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The Pennsylvania State University
University Park
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Posted: 05/2/2022
Associate Dean for Commonwealth Campus Libraries

Associate Dean for Commonwealth Campus Libraries

Penn State University Libraries, embarking on an inclusive, holistic University-wide strategic plan embracing and elevating the, has reimagined and realigned its As a result of this effort, the University Libraries seeks an Associate Dean for Commonwealth Campus Libraries (CCLs) to join a cohort that expands its newly recalibrated leadership team and shapes one of several new administrative portfolios. Reporting to the Dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications, this AD will collaborate with the senior library administrative team as well as leaders throughout the enterprising organization to set the vision and strategic directions for Penn State University Libraries. This leadership position provides a unique opportunity to join a national top ten research library intent on elevating the Libraries' integral role in advancing the University's tripartite mission of teaching, research, and service at all of the Penn State campuses.

Portfolio Description

With oversight for an evolving set of projects and priorities in a complex, collaborative, and dynamic land-grant university environment, the Associate Dean for Commonwealth Campus Libraries provides leadership for diverse campus communities across the Commonwealth. Penn State University Libraries consists of one unified system dispersed across 23 campuses and online programs in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Seventeen head librarians directly administer the Commonwealth Campus libraries, providing library resources to a geographically dispersed user population that includes more than 50 percent of Penn State's undergraduate students. This Associate Dean develops and guides the strategic direction of the 20 Commonwealth Campus Libraries aligned within University Libraries.

The successful candidate will ensure the development of sustainable library services, spaces, and staffing that support the diverse communities served by the Commonwealth Campus Libraries. This AD will also prioritize the alignment of student engagement and learning outcomes as a part of the Libraries' overall instructional and outreach programs.

Direct reporting lines include:

• Senior Director of Commonwealth Campus Libraries

• Head Librarian, Abington College Library at Penn State Abington

• Head Librarian, Robert B. Eiche Library at Penn State Altoona / Dubois Campus

Library and Penn State DuBois

• Head Librarian, John M. Lilley Library at Penn State Behrend

• Head Librarian, Berks Thun Library at Penn State Berks

• Head Librarian, Madlyn L. Hanes Library at Penn State Harrisburg

These remaining CCLs report to the Senior Director of Commonwealth Campus Libraries:

• Head Librarian, Beaver Campus Library at Penn State Beaver / Lartz Memorial

Library at Penn State Shenango

• Head Librarian, Vairo Library at Penn State Brandywine

• Head Librarian, Fayette Campus Library at Penn State Fayette

• Head Librarian, J. Clarence Kelly Library at Penn State Greater Allegheny

• Head Librarian, Great Valley Library at Penn State Great Valley

• Head Librarian, Mary M. and Bertil E. Lofstrom Library at Penn State Hazleton

• Head Librarian, Lehigh Valley Campus Library at Penn State Lehigh Valley

• Head Librarian, Mont Alto Campus Library at Penn State Mont Alto

• Head Librarian, Elizabeth S. Blissell Library at Penn State New Kensington

• Head Librarian, Penn State Scranton Campus Library / Nesbitt Library at Penn

State Wilkes- Barre

• Head Librarian, Cilette Memorial Library at Penn State Schuylkill

• Head Librarian, Lee R. Glatfelter Library at Penn State York

While most senior library administrators are located at the University Park campus, this position may be based there or at one of Penn State's Commonwealth Campuses. A final determination of the home base will be made in consultation with the successful candidate. The University Libraries embraces opportunities for hybrid work arrangements. However, travel to University Park and Commonwealth Campuses is expected, including some overnight travel, for in-person meetings.


Senior Level Administration

As a member of the University Libraries' senior leadership team, this AD:

• Works collaboratively to provide vision and direction for the research, teaching, and service mission of the Libraries.

• Helps to implement the Libraries' strategic plan, support institutional goals and build a strong culture of engagement and shared decision-making.

• Participates in the Libraries' key planning, budget, operations, and personnel decision-making activities.

• Facilitates cross-organizational communication and collaboration while fostering a culture of transparency and shared decision-making.

• Represents the Libraries with donor relations and fundraising with leadership and development teams within the libraries.

• Participates in University initiatives and represents the Libraries in University-wide planning and administration (may represent the libraries in local, regional, and national arenas).

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility

The University Libraries values diversity of thought, perspective, experience, and people and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. The AD is expected to:

• Advance the Libraries and Penn State's diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility goals,

• Improve efforts to recruit and retain a diverse community of library employees, and

• Contribute to an environment of positive growth and development for all employees.

More information on Penn State's commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence can be found by viewing Penn State's Diversity Statement: For additional information about the Libraries' diversity efforts, please visit

Commonwealth Campus Libraries Administration and Oversight

This Associate Dean:

• Provides leadership, direction, and oversight of the CCLs to advance student learning, faculty productivity, and community engagement.

• Fosters collaborations at all Penn State campuses, both within and external to the Libraries, to design and implement services and programs that support evolving user needs that lead to student and faculty success.

• Creates and sustains productive, meaningful relationships with Chancellors and Directors of Academic Affairs and collaborates to develop and improve library services and spaces.

• Works with CCL faculty and staff to identify and anticipate the needs of user communities that result in the design, implementation, and assessment of services and programs.

• Supervises and mentors the Senior Director and five head librarians. Supports and facilitates professional development for all CCL librarians and staff.

• Supports the promotion and tenure process for CCL faculty and serves a critical role in the Libraries' strong mentoring program.


A Master of Library Science degree from an ALA-accredited institution (or equivalent) with qualifications commensurate with tenure requirements at Penn State. University Libraries also values the following:

• Ability to develop and implement a strategic vision and lead collaborative, user-centered efforts across library units and/or with external partners in a broader setting (i.e., University).

• Demonstrated supervisory and empathetic leadership skills that build consensus and support strong, self-sufficient teams.

• Evidence of substantive leadership initiatives that advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.

• Commitment to shared governance.

• Substantial relevant experience at an academic, special, or research library or related institution.

• National reputation for distinguished scholarship and professional accomplishments.

• Strong record of service in appropriate professional or disciplinary associations.

• Strategic and empathetic visionary who has experience working with strong self-sufficient teams.


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 of teaching, research, and service. 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 including online programs. We serve more than 6,800 faculty at University Park, 4,124 faculty at the Commonwealth Campuses, 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 Philadelphia, Newark, Chicago, Detroit, Orlando, and Tampa. For more information, please visit and

Compensation and Rank:

The successful candidate will hold a tenured faculty appointment at the rank of Associate Librarian or Librarian within the University Libraries. The rank and salary are dependent upon qualifications and experience.

Applicants for the Associate Librarian rank should have:

• A graduate degree in library or information studies or other appropriate degree, demonstrate excellence in librarianship, show evidence of an established reputation in research, and have a strong record of service to the University and the profession.

Applicants for the Librarian rank should have:

• In addition to the qualifications for Associate Librarian, the Librarian should demonstrate sustained excellence in librarianship, give evidence of creativity in his/her field of specialization (including a continuing capacity for significant contributions in research and creative accomplishments), and show evidence of leadership in the profession. The rank of Librarian should be reserved for persons of proven stature in librarianship, research, and service.

Penn State offers a comprehensive benefits program, with choices of retirement plans, health benefits, optional insurance programs, tuition discounts for employees and eligible family members, generous vacation time, and an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). In addition, the University Libraries provides annual professional development funds to all faculty members. Faculty may be asked to travel as official representatives of the Libraries to certain events. Expenses reimbursement will be in accordance with University Travel Policy. Please visit to learn more about the University Libraries Promotion and Tenure.

Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted via Workday. Interested candidates should upload a letter of application and a resume or CV. A candidate's application materials are expected to provide clear evidence of their commitment to, and the impact of, the principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility throughout their librarianship, teaching, research, and/or service.

Candidates also must provide four professional references, indicating their professional relationship to each reference. References will be contacted later in the search process. Furnished references must include a current/previous direct supervisor, a colleague, an employee who was/is a direct report, and one at the candidate's discretion. Review of applications will begin May 23, 2022 and continue until position is filled. To nominate a candidate to receive additional information about this position, please send names and contact information (email and phone number) to:

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.