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Director of Library Services: Marjorie Hassen
January 29, 2008, Volume 54, No. 19



The Penn Libraries announced the appointment of Marjorie Hassen to the position of Director of Public Services. Her responsibilities include system-wide coordination of research and instructional services, and oversight of circulation/stacks and current periodicals, the Music Library, the Weigle Information Commons, and the Goldstein Undergraduate Study Center in the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center.

Ms. Hassen came to Penn from Princeton in 1988 to head the Otto E. Albrecht Music Library.  Since 2000, she has been working in a broader role to facilitate instruction and research services in the humanities and social sciences. She was appointed Assistant Director of Research and Instructional Services in 2002.

While at Penn, Ms. Hassen has played a major role in the renovation of the Music Library and the expansion of holdings in Penn’s archival collections in music. She was a key figure in the development of Franklin, Penn’s online catalog, and of VCat, Penn’s video catalog. She has also helped implement virtual reference services, expanded support services for the undergraduate and graduate student communities, and fostered collaborations with academic support services on campus.

“Marjorie has brought significant innovation to the Libraries in her nearly 20 years at Penn,” said Carton Rogers, Vice Provost & Director of Libraries. “Her concern for the needs of students and faculty as well as her outstanding leadership and collegiality will ensure the Penn Libraries’ continued reputation as one of the great service providers on campus.”

Ms. Hassen received her BA in music from Brooklyn College (CUNY) and her AM in library science from the University of Chicago. She also completed additional graduate study in music at Rutgers University.

Almanac - January 29, 2008, Volume 54, No. 19