Dean of Libraries Will Wakeling retired December 3rdafter a long career at Northeastern. Wakeling came to Northeastern in 1998 as Collection Development Officer after working in libraries in the United Kingdom, including the University of Birmingham, the University of York, and the University of Bristol. In 2002 he assumed the role of Associate Dean for Collections and Technical Services at Snell Library and has served as Dean of University Libraries since November 2008.
Wakeling has long been active in his efforts to digitize U.S. library collections and is a recognized leader in transforming library collections and services in the digital era. At Northeastern, Wakeling is responsible for establishing innovative library services and programs including the internationally recognized Digital Scholarship Group, the library's 3D Printing Studio and Digital Media Commons, and a vibrant, rapidly growing Archives and Special Collections program.
Looking to the future of not merely library collections but librarians themselves, Wakeling taught graduate students in the Library and Information Sciecence program at Simmons College for many years and traveled to the Middle East to help train Iraqi librarians to restore their devastated infrastructure. Wakeling was a member of the Board of Directors for the Society of Scholarly Publishing and served as President of the Boston Library Consortium. He holds a MA in Librarianship from the University of Sheffield (1977) and a MA in English Literature from the University of Leeds (1974).
To continue Dean Wakeling's Innovative work, contributions to the Dean's Innovation Fund can be made through the library's giving form below.