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Collection Strategies Librarian - Messiah University - Mechanicsburg, PA


Murray Library, Messiah University, seeks a qualified candidate for a full-time, 11-month librarian position (August 1-June 30) with faculty status as part of the Community of Educators.

The primary responsibilities of this position: Coordinates general access to all digital library resources; serves as webmaster for the library home page; oversees serials; analyzes print and digital collections and identifies strengths, gaps, overlap and uniqueness of collections; collects usage stats for electronic resources; assists with library instruction and reference services; and provides client-side web technologies support.

Messiah University is a nationally ranked, private Christian university with a student body of 3,276 undergraduate and graduate students. Our scenic 471-acre suburban campus is located in central Pennsylvania, just 12 miles from the state capital of Harrisburg. The University was founded in 1909 by the Brethren in Christ Church. Today, the University’s faith base is broadly evangelical and includes students and employees from a variety of denominations and Christian faith traditions.
Messiah University’s commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence draws inspiration from its mission “to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society.” The university has pursued this vision through a strategic planning process that encourages diversity through employee and student composition, campus climate, and an educational program that enables educators and students to embrace diversity. Candidates should clearly articulate why diversity and cultural intelligence matter to them as persons of faith as well as in their profession. Candidates will speak to how as a potential employee, they will contribute to the advancement of this vision through their position.


  • Efficient and effective operation of the library and relevant strategic planning within the broader University planning process.
  • Library instruction.
  • Collection development.
  • Liaison work with academic departments.
  • Reference service.
  • Scholarship and professional development and institutional service.
  • Coordinate general access to all digital library resources for Messiah community including research of faculty requests for new subscriptions.
  • Analyze library collections (print and digital) in coordination with liaisons and the Director. Identify strengths, gaps, overlap and uniqueness of library collections. Recommend further collection development actions including acquisitions and deacquisitions based on analysis.
  • Evaluate content in similar or overlapping databases and make recommendations based on program needs and costs.
  • Provide data and statistics for use in accreditation processes.
  • Serve as point of contact for textbook affordability initiatives.
  • Serve as primary contact with vendors and ITS for all digital resources with emphasis on installation of new and updated products.
  • Oversee print and individual online serials including checking currency, addressing problems, maintaining current and archival periodicals collection, and withdrawing titles as needed.
  • Provide support for client-side web technologies (HTML, JavaScript, CSS) and serve as webmaster for the library home page and Primo interface.
  • Collect usage statistics for digital resources and report on an annual basis to the Director and other librarians.
  • Serve as library liaison to the following departments: Business, Chemistry, Computing, Mathematics, & Physics and Engineering.
  • Maintain consistent and reliable attendance.


  • Required education/experience: Minimum of ALA-accredited Master of Library Science or Master of Library and Information Science.
  • A second master’s degree would be helpful to enhance liaison support of academic departments.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience working in an academic library.
  • Communication and interpersonal skills; familiarity with Dewey and LC classification, database searching; basic coding skills; teaching skills; ability to create good working relationships with faculty and students.
  • Preferred experience: Client-side web technologies (HTML, JavaScript, CSS), reference experience, and experience using Alma/Primo and Counter 5 reports.


Paper applications will not be accepted. To submit an application and supporting materials, go to:
Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled. Desired starting date for position: January 4, 2023.