Dean Carol Hixson has been a professional librarian since 1984, earning her Master of Science in Information Studies from Drexel University that year. She has worked in some of the best academic research libraries in North America as a paraprofessional and librarian, including Cornell University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Florida, Indiana University, UCLA, and the University of Oregon. Immediately prior to joining FAU in August 2015, she served as the Dean of Library at USF St. Petersburg for six years and as the University Librarian (dean) at the University of Regina in Canada for three years.
Dean Hixson has a lifelong interest in other cultures and points of view, as attested to by her bachelor’s degree with honors in Spanish language and literature from Grinnell College, as well as her study of five other foreign languages. She loves to travel and have conversations with people in all parts of the world and has combined her love of other cultures with her profession by conducting a series of workshops on digital libraries and the open access movement in Spain a few years ago, as well as a recent webinar in Spanish for the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services.
As a librarian, Dean Hixson has always been devoted to serving diverse populations and to increasing access to information for all members of the communities of which she has been a part. This dedication has led her to spearhead the development of digital collections at the University of Oregon, the University of Regina, and at USF St. Petersburg. Using digital technology to open up access to primary source materials that would otherwise be accessible only to a handful of people is one of her passions. She also believes that digital collections serve as a means of developing or enhancing partnerships between the university and the broader community. Community engagement is another of her passions.
At FAU, Dean Hixson plans to continue the work she started at USF St. Petersburg to build a suite of library services designed to enhance the student experience by working closely with students, faculty, and the broader community. This will include hosting a wide variety of both fun and educational events for students, such as visits of Therapy Dogs International (visits 3-5 times a year at USFSP since December 2012), an annual Graduate Students Reception, an annual Halloween Costume Contest, Student Research Colloquia, and a variety of talks and exhibits featuring local artists, museums, and cultural organizations. Building on her experience redesigning the library at USFSP, Dean Hixson will also be leading the redesign of the physical space of the FAU Libraries to make them more inviting, functional, and conducive to collaboration. She will also be working to develop a broader range of services to support FAU’s wonderfully diverse student population. She invites all students and faculty of FAU to share their ideas and suggestions with her and tell her what is working and what needs improvement.
Current Projects and Research Interests
- Academic Library Space Redesign as a Reflection of Changing Student Needs
- Community/University Partnerships to Enhance Higher Education
- Supporting Faculty and Student Research through Open Access Digital Collections
- The Academic Library’s Role in Student Recruitment and Retention
- Library Services to Diverse Populations
Selected Awards and Honors
Mail: Dean of University Libraries, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431
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