Position Opening - Assistant University Librarian for Collection Strategy, University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Assistant University Librarian for Collection Strategy. Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Collections, this administrator serves in a leadership capacity to oversee and develop strategies to operationalize collective change in the development and management of the Penn Libraries’ general collections. The incumbent monitors the expenditure of a $20 million budget and allocations to 62 subject funds, supporting and advancing the collections-related functions of 35 selectors responsible for serving the diverse information needs of the university, while supervising a team of 9 professional staff (4 directly).

Working in a collaborative and service-oriented environment, the Assistant University Librarian ensures an appropriate scope and caliber of the resources to which the libraries provide access in support of the mission of the University of Pennsylvania. Responsibilities include:

  • Oversee the allocation and management of $20 million in funds for collections. Directly manage the expenditure of general and system-wide funds, totaling $2.3 million.
  • Maintain relationships and productive communication with information resource vendors and publishers.
  • Supervise 4 professional staff directly, and 5 indirectly.
  • Set policies, standards and best practices for collections-related functions. Manage the internal onboarding, training and education program for 35 staff with collection development responsibilities.
  • Oversee the collection analysis unit of the libraries to assess and analyze the Libraries’ collections in all formats, their use, and the expenditure of collections’ budgets to inform system-wide decisions about allocation, acquisition, storage and retention, and to identify potential collaborative collection development, digitization, and preservation opportunities.

University Overview
The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

School/Center Overview
The Penn Libraries serve the world-class faculty and students of Penn’s 12 schools. The Libraries’ collections comprise more than 7 million volumes, over 100,000 journals, some 2 million digitized images, and extraordinary rare and unique materials that document the intellectual and cultural experience of ancient and modern civilizations. Through our collaborative relationships, we supplement Penn’s great local collections with physical access to the Center for Research Libraries (approximately 5 million items), the combined holdings of the Ivies (more than 70 million volumes), and exclusive electronic access to some 2 million public domain titles in the HathiTrust. Today, the Libraries play an instrumental role in developing new technologies for information discovery and dissemination and are noted for groundbreaking work in digital library design. To learn more about the Penn Libraries, visit

A MLS and five to seven years of experience, or its equivalent in theory and practice, is required or equivalent combination of education and experience; an additional graduate degree is preferred. The successful candidate will have: a minimum of five years of progressively responsible and productive experience working in collection development in research libraries, and experience in and a comfort with working with large, complex budgets. Experience in system-wide planning and administration. Previous supervisory experience.

To Apply

Reference Number 50-31343

Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.


Position Open - Research & Instruction Librarian, Health Sciences, Widener University 

The Wolfgram Memorial Library is seeking a creative and enthusiastic entry-level librarian to serve as liaison to the growing number of health science programs at Widener University. Reporting to the Head of Research and Instructional Services, the librarian will provide research assistance and instruction to students, faculty and staff in person and virtually, as scheduled. The librarian serves as liaison to Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and other related departments and will have information literacy instruction and collection maintenance responsibilities. As a member of the faculty, the librarian is expected to participate in scholarly activities and serve in the University's shared governance system. The librarian will demonstrate a high level of knowledge of and enthusiasm for emerging technologies.  This is a full-time, 12 month (non-tenure) library faculty position. 


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Position Opening - Senior Cataloging Assistant, Lehigh University

Lehigh University Libraries are seeking strong candidates for their open Senior Cataloging Assistant position. The Senior Cataloging Assistant is responsible for metadata and cataloging of serials and periodicals in both print and electronic formats.  The successful candidate will also import, export and maintain metadata; ensuring quality control of records in the library management system and various databases.  The Senior Cataloging Assistant communicates daily with librarians, LTS staff, vendors and publishers about serial information and access to serial information.  The incumbent will also be involved with special projects as they arise such as metadata clean up, compiling usage data and assisting with next generation technology.

For additional information about the position and to apply, please go to


Position Opening - Systems & Reference Librarian, University of the Sciences

The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia is looking for a Systems & Reference Librarian. This is a full-time, non-tenure track faculty position with the Department of Information Science and the Joseph W. England Library.

The full job posting and application link can be viewed at


Two Positions Open at Gumberg Library, Duquesne University

Duquesne University is currently seeking applicants for two open positions at its Gumberg Library:

Head of Teaching and Learning—Reposted

Gumberg Library seeks an experienced, collaborative, and dynamic leader for its recently created Teaching and Learning Department which consists of the department head and the Instructional Design Librarian. Reporting to the Assistant University Librarian for Teaching, Research, and Engagement, and working closely with library faculty, the Head of Teaching and Learning will take Gumberg Library’s instructional programs to the next level by developing new approaches to information literacy instruction, advancing online learning initiatives, and by collaborating with campus stakeholders to incorporate and assess information literacy within the curriculum. Information literacy is a general education requirement at Duquesne University that is met through credit bearing courses, including a groundbreaking interprofessional research skills course for the health sciences.

Scholarly Communications and Systems Librarian

Gumberg Library invites application from candidates who are highly collaborative, self-directed, and productive to apply for the position Scholarly Communications and Systems Librarian. Under the direction of the Head of Systems and Scholarly Communications, this full-time non-tenure track faculty position supports the library’s systems and scholarly communications efforts through collaborative development of the institutional repository, advancement of the library’s culture of assessment through data collection, and support of the server-based and endpoint software used by the library. The position will actively engage with the scholarly community through teaching, service, and publication.

For complete requirements and position descriptions for both openings, please visit:


Position Opening - Cataloging and Metadata Librarian, University of Scranton

We invite applications for a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track Cataloging and Metadata Librarian at Weinberg Memorial Library at The University of Scranton. The regularly scheduled hours for this position will be primarily Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. A generous benefits package is offered, including medical, dental, and vision coverage, a retirement plan, and paid vacation, holidays, and research leave.

The Cataloging and Metadata Librarian facilitates access to Library resources by supervising the Library’s Cataloging Department and maintaining the accuracy of the Library’s online catalog.

Essential Duties:

  • Directs and oversees the day-to-day operations of the Cataloging Department
  • Supervises and evaluates the work of one Cataloging Assistant
  • Catalogs materials in all subjects, formats and languages
  • Maintains the accuracy of the catalog’s records
  • Manages authority control and the bulk loading of bibliographic records into the library catalog
  • Provides cataloging statistics for library reports and accreditation reports for various University departments
  • Consults with Special Collections and Digital Services as needed
  • Explores and integrates appropriate emerging technologies into cataloging practices
  • Maintains close relationships with all library functions (circulation, research services, acquisitions, special collections and systems)
  • Participates in planning, implementing, and configuration of the integrated library system (ILS) as it pertains to cataloging functions and public display
  • Participates in information literacy instruction

Additional Skills Required:

  • Familiarity with cataloging tools and standards including: RDA, AACR2, LCSH, LCCN, and MARC21 format for bibliographic holdings and authority control
  • Ability to implement new cataloging standards and procedures
  • Knowledge of XML and linked data technologies (e.g., XSLT, RDF, OWL, SPARQL, BIBFRAME)
  • Familiarity with emerging trends in library systems and services
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, oral and written communication skills, and presentation skills
  • Strong analytical, organizational, and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work effectively both as a team member and independently
  • Ability to work creatively and collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, and community-at-large
  • Professional commitment to user-focused library services
  • Professional commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Ability to engage in scholarship and service in order to meet qualifications for reappointment and tenure, as defined in the Faculty Handbook
  • Ability to attain a second Master’s degree in a subject field, or the completion of thirty graduate credits in a discipline that improves professional competence, as a requirement for tenure (if not already accomplished at time of hire)

Minimum Education and Job Experience Requirements:
Must possess an American Library Association (ALA) accredited Master’s degree at time of appointment. Two years of cataloging experience (including non-book cataloging) working in a library, archives, or museum. Experience with an integrated library system (ILS) preferably Innovative Interfaces, Inc.’s Sierra. Working knowledge of OCLC Connexion or Worldshare Management Services. Demonstrated ability to plan, prioritize, coordinate, and implement projects. Supervisory experience.

The University is a Catholic and Jesuit University animated by the spiritual vision and the tradition of excellence characteristic of the Society of Jesus and those who share in its way of proceeding. The University is a community dedicated to the freedom of inquiry and personal development fundamental to the growth in wisdom and integrity of all who share it its life. As a Catholic and Jesuit institution of nearly 4,000 undergraduate and more than 1,500 graduate students, The University of Scranton delivers a meaningful education that challenges its students morally, spiritually, and intellectually.

The University of Scranton is committed to providing a safe and nondiscriminatory employment and educational environment. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or other status protected by law. Sexual harassment, including sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational, extracurricular, athletic, or other programs or in the context of employment. The University of Scranton is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Educator. Veterans, minority persons, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The University is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff, and student body and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal and professional development, and institutional success. In keeping with this commitment, the University encourages applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds. We recruit, employ, train and promote regardless of race, gender, sex, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, color, national origin, disability, age, veterans status and other underrepresented groups.

How to Apply
Interested applicants must apply online at Please provide a CV, cover letter, and a list of three (3) references which include contact information. Review of applications will begin on March 29, 2019. The position will remain open until filled.

For questions regarding this position, please contact the search committee chair: Narda Tafuri Associate Professor, Coordinator of Technical Services/Acquisitions Librarian, The University of Scranton Weinberg Memorial Library,


Position Opening - Student Success Librarian, Washington and Jefferson College

Washington & Jefferson College’s U. Grant Miller Library invites an innovative, collaborative and enthusiastic librarian to join us as our Student Success Librarian. The Student Success Librarian will provide leadership and management to develop library services that support student success and retention through collaboration with colleagues within the library and across the college. We expect the Student Success Librarian to serve as a key member of the library’s instruction and reference teams. Recent graduates are encouraged to apply.

Our library is a dynamic organization where every staff member makes a difference. We serve the information needs of a residential campus of 1,400 students.

The Student Success Librarian will also:

  • Partner with other departments and committees on campus to create and participate in initiatives that foster student success.
  • Serve as liaison to departments that oversee the college’s enrollment, tutoring, academic advising, and student success initiatives; as well as academic departments as needed.
  • Collaborate with these departments, librarians and others in developing programming related to study skills, learning, research techniques, library services, etc.
  • Coordinate the library’s outreach efforts on campus and in the community
  • Teach a share of the library instruction sessions.
  • Provide reference support during assigned days, evening and weekend hours.

Required Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited master's degree in library or information science to be awarded by June 2019
  • Demonstrated understanding of trends and issues in enrollment, support, and retention of college students.
  • Experience in teaching undergraduate students.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the concepts, goals and methods of information literacy instruction.
  • Strong customer service orientation
  • Ability to work flexibly and creatively in a demanding environment
  • Effective communication, interpersonal, organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with a liberal arts environment
  • Experience with outreach and marketing services to students, especially experience with social media marketing
  • Experience with collection development

Application Instructions Apply for this job at Please submit a cover letter and resume. It is recommended that all documents be in PDF format and uploaded at one time. Review of applications will begin immediately.

Contact information: Ronalee Ciocco,


Three Positions Open at Penn State University, University Park Campus

Access Services at Penn State University Libraries, University Park Campus, currently has three openings in our circulation department. Find more information at the links below:

Two evening/weekend supervisors:
One evening circulation specialist: