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Outreach and Engagement Librarian
Penn State University Libraries, Abington Campus Library

The Pennsylvania State University Libraries invite applications and nominations for an Outreach and Engagement Librarian at the Penn State Abington campus. We seek a proactive and creative individual to engage and collaborate with students, faculty, and staff around teaching and learning. The successful candidate will work across campus on initiatives that contribute to student success, creating an inclusive community, and fostering co-curricular user engagement. This includes developing strategies for engaging underrepresented and/or minoritized communities and international students. The candidate will champion library programming and instruction that features a broad array of perspectives and approaches, culturally diverse resources, inclusion and accessibility, and forward-thinking approaches to the delivery of library services.

Major responsibilities include: coordinating outreach and engagement programs in collaborative partnership with a wide range of stakeholders, such as academic and student support offices on campus, collaborating with colleagues at Abington 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, and research; serving as liaison to campus units which focus on undergraduate student success and retention; developing print and online research and instructional materials; 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 as a tenure-line librarian position. 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.

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; must demonstrate cultural fluency, awareness of the needs of international students and diverse learner communities, and a demonstrated potential for achievement in library community engagement. Strong commitment to diversity, equity, respect and inclusion; and excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Some evening and/or weekend work is required.


Penn State Abington is located on a beautiful, historic, suburban campus in Abington Township, just 15 minutes from the Philadelphia city line. Penn State Abington is the fifth largest campus in the world-renown Penn State University system of 24 campuses with an enrollment of 4000 students. Its diverse student body come from every socioeconomic background, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and cultural identity. Penn State Abington is deeply committed to being a community of scholars who value student success. Penn State Abington offers all four years of 19 baccalaureate degrees and a Masters of Business Administration. In addition, students can enroll in most of the Universities’ more than 275 undergraduate degrees for their first two years before seamlessly transitioning to another Penn State campus to complete the degree. Penn State Abington’s primary market area for 80% of its student enrollment is the surrounding counties of Montgomery, Bucks, and Philadelphia. Having recently added a residential component to the campus, the student enrollment includes 10% out-of-state students from 25 states and 10% international students. More details about the Penn State Abington campus can be found at

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) by visiting Review of applications will begin June 3, 2019 and continue until position is filled. Questions may be addressed to Sara Hackett, Faculty Search Coordinator, at
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