Business Liaison Librarian

Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Mar 18, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Business Liaison Librarian

The Pennsylvania State University Libraries seek a creative and service-oriented Business Liaison Librarian for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Librarian. This position will serve as the subject specialist and liaison for the Department of Accounting (" target="_blank"> in the Smeal College of Business (" target="_blank"> and other related areas. 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.

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 who thrive in a welcoming multicultural environment to apply. More information on Penn State's commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence can be found by visiting Information about the University Libraries' Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility efforts can be found by visiting

Responsibilities: The Business Liaison Librarian serves with a team of six other subject specialists in related fields, reports to the Head of the Schreyer Business Library, and is responsible for Accounting and related subject areas in the following categories:
  • Liaison activities with assigned academic units and centers: 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; serve as liaison to Center for the Business of Sustainability (" target="_blank">
  • Teaching, learning and literacies: Design and deliver a program of library instruction that supports the curriculum of liaison academic units.
  • Reference and research: Provide reference assistance and research consulting for subject-specific research at all levels.
  • Collections content and access: Build, maintain, and assess collections in all media and formats to support research and teaching in assigned academic units. Collaborate and coordinate with librarians in related subject areas and libraries, including Commonwealth Campus Libraries (CCLs) and peers through the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA).
  • 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
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff, and student population and to demonstrate a strong commitment to diversity, equity, respect, and inclusion; 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; undergraduate degree or minor and/or graduate degree in accounting, business, or a related field; strong quantitative and analytical skills; experience working with complex data sets in accounting and other areas of business; proficiency with relevant statistical packages and software.

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 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 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.

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

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

Review of applications will begin March 1, 2021 and continue until position is filled.

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.

For more about safety at Penn State, and to review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters, please see Penn State University Police's Clery Act (, which will also provide you with detail on how to request a hard copy of the Annual Security Report.

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CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS: For more about safety at Penn State, and to review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters, please go to, which will also provide you with detail on how to request a hard copy of the Annual Security Report.

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.


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