Glenn S. McGuigan, Ph.D.

Director, Penn State Harrisburg Library
Office Phone: +1 717 948 6078
Office Location: Library
Mailing Address:
Penn State Harrisburg Library
351 Olmsted Dr.
Middletown, PA 17057

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My goal as a director of the library at Penn State Harrisburg is to work to build strong connections between the library and its constituents through fostering information literacy. As a librarian and member of the Penn State academic community, my research and professional service activities inform my work in providing effective administration of the library, working to ensure excellent delivery of library services and management of library collections. Additionally, I work to promote excellence at Penn State through activity related to library, college, and university service.

I recently completed the PhD dissertation in public administration. My adviser was Dr. Göktuğ Morçöl, Professor of Public Policy and Administration, School of Public Affairs, Penn State Harrisburg. As an academic library director and a researcher in public administration, I focus my research upon public administration subject areas that intersect with library science and information subjects.  My goal in conducting research in Public Administration is to enhance my knowledge of the subject area related to my scholarship and professional work.  

In my research, I am exploring the intellectual structure of journal citations indexed in the Web of Science using the research method of Social Network Analysis (SNA). In this research, I am using SNA to analyze journal citations to better understand the concept of prestige.  

I have been the business subject editor for Resources for College Libraries, published by Association for College and research Libraries (ACRL) Choice Magazine since January, 2005. In this role, I am responsible for the creation and revision of the business subject taxonomy, and the selection or approval of all items within the business subject area, which currently includes approximately 2,000 books and electronic resources.

The Italian language and Italian studies have been a personal passion of mine for more than 30 years, ignited by having studied the language as an undergraduate student, including spending six months in Siena, Italy during that time. My knowledge in this area was reflected in my co-teaching of the three-credit, international travel-course, INART 001 / INART 499: ROME with Dr. Gregory Crawford in spring, 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013. I hope one day to combine this area of interest with my knowledge of public administration.

I am excited about the changes and transformations taking place in academic librarianship and I am proud to be a part of the changes taking place in our professional work and within the University Libraries

Research Interests
Library collection management and scholarly publishing.
Public administration.
Professionalism in academic librarianship.