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PCOM Hires Chen as Chief Library Services Officer

September 24, 2021

PCOM has hired Hsin-Liang (Oliver) Chen, PhD, as the College’s new Chief Library Services Officer.Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has named Hsin-liang (Oliver) Chen, PhD, as the College’s new Chief Library Services Officer, effective November 1, 2021.

In this role, Dr. Chen will be a key member of the leadership team, leading all aspects of library operations in collaboration with a team of librarians and paraprofessionals, including vision setting, policy development, coordination, and planning for services and systems. Dr. Chen will also oversee all library operations and services for collection management, services and policies, Special Collections, Outreach and Engagement Services, and User Services and Technology.

Dr. Chen brings over 25 years of experience to the role, most recently serving as Dean of the Curtis Laws Wilson Library at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri. There he was responsible for leading the daily operations of the library to serve a technological research university, managing a $2.5 million dollar annual budget and a team of 19 full-time employees.

“I am very excited to join the talented team at PCOM,” said Dr. Chen. “The technology landscape today is constantly changing and the need for our libraries to be on the forefront of that change is critical. I’m confident the experience I bring to this role will serve the College well and I look forward to getting started.”

As chief library services officer, Dr. Chen will report directly to Erik Langenau, DO, MS, FAAP, FACOP, professor and chief academic technology officer in the Center for Teaching Support and Professional Development. “I am very pleased to welcome Dr. Chen to the team,” said Dr. Langenau. “This is an important role, and I’m confident Dr. Chen’s extensive experience leading all levels of library services and information management will be an ideal fit, and we welcome him to the PCOM community.”

Dr. Chen completed his doctorate in library and information sciences from the University of Pittsburgh, his masters in educational communication and technology from New York University and his bachelors in library science from Fu-Jen Catholic University in Taiwan, Republic of China.

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