Faculty & Staff
Provide a summary description of the current full-time faculty and staff, their academic preparation, professional experience and maintenance of current knowledge, teaching and research specializations. Current resumes/curriculum vitae for all current full-time faculty and staff can be attached as an appendix.
Describe relevant faculty and staff development activities, in both teaching and research, over the past five years. Relevant faculty development activities reported in other reports or documents can be included as an appendix.
Describe and assess the numbers and qualifications of adjuncts teaching in the program. Current resumes/curriculum vitae for adjuncts who have taught key courses in the program and/or who have taught in the program for two years or more can be attached as an appendix.
All Library faculty possess an American Library Association (ALA)-accredited master’s degree in library and information studies as well as at least one additional subject or professional master’s degree and offer a wealth of experience in a variety of disciplines. Each year the Library faculty participate in conferences, webinars, and workshops to maintain their currency.
Many Library staff have worked at Andruss Library and other positions at the University for many years and therefore possess a wealth of institutional knowledge. Newer Library staff members have brought with them library-related skills acquired from previous positions. Staff members are encouraged to attend and participate in conferences and workshops, and they participate as schedules and opportunities allow.
The Library faculty and staff are led by the Director of Library Services, who has both academic credentials and professional Library management experience. The Director enhances her expertise through active participation in organizations focused on academic librarianship.
Faculty are active in both teaching and scholarship development activities. They attend conferences and webinars specific to each librarian’s professional responsibilities. In addition, their areas of study include: pedagogy, fair use and copyright, digital humanities, high impact practices, Open Educational Resources, and local and University history.
Staff have the opportunity to attend the annual state-wide State System of Higher Education Libraries Council (SSHELCO) meeting. In addition, some attend national conferences, local workshops, and special vendor presentations relevant to their duties.
The Director participates in professional development related to academic library management, trends in student learning, and information technology.
Library faculty, staff, and administrators have access to online resources that can help with technology and personal and profession development, such as LinkedIn Learning and the PASSHE Academy.
In fall 2017, an adjunct faculty member was hired to fill in for a faculty member on sabbatical. In addition to assuming responsibilities for reference and instruction, the adjunct worked extensively on a deselection project, using sophisticated software to compile lists of books for withdrawal from the Library’s collections. The software ran queries based on usage and age of an item, and whether other libraries owned an item. A second adjunct was employed for most of two academic years, 2017-19, to fill-in for a faculty member on medical leave who subsequently retired. The adjunct worked on a variety of projects in addition to reference and instruction responsibilities, including a website update and consultation with the Digital Humanities Initiative group and Islandora, the institutional repository software maintained by the KLN.
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