Job Posting: Associate Dean for Library and Information Services and Director, Harrel Health Sciences Library, Hershey, PA

Announcing a position opening at the Harrell Health Sciences Library at the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey.  Please share with any colleagues who may be interested.  A link to the application is available here.

*Associate Dean for Library and Information Services and Director, Harrell Health Sciences Library, Penn State College of Medicine*

The Harrell Health Sciences Library, serving the Penn State College of Medicine and the Pennsylvania State University, is seeking applications and nominations for an innovative and creative leader to serve as Associate Dean for Library & Information Services and Director.

Reporting to the Dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications, and the Vice Dean for Educational Affairs Penn State College of Medicine, the successful candidate will provide leadership and direction for a dynamic and highly engaged team at the recently renovated HHSL located at the medical campus for Penn State University in Hershey, PA.  In addition, the incumbent will provide strategic direction and oversight for the library component supporting the College of Medicine’s University Park Curriculum Program located in State College, PA.

The position is responsible for administration and management, strategic planning, program development with an emphasis on user-focused services, evaluation, budgeting, and the overall strategic direction of the library.  The HHSL serves all four missions of Penn State Health and the Penn State College of Medicine: education, research, clinical care, and community outreach.  We value diversity of thought, perspective, experience, and people, and are actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. We will enthusiastically grow the University Libraries welcoming multicultural environment together. More information on Penn State’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence, can be found here. For additional information about the Libraries’ diversity efforts, please go here.

*Responsibilities and Duties:*

We seek candidates that demonstrate a wide range of skill sets including innovative and strategic thinking, decision making, flexibility, risk assessment, collaboration, communication, and mentoring.  Broad responsibility for fostering effective working relationships with the College of Medicine and University Libraries; management of HHSL faculty and staff; creation and oversight of the library budget; oversight of library systems and technologies; strategic planning and policy formation; collection development and management;  public services and outreach, including reference, the liaison program, and education and instruction; and ILL/document delivery.  The incumbent will support the promotion and tenure process for library faculty under his/her jurisdiction.  The successful candidate will think and act strategically capitalizing on new ideas/developments, foster productive teamwork and support skill acquisition through active learning, attract and develop new strategic partners within the organization, and take advantage of opportunities to collaborate across departments and across the broader organization.

The successful candidate will have a national reputation for scholarship and professional accomplishment and possess a strong record of service in an appropriate professional association. He/she will have demonstrated supervisory skills and experience. Additionally, the Associate Dean and Director seeks out professional opportunities that highlight and promote the Harrell Health Sciences Library both regionally and nationally. The Associate Dean & Director provides leadership and serves on University, College of Medicine, and University Libraries’ committees and teams, as appropriate.


MLS (or equivalent) from an ALA-accredited program (or equivalent); substantial experience in progressively more responsible positions in health and biomedical sciences libraries; appropriate managerial/supervisory experience; demonstrated record of leadership in effecting change in challenging and complex information environments; significant experience with budgeting in a dynamic organization, collection development and management including extensive knowledge of scholarly resources used within the health and biomedical sciences, reference, instructional services, and implementation and integration of information technologies relevant to libraries.  Requires knowledge of current trends in medical education, biomedical research, bio and health informatics, healthcare systems, and the publishing industry; management style that is inclusive and collaborative, ability to collaborate with all members of the academic community, and keen academic and administrative judgement; excellent oral, written communication, and interpersonal skills.


Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP); grant writing experience; an undergraduate or graduate degree in a relevant health or biomedical sciences field.

*University Libraries:*

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.  The University Libraries is ranked among the top 10 research libraries in North America, according to the Association for Research Libraries investment rankings, and provides services at University Park and 22 other campus locations throughout Pennsylvania as well as online. We serve more than 6,400 faculty and 46,800 students at University Park, and approximately 97,500 students university-wide. More than 120 faculty librarians in the University Libraries benefit from extensive technological resources and research support services. Penn State, a land-grant institution, is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance and the Association of American Universities. The University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the International Center for Research Libraries.

*Penn State Health/Penn State College of Medicine:*

Penn State College of Medicine confers the doctor of medicine degree and the Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree, and in conjunction with Penn State’s Graduate School, offers doctor of philosophy degrees in anatomy, bioinformatics, and genomics, biomedical sciences, biostatistics, epidemiology, and neuroscience as well as a DrPh in Public Health. The College of Medicine also offers Master of Science degrees in anatomy, laboratory animal medicine, public health sciences, homeland security, and neuroscience.

The Penn State, Hershey campus is located in Hershey, PA a suburban community approximately twelve miles from Harrisburg, the state capital.  The fourth largest employer in Central Pennsylvania, Penn State Health and the Penn State College of Medicine provide jobs for more than 10,000+ area residents.  For more information, see Facts and Statistics.

Hershey Foods Corporation, also headquartered in Hershey, is Central Pennsylvania’s second largest industry.  Hershey is within a 3-hour drive of New York, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia.

*Compensation & Rank:*

This is a tenure-track faculty position; the successful candidate should be able to meet Penn State’s criteria for Promotion and Tenure.  Based upon University and Libraries’ standards in librarianship, research, service, and outreach, it is anticipated that the successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Associate Librarian or Librarian with tenure, however rank and salary are dependent upon qualifications and experience.  Excellent fringe benefits include liberal vacation, excellent insurance, state or TIAA retirement options, and educational privileges.  In addition, faculty in the University Libraries and the HHSL are provided funds for professional development and travel annually.

*Application Instructions:*

Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted online.  To be considered for the position, 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).   Review of applications will begin August 13, 2018, and continue until the position is filled.  Questions may be addressed to Lindsey Harter, Faculty Search Coordinator, at


Employment with the University will require 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 all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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Esther Y. Dell, AMLS, AHIP
Associate Librarian, ILL/Reference
Harrell Health Sciences Library: Research and Learning Commons – H127 Penn State College of Medicine PO Box 850, 500 University Drive Hershey, PA  17033
(717)531-8633 (voice)
(717)531-8636 (fax)

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