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.