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

Welcome to an exciting time at Penn State! With new University leadership imparting fresh vision and strategic direction, the University Libraries are launching a new strategic plan focused on three areas: discovery, access and preservation; teaching and learning; and advancing university research. We have a unique opportunity to recruit three new Associate Deans who, along with another current Associate Dean, will help us advance the 21st century research library for Penn State and the profession. One of these positions is the Associate Dean for Research, Collections, and Scholarly Communications.

The Pennsylvania State University Libraries seek an outstanding individual to hold this faculty leadership position to foster our participation in the University’s research agenda and mission.

This position is expected to include providing leadership, strategic direction, and support for Engineering, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Life Sciences, Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Education and Behavioral Sciences, Social Sciences, Special Collections, and Business subject libraries and the Research Hub among other areas. The portfolio of responsibility will include:

  • Comprehensive collections strategy, including preservation, conservation, and digital content
  • Digital Scholarship, including e-science, data curation services, and digital humanities
  • Direction for liaison activities including research consultation, instruction, and scholarly communications services
  • Promoting alternative scholarly communications models and providing support to librarians engaged in activities related to open access, publishing, and copyright, including collaboration with the Penn State Press
  • Representing the Libraries in university-wide planning for collections and scholarly communications initiatives, and in local, regional, and national arenas
  • Providing vision and direction for the research, teaching, and service mission of the Libraries

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.  The final portfolio of responsibilities may vary and will continue to evolve, depending on the abilities and interests of the selected candidate, the synergies of the entire administrative team, and the needs of the organization.

Requires 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; 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.

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/CREF retirement options, and educational privileges.

For a more complete description of the position and to submit an application, please visit Questions may be addressed to Lindsey Harter, Faculty Search Coordinator, at

Employment requires 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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