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About Charlotte Hess

My research focuses on the literature and the analysis of commons, common-pool resources, and collective action. This interest reflects the many years I studied with Elinor and Vincent Ostrom at the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University and worked as a librarian and faculty researcher. Lin Ostrom and I collaborated on a book Understanding Knowledge as a Commons: From Theory to Practice (MIT Press, 2007) and some journal publications. Most of my work specifically addresses the growing fields of knowledge commons and “new” commons.
While at Syracuse, I served as the Associate Dean for Research, Collections, and Scholarly Communication at the Syracuse University Libraries (2008-2013). One of my favorite projects was working with the wonderful team of librarians and technologies to develop the SU institutional repository, Surface. I plan to remain a tireless advocate for open access and the proactive provision and preservation of scholarly information.
Prior to coming to Syracuse, I was the Director of Library and Information Services at the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University and the founder and director of the Digital Library of the Commons
 (2000-2008). I served on the Executive Council of the International Association for the Study of the Commons 1993-2009.                                  
Currently I am located in Bloomington, Indiana, where I am professional artist exploring the relationship between art and mind, beauty and spirit.


Present Professional artist; independent researcher, writer, speaker, Syracuse University

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