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Job Posting: Veterinary Library Internship, University of Pennsylvania

Veterinary Library Internship

SALARY: $15.00/hour

HOURS: 20 hours per week; daytime hours

DUTIES: This is an opportunity to gain broad library experience, particularly in the following areas:

  • Special projects: e.g. citation entry and analysis, collection analysis, digitization, documentation, displays
  • Web page and online resource creation and maintenance.
  • Live Chat reference service.
  • Workshop support.
  • Reference work for members of the public, students, faculty and staff.
  • Circulation desk responsibilities (limited hours).

The Veterinary Library is located in beautiful surroundings in the school’s modern Hill Pavilion. It includes a computer classroom, multipurpose meeting rooms and a media editing lab. A branch library is located at the large animal facility in Kennett Square. Our staff consists of the head librarian with 17 years experience; a part-time liaison librarian and part-time assistant librarian; two full-time support staff and student workers from the school of veterinary medicine and other Penn programs. Opportunities to participate in in-house presentation program for Penn Libraries interns, and technology workshops.

REQUIREMENTS: Must be a current student or recent graduate of an ALA accredited Library/Information Science graduate program. Good academic background. Able to learn quickly, take initiative, handle multiple projects. Science background not required. Familiarity and ease with technology, understanding of basic HTML. Public service orientation.

To apply, please submit a resume and letter of interest to:
Royce Drake
Use subject line “Vet Library Internship.”

Visit Penn Libraries for more information.

Call for Nominations

MLA’s greatest assets are the collective wisdom of its members and the support received from friends and affiliates.  Some of our colleagues have made sustained and outstanding contributions to the profession and are deserving of recognition as Fellows of MLA.  Individuals who are not members but who have similarly contributed in a significant way to advancing the missions of the Association and profession may also be recognized as Honorary Members.  Please consider nominating a colleague for Fellow or a non-member for Honorary Member status.  Peer recognition builds a stronger community!

Nominations are due to MLA November 1, 2016.  Please visit the Fellows and Honorary Members section of MLANET at for details and to access the online nomination form.  Previous applicants will be considered if renominated.

MLA Webinars: Instructional Design Series

Join us for an MLA series of four live webinars presenting the principles and practices behind effective face-to-face and online instruction.  Whether or not you can attend the full series, register now for updates and for access to the recorded sessions and supporting material.


What’s Theory Got to Do with It? Learning Theories, Instructional Design, and the Librarian
Date: Tuesday, 10/18/2016  2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Location: Lippincott Library Seminar Room, Van Pelt Library of the University of Pennsylvania

Designing Online Instruction: It’s Not Just for Distance Education Anymore
Date: Wednesday, 10/26/2016  2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Location: Ginsburg Library Room 246A, Temple University

Don’t Flip Out! Exploring Team-Based Learning
Date: Wednesday, 11/9/2016  2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Location: Lippincott Library Seminar Room, Van Pelt Library of the University of Pennsylvania

Setting Yourself Up for Success with Learning Assessment
Date: Tuesday,  11/22/2016  2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Location: Ginsburg Library Room 246A, Temple University



In-Person Attendee – FREE
Select this option if you are planning to come to any of the “live” webinars. You will receive updated location information before the webinar dates.

Recorded Session Only – FREE
Select this option if you are not coming to any of the “live” events. You will receive a link to the webinar recording shortly after each is held.

This series will complete our free continuing education programming for 2016! Stay tuned for more free-to-members CE programming in 2017.  Philadelphia-area Chapter members receive access to hundreds of dollars worth of CE programming as a membership benefit- something to consider as we get ready to ask you to renew your membership in 2017, and something to tell your non-member co-workers about!

Job Posting: Health Sciences Librarian, Penn State University

Health Sciences Librarian
The Pennsylvania State University Libraries Penn State College of Medicine University Park Regional Campus Harrell Health Sciences Library To apply, please visit

The Harrell Health Sciences Library: Research & Learning Commons seeks an experienced Librarian to support the expanding Penn State College of Medicine (COM), University Park Regional Campus [State College, PA]. Reporting to the Harrell HSL Associate Dean & Director, the incumbent will be co-located at the regional medical campus and will oversee the day-to-day operations of the health sciences library satellite location. This position will provide a broad range of information services and will lead library education and instruction activities in support of the students, faculty, staff, and researchers located at the regional medical campus. This is a three year non-tenure track, fixed-term faculty appointment.

Position Summary:

The Health Sciences Librarian will partner with the Harrell HSL administration to plan and build a comparable program of support and services at the regional medical campus that actively positions the library as a key resource and extends the reach of the Harrell HSL in support of the COM regardless of location. The selected candidate will be responsible for the overall coordination of library-related instructional activities for the regional medical campus and the integration of EBM into the curriculum. Additionally, the Librarian will work closely with the COM faculty to design, develop and teach a variety of classes, workshops and course-integrated instruction; design and develop online tutorials and provide individual consultations and orientations; provide expertise, support, assessment and implementation for new and existing instructional technologies used in teaching and learning; participate in collection development activities; provide in-depth reference and consultation service; participate in library orientation for new medical students and residents; and will function as the sole liaison to the regional medical campus.

Other responsibilities of the position include daily oversight of the library satellite location at the Penn State COM University Park Regional Campus and executing responsibility and accountability for the physical facility, services, and collections located at the regional medical campus; evaluating new and existing library programs, services and resources; contributing to the assessment of user needs, participating in the evaluation of services, marketing and planning, and the development of outcome measures of the Harrell HSL; collaborating with librarians in related subject areas libraries/departments at University Park, including Life Sciences and other STEM libraries; and contributing to the profession through librarianship, teaching and learning, service, research, and involvement in professional organizations. Critical skills needed for this position include leadership skills and the ability to function independently as well as effectively in a team environment; technology skills; flexibility and the capacity to embrace change in a diverse, dynamic, and evolving organization; and a facility for cross-departmental communications.

Required Qualifications:
Requires a Masters of Library Science degree from an ALA-accredited institution (or equivalent); several years of experience in medical library environment, with increasing levels of responsibility; knowledge of evidence based practice principles and aware of current trends in Academic Health Sciences Libraries and medical education; experience designing and delivering instruction/training; knowledge of and experience with health/STEM databases and resources including expert literature searching skills; ability to work independently and effectively across organizational lines and in collaboration with colleagues to build strong relationships; excellent oral and written communication skills; strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision making skills; and strong leadership and organizational skills with a commitment to diversity.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred qualifications include the understanding the principles of adult learning and training; an undergraduate or graduate degree in a biomedical or physical science field or graduate-level coursework; and active membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals.


The University Libraries is ranked among the top ten research libraries in North America, according to the Association for Research Libraries investment rankings, and provides services at University Park and 22 other locations throughout Pennsylvania as well as online. The library serves approximately
6,300 faculty and 46,000 students at University Park, and more than 95,000 students university-wide. Penn State, a land-grant institution, is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance.

Penn State Hershey, located approximately 100 miles from University Park, is the medical campus of Penn State University. The Harrell Health Sciences Library: Research & Learning Commons, located on the Penn State Hershey campus, is the health sciences library for Penn State University. Penn State College of Medicine confers the doctor of medicine degree and in conjunction with Penn State’s Graduate School, offers a variety of doctoral, masters, and graduate certificate programs in the biomedical sciences. The recently established Physician Assistant Master’s Program inaugural graduating class of 2016 achieved a 100 percent national board pass rate as first-time test takers of the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam.

The University Park Regional Campus of Penn State College of Medicine is a collaborative effort between Penn State Hershey, Mount Nittany Health and other local State College providers. The regional medical campus offers a wide spectrum of medical education opportunities, including clerkships, electives and acting internships for Penn State medical students. The regional medical campus is expanding and will be accepting the inaugural class for the new competency based curriculum currently under development, fall 2017. The University Park Regional 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 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.

Compensation and Benefits:

Rank and salary are dependent upon qualifications and experience. Fringe benefits include liberal vacation, excellent insurance and health care coverage, state or TIAA retirement options, and educational privileges.

Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted online. To apply,
please visit To be
considered for the position, interested candidates should upload a letter of application, resume or C.V., and the names and contact information of three
professional references (including email addresses). Review of applications
will begin October 3, 2016 and continue until position is filled. Questions may be addressed to Lindsey Harter, Faculty Search Coordinator, at

Employment 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.

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.

Webinar: Getting Started With Statistics

Getting Started with Statistics

When: September 7th, 2016,  1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Thomas Jefferson University, Scott Memorial Library, Room 200A
1020 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

As librarians interact with more research through efforts with evidence-based practice and systematic reviews, they have a growing need for understanding statistics. This confidence-building course will help you be more comfortable with statistical concept for reading research findings and interpreting data.  Join MLA Chapter members and colleagues as we participate in this live webinar. Participants are eligible to earn 1.5 CE credits.

Register for the webinar

Member (on-site attendee):  Free
Member (recording only):  Free

Not a Chapter member? Join now to get free access to this webinar and future continuing education opportunities. If you’re interested in these topics, Chapter membership can save you money!

Can’t join us in person? No problem- use the “off-site” registration link to access the recorded webinar. A link to the recording will be sent to you 5-7 days after the ‘live’ date.