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Foster Communications Librarian

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The Pennsylvania State University Libraries seek an outstanding librarian to hold the endowed faculty position of the Larry and Ellen Foster Communications Librarian in the Schreyer Business Library on the University Park campus.
The Foster Communications Librarian serves as the subject specialist and liaison for the College of Communications (comm.psu.edu).  The College of Communications offers five undergraduate majors:  advertising/public relations; film-video; journalism; media studies; and telecommunications.  The graduate program offers a master’s degree in media studies and a doctoral degree in mass communications.  The College sponsors nine research centers, ranging from the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism to the Don Davis Program in Ethical Leadership.  The Foster Communications Librarian supports the College of Communications providing an engaging information literacy program that serves resident and online students; providing research consultation and reference services to students studying these disciplines; by developing and managing excellent collections that serve the research needs of students and faculty; participating in scholarly communication initiatives; and actively collaborating in outreach initiatives with collegiate faculty in these disciplines.  The Foster Communications Librarian engages in research, scholarly publishing, and demonstrates leadership at the national/international level in professional or disciplinary associations. The Foster Communications Librarian will work collaboratively with colleagues throughout the Libraries, especially those in the Schreyer Business Library, Social Sciences, and Arts & Humanities libraries.   As a senior faculty member, the Foster Communications Librarian will provide leadership for library and university-wide initiatives. This position reports to the Head of the Schreyer Business Library.
As an endowed faculty position, the Foster Communications librarianship provides support for programs, collection development, travel, and research.
Required Qualifications:
A Master of Library Science degree from an ALA-accredited institution (or equivalent); substantial relevant experience at an academic, special, or research library; excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills; distinguished scholarship and professional accomplishments; strong record of service in an appropriate professional or disciplinary association; and a desire to work in a collaborative, student-centered environment.
Preferred qualifications:
Academic background in one or more of the relevant disciplines.
Penn State, a land-grant institution, is a member of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), a consortium of the Big Ten universities plus the University of Chicago.  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.  Based on current Association for Research Libraries investment rankings, Penn State is among the top ten research libraries in North America and actively participates in the initiatives of the CIC.  Collections exceed 5.8 million volumes, including more than 102,000 current serial subscriptions.  A Penn State student survey completed in 2010 found overall student satisfaction with the Libraries to be at the top of its category. Our faculty and staff have roles involved in the entire lifecycle of scholarship and research, from inception and creation to access and preservation. We are the largest public-mission library in the northeastern region of the United States, and, with physical collections at each of Penn State’s 23 campuses found in all regions of the Commonwealth, the Libraries are also the most geographically disbursed. They serve approximately 6,000 faculty and 44,000 students at University Park, and approximately 97,000 students university wide.
The University Park campus is set in the State College metropolitan area, a university town located in the heart of 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 drive to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, and Pittsburgh. The University Park Airport is served by three major carriers with flights to Washington, Philadelphia, and Detroit and Chicago. For more information, please visit www.libraries.psu.edu and www.cbicc.org.
Compensation and Rank:
This is a tenure-track faculty position. Based upon the University and Libraries’ standards in librarianship, research, service and outreach, it is anticipated that the successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Librarian with tenure.  Rank and salary are dependent upon qualifications and experience. Fringe benefits include liberal vacation, excellent insurance and health care coverage, state or TIAA/CREF 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.
To apply, please visit http://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/jobs/facjobs/foster.html.   To be considered for the position, interested candidates should upload a letter of application, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references (including email addresses).   Please reference Box FOSTER-ARL in your letter of application.  Review of applications will begin June 13, 2014 and continue until position is filled.  Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.   Questions may be addressed to Lindsey Harter, Faculty Search Coordinator, at lap225@psu.edu.
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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