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The Pennsylvania State University
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Posted: 07/24/2018
Access Services and Instruction Librarian

Access Services and Instruction Librarian

The Harrell Health Sciences Library: Research and Learning Commons at Penn State College of Medicine located in Hershey PA seeks an early career Access Services and Instruction Librarian. The incumbent will report to the Associate Director/Coordinator for Innovative Technology Services. The University Libraries values diversity of thought, perspective, experience and people, and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. This is a faculty position, may be multi-year renewable contract or tenure track based on qualifications, experience, and preference. Position Summary: The Access Services/Instruction Librarian will provide general reference service, research support, and participate in user-centered library instruction. Under the direction of the Associate Director, he/she will be responsible for managing and coordinating Access Services, including managing the information and reference desks; supervising staff; maintaining and supervising part time staff; developing and documenting policies and procedures; collecting statistics; oversight of printing and copying in the library, provide local support for library automation systems; scheduling reference desk coverage and responding to patron questions. He/she will supervise library cash handling policies and procedures at the information desk, oversee building and collection accessibility and security, and participate in collection development activities. The Librarian will also serve as a liaison to one or more academic departments, participate in the maintenance and support of the Harrell Library Webpage, will contribute as a member of the Library Council, and will participate in strategic planning and evaluation of library programs, services, and resources. Critical skills include the ability to function effectively in a team environment, flexibility and the capacity to embrace change in a dynamic and evolving organization, and a facility for cross-departmental communications. He/she will contribute to the profession through librarianship, teaching and learning, service, research and involvement in professional organizations.

Qualifications: Requires a MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution (or equivalent); reference experience or education in academic library reference; some experience with HTML or web development software and web tools and services; demonstrated familiarity with current technologies; demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative, service oriented, rapidly changing environment to accomplish mutual goals; excellent oral and written communication skills; a strong public service orientation; demonstrated commitment to professional development and potential for promotion; and a strong commitment to diversity, equity, respect and inclusion.

Preferred: Preferred qualifications include experience in an academic health sciences or hospital library; teaching experience; familiarity with database searching with an emphasis on medicine and health related resources; supervisory experience; and experience or interest in emerging and disruptive technologies.

University Libraries: 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. Penn State Health/Penn State College of Medicine: Penn State College of Medicine confers the doctor of medicine degree and the Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree, and in conjunction with Penn State`s Graduate School, offers doctor of philosophy degrees in anatomy, bioinformatics and genomics, biomedical sciences, biostatistics, epidemiology, and neuroscience as well as a DrPh in Public Health. The College of Medicine also offers Master of Science degrees in anatomy, laboratory animal medicine, public health sciences, homeland security, and neuroscience. The Penn State, Hershey campus is located in Hershey, PA a suburban community approximately twelve miles from Harrisburg, the state capital. The fourth largest employer in Central Pennsylvania, Penn State Health and the Penn State College of Medicine provide jobs for more than 10,000+ area residents. For more information, see Facts and Statistics. Hershey Foods Corporation, also headquartered in Hershey, is Central Pennsylvania`s second largest industry. Hershey is within a 3 hour drive of New York, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia. Compensation: 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. 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 three professional references (including email addresses). Review of applications will begin August 27, 2018 and continue until position is filled. Questions may be addressed to Lindsey Harter, Faculty Search Coordinator, at


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