Charlotte Hess appointed Associate University Librarian for Collections and Scholarly Communication

Charlotte Hess has been appointed associate university librarian for collections and scholarly communication at Syracuse University Library. She is responsible for guiding new initiatives to evaluate, strengthen and promote the collections of the SU libraries. She will also provide leadership in developing goals, and determining policies and directions to meet the challenges of the changing modes of scholarly communication.

Hess was director of library and information services at the Research Library of the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University since 1989. She is founder of the Digital Library of the Commons at Indiana University and served as the director from 2000-08. She previously served in several librarian positions at Indiana University.

Hess has an extensive publication record and has been a presenter or planner for numerous national and international professional conferences. She co-edited “Understanding Knowledge as a Commons: From Theory to Practice” (MIT, 2007). She has also been a key contributor to website development and has been a consultant in the research areas of the commons and knowledge management for several African universities. She has been the information officer and served on the executive council of the International Association for the Study of the Commons since 1997.

Hess received a bachelor’s degree with honors in Germanic languages and a master’s degree in library science from Indiana University. She has also done graduate work in comparative literature.

She can be reached at 443-5528 or

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