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Reference and Instruction Librarian, Penn State Altoona

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The Pennsylvania State University Libraries invite applicants for the position of Reference and Instruction Librarian at the Robert E. Eiche Library, Penn State Altoona.  The campus library seeks a proactive and creative librarian to provide general and specialized reference services.  Duties of this tenure track position include the provision of reference services (both in person and in a virtual setting); bibliographic instruction; developing research guides and instructional materials; promoting library collections and services to faculty and students; and collection development. In addition to these duties, tenure track library faculty are expected to publish in scholarly journals, present at conferences, and demonstrate service to the University and the profession.  Some evening and/or weekend work is required.

Requirements: Requires a MLS degree from an ALA-accredited program (or equivalent); at least 2 years post-MLS experience with reference and bibliographic instruction in an academic setting; demonstrated knowledge of academic and library applications of Web 2.0 technologies; strong knowledge of print and electronic information resources; demonstrated potential to achieve the requirements for tenure and promotion in the areas of librarianship, research, and service; excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Please visit http://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/policies/ulhrg07.html to learn more about the University Libraries Promotion and Tenure Guidelines.

Compensation and Rank: 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.

Environment: 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. Based on current Association for Research Libraries investment rankings, The Pennsylvania State University Libraries are ranked among the top ten research libraries in North America.  A student survey completed in 2010 found overall student satisfaction with the University Libraries to be at the top of its category.  Collections exceed 5.8 million volumes and include more than 102,000 current serial subscriptions. The University Libraries are located across 22 campuses throughout Pennsylvania, and serve approximately 6,000 faculty and 44,000 students at University Park, and more than 92,000 students system-wide.  

Penn State Altoona is located in Altoona, Pennsylvania, one hour from the University Park campus. The region is the largest retail area between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh and offers many cultural, sports, and recreational resources, as well as modest living costs and affordable housing. The 90,000 volume campus library has recently been renovated and serves as a gateway to the resources of the Penn State University Libraries system.  The college offers 20 baccalaureate degree programs and 8 associate degree programs. Penn State Altoona also offers the first two years of study leading to more than 160 baccalaureate majors offered throughout the Penn State system. There are approximately 4,000 students. More details about the Robert E. Eiche Library at Penn State Altoona can be found at http://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/altoona.html.  Information about the college and surrounding area can be located at http://www.altoona.psu.edu.

To apply, please visit http://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/jobs/facjobs/aarl.html.   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 three professional references (including email addresses).   Please reference Box AARL-ARL in your letter of application.  Review of applications will begin October 1, 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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