Caroline Fuchs ’04MLS serves as the University Librarian and Associate Professor in the St. John’s University Libraries. She is a passionate advocate for providing open and inclusive access to information resources that empower student researchers to engage in the kind of scholarship that allows them to question what they know in order to create new knowledge that will be transformative in nature.
As University Librarian, with her background and extensive teaching experience at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, both in person and online, she has a deep understanding of current trends in academic librarianship, as well as emerging pedagogical practices in higher education. This expertise enables her to guide the University Libraries along a path that ensures we meet the academic needs of our students as they face an ever-evolving “open” information ecosystem.
Professor Fuchs joined the University Libraries in 2008 as Assistant Professor and Outreach Librarian. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011, and transitioned to the role of Learning Design Librarian in 2016, acting as the instructional designer for the Libraries, as well as becoming the embedded librarian in the Office of Online Learning and Services. In 2018, she was appointed as the Associate Dean of the University Libraries, where she became a member of the Libraries leadership team.
Committed to the mission of the University, Professor Fuchs is a Senior Fellow at the Vincentian Center for Church and Society, a Center for Teaching and Learning Teaching and Technology Fellow, and a Writing across the Curriculum Fellow. She is dedicated to advancing antiracism within the University and the Libraries, serves on the Libraries’ Antiracism Task Force, and is a member of the Academic Center for Equity and Inclusion (ACEI)’s Personal and Professional Development Committee. She is a member of the ACEI’s Inclusive Teaching Institute Train-the-Trainer program.
She served on the University Senate for eight years, where she chaired the Educational Program and Development Committee. She currently serves on the Provost’s Academic Task Force, and is on the St. John’s Italian Cultural CenterAdvisory Board.
An active member of the national library community, she has held numerous executive positions in library associations, including Director-at-Large for the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)’s Board of Directors; Chair of the ACRL’s Chapters Council; member of the Executive Board of ACRL/NY, serving as Vice President/President/Past President from 2011 through 2014; the American Library Association (ALA)’s Reference and User Services (RUSA)’s Reference Service Section Executive Board and Representative to the RUSA Access to Information Committee; and Cochair of the ALA’s American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial OrganizationsJoint Committee on Library Services to Labor Groups.
She was recently appointed to the ALA Core Competencies Development Committee and the ALA Core Member Engagement Committee. In 2021, she was elected to the Catholic Research Resources Alliance’s Board of Directors.
In addition to an M.L.S. from St. John’s University, she holds an M.A. in English and an M.A. in history from CUNY. She writes and presents on topics relating to librarianship, as well as student learning and teaching with graphic novels.
Professor Fuchs presents at regional, national, and international peer-reviewed conferences, including the ACRL National Conference, the Teaching Professor Conference, the Teach with Tech Conference, New York Library Association, Library Association of the City University of New York, Computers in Libraries, the Long Island Libraries and Pop Culture Conference, the Empire State Library Network’s PILLARS Symposium, and the Conference on Engaged Learning, among others. She has published two coedited books, in addition to journal articles and book chapters on librarianship, information literacy, and the art of research.