The Team

Beth Russell
Head, Center for Digital Scholarship
Associate Academic Librarian
Librarian for the Humanities 


Beth Russell became the Head of the Center for Digital Scholarship in October 2013 after working as the Digital Technologies & E-Learning Librarian at NYU Abu Dhabi since 2010.

Her recent work as the Head of the CDS includes shaping a vision for a new space, and a service model that meets the technological needs of faculty and advanced researchers. Her favorite part of the job is forming relationships with her colleagues through outreach initiatives and helping others use library services and technology to advance their own scholarship. Beth holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago, a Master of Library Science degree from Dominican University and a Master of Educational Technology degree from Boise State University.

Rebecca Pittam
Academic Technologist for Audio & Visual Media 


Rebecca joined New York University Abu Dhabi in December 2013 as an Academic Technologist for Audio and Visual Media. Prior to this she worked at Coventry University in the UK as a Technical Instructor in Media.

Having a Bachelor of Arts (hons) in Photomedia & Design Communication and a Masters degree in Contemporary Arts Practice, Rebecca understands the key elements in producing a high standard of work using a variety of different mediums. Her strengths and key skills are within video and photography. She enjoys helping faculty, researchers, and students with incorporating media into their teaching and research.

Taylor Hixson
Librarian for Geospatial Data Services 

image of Taylor Hixson, Geospatial Services Librarian

Taylor joined New York University Abu Dhabi and the CDS team in January 2018. Prior to this she worked at the University of Chicago Library as the Resident Librarian for Geographic Information Systems.

Taylor’s strengths are in accessing and documenting geospatial data. She is also skilled at using a variety of desktop and web GIS. One of her favorite parts of the job is providing outreach and instruction that helps GIS users of all levels learn more about spatial data literacy. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and a Master of Science in Information Sciences.