January 26, 2022

Faye A. Chadwell Named Dean of Penn State University Libraries

From Penn State University Libraries:

Penn State has announced that Faye A. Chadwell, professor and Donald and Delpha Campbell University Librarian at Oregon State University, has been named dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications, effective March 1, 2021.

Chadwell will succeed Dean Barbara Dewey, who has extended her retirement to the end of December. Diane Zabel, Benzak Business Librarian and head of the Schreyer Business Library, has been named interim dean by Nick Jones, executive vice president and provost of the University.


“It’s hard to contain my excitement about being named Penn State’s next Dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications,” said Chadwell. “Research libraries have unique perspectives to offer their campus communities related to scholarly communication, information literacy, and the preservation and management of information and data. I’m looking forward to working with new library colleagues and expanding upon their existing record of excellence to have a positive impact across Penn State campuses and beyond.

“I believe that we enact our values through the decisions we make and the actions we take. The value of access, especially access to higher education and access to a public research library’s resources, motivates and energizes me as a librarian and as a library leader,” she added. “I’m also committed to working toward creating the most inclusive and diverse community possible, especially to bolster open and equitable access to library resources and spaces.”

Chadwell has served as the Donald and Delpha Campbell University Librarian and Oregon State University Press Director since May 2011, responsible for the overall administration and advancement of OSU’s libraries and the OSU Press in support of teaching, learning and research endeavors.

At OSU she led the creation of two five-year strategic plans via an inclusive process that included key stakeholders; advocated successfully for multiple increases in the libraries’ materials budget; developed new fundraising priorities and strategies to guide the library and OSU Press advancement of OSU’s campaign; rebuilt membership of the Libraries’ principal volunteer leadership group; secured several new endowments; established the Diversity Scholars Program for candidates in MLS (master of library science) programs; helped guide the passage of a campuswide Open Access policy in 2013; established strategic campus partnerships leading to reimagined library spaces like the Undergraduate Research and Writing Studio in partnership with The Writing Center; and served on numerous committees and advisory boards, among many other initiatives.

Prior to serving as OSU’s University Librarian, she served as the Associate University Librarian for Collections and Content Management, since 2007. She also served as the department head of Collection Development and Acquisitions at the University of Oregon Libraries in Eugene, and held positions at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

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