Associate Dean for Technology and Digital Strategies – Pennsylvania State University Libraries – University Park, PA

Welcome to an exciting time at Penn State! With new University leadership imparting fresh vision and strategic direction, the Pennsylvania State University Libraries are launching a new strategic plan focused on three areas crucial to the success of any 21st century research library: Discovery, Access and Preservation; Teaching and Learning; and Advancing University Research.

This is a unique opportunity to join a top-ten research library in advancing this plan and shaping the future of the Penn State University Libraries. The newly created Associate Dean for Technology and Digital Strategies position blends roles across IT and digital services units. The successful candidate, backed by an excellent team of colleagues, will lead strategic initiatives spanning these realms in a dynamic, highly collaborative environment with world-class IT infrastructure and an organizational culture that fosters creativity and innovation.

The Libraries seek an outstanding individual to hold this faculty leadership position.


The Associate Dean for Technology and Digital Strategies will provide leadership and advocacy for information technology, digital initiatives, repository services and resource discovery and access services. The position will serve as administrator for the Libraries’ Department for Information Technologies, Publishing and Curation Services, and Media Technology and Support Services as well as for cross-organizational teams such as the Digital Preservation Strategies Team, ScholarSphere (institutional repository) Service Team, and Hydra Strategy Team. The Associate Dean for Technology and Digital Strategies will partner with University Information Technology Services and other Penn State units and colleges in building our digital future, continuing to enhance already strong collaborations in repository services and learning technologies as well as exploring new opportunities for collaboration across campus, the CIC (Committee for Institutional Cooperation), and other universities and institutions.

The portfolio of responsibility will include:

• Digitization, digital reformatting, and digital library production
• Digital preservation, curation, and data management
• Repository services (ScholarSphere, Hydra)
• User experience, content strategy, and user services
• Digital scholarship, digital humanities, and e-science services
• Discovery, access, and accessibility strategies
• Emerging technology strategies
• IT infrastructure and platforms management and support
• Software and web applications development
• Libraries’ website management and services
• Service desk and workstation management
• Multimedia technologies

We are committed to recruiting the best person for the job. The person in this role will be committed to technology as a public service and have a keen understanding of its potential to transform teaching, research, and learning endeavors, forging new knowledge and preserving it for continuing access. The successful candidate will embrace highly collaborative leadership, be forward-thinking, and encourage innovation and experimentation. Flexibility and adaptability are key. The final portfolio of responsibilities may shift and will continue to evolve in response to the interests of the selected candidate, the synergies of the administrative team, and the ever-changing needs of the organization and the people it serves.

Required Qualifications:

A Master of Library Science degree from an ALA-accredited institution or an appropriate graduate degree in a relevant field; substantial experience at or related to an academic, special, or research library; a national reputation for distinguished scholarship and professional accomplishment; strong record of service in an appropriate professional or disciplinary association; excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills; and a desire to work in a collaborative, student-centered and research-intensive environment. We seek a strategic and empathetic visionary who has experience working with strong self-sufficient teams and a commitment to shared governance.


Penn State, a land-grant institution, is an active member of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), a consortium of the Big Ten universities plus the University of Chicago. The Penn State University Libraries are a strategic asset to Penn State, advancing intellectual discovery, information literacy, and lifelong learning, all in support of the University’s strategic goals in teaching, research, service, and outreach. Based on current Association for Research Libraries investment rankings, Penn State is among the top ten research libraries in North America. The University Libraries has one of the most extensive online and print collections in the world including many locally digitized collections covering a wide range of subject areas. There were more than 9 million uses of our print and digital collections last year. A Penn State student survey completed in 2010 found overall student satisfaction with the Libraries to be at the top of its category. Our faculty and staff have roles in the entire lifecycle of scholarship and research, from inception and creation to access and preservation. We are the largest public-mission library in the northeastern United States, and, with physical collections at each of Penn State’s 23 campuses found in all regions of the Commonwealth, the Libraries are also the most geographically dispersed. We serve approximately 6,000 faculty and 44,000 students at University Park, and approximately 97,000 students university wide.

The University Park campus is set in State College, a university town located in the heart of central Pennsylvania. State College offers a vibrant community with outstanding recreational facilities, a low crime rate, and excellent public schools. The campus is within a half-day drive to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, and Pittsburgh. The University Park Airport is served by three major carriers with flights to Washington, Philadelphia, and Detroit and Chicago. For more information, please visit and

Compensation and Rank:

This is a tenure-track faculty position. Based upon the University and Libraries’ standards in librarianship, research, service and outreach, it is anticipated that the successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Librarian with tenure, however rank and salary are dependent upon qualifications and experience. Fringe benefits include liberal vacation, excellent insurance and health care coverage, state or TIAA/CREF retirement options, and educational privileges.

Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted online at Interested candidates should upload a letter of application, resume or C.V., and the names and contact information of three professional references (including email addresses). Please reference Box ADTECH-LIBJ in your letter of application. Review of applications will begin February 11, 2015 and continue until position is filled. Questions may be addressed to Lindsey Harter, Faculty Search Coordinator, at

Employment requires successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, disabled individuals, and other protected groups.

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