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Consuella Askew Named Vice President for University Libraries and University Librarian at Rutgers University

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Rutgers University

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, has appointed Consuella Askew as vice president for University Libraries and university librarian, effective July 18, 2022.

Askew has served as interim vice president for University Libraries/university librarian since May 17, 2021. In that role, she collectively mobilized and implemented a series of forums and convenings for Rutgers University Libraries (RUL) on varied topics: budget, collections, services, operations and staffing, and assessment. To establish better governance, she introduced the formation of an RUL Staff Advisory Committee, to complement the faculty governance committee, which will serve to amplify the voices of the largest population of library employees with a focus on communication, collaboration, advising, recognition, and professional development.

In her previous role as associate university librarian at Rutgers University–Newark, Askew led Dana Library through a strategic planning process, a multimillion-dollar renovation, and an organizational restructuring to encourage innovation, community engagement, and operational excellence.

Prior to her time at Rutgers, Askew served as the associate dean for public services at Florida International University Libraries and held leadership positions at the City University of New York (CUNY), where she was appointed the inaugural chief librarian for the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She was also a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) research and development team that created the LibQUAL tool for assessing user perceptions of library service quality.

Active in the profession, Askew serves on the HBCU Library Alliance Board of Directors, the ARL Learning Network Committee, and the editorial board for portal: Libraries and the Academy.

Askew holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Spelman College and a master’s degree in library and information studies from the University of North Carolina. She earned her doctoral degree in higher education from Florida International University. She is an alumna of multiple library leadership programs, including UCLA’s Library Senior Fellows Program and the ARL Leadership and Career Development Program.

Askew succeeds Krisellen Maloney, who stepped down to return to the Rutgers faculty as distinguished professor in May 2021 after leading the libraries since 2015.

For more information about Askew and her appointment, see the Rutgers University news release, “Appointment of Vice President for University Libraries and University Librarian.”