Aligning Academic Library Global Engagement Programs with University Strategic Goals: The Case of Penn State University
As institutions of higher education across the globe are prioritising global engagement among their programs, research initiatives, and teaching, academic libraries are afforded new opportunities to contribute to the successful pursuit of their institution’s strategic goals. While some within the university may not initially identify the library as a natural strategic partner in furthering the global engagement and internationalisation efforts of the institution, recent literature and newly established programs indicate that academic libraries are highly effective in contributing value in this area. Using the experience of the Penn State University Libraries, in the United States, as a case study, this paper will discuss the establishment of an ambitious portfolio of global engagement initiatives in a large academic research library. A particular focus on international sister library partnerships, international student outreach and services, and intercultural and multicultural programming will serve as core illustrations for program development, but additional related themes will also be included.