Diane ZabelDiane Zabel

Interim Dean, University Libraries and Scholarly Communications

​Diane Zabel has been a full-time librarian at Penn State since 1986. She is the Benzak Business Librarian and Head of the Schreyer Business Library. She is passionate about helping students navigate the research process. Zabel was the 2015 recipient of a university-wide award, The President’s Award for Engagement with Students.

Diane Zabel is also passionate about helping colleagues navigate the research and scholarship process. She draws upon her publishing and editing experiences to help beginning authors. She is the current Editor-in-Chief of Ticker: The Academic Business Librarianship Review (an open access journal), a past editor of Reference & User Services Quarterly, and a past member of several editorial boards (including the Journal of Academic Librarianship). She has edited or co-edited several books, including Envisioning the Future of Reference: Trends, Reflections, and Innovations (Libraries Unlimited, 2020) and Leading in the New Academic Library (Libraries Unlimited, 2017). Her research interests include new service models in academic libraries, evolving roles for academic librarians, mentoring of academic librarians, and workplace flexibility. Zabel has served as an external reviewer for more than 30 institutions for tenure, promotion, and continuing appointment reviews.

She is an active member of the American Library Association (ALA). Zabel served as the elected president of the Reference and User Services Association, one of the divisions of ALA, for the period 2005-2006. She was elected to the ALA Council (the governing body of ALA) and served a three-year term as ALA councilor-at-large (2009-2012). In 2011, she was the recipient of the Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award, an ALA award that recognizes distinguished contributions in reference librarianship.


Dace FreivaldsDace Freivalds

Interim Associate Dean for Strategic Technologies

​​​The Interim Associate Dean for Technology and Resource Discovery provides leadership and advocacy for information technology, digital initiatives, repository services, and resource discovery and access services. Areas include:

Applications and nominations are currently being accepted for the Associate Dean position. To apply, visit the job description information.


Mihoko HosoiMihoko Hosoi

Associate Dean for Collections, Research, and Scholarly Communications

Mihoko provides leadership, strategic direction, and support for Collections, Acquisitions, Scholarly Communications, Special Collections, and subject areas that include Business, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, as well as the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

Areas Include:


Leo LoLeo Lo

Associate Dean for Learning, Undergraduate Services, and Commonwealth Campus Libraries

Leo's position is focused on the University Libraries role in the undergraduate education and experience at all Penn State campuses, including the World Campus. He provides administrative oversight of the Penn State Commonwealth Campus Libraries at the 20 Penn State locations across the Pennsylvania Commonwealth, including CCL Information Commons and the Knowledge Commons of the Pattee/Paterno Library at the University Park Campus. 

Additionally, Leo holds administrative responsibility for:


Kimlyn PatishnockKimlyn Patishnock

Senior Director of Administrative and Financial Services

Reporting to the Dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications, Kimlyn and her team coordinate all aspects of strategic planning, assessment, grants and contracts, administrative services (including security, facilities, fiscal planning, and Business Office operations) at 37 libraries on 24 campuses comprising the Penn State Libraries.

Units within Administrative and Financial Services include: