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 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. She is striving to build a suite of library services designed to enhance the student experience by working closely with students, faculty, and the broader community. She is leading the redesign of the physical space of the FAU Libraries to make them more inviting, functional, and conducive to research, study, and collaboration. She is also working to develop a broader range of services to support FAU’s 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.
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.
- 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
- ”The USFSP Student Research Journal and the Library’s Role as Publisher and Champion,” in Library Publishing Toolkit, IDS Project Press, October 2013.
- “First We Build Them, Then What? : The Future of Institutional Repositories,” BiD, textos universitaris de biblioteconomia i documentació, no. 15 (Jan. 2006)
- “When Just Doing It Isn’t Enough: The University of Oregon Takes Stock,” RLG DigiNews, Dec. 15, 2005
“Content In, Content Out: The Dual Roles of the Reference Librarian in Institutional Repositories,” Reference Services Review, v. 33:3 (2005). Co-authored with Barbara Jenkins and Elizabeth Breakstone.
- Basic Subject Cataloging Using Library of Congress Subject Headings, editor, Lori P. Robare; assistant editors, Lynn El-Hoshy, Carol Hixson, Dale Trumble. ALCTS and the Program for Cooperative Cataloging, 2004.
- Imagining the Northwest : A Digital Library Partnership in Oregon,” Dublin Core 2003 Conference Papers, Seattle, Washington, 28 Sept. – 2 Oct. 2003. Co-authored with Corey Harper and Nathan Georgitis.
- 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)