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Associate Dean for Research, Collections and Scholarly Communications: The Pennsylvania State University Libraries (University Park, PA)

  • 1.  Associate Dean for Research, Collections and Scholarly Communications: The Pennsylvania State University Libraries (University Park, PA)

    Posted 01-26-2018 11:25

    Associate Dean for Research, Collections and Scholarly Communications
    The Pennsylvania State University Libraries

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    The Pennsylvania State University Libraries invite applications and nominations for the leadership position of Associate Dean for Research, Collections, and Scholarly Communications. Reporting to the Dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications, the successful candidate serves on the administrative leadership team and will join a highly integrated and collaborative organization. This strategic position fosters participation in the University's research and teaching mission and promotes transformation of scholarly communication and sustainable stewardship of library collections.

    The University Libraries values diversity of thought, perspective, experience and people, and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. The successful candidate will enthusiastically grow the University Libraries welcoming multicultural environment. More information on Penn State's commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence, can be found by visiting For additional information about the Libraries' diversity efforts, please visit

    Responsibilities and Duties:

    This position provides leadership, strategic direction, and support for a comprehensive collections and scholarly communications strategy, including oversight of acquisitions, collection development, and the office of scholarly communications and copyright. The associate dean supports a vision of embedded librarianship and public services integrated into the academic enterprise through support of the subject libraries (engineering, earth and mineral sciences, life sciences, physical and mathematical sciences, arts and humanities, architecture and landscape architecture, education and curriculum center, social sciences, and business) and special collections library. The associate dean provides supervision for unit Heads and supports the promotion and tenure process for library faculty under his/her jurisdiction which features a strong mentoring program. The associate dean directs liaison activities including research consultation, instruction, outreach, and scholarly communications services. This position promotes alternative scholarly communications models and transformational strategies for a sustainable collections budget. Working collaboratively with the dean and two other ADs, the associate dean provides vision and direction for the research, teaching, and service mission of the Libraries. The associate dean represents the Libraries in university-wide planning for collections, research, and scholarly communications initiatives, and in local, regional, and national arenas.

    We are committed to selecting the person who best fits the needs of the Penn State University Libraries, and who will be able to advance our mission. 


    A Master of Library Science degree from an ALA-accredited institution (or equivalent); substantial relevant experience at an academic, special, or research library/related institution; a national reputation for distinguished scholarship and professional accomplishment; strong record of service in an appropriate professional or disciplinary association; demonstrated supervisory and leadership skills and experience, excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills; and a desire to work in a collaborative, student-centered environment.  We seek a strategic and empathetic visionary who has experience working with strong self-sufficient teams and a commitment to shared governance.


    The Penn State University Libraries are a strategic asset to Penn State, advancing intellectual discovery, information literacy, and lifelong learning, all in support of the University's strategic goals in teaching, research, service, and outreach.  The University Libraries is ranked among the top 10 research libraries in North America, according to the Association for Research Libraries investment rankings, and provides services at University Park and 22 other campus locations throughout Pennsylvania as well as online. We serve more than 6,400 faculty and 46,800 students at University Park, and approximately 97,500 students university-wide. More than 120 faculty librarians in the University Libraries benefit from extensive technological resources and research support services. Penn State is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the Association of American Universities, and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. The University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, Digital Preservation Network, AP Trust, SPARC, CNI, the ACRL Diversity Alliance and a number of other organizations.

    The University Park 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's 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. For more information, please visit and

    Compensation and Rank:

    This is a tenure-track faculty position. Based upon the University and Libraries' standards in librarianship, research, service and outreach, it is anticipated that the successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Librarian with tenure, however 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. In addition, faculty in the University Libraries are afforded funds for professional development travel annually. Faculty may be asked to travel as official representatives of the Libraries to certain events and those trips are reimbursed at full cost within limits established by the University.

    Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted online at candidates should upload a letter of application including a diversity statement, resume or C.V., and the names and contact information of three professional references (including email addresses).  Review of applications will begin March 1, 2018 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.

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