Head Librarian

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The Pennsylvania State University Libraries invite applicants for the position of Head of the Nesbitt Library at Penn State Wilkes-Barre. 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.
The Head of the Nesbitt Library is a member of the University Libraries faculty and is responsible for overall library administration and services at the Nesbitt library, including supervision of librarians and staff, collection development, reference and instruction services, and oversight of the library budget.  This individual will be expected to work closely with campus faculty and staff to develop an innovative program of outreach and service contributing to student retention and improved learning outcomes in resident and online courses. The head of the library is expected to support the evolving mission of the campus which includes more regional, inter-campus programs, and a greater variety of online and hybrid courses. The successful candidate should demonstrate creativity, possess leadership skills, and reflect a student-centered perspective.  In addition, a commitment to open communication and a collaborative work environment are essential. As a faculty member, the successful candidate is also expected to be active in scholarship, service, and outreach.  
Penn State Wilkes-Barre is located 13 miles west of the city of Wilkes-Barre on the grounds of a park-like estate.   There are approximately 750 students and the campus offers 6 baccalaureate degrees in addition to the first 2 years of over 160 Penn State undergraduate degrees.
QUALIFICATIONS:  Required:  Masters in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program or an equivalent graduate degree in a related field.  Experience in academic libraries and excellent communication skills are also required.  A strong commitment to service and supporting diversity on campus is expected.  Preferred: Familiarity with academic library trends and emerging technologies, management/supervisory skills, demonstrated experience in managing budgets, along with the desire to lead the library in meeting its strategic goals.
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/wbhl.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 WBHL-ARL in your letter of application.  The anticipated start date is Fall 2014.  Review of applications will begin August 8, 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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