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Reporting to the Interim Director of the Penn Libraries, Richard provides a broad range of professional and confidential functions in support of the Interim Director and members of the Libraries’ Senior Staff, as well as working closely with the Penn Libraries Development team, Penn constituents, and representatives of national and international library organizations.

Before coming to the Penn Libraries in 2018, Richard spent 14 years at Penn working for the Advancement Office of Penn Arts and Sciences, where most recently he supported development activities across a range of international markets. Prior to Penn he worked for Indiana University at the Eskenazi Museum of Art (formerly the Indiana University Art Museum) as Assistant to the Director, where he coordinated the Director’s Office and served as the liaison between the Director and the various museum departments.

Richard has a long history of working in libraries with stints in serials acquisitions and pre-cataloguing at the North Carolina State University Library System; interlibrary loan, reference, and acquisitions at the Environmental Protection Agency Library in Cincinnati, Ohio, and as a clerk at the county law library in Lake County, Ohio.  

Richard majored in Early Modern European History (1500-1700), and has an interest in Diplomatics (the critical analysis of documents: especially, historical documents), and Sigillography (the studies of wax, lead, clay, and other seals used to authenticate archival documents). 

Richard lives in South Philadelphia with his husband, Jeff, who is the operations manager for a non-profit law firm supporting senior citizens in Pennsylvania.  They have three felines: two street rescues and one by adoption.  For those on Zoom, most know the doyenne of the pride, Lulu, as she is fond of perching on her daddy's shoulder.

Richard Herendeen

Pronouns: He, him, his