Teresa Abi-Nader Dahlberg, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at Texas Christian University, has appointed Tracy Hull dean of the Mary Couts Burnett Library. Her new role will begin July 1, 2020.
As associate dean of the library since 2007, Hull has played primary roles in several important initiatives, including designing and implementing the library liaison program; devising ways to maintain excellent service during the library’s renovation; and more recently, leading the library’s strategic planning. Hull was instrumental in launching the library’s FabLab, a digital fabrication laboratory offering multiple 3-D printers, a high definition 3-D scanner, a large-scale plotter and more. Hull is an ex officio member of the TCU Friends of the Library Board. Hull is an actively engaged TCU community member as well, serving as a Frog Camp facilitator for eight years, a student mentor and member of several university committees and planning groups.
Hull began her career with the creation and development of a successful library instruction program at Duke University. Later, she spearheaded a major reorganization of the former Information Services department at Georgia State University. Immediately prior to coming to TCU, Hull served at Drexel University, where she was instrumental in maintaining a robust collection of electronic resources as department head of Information Services. She is an active member of both the American Library Association and Texas Library Association.
“Tracy is a cherished member of the TCU community and we’re fortunate to have her accept the role as dean of the library,” Dahlberg said. In her 13 years at TCU, Tracy has helped transform the library into a premier informational resources center for students and faculty. Her leadership, strategic vision, keen knowledge of library systems and best practices, combined with her passion for research and support of TCU students, make her an excellent fit for this role.”
As dean, Hull will be responsible for providing leadership for the library and TCU Press by planning for budgetary decisions, personnel recruitment and development, and representing the library within the TCU community and at local, state, regional and national levels. She also will provide support for the provost in major planning and policy strategy.
“I am honored to accept the role of dean of the Mary Couts Burnett Library. I look forward to working with students, faculty and staff to enhance our students’ educational experience, and collaborate with Provost Dahlberg on strategy and vision for the library and informational services,” Hull said.
Hull holds a Master of Science in Library and Information Science, Master of Arts in Art History and Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has published nine articles and book chapters, eight of which are peer-reviewed. Titles include, Faculty Perspectives on Undergraduate Research Skills: Nine Core Skills for Research Success and Crossing Three Bridges: Linking Librarianship and Teaching Across the P-16 Educational Continuum.