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Glenn S. McGuigan, Ph.D.

Library Director
Penn State Harrisburg Library
Penn State University Libraries
Address 351 Olmsted Drive
Middletown, PA 17057
Office Address 115, Penn State Harrisburg Library
Phone 717-948-6078
Fax 717-948-6381

Research Interests | Education | Publications | Professional Affiliations | Courses Taught

Research Interests

Library collection management in business and public administration.
Knowlege dissemination in public administration.
Scholarly publishing system.
Professionalism in academic librarianship.


Doctorate of Philosophy, Public Administration,
December, 2018
School of Public Affairs
Penn State Harrisburg--Capital College
Middletown, Pennsylvania

Master of Business Administration, December, 2005
School of Business Administration
Penn State Harrisburg--Capital College
Middletown, Pennsylvania

Master of Library Science, December, 1996
School of Library and Information Science
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Bachelor of Arts, February, 1994
Department of English
Minor in Italian language and literature
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, Massachusetts

Coursework, Italian Language, June, 1990
University of Siena, School for Foreigners
Siena, Italy

Selected Publications

Business Subject Editor, Resources for College Libraries, co-published by Association for College Libraries (ACRL) Choice Magazine and American Library Association (ALA) Editions (1/05-present).

Book Review Editor, the Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship, published by Routledge (3/08-12/09).

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).

Crawford, Gregory A. and McGuigan, Glenn S. "An Exploratory Quantitative Analysis of Academic Library Services: An Examination of Performance Based Metrics." Library Leadership and Management, Volume 25, Number 3, 1-19, 2011.

McGuigan, Glenn S. and Russell, Robert R. "The Business of Academic Publishing: A Strategic Analysis of the Academic Journal Publishing Industry and Its Impact upon the Future of Scholarly Publishing." E-JASL: The Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship, Volume 9, Number 3, 2008. Available online:

McGuigan, Glenn S. "The MBA and Academic Business Librarians: More than Graduate Education for Subject Specialists." Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship, Volume 13, Number 3, p. 405-417, 2008.

Crawford, Gregory A. and McGuigan, Glenn S. and Kephart, Debra M. "The Ownership of Presidential Campaign Biographies by Libraries: An Empirical Study." Collection Building, Volume 27, Number 3, p. 108-112, 2008.

McGuigan, Glenn S. and Crawford, Gregory A. and Kubiske, Jessica L. "Accreditation and Library Collections: The Monographic Holdings of Academic Libraries that Support AACSB Accredited and Non-Accredited MBA Programs in the State of Pennsylvania, USA." Collection Building, Volume 23, Number 2, p. 78-86, 2004.

McGuigan, Glenn S. "Publishing Perils in Academe: The Serials Crisis and the Economics of the Academic Journal Publishing Industry." Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship, Volume 10, Number 1, p. 13-26, 2004.

McGuigan, Glenn S. "Marketing Library Services in a Digital Environment: Notes on Brand Identity, Differentiation, and Informational Asymmetry." The Information Technology Newsletter, Volume 15, Number 2, p. 1-3, 12, July-December, 2004.

McGuigan, Glenn S. and White, Gary W.   "Subject-Specific Policy Statements: A Rationale and Framework for Collection Development. The Acquisitions Librarian. Number 30, p. 15-32. (Also published as a book chapter in edited anthology Collection Development Policies: New Directions for Changing Collections. New York, Haworth Information Press, 2003.

McGuigan, Glenn S. "Invisible Business Information: The Selection of Invisible Web Sites in Constructing Subject Pages for Business." Collection Building, Volume 22, Number 2, p. 68-74, 2003.

McGuigan, Glenn S. "When In Rome: A Rationale and Selection of Resources in International Business Etiquette and Intercultural Communication." Guest column in the Alert Collector, edited by Diane Zabel, Reference & User Services Quarterly, Volume 41, Number 3, p. 220-227, 2002.

McGuigan, Glenn S. "Exorcising the Ghost from the Machine: Confronting the Obstacles to Critical-Thinking through Library Instruction." Internet Reference Services Quarterly, Volume 7, Number 3, p. 53-62, 2002.

McGuigan, Glenn S. "Databases Vs. the Web: A Discussion of Teaching the Use of Electronic Resources in the Library Instruction Setting." Internet Reference Services Quarterly, Volume 6, Number 1, p. 39-47, 2002.

McGuigan, Glenn S. "Business Research Platforms: Selected Academic Business Library Web Sites." Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship, Volume 8, Number 2, 2002, p. 55-62.

McGuigan, Glenn S. "The Common Sense of Customer Service: Employing Advice from the Trade and Popular Literature of Business to Interactions with Irate Patrons in Libraries." The Reference Librarian, April, No. 75/76, pp. 197-204, 2002. (Also published as a book chapter in edited anthology Helping the Difficult Library Patron: New Approaches to Examining and Resolving a Long-Standing and Ongoing Problem, New York, Haworth Information Press, 2002).

McGuigan, Glenn S. "Online Research as Competitive Intelligence: Notes on the Use of Electronic Library Resources in Business Education." The Information Technology Newsletter, Volume 14, Number 2, p. 15-17, July-December, 2003.

McGuigan, Glenn S. "The Evolution of Portable Electronic Books: Still a Work in Progress." The Information Technology Newsletter, Volume 13, Number 2, p. 25-27, July-December, 2002.

Professional Affiliations

American Library Association (ALA), 1995- .
Reference & User Services Association (RUSA), 2001- .
     Business Reference & Services Section (BRASS), 2001- .
          Business Reference Sources Committee, 2011- .
          Publications Committee, 2011- .
     AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee on Library Service to Labor
     Groups, 2002-2004.

American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), 2010- .

Special Libraries Association (SLA), 2000-2010.
Business & Finance Division, 2000-2010.
     College and University Business Libraries Section (CUBL), 2004-
          Section Chair of CUBL, 2005-2006.
          Member, CUBL Membership Committee, 2007-2008.
Central Pennsylvania/Philadelphia Chapter, 2000-2010.
     President of the Central Pennsylvania Chapter, 2003-2004.
     Board Member, Philadelphia Chapter, 2008-2009.

Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, 1994- .

Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, 2001- .

Courses Taught

I co-teach the international travel course INART 001 / INART 499: ROME, ITALY offered through the School of Humanities.

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