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Libraries welcome new director of John Cotton Dana Library

September 9, 2014
Dr. Askew, Director of the John Cotton Dana Library

Dr. Askew, Director of the John Cotton Dana Library

The Libraries are pleased to announce that Dr. Consuella Askew has become the new director of the John Cotton Dana Library, on the Rutgers-Newark campus. She began work in her new post on August 25th.

Dr. Askew formerly served as associate dean for public services at Florida International University, a position she held since 2010. Prior to that she held chief librarian positions in two of the CUNY system libraries. Dr. Askew also worked at the Association of Research Libraries for three years in the Statistics and Measurement Program. In the course of her career as a librarian she has held professional positions at the libraries of Howard University and Broward Community College.

Dr. Askew has given many seminars and presentations on leadership, data analysis, and other topics for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Library Alliance, and the Association of Research Libraries. She currently serves as co-chair of the education committee of the Library Leadership & Management Association's Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation section. The Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA) is an arm of the American Library Association (ALA).

Dr. Askew also has an active record of publication and presentations in the areas of reference services, assessment, information literacy, and diversity. Her most recent article, "How Do Librarians Learn Assessment?," with Eileen Theodore-Shusta, was published in November 2013 in the Library Leadership & Management journal and can be read here:

Dr. Askew received her B.A. degree from Spelman College, her MLIS from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and her Ed.D. in Higher Education from Florida International University.

Dr. Askew can be reached by email at or by phone at 973.353.5222.

The Libraries wish Dr. Consuella Askew much success in this new role.