The Pennsylvania State University Libraries have an enduring commitment to
diversity and are now seeking candidates for two new Diversity Residency
Program Librarian positions. The purpose of this program is
to provide an opportunity for entry-level librarians who are members of
historically underrepresented groups to advance their career in academic
librarianship. The program is intended to attract recent
Library and Information Sciences graduates for a two year program of research
and service in academic librarianship, providing them with transferable
professional early work experiences and career development that will prepare
them for future leadership roles in the field. To learn
more about the University Libraries' commitment to diversity, please visit


For the first year of the rotation, residents will work in a variety of
strategically central areas of the Libraries. Each rotation
will provide opportunities for exploration and service, helping the Residents
to identify areas of interest and strength for future career choices. In the
second year, each Resident will develop and complete a report on a research
project in their area of interest. Emphasis will be placed on a high quality
portfolio outcome, suitable for publishing or presentation in a national

Candidates with interests in all areas of librarianship are encouraged to
apply. Strategic areas of focus for the Libraries include:

  * Digital initiatives
  * Emerging technologies
  * Instructional and Research services
  * Repository and Data Curation services
  * Scholarly communication
  * Special Collections
Residents will benefit from a strong mentoring relationship by participating
with senior faculty to co-develop responsibilities, expectations, and projects
for each rotation assignment, work under the guidance of senior faculty during
assignments, and receive regular feedback on performance and
development. Residents will participate actively in
University and Libraries committees, councils and task forces. They will
develop collegial relationships with faculty members, including Penn State
Librarians, other Penn State faculty and administrators, and colleagues at
peer institutions. Residents will become involved in relevant national and
regional professional organizations. During their residency they will acquire
first-hand experience with research and scholarship, service to the University
Libraries, and service to the profession.

Required Qualifications:

  * Recent completion of an ALA accredited Masters' program, or the equivalent
  * Ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment
  * Excellent communication skills
  * Demonstrated interest in scholarship
  * Ability to advance the University Libraries' goals of diversity and inclusion
  * Outstanding service orientation
  * Knowledge of current issues in academic libraries
Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States for the full
duration of the program.

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. Based on current Association for
Research Libraries investment rankings, The Pennsylvania State University
Libraries are ranked among the top ten research libraries in North
America. A student survey completed in 2010 found overall
student satisfaction with the University Libraries to be at the top of its
category. Collections exceed 5.8 million volumes and
include more than 102,000 current serial subscriptions. The University
Libraries are located at University Park and 22 other locations throughout
Pennsylvania, and they serve approximately 6,000 faculty and 44,000 students
at University Park, and more than 92,000 students system-wide.

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, and Detroit. For more information, please visit and

Compensation: These positions will be filled at the rank of Assistant
Librarian. Minimum starting salary range is $40,000-45,000 per year. Fringe
benefits include liberal vacation, excellent insurance, state or TIAA/CREF
retirement options, and educational privileges. Travel reimbursement up to
$1,500 for professional development related activities is also available.

To Apply: Send a letter of application or nomination, resume, and the names
and contact information of three references to Search Committee, The
Pennsylvania State University, Box DIVR-PSUL, 511 Paterno Library, University
Park, PA 16802. Applications and nominations may also be sent to
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subject line. Review of candidates will begin on February
15, 2013 and continue until the positions are 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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