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The Pennsylvania State University
University Park
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Posted: 04/8/2021
Science and Engineering Librarian

Science and Engineering Librarian

The Pennsylvania State University Libraries seek an innovative and service-oriented Science and Engineering Librarian for a tenure-track faculty position in the STEM Libraries, at the rank of Assistant Librarian on the University Park Campus. Successful candidates will benefit from the strong mentoring program developed by the University Libraries to support new faculty in tenure-track appointments in fulfilling expectations in the areas of librarianship, research, and service. Entry-level or early career Librarians are encouraged to apply.

The University Libraries values diversity of thought, perspective, experience and people, and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. We encourage candidates who thrive in a welcoming multicultural environment to apply. More information on Penn State's commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence can be found by visiting Information about the University Libraries' Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility efforts can be found by visiting

Responsibilities: The Science and Engineering Librarian will be embedded in the Physical and Mathematical Sciences branch library on the University Park Campus as part of a distributed team of nine other subject specialists in related fields, reporting to the Head of STEM for Engagement and Outreach.

• Responsible for liaison activities with the departments of Mathematics and Statistics in the Eberly College of Science and support Biomedical and Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering. Liaison assignments might change in the future.

• As the official liaison to the Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) program, collaborate with librarians across the state to support Invent Penn State and entrepreneurship in the Commonwealth of PA.

• Design a program of library instruction, present workshops, and develop online library guides and tutorials that support the curriculum of liaison academic units as well as patent and trademark information literacy.

• Provide reference assistance and research consulting at all levels, both face-to-face and online.

• Build, maintain, and assess collections in all media and formats to support research and teaching in assigned academic units. Work with librarians in related subject areas and libraries including Commonwealth Campus Libraries and Big Ten Academic Alliance peers to develop collaborative collections

• Contribute to the advancement of Penn State Libraries' programs for scholarly communication in the sciences, data management, data set acquisition and management, open access (OA) initiatives, and open educational resources (OER).

• Engage in research, scholarly publication, and professional service activities in areas appropriate to academic librarianship and the disciplines served.

Required Qualifications: Requires a Masters of Library Science degree from an ALA-accredited institution (or equivalent); ability to work independently and collaboratively; commitment to fostering a diverse educational environment and workplace and an ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff, and student population; potential to achieve the requirements for tenure and promotion in the areas of librarianship, research, and service; excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications: Relevant experience at an academic, special, or research library; undergraduate degree or coursework and/or graduate degree in an engineering or science field; strong quantitative and analytical skills; familiarity with technical information formats such as engineering standards, technical reports, or patents; knowledge of science and engineering information sources; proficiency with relevant statistical packages and software.

Environment: 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 of 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.

The University Park campus is set in the State College metropolitan area, a university town located in 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's drive to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, or Pittsburgh. The University Park Airport is served by three major carriers with flights to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago, and Detroit. For more information, please visit ( and (

Compensation and Rank: Tenure-track faculty position, with salary 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. 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.

Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted online. Interested candidates should upload a letter of application including a diversity statement, resume or vita, and the names and contact information of three professional references (including email addresses). All application materials should be uploaded at the same time at the time of application. Review of applications will begin 2/15/21 and continue until position is filled.

Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.