is required. For tenure track positions, demonstrated potential to achieve the requirements for tenure and promotion in the areas of librarianship, research, and service; excellent communication and interpersonal skills is required. Please visit to learn more about the University Libraries Promotion and Tenure Guidelines.

ENVIRONMENT: Based on current Association for Research Libraries investment rankings, The Pennsylvania State University Libraries is ranked among the top ten research libraries in North America. The University Libraries are located across 22 campuses throughout Pennsylvania, and serve approximately 6,300 faculty and 46,000 students at University Park, and more than 95,000 students system-wide. Collections exceed 5.8 million volumes and include more than 102,000 current serial subscriptions.

Penn State Brandywine is located in the Philadelphia area. The campus offers 12 baccalaureate degrees, 11 minors, and the first 2 years of coursework for over 160 Penn State majors. There are approximately 1,500 students, all commuters. More details about the Penn State Brandywine campus can be found at

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.

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 October 30, 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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