On behalf of myself, the faculty and staff of the library, I want to express my gratitude to Dean Carol Hixson for her excellent leadership these past five plus years. Carol is fond of saying that Poynter Library is “not your Grandmother’s library.” Under her direction, the staff have moved the library into the 21st century, doing so with vision, collaboration, and lots of hard work. In her last blog entry as Dean, she has highlighted several of the successful accomplishments.
In bringing her expertise to USFSP and leading the creation and growth of the USFSP Digital Archive, she provided many of us with a new and very exciting opportunity to expand our skills while providing a suite of valuable Archive services to the faculty, students and administration. Other ventures enabled the members of the library’s various departments to develop and enhance talents and to improve services and communication with the USFSP community. Carol’s vision encouraged the expansion of the Library’s events and programs, including faculty and student research lectures and multicultural events that benefited the entire community. At a time when electronic resources can reduce the number of physical visits to a library, our spaces are hopping! The individual and collaborative study and work spaces are continually busy throughout the year.
Dean Hixson quickly recognized the dedication, creativity, and passion of the library faculty and staff and worked hard to support scholarly activities and professional development opportunities for all. She gave us wide latitude to study, explore, test, and implement so many ideas to keep the library, its resources, and its spaces vibrant and attractive to our community of users. Most importantly, Carol also allowed us to “fail”, learn, and move on to better ideas.
Carol’s dedication to her profession, to higher education in general, and the role libraries can and should play in the academic environment is a model to us all. She leaves USFSP a much richer place for having served here. Personally, I wish to express my admiration for her and my thanks for all the encouragement I have personally received. While the library is sad to lose her, we wish her the very best in her new position as Dean of the Libraries at Florida Atlantic University.