Charlotte Nunes, director of Digital Scholarship Services at Lafayette College (DSS), will serve as the Interim Dean of Libraries, effective at the start of the fall semester.
Dr. Nunes earned a Ph.D in English at the University of Texas at Austin in 2013. Before joining Lafayette in 2016, she completed a Council on Library and Information Resources postdoctoral fellowship in academic libraries at Southwestern University. Dr. Nunes serves as a project management intermediary for DSS faculty collaborations and digitization initiatives. She also works with the Lafayette digital repository team and the Samvera Community for open-source digital repository development. From 2017-2022, she co-directed the Lehigh Valley Engaged Humanities Consortium, a grant initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She was recognized with a 2019 Image Award from the Easton chapter of the NAACP for her work in connection with the LVEHC. She is also director of digital scholarship for the Lafayette Queer Archives Project, which was honored with a 2020 Center for Research Libraries Primary Source Award in Access. She is co-editor of the essay collection, Transforming the Authority of the Archive: Undergraduate Pedagogy and Critical Digital Archives, forthcoming from Lever Press. Her work has appeared in the New Review of Academic Librarianship, the Oral History Review, portal: Libraries and the Academy, Literature & History, and Archive Journal, among other venues.
“I am truly delighted to have the opportunity to work with Dr. Nunes during this moment of transition,” wrote Provost Meier. “I have greatly enjoyed working with Charlotte on various projects. She is a thoughtful colleague who is widely respected across campus and in her professional communities. She will be an excellent steward and advocate, who will work with the library’s leadership team to guide Lafayette’s libraries over the next several months.”
The first steps toward a national search to identify the next permanent dean of the library are underway.