Access Services/Instruction Librarian
The Pennsylvania State University Libraries
The George T. Harrell Health Sciences Library at Penn State Hershey seeks an early career Access Services and Instruction Librarian. The incumbent will report to the Associate Director /Coordinator for Education & Instruction. This is a faculty position, may be multi-year contract or tenure track based on qualifications, experience, and preference.
The Access Services/ Instruction Librarian will provide general reference service, research support, and participate in user-centered library instruction. Under the direction of the Associate Director, he/she will be responsible for managing and coordinating Access Services, including managing the circulation and reference desks; supervising staff; developing and documenting policies and procedures; collecting statistics; oversight of marketing and exhibit space, including the Lions Eye electronic display; scheduling reference desk coverage and responding to patron questions. He/she will supervise library cash handling policies and procedures at the circulation desk, oversee building and collection accessibility and security, and participate in collection development activities. The Librarian will also serve as a liaison to one or more academic departments, participate in the maintenance and support of the Harrell Library Webpage, will contribute as a member of the Library Administrative Team, and will participate in strategic planning and evaluation of library programs, services, and resources. Critical skills include 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. He/she will contribute to the profession through librarianship, teaching & learning, service, research and involvement in professional organizations.
• MLS/MLIS or equivalent from an ALA-accredited institution.
• Reference experience or education in academic library reference.
• Some experience with HTML or Web development software and Web 2.0 tools and services.
• Demonstrated familiarity with current technologies.
• Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative, service oriented, rapidly changing environment to accomplish mutual goals.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills; and a strong public service orientation.
• Demonstrated commitment to professional development and potential for promotion.
• Two years of experience in an Academic Health Sciences or Hospital library.
• Teaching experience
• Experience with database searching with an emphasis on medicine and health related resources.
• Supervisory experience
Penn State, a land-grant institution, is a member of the CIC (Big 10) academic consortium. The Penn State University Libraries currently rank 8th in North America among private and public research universities, based on Association for Research Libraries Investment Index. The University Libraries are located at University Park and 23 other campuses throughout Pennsylvania. 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 Medical Center 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, and physiology.
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 6,950 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.
Salary and rank commensurate with experience. Excellent fringe benefits include liberal vacation, excellent insurance, state or TIAA/CREF retirement options, and educational privileges.
Send a letter of application, resume or vitae, and the names and contact information of three references to Search Committee, The Pennsylvania State University, Box HYIL-REFO, 511 Paterno Library, University Park, PA 16802, or to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reference Box HYIL-REFO in the email subject line. Review of candidates will begin on March 3, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.
Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.