Reference & Technology Librarian at Penn State University- State College, PA

Reference & Technology Librarian
Penn State University Libraries
Knowledge Commons

The Pennsylvania State University Libraries invite applications and nominations for the position of Reference and Technology Librarian, Knowledge Commons, Penn State University Libraries. We seek a dynamic, tech-savvy, people-oriented librarian to provide general reference services and technology assistance.  This is a multi-year, fixed-term faculty appointment, with an initial appointment of three years. Major responsibilities include: providing reference and research support for library users whether it is face-to-face, by phone, or online; supervising student workers; instructing users on library resources and new technologies; developing print and web-based instructional materials; and promoting the library services through tours, outreach, demonstrations, and talks. The successful candidate is expected to work collaboratively with other units to provide seamless, exemplary 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 http://equity.psu.edu/psu-diversity-statement. For additional information about the Libraries’ diversity efforts, please visithttps://libraries.psu.edu/about/diversity.

Requirements: Requires a MLS degree from an ALA-accredited program (or equivalent); familiarity with electronic and networked information resources; demonstrated ability to provide services integrating or supporting technology; excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills; evidence of ability to support and build teams; and a strong commitment to diversity, equity, respect and inclusion. Evening and weekend work is required.

Desired qualifications: Experience with Makerspaces or similar services; demonstrated commitment to learning new and emerging technologies.

Environment:
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 http://www.libraries.psu.edu and http://www.cbicc.org.
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 https://libraries.psu.edu/reftechlib.   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 1, 2017 and continue until position is filled.  Questions may be addressed to Lindsey Harter, Faculty Search Coordinator, at lap225@psu.edu.

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.

CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS:  For more about safety at Penn State, and to review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters, please go to www.police.psu.edu/clery/, which will also provide you with detail on how to request a hard copy of the Annual Security Report.

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