Paterno Family Librarian for Literature

Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Jan 12, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Paterno Family Librarian for Literature

The Pennsylvania State University Libraries seek an outstanding Librarian/Associate Librarian to hold the endowed faculty position of Paterno Family Librarian for Literature as part of Humanities and Social Sciences on the University Park campus.


The Paterno Family Librarian/Associate Librarian for Literature serves as a subject specialist for English Literature, and possibly other humanities disciplines, by actively collaborating with collegiate faculty as well as University Libraries faculty and staff to foster quality in teaching, research and outreach for these disciplines. This includes providing research consultation and reference services to those studying these disciplines, supporting digital scholarship, offering a robust information literacy program, promoting scholarly communication initiatives, and developing and managing excellent electronic, multimedia, and print collections to support the research and teaching needs of the Penn State ‘s Department of English, with areas of specialization in: African American Literature and Language; Book History and Textual Studies; Media and Digital Studies; Race and Ethnicity; Rhetoric and Composition; and Visual Culture, among others.

This is a tenure-track faculty position. Based upon the University and Libraries' standards for endowed positions, it is anticipated that the successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Librarian with tenure. The successful candidate will engage in research and scholarly publishing, demonstrate leadership in professional or disciplinary associations, and participate actively in local, national, and international initiatives. As a senior faculty member, the appointee will take leadership roles in library and university-wide action and governance. Occasional teaching of credit-bearing courses is an option. This position reports to the Head of Humanities and Social Sciences.

This endowed faculty position includes flexible support for programs, collection development, travel, and research. The University Libraries have extensive holdings in many areas of literature in general. Additional endowments are dedicated to supporting these collections and many collection opportunities are supported by a collaborative approach to acquisitions among selectors and collection services administrators.

Required Qualifications:
  • Master of Library Science degree from an ALA-accredited institution or international equivalent, or an advanced degree in English literature or related discipline;
  • Record of significant commitment to librarianship manifested by activities such as collection development and research services at an academic or research library;
  • Substantial academic background in literary scholarship;
  • Knowledge of current trends and methodologies in humanities research and scholarly communications;
  • Instruction/teaching experience;
  • Commitment to proactive public service and outreach;
  • Excellent written, oral, and leadership skills;
  • evidence of an established reputation in scholarly achievement;
  • Strong record of service at the national and/or international level;
  • Commitment to fostering a diverse educational environment and workplace and an ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff, and student population;
  • Desire to work in a collaborative, student-centered environment.

Preferred qualifications:
  • Additional advanced degree in a relevant discipline;
  • Experience participating in digital humanities initiatives.


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 of 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 is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the Association of American Universities, and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. The University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, Digital Preservation Network, AP Trust, SPARC, CNI, the ACRL Diversity Alliance and a number of other organizations.

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 and Rank:

Tenure-track faculty position, with rank and salary 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.

Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted online at the same time at the time of application. Interested candidates should upload:
  • Letter of application including a diversity statement
  • Resume or C.V.,
  • Names and contact information of three professional references (including email addresses).

Review of applications will begin January 21st, 2021 and continue until position is filled.

Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, disabled individuals, and other protected groups.

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