Texas Tech University

Eugenia Charles-Newton

School of Law Library

Eugenia Charles-Newton is a reference and electronics services instruction librarian in the School of Law.

Her experiences reach beyond the law library setting. Charles-Newton has worked with American Indian policy and legislation. In 2004 she worked in the Arizona Department of Gaming where she served as a tribal liaison with 21 federally recognized tribes that had negotiated the Arizona Tribal-State Gaming Compacts, a necessary provision under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. Then in 2009 she interned for Sen. Tom Udall in Washington, D.C., where she focused on the Tribal Law and Order Act that was signed into law the following year. Prior to arriving in Lubbock, Charles-Newton worked briefly as a consultant for various Navajo Nation business entities, focusing primarily on issues that affected tribal agricultural and water industries. She is an enrolled member of the Dine (Navajo) Nation and was born and raised on the Navajo reservation.

Charles-Newton found her passion for law librarianship in her 2L year when she applied to be a student reference assistant at KU's Wheat Law Library. She was enthralled with the vast knowledge that law librarians held and the skills they mastered maneuvering through complex databases. In her 3L year, Charles-Newton applied to the University of Arizona's School of Information Resources and Library Science and became a cohort member of the Knowledge River program, which focuses on Latino and Native American communities.

Charles-Newton graduated magna cum laude from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and political science. She became the first American Indian woman to receive the College of Liberal Arts & Science Award and was selected to be the university convocation speaker in 2005. Charles-Newton went on to receive her J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law in 2008, where she also earned a certificate in tribal law and policy. Charles-Newton earned her master's degree in information resources and library science from the University of Arizona in 2009.

Charles-Newton is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), Southwest Association of Law Libraries (SWALL), Research Instructional and Patron Services (RIPS-SIS) committee, and the Academic Law Library (ALL-SIS) committee.