Assistant Head, Veterinary Libraries

at University of Pennsylvania (view profile)
Published May 17, 2022
Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
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Minimum Compensation in Local Currency 60,000
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency 67,000
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Assistant Head, Veterinary Libraries

University Overview

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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.

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Posted Job Title

Assistant Head, Veterinary Libraries

Job Profile Title

Librarian B

Job Description Summary

Reporting to the Head, Veterinary Libraries, the Assistant Head provides instructional, outreach, and research services to facutly, staff, students, and clinicians at the two locations of the School of Veterinary Medicine. Approximately two days a week are spent at the newly refurbished DuPont Library at New Bolton Center in Chester County, with three days a week at the Atwood Library in West Philadelphia, a hub for student learning, centrally located within the Hill Pavilion. This will vary depending upon service needs. The position will develop and conduct workshops on database searching and productivity tools such as citation managers, and will be instrumental in integrating library instruction and information literacy into the school's new curriculum through teaching and development of videos and web-based documentation. Responsible for all aspects of the New Bolton Center library's operations (collection access and maintenance, maintaining and promoting the library space, and overseeing the service desk), the Assistant Head will also contribute to operations at Atwood Library. Special projects will include bibliometric research impact reports. The postion will engage broadly with Penn Libraries, participating in the Critical Writing Program and online chat reference.

Job Description

Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Develop and provide course-integrated instruction and workshops.

• Oversee operations at the New Bolton Library and contribute to oversight of operations at the main veterinary library.

• Develop instructional videos and web-based documentation.

• Provide research and project support and training for endusers.

• Assist head librarian with specialized projects.

• Engage broadly with Penn Libraries, participating in the Critical Writing Program and online chat reference.

• Perform additional duties as assigned.



• Minimum 2 years experience.

• MLS degree or equivalent experience in library environment.

• Demonstrated proactive outreach style and strong service orientation.

• Enthusiasm for both working with colleagues and clients as well as working independently.

• Good communication and customer service skills, attention to detail and dependability.

• Ability to learn new skills.

• Familiarity with library operations, automated library systems, and computer proficiency.


• Familiarity with subject matter of health, animals.

• Experience with biomedical databases and citation management software.

Application Requirement:

A Cover Letter and Resume/CV are required to be considered for this position. Please upload your Cover Letter where it asks you to upload your Resume/CV; multiple documents are allowed.

Budgeted Pay Range:

$60,000 -- $67,000 commensurate with education and experience.

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

University Library

Pay Range

$43,919.00 - $66,183.00

Affirmative Action Statement

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.

Special Requirements

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

University Benefits

Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.

Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.

Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.

Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.

Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.

Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.

Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.

University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.

Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.

Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.

Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.

Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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