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Reference and Instruction Librarian
Penn State University Libraries, Lehigh Valley Campus Library
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The Pennsylvania State University Libraries invite applications and nominations for a Reference and Instruction Librarian at the Penn State Lehigh Valley campus. We seek a proactive and creative individual to engage and collaborate with students, faculty, and staff around teaching and learning. Major responsibilities include: collaborating with colleagues at Lehigh Valley and across the Libraries in planning, delivery, and evaluation of information literacy instruction, reference services, and research support; developing and sustaining collaborative relationships with faculty, students, and staff in support of campus teaching, learning, research, and student success; participating in outreach and programming to engage students, faculty, and staff; developing print and online research and instructional materials; serving as liaison to selected academic programs; consulting with faculty to support their research and course development; participating in collection development with responsibility for building and maintaining collections across the curriculum; participating in the review and development of library policies and procedures; and participating in faculty governance and University service.

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 the above duties, tenure-track library faculty are expected to participate in research activities and University and professional service in support of promotion and tenure requirements. The University Libraries values diversity of thought, perspective, experience and people, and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect.

Penn State Lehigh Valley is one of more than 20 Penn State campuses state-wide. It is a student-centered campus of approximately 1,000 students, approximately 20% of whom are adult learners. Penn State Lehigh Valley is committed to enhancing its reputation for excellence in digital and virtual education. For more information about the campus, visit . 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 .


Requires a MLS degree from an ALA-accredited program or an equivalent graduate degree in a related field; experience related to information literacy instruction, reference, and research support; demonstrated commitment to being student-centered; Strong commitment to diversity, equity, respect and inclusion; and excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Some evening and/or weekend work is required.


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.

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 be considered for the position, interested candidates should upload a letter of application, resume or C.V., and the names and contact information of four professional references (including email addresses).   Review of applications will begin October 8, 2018 and continue until position is filled. Nominations and/or questions may be addressed to Lindsey Harter, Faculty Search Coordinator, at .

Employment with the University 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 all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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