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Oregon State University names Faye Chadwell its University Librarian

posted May 11, 2011, 10:25 AM by Joni Blake

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Faye Chadwell, who has led the Oregon State University Libraries on an interim basis since last fall, has been named University Librarian at OSU. She succeeds Karyle Butcher, who retired last year.

Chadwell brings to the position more than 20 years of experience in higher education librarianship. As part of her duties, she also will direct the OSU Press.

Since coming to OSU in 2007, Chadwell has been an innovative leader for OSU Libraries, according to Rebecca Warner, the university’s senior vice provost for academic affairs.

“Faye brings with her strong management and collections experience, agility and adaptability to change, and passion for libraries that are committed to supporting the scholarship of students and faculty,” Warner said.

Chadwell was OSU’s associate university librarian for collections and content management for three years, then assumed interim directorship last October upon Butcher’s retirement. In her position as associate director, she provided leadership to the University Archives, OSU’s special collections, technical services, and the library at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center.

Prior to joining the OSU faculty, Chadwell worked at the University of Oregon Libraries for 12 years, and at the University of South Carolina for six years. She has played a leadership role on numerous national library association committees and task forces, as well as at Oregon State.

She has a master’s degree in library science from the University of Illinois, and a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English from Appalachian State University in North Carolina.

OSU Libraries has nearly 2 million volumes and vast digital resources to serve the university’s 24,000 students, faculty scholars and researchers, and the public. Oregon State is a member of the Orbis/Cascades Alliance of Northwest universities and colleges, which has a total of more than 9 million holdings.

Included in the OSU Libraries is the university’s Special Collections program, which features the papers, medals, research notes and memorabilia of Linus Pauling, OSU’s most famous graduate and the only individual to win two unshared Nobel Prizes.

About the Valley Library: Oregon State University's main reference center and information repository, the Valley Library is home to more than 1.4 million volumes, 14,000 serials and more than 500,000 maps and government documents.