Leading the Library by Leading the Campus: A Dean's Perspective

Barbara Dewey
Introduction Library deans and directors are, of course, responsible for operations of the university or college library. The news release about an appointment to the position of Dean, University Libraries summarizes these operational duties and frames the areas of responsibility from an organizational perspective. As the leader of Penn State's information resources enterprise, the dean will serve as the official representative and advocate for the University Libraries and Penn State Press and
more » ... versee approximately 1,150 full-and part-time faculty and staff. The University Libraries comprise 14 libraries at the University Park campus and libraries at 22 other campuses, Media Technology Support Services and the University Records Management Program. Collections include more than 5.2 million volumes, 69,000 serial titles, 517 databases and more than 50,000 e-books, as well as extensive holdings of maps, microforms, government publications, archives and audio-visual materials. The University Libraries and the Penn State Press jointly operate the Office of Digital Scholarly Publishing and collaborate on the development of new modes of disseminating research and scholarship. 1