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Open Education Librarian
Penn State University Libraries
To apply, please visit

The Pennsylvania State University Libraries seeks applications and nominations for the position of Open Education 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 services to integrate open educational resources (OER) and affordable course content into the curriculum. A significant focus of the position will be on partnering with faculty, librarians, students, adapt instructional designers to create, adapt, and adopt open and affordable course content at the course and program level. Current initiatives include integrating open and affordable course content into newly revised General Education courses, licensing library e-books and streaming course content in support of courses, and creating a faculty development and support program. This position will also be responsible for setting the strategic direction for open and affordable course content initiatives throughout University Libraries. 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 faculty, instructional designers, and librarians to create faculty development and support services in support of open and affordable course content adoption.
Work closely with subject librarians, instructional librarians, campus librarians, and support staff to provide comprehensive support for faculty and instructional designers interested in creating, adapting, or adopting open or affordable course content.

Partner with subject librarians and campus librarians to support the development of instructional and outreach materials related to open and affordable course content.

Evaluate effectiveness of open and affordable course content initiatives.

Develop, implement, and facilitate workshops and presentations on the pedagogical practices related to OER.
Actively participate in discussions related to open and affordable course content 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 familiarity with open and affordable course content and related services.
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.
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.
Ability to work effectively, both independently and collaboratively, in a collegial environment.
Strong commitment to diversity, equity, respect and inclusion.

Educational background or second Master’s degree in Education or related field.
Experience with open and affordable course content and related services.
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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