Faculty and Staff News

Staff Updates

Vinaya Ann Alapatt joins Reese Library as a Student Assistant in the Access Services department. She also assists Reese Technical Services Department. She graduated from Evans High School and she is currently completing her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology.

Julie Roper joins the Greenblatt Library as a Medical Library Assistant in the Access Service Department. She is currently completing her bachelors degree in Forensic Science with a concentration in chemistry.

Presentations and Publications (Libraries employees denoted in bold)

Smith, S. A., Webb, N. C., Blumenthal, D. S., Willcox, B., Ballance, D., Kinard, F., & Gates, M. (2016). Exploration of barriers and facilitators to publishing local public health findings: a mixed methods protocol. Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association, 6(2). 169–174.  https://doi.org/10.21633/jgpha.6.221

Bustos, R. A. (2017). Facilitating support of cyber: Toward a new liaison model with cybersecurity education at Augusta University. Journal Of Business & Finance Librarianship, 22(1), 24-31. doi:10.1080/08963568.2016.1258935

On January 20 in Atlanta, Julie K. Gaines participated in an invited speaker panel at the Association for Library and Information Science Educators (ALISE) annual conference as part of the President’s Program: Best Practices for Incorporating Community Engagement and Outreach in Curricula.  She presented about the service-learning course at the AU/UGA Medical Partnership and her role as a faculty coach.

Johnson, M., Mears, K., & Drescher, A. M. (2017). Creating the Arsenal: Augusta University’s undergraduate research journal. Serials Librarian, 72(1/4), 1-6.  http://doi.org/10.1080/0361526X.2017.1297590

Johnson, M., Harris, A., Gillespie, K., & Prentiss, E. (2017). Cents and sensibility: Planning the 14th Georgia Literary Festival. In C. Smallwood & V. Gubnitskaia (Eds), Library Partnerships with Poets and Writers: Case Studies (pp. 95-102). Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

Mears, K., & Bandy, S. (2017). Investigating the need for scholarly communications positions in Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries member institutions. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 105(2), 145-149. https://doi.org/10.5195/jmla.2017.208

Weeks, T., & Putnam-Davis, J. (2017). Evaluating best practices for video tutorials: A case study. Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning, 11(1-2), 185-197. http://doi.org/10.1080/1533290X.2016.1232048


Rod Bustos received the Special Libraries Association (SLA) Presidential Citation, one of the honors and awards given to recognize exceptional individuals, achievements, and contributions to the association and the information profession. On the SLA Technology Advisory Council, Rod worked completed training and testing for a new communications platform for the association.

Li Ma was awarded a 2017 Association of College & Research Libraries Mid-career Librarian Scholarship. The scholarship includes include complimentary conference registration and a $350 stipend to attend the ACRL 2017 conference, March 22-25, 2017 in Baltimore, MD.

Kim Mears
, Scholarly Communications Librarian, received a National Network of Libraries of Medicine Southeastern/Atlantic Region’s Professional Development Award. She will attend the 2017 Research Data & Access Preservation Summit in Seattle, Washington, from April 18-21, 2017.  This award is supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012340 with the University of Maryland, Health Sciences and Human Services Library. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

Ansley Stuart has been accepted as an Augusta University Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Fellow. This fellowship uses evidence-based research methods to examine effective teaching and student learning and requires peer review and public dissemination. The Academic and Student Affairs Handbook of the University System of Georgia identifies Scholarship of Teaching and Learning as a valued type of faculty scholarship (in addition to Scholarship of Discovery and Scholarship of Engagement).