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Bettina Askew joins the Greenblatt Library as a Medical Library Associate in the Access Services Department. Bettina recently received her AAS in Business Administration and plans to continue her education in the near future. Bettina previously spent 13 years works for the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library System as a Library Assistant. She loves her dogs, video games, and the outdoors.

image001Tim Johnson joins Reese Library as a Library Clerk for Access Services. Tim previously worked at Reese during the pilot 24-hour program last spring. He is a graduate of Grovetown High School and is currently working on his BS in Game Programming and Development from Southern New Hampshire University.


IMG_0827Michelle Miranda joins Greenblatt Library as a Library Assistant.  Michelle received her BA in Political Science from Rhode Island College.  She is currently pursuing a MLIS degree from University of South Carolina.



Presentations (Libraries employees denoted in bold)

Armstrong, R. & Johnson, MUsing Freely Available Texts in a Literature Classroom. Paper presented at the University System of Georgia Teaching & Learning Conference, Athens, Georgia, April 13-14, 2016.

Blake, L., Stepleman, L., & Kriegel, D.  Facilitating Access to LGBT Specific Health Information for Educating Patients and Providers.  Poster Presentation.  Southern Group on Educational Affairs Regional Meeting.  April 14-16, 2016.

Gates, M., Ballance, D., Ferguson, E., Wilkins, T., & Yoo, W. Psychotropic Medications and Changes in Weight in a Correctional Setting: The Impact on Women’s Health. Poster presented at the 87th Annual Georgia Public Health Association Meeting & Conference, Atlanta, GA, March 22-23, 2016

Gray, K., Brown, B., Ellison, V. & Waggoner-Angleton, C. Kids These Days!: Archival Programming to Engage Youth from K-12. Paper presented at the Society of North Carolina Archivists/South Carolina Archival Association Joint Conference, Charlotte, NC, March 31-April 1, 2016.

Smith, P.S., Blake, L., & Cagle, W.  A child with disseminated encephalomyelitis and secondary pulmonary embolism: A case report.  Poster Presentation.  Southern Regional Meeting – American Federation for Medical Research.  February 18-20, 2016.

Smith, P.S., Blake, L., Leggio, L., Hudson, V., Stallworth, L., & Mehta, R.  Physicians in Training with Physical Disabilities: Removing Barriers through Cultural Competency and Adaptive Strategies.  Paper Presentation.  Southern Regional Meeting – American Federation for Medical Research.  February 18-20, 2016.

Weeks, T. & Davis, J. P. Evaluating best practices for online tutorial creation. Paper presented at Distance Library Services Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 20-22, 2016.

Wagar, P., Mehta, R., Hudson, V., Stallworth, L, Leggio, L., & Blake, L.  Residents with Physical Disabilities: Removing Barriers through an Adapted Curriculum. Poster presentation.  Association of Pediatric Program Directors Annual Meeting.  March 25-28, 2016.

Publications (Libraries employees denoted in bold)

Colombo, C., Baer, S., Blake, L., Bollag, W.B., Colombo, R., Diamond, M., George, V., Huber, L., Merchen, L., Miles, K., Yang, F., & Nahman, N.S. (2016). A departmental initiative for clinical and translational research. Journal of Investigative Medicine,

Connolly-Brown, M., Mears, K., & Johnson, M. (2016). Reference for the remote user through embedded librarianship. Reference Librarian. 57(3), 165-181.

Mann, B. J. (2016). [Review of the e-book The world of ancient Rome: A daily life encyclopedia, by J. W. Ermatinger]. Reference Reviews, 30(2), 48-49.


IMG_7831Melissa Johnson was selected to receive the Libraries’ 2016 Outstanding Faculty Award. Melissa E. Johnson, MLIS, is an Assistant Professor and the Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian at Reese Library of the University Libraries. She is also the embedded librarian to the English and Foreign Languages Department and liaison librarian to the Departments of Chemistry and Physics, Biological Sciences, and Mathematics.


Kim Mears was selected as a participant in the SHARE Curation Associate program. This program provides an opportunity for library professionals to develop digital curation and computational thinking skills to enhance local institutional repositories in a service-learning setting. She will attend training at the Center for Open Science offices in Charlottesville, Virginia, on July 14-15, 2016.

Erin Prentiss was selected to receive the American Library Association’s New Member Roundtable Professional Development Grant. This grant will help support attendance at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, on June 23-28, 2016.

Thomas Weeks was accepted into the Association of College & Research Libraries Immersion Program, Teacher Track. This program is a 5 day immersive program that focuses on individual development for those who are interested in enhancing, refreshing, or extending their individual instruction skills. Curriculum includes classroom techniques, learning theory, leadership, and assessment framed in the context of information literacy. For more information on this program visit