Simon Neame was named the new dean of University Libraries on June 7, 2021 and began his appointment September 1, 2021. As dean of University Libraries, Neame will lead a network of 16 academic research libraries across all three campuses, and the UW Press.
Neame brings a wealth of experience in digitization, open access and preservation of special collections. From 2016-2021, Neame served as the dean of Libraries at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he led the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, the Science and Engineering Library and the Wadsworth Library at the Mount Ida campus. Prior to the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Neame was the associate university librarian and director of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus where he was responsible for the humanities and social sciences library, the health sciences library and several subject libraries.
In these leadership roles, Neame has demonstrated a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, engaging communities, opening access to research, and building partnerships while underscoring the important role university libraries play in student success.
He has led a number of initiatives aimed at preserving Indigenous knowledge and amplifying the voices and stories of underrepresented communities through digitization programs, such as his work with the archives of civil rights activist and writer W.E.B. Du Bois. Neame’s own research explores the intersection between libraries and museums, and opportunities for integration across collections through open discovery systems.
Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Neame holds a bachelor’s degree in English and history from the University of Victoria and a master of library and information studies from the University of British Columbia.