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Carol Hixson
Dean of University Libraries

Florida Atlantic University
Wimberly Library, LY 232
777 Glades Road
P.O Box 3092
Boca Raton, FL 33431 
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Tel:   561-297-3717
Fax:  561-297-2189

Welcome Message from Dean Carol Hixson

Welcome to FAU’s Libraries!

Bienvenidos a las Bibliotecas de FAU. Bienvenue aux bibliothèques de la FAU. Byenvini nan Bibliyotèk FAU yo.

The faculty and staff of the FAU Libraries enthusiastically welcome you to the 2016/2017 Academic Year! We are here to help you and partner with you to make you as successful as possible, whether you are a student or a faculty member, are here for the first time or are returning for another great year at FAU.

We are busy reimagining the FAU Libraries and we want you to come check out the wide range of services we offer to each and every one of you, including:

  • Friendly, professional staff and library faculty with hundreds of years of collective experience who have devoted their professional careers to making FAU a better place.
  • A wide variety of individual and group study spaces for studying quietly, collaborating with others, or just hanging out.
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    Photo by Carol West of students enjoying new furnishings in the Wimberly Library

  • Continually evolving library facilities serving all of FAU’s campuses



    Photo of Dean Hixson checking out the new study pods at the Jupiter Campus

  • A new Graduate Student Study Lounge in the Wimberly Library on the Boca Campus for graduate students and College of Medicine students



    Photo by Patricia Koppisch of students in the Graduate Student Study Lounge

  • Access to approximately 3.7 million physical items and over 80,000 electronic journals, nearly 500 databases, and a growing collection of e-books and streaming videos
  • Many distinctive Special Collections including artists’ books, sound recordings, print music, rare books and manuscripts, and University Archives
  • Government documents from the United States, Florida, and other countries to help you understand the increasingly complex world around us



    Photo of student using materials from Government Documents

  • Digital Library containing unique materials from Special Collections and University Archives, as well as the intellectual output of FAU’s faculty and students
  • In-person and virtual assistance through Library DIYAsk a Librarianworkshopstailored instruction sessions, research consultations, tutorials, webcasts and more
  • Research assistance on any topic when you walk in, over chat or email, on the phone or by special appointment for more in-depth assistance
  • Multiple open-use computing labs
  • Interlibrary loan access to the world’s libraries
  • Library materials on Reserve for classes
  • Assistive technology to enable students with physical challenges to be able to use library and course materials effectively
  • Laptops and iPads available for checkout and use in the Libraries
  • Wireless connectivity throughout
  • Technology-enabled group study rooms and collaboration stations



    Photo by Carol West of students using a new collaboration workstation in the Wimberly Library

  • Assistance understanding copyright and the evolving world of scholarly communication
  • A great space for hosting lectures and presentations on the fifth floor of the Wimberly Library
  • A growing array of lectures and events for fun and edification
  • Exhibits created to inspire and coordinate with current events or issues



    Presidential Pez display as part of Voting Exhibit created by Linda Lesperance, Jupiter Campus Library. Photo by Carol Hixson

  • And much more

Check us out physically or virtually on our Website or on our Facebook page or other social media sites.

We are here for you!

Carol Hixson, M.S.
Dean of University Libraries
Florida Atlantic University

Dean of University Libraries

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

  • Library Leadership in a Digital Age Institute, Harvard University (Selected in 2013).
  • Frye Leadership Institute, Educause and CLIR (Selected in 2012)
  • Corrigan Solari Faculty Fellowship Award (2004) for being a “model of a 21st century librarian who represents the best in team building and barrier demolishing.”
  • COLT/Library Mosaics Outstanding Supporter of Support Staff Award (2002 Nomination)
  • Beta Phi Mu (elected 1985)
  • U.S. Department of Education Fellowship, full tuition and stipend, for pursuit of Master’s Degree at Drexel University (1983/1984)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (elected 1977)


Selected Publications


Contact Information

Mail: Dean of University Libraries, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431


Phone: (561) 297-3717