Administrative Leadership Team Portfolios
Learn about out innovative and collaborative leadership team.
The University Libraries recently embarked on a realignment of administrative portfolios to ensure they align with strategic initiatives, provide balanced workloads for senior administrators, support cross-departmental and cross-organizational collaboration and foster teamwork, innovation, accountability, inclusivity and talent management. The realigned portfolios are based on input from consultants and Libraries employees collected via listening tours, meetings, focus groups, surveys and administrative forums and briefings.
The new organizational structure is made up of six academic administrators who report directly to the Dean. Though each administrator has specific areas of responsibility in their respective portfolios, these portfolios are designed to foster open communication and collaboration across the leadership team. For example, while the new structure incorporates a portfolio specific to Organizational Learning, Development, and Excellence, which is responsible for strategic planning, assessment, DEIA, organizational development and training, responsibility for these priorities spans all portfolios across the entire University Libraries organization.
Learning and Engagement
Focuses on providing a transformative learning experience for Penn State undergraduates, collaborating across the Libraries to develop and implement a shared vision of student-focused services and instruction, and to advance the development of the Libraries’ global engagement initiatives; promotes the creation of welcoming spaces, services, and programs that support and strengthen student engagement opportunities while supporting PSU’s research, teaching and learning; coordinates the delivery of resources to users (access services/ILL) as well as reference/research services; leads our efforts to advance adoption of affordable and open education resources.
Distinctive Collections and Digital Strategies
Guides the development of an innovative digital library; focuses on the creation and implementation of sustainable digital strategies to develop, enhance, expand, discover, organize and preserve access to traditional, digital and distinctive collections and content; provides leadership for the creation and curation of digital objects for research, teaching and learning; ensures a robust digital and technological infrastructure through the development and maintenance of content management systems and repositories, especially open source, to support wide range of digital scholarship and publishing.
Commonwealth Campus Libraries (CCLs)
Develops and guides the strategic direction of the 20 CCLs within the context of the University Libraries; provides leadership, strategic direction, and support for the entire portfolio to support campus communities and community engagement across the Commonwealth; serves as a conduit to understand the unique and strategic needs of our campuses and campus libraries and the ways that we can support these while also achieving efficiency and scale of services and operations; ensures that the CCLs are aligned and advancing major strategic goals. This role directly supervises the following campus libraries: Abington, Altoona, Behrend, Berks, DuBois, Harrisburg, Hazleton, Wilkes-Barre, and Scranton. In addition, the Associate Dean supervises the Interim Director for Commonwealth Campus Libraries. and has responsibility for oversight of the campuses within that portfolio, which consist of Beaver, Brandywine, Fayette, Great Valley, Greater Allegheny, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Shenango, and York.
Collections, Research, and Scholarly Communications
Leads the creation of strong and sustainable content strategies across University Libraries to support research, teaching and learning; leads stewardship and development of analog and digital collections while embracing a key role with consortial partners to scale collection building; advances the adoption of open access strategies and insures integration into transformation of collections and scholarly communications; provides liaison activities including collection development, research consultation, instruction, outreach, and scholarly communications services.
Organizational Learning, Development, and Excellence
Focuses on building an environment that supports organizational excellence by providing professional development and training training; creates and implements the Libraries’ vision through ongoing assessment and strategic planning; coordinates the Libraries’ Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) efforts to create and maintain culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion; publicizes and promotes our accomplishments. This is a new position that will be filled at a later date.
*This is a new position that will be filled at a later date.
Administrative and Financial Services
Provides oversight for administrative, financial and operational support including space planning, facilities, budget, and personnel.
*This position will change to Associate Dean for Administrative and Financial Services once this position is posted.
Libraries Leadership Team
The Libraries Administrative Leadership Team (Admin Team) is the leadership group of the University Libraries. Membership consists of the Dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communication, Associate Deans, the Senior Director of Administrative and Financial Services, and the Libraries Human Resources Strategic partner. Team members use their individual knowledge, strengths and perspectives to provide leadership and advocate for the entire Libraries organization. The team works collaboratively and collectively in leading the Libraries. The members of the Admin Team:
- Work collaboratively to provide vision and direction for the research, teaching, and service mission of the Libraries
- Help implement the Libraries’ strategic plan, support institutional goals and build a strong culture of engagement and shared decision making
- Participate in the Libraries’ key planning, budget, operations, and personnel decision-making activities
- Facilitate cross-organizational communication while fostering a culture of transparency and shared decision making
- Represent the Libraries with donor relations and fundraising with leadership and development teams within the libraries
- Participate in University initiatives and represent the Libraries in University-wide planning and administration and in local, regional, and national arenas