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Library Leaders Program 2014 class announced

Barbara I. Dewey, dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications, has announced the new class of the Penn State Library Leaders Program to include Russ Hall, reference librarian, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College; Patricia Hswe, digital contents strategist and head, ScholarSphere User Services, Penn State University Park; and Valerie Lynn, head librarian, Penn State Hazleton.

The program, which began in 2011, seeks to create learning opportunities and experiences for faculty who aspire to leadership positions within and beyond the University Libraries. Dewey initially had proposed the program noting the challenge faced by faculty members in academic libraries to gain the experiences and knowledge needed to advance. Library Leaders helps to bridge the gap and builds a pool of Penn State librarians who are prepared to fill leadership roles as they arise, both here at Penn State and at other institutions across the nation. Participants work with their respective associate dean and the manager of human resources to construct a development plan to meet their unique needs and interests. The two-year program includes attendance at a nationally recognized leadership development program.

The program is open to all full-time librarians at Penn State. The selection committee reviewed nominations/applications from eleven Libraries faculty members this year. Dewey notes, “All were well qualified in various ways, and it was a pleasure to have so many excellent candidates to consider.”

For more information, contact Robert Harris, manager of human resources, University Libraries, at 814-863-4275.

Dean’s News

By Barbara I. Dewey

I learned this week that we have approximately 16,000 Penn State freshmen (8,000 at University Park and 8,000 at the Commonwealth Campuses) which is about 700 more than last fall. I am sure you have met many of them in our libraries and on our campuses.

Posted on the Dean’s intranet page (https://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/admin/intranet.html) under the heading of Assessment-Related Topics is the excellent report “Moving Forward: Envisioning Instructional Services for the Future“ completed by our first cohort of Library Leaders – Anne Behler, Ellysa Cahoy, John Meier, John Shank. Congratulations to them for their fine work and for completing the program. I hope you saw the call for interest for our next Penn State Library Leaders cohort.

Loanne Snavely reported (from work done by Alan Shay) that Penn State was the top University Library (for the past two years) and the 2nd in the last several years in teaching and outreach efforts among ARL libraries as per the ARL Instruction Statistics. We Are!! Thank you to everyone who made this outstanding statistic possible. Our students and faculty are very lucky to have this extensive and valuable teaching expertise in their Penn State Libraries.

I hope you will save the date, October 2, 2013, 2-3 p.m. for the first Dean’s Forum of the year in Foster Auditorium and on Mediasite Live. The agenda will be on our strategic planning and space planning work. Let me or Sandy know if there are other items you would like to hear about or if you have good news I can share in the Kudos section.