Glenn S. McGuigan, Ph.D.

Library Director and Head Librarian, Penn State Harrisburg
Affiliated Graduate Faculty of Public Administration, School of Public Affairs
Office Phone
Office Location
Penn State Harrisburg Library
351 Olmsted Dr.
Middletown, PA 17057

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 faculty member at the rank of librarian within the Penn State University Libraries, and as a 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. It is an honor to have been recently appointed to the research faculty of the Penn State Graduate School, as affiliated faculty for the Ph.D. Program in Public Administration for the School of Public Affairs.

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.

In terms of national service, I served as a Visiting Program Officer (VPO) for the Research Library Impact Framework Pilot Project for the Association for Research Libraries (ARL) for 2019-2020. In this role as VPO, I have worked to facilitate research activities of various universities in North America regarding the value of academic libraries in research activities. It was a privilege to work with the ARL to identify relevant research questions and methodologies concerning impact of library resources and services.

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 2,500 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 a semester in Siena, Italy during that time. My knowledge in this area is reflected in my co-teaching of the three-credit, international travel-course, INART 001/499 ROME at Penn State Harrisburg.

I am excited about the changes and transformations taking place in academic librarianship. I look forward to contributing to the mission and goals of Penn State through my work.



Research Interests

Library collection management and scholarly publishing.

Social network analyses of scholarly citations in public administration.

Professionalism in academic librarianship.


Selected recent publications. For a full list of publication, please refer to the CV linked under the Bio tab.

McGuigan, Glenn, S. The Transformation of the U.S. Government Publishing Office: A Strategic Analysis from an Intergovernmental Perspective. Library Philosophy and Practice. Paper 1466, Winter, 2016.

McGuigan, Glenn S. The NIH Public Access Policy and Federally Funded Research: An Analysis of Problem Recognition and Agenda Setting. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 41, Number 1, 54-60, 2015. DOI:10.1016/j.acalib.2014.09.014.

McGuigan, Glenn S. Hateful metrics and the Bitterest Pill of Scholarly Publishing. Prometheus: Critical Studies in Innovation, Volume 31, Number 3, 249-256, 2013. DOI: 10.1080/08109028.2014.891711 (Invited)

McGuigan, Glenn S. "Addressing Change in Academic Libraries: A Review of Classical Organizational Theory and Implications for Academic Libraries." Library Philosophy and Practice, Paper 775, July, 2012. Available online:

McGuigan, Glenn S. "Crisis of Professionalism in Public Services: Addressing Challenges to Librarianship from a Public Administration Perspective." Library Review, Volume 60, Number 7, 560-574, August, 2011. (Article chosen as a "Highly Commended Award Winner" at the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2011). McGuigan, Glenn S. & Russell, Robert R. "The Business of Academic Publishing: A Strategic Analysis of the Academic Journal Publishing Industry and Its Impac


Ph.D. (Penn State)

M.B.A. (Penn State)

B.A., M.L.S. (Pittsburgh)