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Information Services and Instruction Librarian/Assistant Librarian

Purdue University Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Posted Date
Jun 5, 2023

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Purdue University Fort Wayne (PFW) Walter E. Helmke Library ( seeks a knowledgeable, proactive, and collaborative individual to work independently and in a team environment to provide innovative and effective information and instructional services and programs. This librarian will provide liaison services to the Doermer School of Business and perform other duties as assigned.  This twelve-month, tenure-track position begins August 14, 2023.

The University and Fort Wayne Region

Purdue University Fort Wayne (PFW) is the largest university in northeast Indiana, offering twenty-five graduate and more than one hundred undergraduate Purdue University degrees and certificates to more than ten thousand students of diverse ages, races, and nationalities. PFW seeks to develop and nurture that diversity by maintaining an inclusive community that recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person, fostering tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect. The university is designated as northeast Indiana’s Metropolitan University, and is committed to responding to the economic development needs of the region and enhancing quality of life.

PFW is located in Indiana's second-largest city, Fort Wayne, with a city population of 270,000. The city enjoys a diverse, active, and well-supported arts community and flourishing downtown district, is home to several minor league sports teams, and has miles of pathways and trails that highlight the city and the three rivers that flow through it. Fort Wayne is consistently cited for its high quality of life and status among the lowest costs of living in the nation. For more information, visit

The Library

Helmke Library, which sits at the heart of the PFW campus, plays an active role in the university community, partnering with faculty for the teaching of information literacy, collaborating with academic and student affairs units to promote library services and resources, and providing expertise in digital collections, scholarly communication, open access, and copyright. See the library website for more information:

Helmke Library is a stand-alone library with resource-sharing agreements with Purdue University in West Lafayette and Purdue University Northwest.  The library facilities include a high-end computer lab, a digital scholarship lab, individual and group-study spaces, and other student-assistance units such as the Writing Center and the Honors Center.


The successful candidate is expected to participate in the Library’s research services, instructional program, collection development, and outreach activities, which provide the library’s foundation for student and faculty achievement at PFW.  The successful candidate will participate in activities that reinforce the library’s mission, including library planning, outreach and marketing projects, scholarly communication, committee activities, and other initiatives as they evolve, and maintain team-based working relationships with colleagues. 

The successful candidate will contribute to library initiatives to integrate and assess information literacy programs across the curriculum, provide expert information and research services, build physical and electronic collections, and conceptualize the future of academic library public services. Within liaison areas, responsibilities include providing research-consulting services; developing innovative information services and programs; teaching and assessing information literacy competencies in partnership with faculty; developing outreach activities for students and faculty; and evaluating, selecting, and using print and electronic resources. Other duties may be assigned.

Qualifications:  An ALA-accredited master's degree in library or information science field is required. Must demonstrate excellent written and interpersonal communication skills; ability to work independently and in teams; knowledge of general reference resources and specialized resources related to liaison areas; strong commitment to accurate, proactive, responsive information services; and familiarity with applying emerging technology to information and instructional services.  Preference given to candidates with experience in academic library settings, especially relevant liaison-area assignments. 

Salary and benefits: Salary and benefit package is competitive.

Application:  Provide letter of application, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three current references.  Candidates should include in their cover letters examples of past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion. Materials should be submitted online via the following link:

Application deadline: Position is open until filled, with the review of applications beginning June 1, 2023.  Employment is contingent on available funding and a satisfactory background records check.

PFW is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.


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