The University of Washington (UW) has named Simon Neame dean of University Libraries, effective September 1, 2021, pending approval by the UW Board of Regents.
Neame has served as dean of libraries at the University of Massachusetts Amherst since 2016. Previously he was associate university librarian and director of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia (UBC) Library. He has led a number of initiatives aimed at preserving Indigenous knowledge and amplifying the voices and stories of underrepresented communities through digitization programs, such as his work with the archives of civil rights activist and writer W.E.B. Du Bois.
In the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Neame currently co-chairs the ARL Academy Leadership Research Project Task Force and chaired the ARL Academy Advisory Committee in 2018–2020. He participated in the 2013–2015 ARL Leadership Fellows program.
Neame holds a bachelor’s degree in English and history from the University of Victoria and a master of library and information studies from the University of British Columbia.
At the University of Washington, Neame will succeed Betsy Wilson, who plans to retire July 1 after a nearly 30-year career with UW Libraries, including 20 years as dean. UW plans to appoint an interim dean to fill the position until Neame arrives.
For more information about Neame and his appointment, see the UW news release, “Simon Neame Named Dean of UW Libraries.”