Geospatial Services Librarian

University Park
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Created: June 25, 2013


The Pennsylvania State University Libraries seeks a creative and service-oriented geospatial services librarian for a tenure-track faculty position, serving as the subject specialist for the geospatial data and maps collections at the University Park campus.  Reports to the Head of the Social Sciences Library and will work collaboratively as part of the Research Hub’s Data and Geospatial User Services to provide strategic vision and leadership in developing and promoting a suite of geospatial services for faculty, staff, and students. 

Duties include providing reference assistance and one-on-one research consultation for geospatial information and maps research at all levels; identifying and cultivate partnerships with other university programs and departments on geospatial initiatives, particularly those with an emphasis on human geography and mapping; supervision of GIS staff; design and deliver a geospatial literacy program that supports the academic curriculum across the University; evaluate GIS and mapping resources and collaborate with librarians in related subject areas to identify spatial data needs. 

Requires an MLS degree from and ALA-accredited institution or an advanced degree in a relevant discipline.  Experience with geographical information systems, and knowledge of ESRI's ArcGIS software.  Familiarity with geospatial methods, spatial data formats and models, and spatial statistics.  Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team environment.  Prefer relevant experience at an academic or research library and familiarity with one or more standard statistical software packages such as SAS, SPSS, or STATA and with UNIX.  Experience with a programing language such as Python or PHP is highly desirable.

Apply by sending a cover letter, resumé, and contact information of three references to  Please reference Box GEOL-ALA in the email subject line.  For a more complete description of responsibilities and position requirements, please visit ;

Review of candidates will begin on August 1, 2013 and continue until the position is filled.  Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and diversity of its workforce.

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