Zachary Newell began his duties as dean of library services at Booth Library on Aug. 1. Newell comes to Eastern from Salem State University in Massachusetts, where he served in various library roles during the past 10 years.
Newell said he is excited to be joining such a talented team in Booth Library. He is especially impressed with the excitement and passion Eastern’s faculty and staff share in working closely and collaboratively with the university’s diverse population of students.
To help shape the future of Booth Library, Newell plans to continue examining and reimagining the relationship between the campus community and the library’s existing on-campus spaces, while cultivating additional opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration.
As part of an ongoing interest in internationalization and student success, Newell also indicated his interest in working closely with his new Eastern colleagues to advance the library as a community and regional hub for transformative, lifelong learning.
Newell earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, and master’s degrees in art history and library science. He is working to complete a doctoral dissertation focused on creativity and information literacy. Newell was selected as a Fulbright Scholar, allowing him to serve at the Bibliotheca Alexandria in Alexandria, Egypt, during the region’s recent Arab Spring movement.
Newell resides in Charleston with his wife and two children.