Science and Engineering Librarian, University Park

University Park, PA
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Created: July 31, 2015


The Pennsylvania State University Libraries seek an outwardly focused, enterprising librarian to develop and deliver innovative and informative collections, research and instructional services in support of disciplinary and interdisciplinary work related to the earth and engineering sciences.  This librarian will be based in the Earth and Mineral Sciences branch library, which is embedded in the unique and student-centered College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. The EMS Library offers a full suite of patron services, from circulation to reference, and is operated by a highly collaborative team of librarians and staff. The EMS Library personnel work closely and collaboratively with other STEM and subject-based libraries on campus and across the Commonwealth.

In collaboration with other librarians, the Science and Engineering Librarian is expected to actively contribute to a wide range of University Libraries initiatives ranging from instruction and reference to outreach and scholarly communication to collections and research data services. Populations to be served include the public and students enrolled at other campuses, including students taking EMS-related online classes or enrolled in degree and non-degree programs via Penn State’s online World Campus. This is a 12-month tenure-track faculty position, which has concomitant responsibilities for research and service, and reports to the Head of the Earth and Mineral Sciences Library.

Qualifications: Requires an MLS from an ALA-accredited program, or master’s degree in a related field; academic background or relevant experience in the sciences, engineering, or one of the subject fields of the College of EMS; ability to work independently and collaboratively; initiative; strong commitment to serving the needs of all users in a timely and superior fashion; and excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Interest in furthering the growth of knowledge through research is required.  Please visit to learn more about the University Libraries Promotion and Tenure Guidelines.

Preferred qualifications: creativity; experience with outreach to geographically dispersed users; experience working with diverse populations; reference and instructional expertise; library experience.

Environment: The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences offers degrees, both resident and online, including: geography, geosciences, meteorology, energy business & finance, energy & sustainability policy, materials science and engineering, energy engineering, petroleum and natural gas engineering, mining engineering, and environmental systems engineering. The College is actively engaged in multiple interdisciplinary research centers with strengths in materials, energy, water, sustainability, earth and environment.

Undergraduate enrollment stands at well over 2,000 students, graduate enrollment numbers over 500, and the 200+ faculty are joined by several hundred research associates in related institutes and centers. All academic departments offer degrees through the doctoral level and most are ranked in the top ten nationally.

The University Libraries is ranked among the top ten research libraries in North America, according to the Association for Research Libraries investment rankings, and provides services at University Park and 22 other locations throughout Pennsylvania as well as online. We serve approximately 6,300 faculty and 46,000 students at University Park, and more than 95,000 students system-wide. The University Libraries consists of approximately 100 faculty and enjoys extensive technological resources and research support services. 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 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 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, Philadelphia, Chicago and Detroit. For more information, please visit and

Compensation: 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.

Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted online.  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 24, 2015 and continue until position is filled.  Questions may be addressed to Lindsey Harter, Faculty Search Coordinator, at

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Published: Friday, July 31, 2015 01:26 UTC

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