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Miller named 2017 Big Ten Academic Alliance faculty fellow

Rebecca Miller, associate librarian and head of Library Learning Services, is one of five Penn State faculty to be named a 2017 Big Ten Academic Alliance Department Executive Officer fellow. Approximately 65 faculty department heads and chairs from Big Ten universities are selected annually for the program.

“Rebecca arrived at Penn State less than 18 months ago, and in that time she has made a significant impact on teaching and learning in the University Libraries and throughout the University while pursuing an active research agenda and maintaining a national profile without our profession. In short, she is an ideal candidate to receive this recognition and opportunity,” Joe Salem, the Libraries’ associate dean for Learning, Undergraduate Services and Commonwealth Campuses, said.

The Department Executive Officers (DEO) program is one of two faculty leadership development programs offered by the Big Ten Academic Alliance. DEO fellows, who include both seasoned and newer department heads and chairs, meet during a three-day seminar at the Big Ten Center in Chicago to discuss topics focusing on departmental leadership skills, challenges and broader issues. This year’s seminar will be held Nov. 9-11.

Miller follows Karen Estlund, the University Libraries’ associate dean for technology and digital strategies, who was named a Big Ten Academic Alliance DEO fellow in 2016.

Penn State faculty interested in learning more about the Big Ten Academic Alliance’s Department Executive Officers Program and its Academic Leadership Program are encouraged to visit http://vpaa.psu.edu/big-ten-academic-alliance.

Dean’s Doings

by Barbara I. Dewey, dean, University Libraries and Scholarly Communications

I convened a Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA now instead of CIC) conference call to discuss recommendations from the recent report “A Vision for Next Generation Resource Delivery” prepared by the BTAA Discovery to the Delivery Project Action Committee. This report can be found, with two previous reports, at www.btaa.org/projects/library/reciprocal-borrowing/reports. Many thanks to Barbara Coopey and Zoe Chao who have contributed to one or more of these reports. Almost all of the BTAA libraries were represented and strategies were discussed to make progress on recommendations for a more seamless and efficient ILL experience for our users. Stay tuned for progress on this vision.

President Barron provided a presentation for Quality Advocates on Feb. 10 on the Penn State All In initiative which begun about four months ago. He updated attendees on the various activities already held and those planned to support the effort to embed diversity and inclusion into the fabric of Penn State. The University Libraries is very active in the All In initiative at our many locations. Check the All In calendar for events happening all over Penn State, including the Libraries.

I was pleased to be invited to the Penn State University Press Editorial Board meeting. The Editorial Board reviews publication proposals and consists of Press staff and faculty from around Penn State. Members discussed projects ranging from art history, history, rhetoric, race relations, and graphic novels.