Assistant Resources Librarian

Harrisburg University - Harrisburg, PA (30+ days ago)4.0

Harrisburg University offers an applied science and technology education for students who want a degree and a dedicated pathway to a career. Its focus is to educate career-minded individuals in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM careers), giving them the tools to succeed, while helping to shape their communities, locally and beyond. Our goal is to help stimulate economic growth in our region by establishing a STEM educated workforce — a necessary resource in today’s economy.

The Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is an independent educational institution offering innovative academic and research programs in science and technology that respond to local and global needs. The institution fosters a diverse community of learners, provides access and support to students who want to pursue a career in science and technology, and supports business creation and economic development.


The Position:
The Assistant Resources Librarian (OERs/Info Services) would report to the University Librarian and work in the HU Learning Commons weekdays and some rotating evening or weekend hours. Duties include the three areas listed below, as well as other duties as assigned.

Liaise with faculty to assess and meet information resource needs
Select, process, and catalog items
Market and promote library resources

Information Services:
Provide resources and support to students and faculty conducting thesis, dissertation, project, or other research
Assist students, faculty, and staff with use of Digital Commons
Coordinate with faculty and the University Librarian to ensure maximum accessibility of e-resources
Provide reference assistance to students, faculty, and staff.

Textbook & OER Services:
Work with faculty to select, implement, and create open educational resources (OERs) for their courses
Review materials for and contribute to the global community of educators working with OERs
Build training and informational programs on OERs for faculty
Exchange ideas and explore ways to make OERs more accessible and sustainable at Harrisburg University
Work with faculty, librarians, and rightsholders to compile coursepacks
Work with faculty and publishers to select and guide use of custom textbook editions
Work with faculty and the Office of Records and Registration to maintain textbook selection records in compliance with federal regulations

Required qualifications: Master’s Degree in Library Science (or equivalent) from an ALA-accredited institution
Preferred qualifications: 6 months experience in an academic library setting; a graduate degree in a science- or technology-related field; documented experience working with OERs or textbooks; familiarity with Alma ILS; documented cataloging experience

Interested candidates should forward a cover letter and resume to the attention of:

Erin Hill, Executive Recruiter

Harrisburg University

326 Market Street

Harrisburg, PA 17101



Harrisburg University- At a Glance:
Only science and technology-focused comprehensive university between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh
Private, non-sectarian, nonprofit, urban, teaching university
Located in the city of Harrisburg
Incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: December 12, 2001
Chartered by Pennsylvania Department of Education: January 20, 2005
Inaugural class arrived August 29, 2005
Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, June 22, 2009
350 full- and part-time employees
Signature 16-story, $73 million, state-of-the-art Academic Center

Student Population:
The University’s total student enrollment for undergraduate and graduate degree seeking students: 6,300 as of May 1, 2018.
Undergraduate Student Body: 49% female, 53% minority
98% of our students demonstrate financial need
Ranked in top 20 of US News & World Report’s ethnic diversity category for Best National Liberal Arts Colleges
HU places 92% of its graduates in family-sustaining careers in their fields of study within six months of graduation.
HU undergraduate student average debt upon graduating is $7,000 less than the national average student education debt.

Full-time faculty with Ph.D. or Terminal Degree: 100%
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees awarded in Analytics, Biotechnology and Biosciences, Computer and Information Sciences, Interactive Media, Management & eBusiness, Geospatial Technologies, and Integrative Sciences
Master of Science Degrees awarded in Analytics, Information Systems Engineering & Management, Learning Technologies, Computer Information Sciences, Project Management & Healthcare Informatics.
PhD awarded in Data Analytics and the first student cohort began in Fall 2017. A PhD in ISEM (Information Systems Engineering Management) will begin its first cohort in Spring 2019.
Trimester system

Institutional Leadership:
A 30-member, independent, self-perpetuating Board of Trustees led by an Executive Committee governs Harrisburg University. The Board of Trustees delegates authority for day-to-day operations to senior management.

Notes of Distinction:
First private nonprofit science and technology-focused institution chartered in the Commonwealth since Carnegie Mellon University
Educational framework is competency-based, applied and experiential
Offers Central Pennsylvania’s only master’s degrees in IT Project Management or Learning Technologies
The University is a Project Management Institute® registered education provider
Home to the Center for Advanced Entertainment and Learning Technologies, The Government Technology Institute, and The Geospatial Technology Center.
Co-PI on NSF-funded ADVANCE grant focused on the recruitment, retention, and development of women academics in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines

Institutional Affiliations & Partnerships:
American Council on Education (ACE)
Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP)
Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania (TCCP)

Consortium agreements with:
Penn State University – USA
Francis University – USA
Ramnarian Ruia College – Mumbai, India
Acharya Institutes – Bangalore, India
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos – Madrid, Spain
The University College of the Cayman Islands – Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
EFREI, Engineering School of Information and Digital Technologies and Esigetel, Digital Systems and Communicating Objects – Paris, France
Universitat Internacional de Catalunya- Barcelona, Spain
Rede das Faculdades de Tecnologia e Ciencias – Bahia, Brazil
St Aloysius College- India
Dayananda Sagar Institutions – Bangalore, India

Articulation agreements with:
Harrisburg Area Community College
Community College of Baltimore County
Lehigh Carbon Community College
Alvernia University
Montgomery College
Community College of Philadelphia

About Harrisburg:
Located in a dynamic downtown setting, Harrisburg University connects people to a diverse and exciting community. In 2010, Money Magazine ranked Harrisburg as one of the nation’s top “Up and Coming Cities.” In 2009, the Harrisburg area was rated 12th in the “Best Places to Live” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. Forbes Magazine ranked Harrisburg as 5th among America’s most livable cities in 2010 and the area was named #2 among America’s best places to raise a family. More than 600,000 residents call the Harrisburg region home, making it the 52nd largest statistical metropolitan area in the nation.

Harrisburg is also home to the Capitol of the Commonwealth of PA. Located in the heart of a thriving, bustling downtown, HU is connected to Strawberry Square, a downtown shopping, dining and office complex that serves as the student center. The Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, which also neighbors HU, hosts an array of theatrical and concert events, in addition to displaying a rotation of mesmerizing exhibits throughout the year. Nearby Restaurant Row, and City Island, also provide countless dining, shopping, sporting and other entertainment options. We have teamed with a local developer to renovate nearby building that now serve as dormitory space. The scenic nature areas along the nearby Susquehanna River offer a relaxing escape from classes. Concerts, art festivals and shows also take place along the city’s river walk. Museums, fitness clubs, theatres and minor league baseball games are but a few of the entertainment options the HU community can take advantage of on any given day.