Click on a job that interests you, then scroll down to read the description.

Available Positions

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

F/T - Busines Liaison Librarian - Penn State (PA)

Business Liaison Librarian
The Pennsylvania State University Libraries

The Pennsylvania State University Libraries seek a creative and service-oriented Business Liaison Librarian for a tenure-track faculty position, serving as the subject specialist and liaison for the following academic units and their related disciplines:
  • Department of Accounting
  • Department of Finance
  • Department of Economics
Depending upon background and experience, the librarian may also be responsible for other related departments.  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.

Responsibilities:  The Business Liaison Librarian serves with a team of three other subject specialists in related fields, reports to the Acting Head of the Schreyer Business Library, and is responsible for the above subject areas in the following categories:
  • Collections content and access: Build, maintain, and assess collections in all media and formats to support research and teaching in assigned academic units.  Collaborate with librarians in related subject areas and libraries.
  • Reference and research: Provide reference assistance and research consulting for subject-specific research at all levels in person, at the Research Hub and other key library service points, and in the virtual world via e-communications and social networking.
  • Teaching, learning and literacies: Design and deliver a program of library instruction that supports the curriculum of liaison academic units. 
  • Liaison activities with assigned academic units: Participate in the intellectual life and operations of assigned academic units; engage with faculty and students as a colleague in both disciplinary activities and in library services.
  • Scholarly communications: Participate in initiatives involving professional efforts for open access, digital publishing, copyright, and digital curation.
  • Research and Service: 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; 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; academic background in one or more of the relevant disciplines; strong quantitative and analytical skills.

Strongly Preferred Qualifications: Advanced degree in business, economics, or related disciplines; experience working with complex data sets in accounting, finance, and economics; proficiency with relevant statistical packages and software.

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.  In its special "Paths to Professions" section on September 13, 2010, the Wall Street Journal published results of a survey of industry recruiting executives, with Penn State named the No. 1 overall institution in the nation for producing the best prepared, most well-rounded graduates who are most able to succeed once hired. 
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. Based on current Association for Research Libraries investment rankings, Penn State is among the top ten research libraries in North America and actively participates in the initiatives of the CIC.  A Penn State student survey completed in 2010 found overall student satisfaction with the Libraries to be at the top of its category. Our faculty and staff have roles involved in the entire lifecycle of scholarship and research, from inception and creation to access and preservation. We are the largest public-mission library in the northeastern region of the United States, and, with physical collections at each of Penn State’s 23 campuses found in all regions of the Commonwealth, the Libraries are also the most geographically dispersed. They serve approximately 6,000 faculty and 44,000 students at University Park, and more than 92,000 students university wide.
The University Park campus is set in the State College metropolitan area, a university town located in the heart of 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, and Pittsburgh. The University Park Airport is served by three major carriers with flights to Washington, Philadelphia, and Detroit. For more information, please and

Compensation: Salary and rank commensurate with experience. Excellent fringe benefits include liberal vacation, excellent insurance, state or TIAA/CREF retirement options, and educational privileges.

To Apply: Send a letter of application, resume, and the names and contact information of three references to Search Committee, The Pennsylvania State University, Box BLL-DIV, 511 Paterno Library, University Park, PA 16802. Applications and nominations may be sent to the search committee at the above address or to  Please be sure and reference Box BLL-DIV in the email subject line.  Review of candidates will begin on June 18, 2012 and continue until the position is filled.
Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and diversity of its workforce.