Student Engagement Librarian at Penn State University- State College, PA

Student Engagement Librarian
Penn State University Libraries

The Pennsylvania State University Libraries seeks applications and nominations for the position of Student Engagement Librarian. This is a tenure-track faculty position reporting to the Head of Library Learning Services. It is responsible for building partnerships and creating strategies to develop, assess, and maintain high impact practices for student engagement. A significant focus of the position will be engaged scholarship, defined as out-of-classroom academic experiences such as undergraduate research, study abroad, and service learning, within the University Libraries teaching and learning program.  This position is also responsible for setting the direction for the student outreach and engagement program within Library Learning Services.  The University Libraries values diversity of thought, perspective, experience and people, and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect.  We encourage candidates to apply who thrive in a welcoming multicultural environment. More information on Penn State’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence, can be found by visiting For additional information about the Libraries’ diversity efforts, please visit


  • Provide leadership in collaboration with other librarians and university partners to build and integrate an information literacy and learning program supporting high-impact learning practices for undergraduate students.
  • Work closely with subject librarians, instructional librarians, campus librarians, and support staff to provide comprehensive support for others involved or interested in student engagement initiatives.
  • Partner with subject librarians and campus librarians to support the development of instructional materials related to student engagement.
  • 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 student engagement.
  • Actively participate in discussions related to student engagement and outreach to ensure open communication and collaboration with relevant university units.
  • Participate in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the Library Learning Services mission and strategic plan.
  • Support the Libraries’ teaching and learning initiatives, including teaching general instruction sessions as needed or assigned.
  • Provide support, consulting training, and communications to library faculty, staff, and units in order to enhance the instructional efficiency and learning outcomes of University Libraries.
  • Pursue professional development to keep current on trends and developments in teaching, learning, and information literacy.
  • MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited program, or a Master’s degree in a related field.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach information literacy through in-person or online instruction.
  • Demonstrated ability to build partnerships to enhance learning and student success.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with learning management systems.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work effectively, both independently and collaboratively, in a collegial environment.
  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity, respect and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated potential to achieve the requirements for tenure and promotion in the areas of librarianship, research, and service.  Please visit to learn more about the University Libraries Promotion and Tenure Guidelines.
  • Educational background or second Master’s degree in Education or related field.
  • Experience building partnerships to enhance learning and student success.
  • Experience working with learning management systems
  • Experience teaching information literacy through in-person or online instruction.
  • Experience training and supervising staff, interns, or student assistants.
  • Participation in any of the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program tracks.
  • Experience with outcomes-based assessment of student learning.
  • Experience with curriculum development

The Penn State University Libraries are a strategic asset to Penn State, advancing intellectual discovery, information literacy, and lifelong learning, all in support of the University’s strategic goals in teaching, research, service, and outreach.  The University Libraries is ranked among the top 10 research libraries in North America, according to the Association for Research Libraries investment rankings, and provides services at University Park and 22 other campus locations throughout Pennsylvania as well as online. We serve more than 6,400 faculty and 46,800 students at University Park, and approximately 97,500 students university-wide. More than 120 faculty librarians in the University Libraries benefit from extensive technological resources and research support services. Penn State, a land-grant institution, is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance and the Association of American Universities. The University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the international Center for Research Libraries.

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’s 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 D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago and Detroit. For more information, please visit and

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 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.

Application Instructions:
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 February 28, 2017 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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