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Pennsylvania State University
  • Position Number: 1241004
  • Location: University Park, PA
  • Position Type: Libraries

Online Learning Librarian

The Pennsylvania State University Libraries seeks applications and nominations for the position of Online Learning Librarian. The campus library seeks a proactive, creative, and inventive librarian to fill a tenure track, faculty position as part of Penn State University Libraries. The person appointed to this position will be responsible for coordinating and growing University Libraries online learning initiatives as a cohesive and strategic program situated within the University Libraries information literacy, teaching, and learning program. 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 to apply who thrive in a welcoming multicultural environment. More information on Penn State's commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence, can be found by visiting For additional information about the Libraries' diversity efforts, please visit This position is responsible for creating strategies and building partnerships to develop, assess, and maintain a robust online instruction program within University Libraries for strategic integration into online and blended courses and programs including, but not limited to, those that are part of Penn State's World Campus. Responsibilities: Provide leadership and collaborate with other librarians and a dedicated learning designer to develop and integrate learning objects into appropriate curricula, course pages, and learning management systems; Work closely with subject librarians, instructional librarians, campus librarians, and other Penn State colleagues and stakeholders to provide comprehensive online learning support to Penn State students and faculty; Provide online learning support, consulting training, and communications to library faculty, staff, and units in order to enhance the instructional efficiency and learning outcomes of University Libraries; Evaluate new instructional technologies for possible application to Library instructional services; Collaborate with colleagues to integrate Library content, services, and resources into Penn State learning management system(s); Partner with subject librarians and campus librarians serving online and blended programs to support the development of online instructional materials; Evaluate effectiveness of learning objects and other content developed as part of overall learning outcomes assessment; Develop, implement, and facilitate workshops and presentations on the pedagogy of online and blended instruction; Pursue professional development to keep current on trends and developments in the pedagogy and delivery of online and blended learning and information literacy; Actively participate in campus and community discussions related to educational technologies and ensure open communication and collaboration with campus instructional technology units. Qualifications Required: MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited program, or a Master's degree in a related field; Experience teaching information literacy through in-person or online instruction; Experience working with learning management systems; Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills; Ability to work effectively, both independently and collaboratively, in a collegial environment; Strong commitment to diversity, equity, respect and inclusion; The potential to achieve the requirements for tenure and promotion in the areas of librarianship, research, and service; Some evening and/or weekend work will be required in order to meet the needs of online learners. Desirable: Educational background or second Master's degree in Education or related field; Experience training and supervising staff, interns, or student assistants; Participation in any of the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program tracks; Experience building partnerships to enhance learning and student success; Experience with outcomes assessment of student learning; Experience with curriculum development. 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 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, a land-grant institution, is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance and the Association of American Universities. The University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the international Center for Research Libraries. 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: 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. 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. 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 July 23, 2018 and continue until position is filled. Questions may be addressed to Lindsey Harter, Faculty Search Coordinator, at Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

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