Jennie Knies, M.L.S.

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Associate Dean for Penn State Commonwealth Campus Libraries, Library
Dawson Building, 10
Penn State Scranton
120 Ridge View Drive
Dunmore, Pa 18512

Jennie Levine Knies is an Associate Librarian and Head Librarian, Penn State Scranton and Penn State Wilkes-Barre. She is responsible for overall library administration and services at the Penn State Scranton Library and the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Nesbitt Library, including supervision of librarians and staff, collection development, reference and instruction services, and oversight of the library budget. Works closely with campus faculty and staff to develop an innovative program of outreach and service contributing to student retention and improved learning outcomes in resident and online courses.

An academic librarian for over twenty-five years, she began her career as the Western Fellow at the Open Society Archives in Budapest, Hungary. From 2000 until coming to Penn State in 2015, she worked at the University of Maryland Libraries, first as the Curator for Historical Manuscripts, and later as the manager of Digital Projects and Initiatives.

She has published articles on a variety of topics related to history and librarianship and is currently working on a project that traces the history and evolution of the undergraduate library in the United States.

Ms. Knies has held a number of leadership positions in professional organizations, most recently serving as the chair of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) in 2020-2021. She also serves on the board of directors of the Scranton Jewish Community Center.


  • Hayfield Award for Excellence in Service to Campus/Community, Nesbitt Library, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, May 2016
  • Hayfield Award for Research Excellence/Creative Accomplishment, Celebration of Scholarship Committee, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, May 2016
  • Outstanding Librarian of the Year, University of Maryland Libraries, May 2011

Speakers Bureau Topics: Academic libraries


  • Knies, J. L., Lynn, V. A., & Angel, E. (2017). Parallel Lives: Two Penn State campuses launch 3D printing. C&RL News, 78(6).
  • Knies, J. L & Mac Gregor, M. (2015). Displaying a Poster, Unifying a Campus: Undergraduate Research Day at Penn State Wilkes-Barre. Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice, 3(2).
  • Knies, J. L. & Pike, R. C. (2014). Catching Up: Creating a Digital Preservation Policy. Archival Practice, 1(1).
  • Knies, J. L., Tanya, C., & Hagenmaier, W. (2012). Toward a Notion of the Archive of the Future: Impressions of Practice by Librarians, Archivists, and Digital Humanities Scholars. Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy, 83(2), 18.
  • Levine, J.,  Archer, J., & Hanlon, A. (2009). Investigating Primary Source Literacy. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 35(5), 10. DOI:10.1016/j.acalib.2009.06.017.
  • Levine, J. A., Evans, J., & Kumar, A. (2007). Taming the 'Beast': An Archival Management System Based on EAD. Journal of Archival Organization, 4(4), 35. DOI:10.1300/J201v04n03_05.
  • Levine, J. A. (2007). A ‘Book of Thoughts’: The Diary of Susan Mathiot Gale, West River, Maryland, 1859. Maryland Historical Magazine, 102(2), 28.

Book Chapters

  • Knies, J. L. & Dreyer, R. A. (2019). Managing Knowledge, Managing Change: An Interim Leadership Experience. Libraries that Learn: Keys to Managing Organizational Knowledge Chicago, IL: ALA Editions. Peer-reviewed/refereed.
  • Knies, J. L. (2017). Leading from the Middle: Mid Career Librarians Who Step in to Take Charge as Needed. In Becky Albitz, Christine Avery, and Diane Zabel (Eds.), Leading in the New Academic Library Invited. ISBN/ISSN #/Case #/DOI #: 978-1-4408-5113-1 (invited chapter)
  • Knies, J. L. (2014). No Ship of Fools: A Digital Humanities Collaboration to Enhance Access to Special Collections. In Kate Theimer (Ed.), Innovative Practices for Reference and Providing Access to Archives and Special Collections Rowman & Littlefield. Invited. Peer-reviewed/refereed. ISBN/ISSN #/Case #/DOI #: 9780810890916 (invited chapter)

Master of Library Science, May 1996, University of Maryland, College Park

Bachelor of Arts, Russian Area Studies, May 1994, University of Maryland, College Park (Fall 1993 semester: Moscow State Pedagogical University)