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Subject: Ref. & Instruct. Libn. @ Penn. State University
Date Posted: 03/Apr/2019 at 7:50pm
Reference and Instruction Librarian
Penn State University Libraries-Harrisburg

The primary assignment of the Reference and Instruction Librarian is to provide reference, instruction, and collection development, with particular emphasis on resources and services that support international students and the University`s programs in public affairs and related disciplines, such as political science, criminal justice, public administration, and homeland security. To carry out this assignment, major responsibilities include: providing assistance to faculty, students and others to facilitate access to library materials and services for the retrieval of information; acting as a selector for materials in the areas of public affairs and criminal justice; acting as a liaison to the School of Public Affairs; developing and presenting course-related instruction and providing instructive reference services as required to meet the needs of students, faculty, and staff; performing database searches and facilitating access to information in electronic formats; assessing needs and recommending and initiating services that support the School of School of Public Affairs’ programs, including the Penn State World Campus program in Homeland Security, and/or other programs as appropriate; and participating in the development of library outreach services. The Reference and Instruction Librarian serves in the coordinator role of working as a liaison with the office of International Student Support Services at Penn State Harrisburg to provide special outreach to international students. In addition, the Reference and Instruction Librarian participates in activities related to library, college, and university governance. This includes developing relationships and programs to promote equity and inclusion in an increasingly diverse Campus and University environment. 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

This position requires a Master of Library Science degree from an ALA-accredited institution (or equivalent); experience with reference and bibliographic instruction; demonstrated knowledge of academic and library social media applications; strong knowledge of print and electronic information resources; excellent communication and interpersonal skills; ability to work independently and collaboratively; strong commitment to diversity, equity, respect and inclusion; facility with emerging technologies; and the potential to achieve the requirements for tenure and promotion in the areas of librarianship, research, and service. Some evening and/or weekend work is required. Preferred qualifications include at least one year of post MLS experience with relevant reference and instruction experience at an academic or research library. An advanced degree or graduate level study in education or international subject disciplines is desirable. Early career librarians are encouraged to apply.

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 is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the Association of American Universities, and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. The University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, Digital Preservation Network, AP Trust, SPARC, CNI, the ACRL Diversity Alliance and a number of other organizations. 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. 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 four professional references (including email addresses). Review of applications will begin May 5, 2019 and continue until position is filled. Questions may be addressed to Sara Hackett, Faculty Search Coordinator, at Employment

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