May 20, 2022

Penn. State University: Dean of University Libraries Barbara Dewey to Retire August 2020

From Penn. State University:

Barbara Dewey

Barbara Dewey, dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications at Penn State (Image: Penn State)

Penn State has announced that Barbara I. Dewey, Penn State’s dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications, will retire in August 2020 after a 45-year career in librarianship.


During her tenure as dean, Dewey oversaw the transformation of spaces in the Pattee and Paterno Libraries, including the award-winning Knowledge Commons, an innovative collaboration between the Libraries and Penn State Information Technology Services which helps students develop foundational knowledge and skills to optimize their use of library resources and services; and the Collaboration Commons and Central Atrium, a four-story expansion and ground-floor renovation completed in September 2018.

She has provided key leadership for Penn State’s involvement in open educational resources (OER) and the advancement of Open Access at Penn State. She also heads the Libraries’ efforts to advance digital scholarship through such initiatives as the University’s digital research and scholarly repository, ScholarSphere, and the creation of the future Center for Immersive Learning.


Dewey previously was dean of libraries, University of Tennessee, Knoxville from 2000 to 2010. She also has held several administrative positions at the University of Iowa’s libraries, and prior to that held positions at Indiana University’s School of Library and Information Science, Northwestern University Libraries, and Minnesota Valley Regional Library in Mankato, Minnesota. She is the author or editor of seven books, and has published numerous articles and presented papers on research library topics including leadership, digital libraries, technology, user education, publishing, fundraising, diversity, organizational change and human resources.

She holds a master of arts in library science, a bachelor of arts in sociology/anthropology from the University of Minnesota, and a public management certificate from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

In retirement, Dewey plans to travel for pleasure and spend time with family and friends.

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