I am Charles Getchell, and I am very pleased to be joining the Saint Anselm Community as your new College Librarian. My home for the past eighteen years was Quinnipiac University where I was the College Librarian and then Director of the Arnold Bernhard Library when the institution became a university in 2000. Prior to that, I worked at Wake Forest University; my first institution was the University of Kansas. My grounding and much of my work has been in reference and information literacy as well as collection development.
I graduated from Tulane University and the University of Mississippi with degrees (B.A. and M.A.) in history. My library science degree is from the University of Texas at Austin. Nineteenth century American military history is my primary interest. At Quinnipiac I taught as administrative faculty covering the American Revolution through the Gilded Age. I also taught survey U.S. history and designed a New South course for Quinnipiac.
Of my professional activities, I feel the most gratifying and beneficial are working in a program that matches experienced college library directors with first year counterparts and serving on NEASC re-accreditation teams. I was a ‘first year’ participant in the Mentor Program myself in 1995-96, and since then have partnered with eight first year directors from New York to New Hampshire. For NEASC, I have served on nine visiting teams and been the primary author for two ‘Standard 7’ self-study documents while at Quinnipiac.
Higher education has been a part of my life from the start – my parents were on the faculty at the University of Mississippi. I grew up on a university campus and basically have never left what I feel is wonderful and very rewarding life. It’s the students first and then faculty and staff colleagues that have kept me in this business. I have three adult sons who were all born in North Carolina and I am a devotee of college sports – most especially baseball.
Please feel free to stop by anytime. I look forward to meeting many Anselmians this late spring and through the summer.