University Libraries announce new Library Leaders Program

Penn State University Libraries has announced the Library Leaders Program, developed to create learning opportunities and experiences for Libraries faculty who aspire to leadership positions within and beyond Penn State Libraries. Barbara I. Dewey, dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications, who initially proposed the program, explained, "It is challenging for faculty members in academic libraries to gain the experiences and knowledge needed to advance. Library Leaders is intended to help bridge the gap and start building 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." Each participant will work with his or her respective associate dean and manager of human resources to construct a development plan addressing personalized needs and interests. The two-year program will also include attendance at a nationally recognized leadership development program.

The inaugural class from University Park includes Anne Behler, information literacy librarian, Library Learning Services; Ellysa Cahoy, education and behavioral sciences librarian, Education and Behavioral Sciences Library; and John Meier, science librarian, Physical and Mathematical Sciences Library and from Penn State Berks, John Shank, instructional design librarian, Thun Library. They will have an initial meeting with Dean Dewey and then begin individualized discussions. It is anticipated that the group will meet and interact with administrators from throughout the University at various times.

The program is open to all full-time librarians at Penn State. The selection committee reviewed nominations and applications from nine well-qualified Libraries faculty. "It was a pleasure to have so many excellent candidates to consider, clearly indicative of our high-quality personnel," Dewey said.

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

Last Updated November 14, 2011