Augusta University Service Recognition

5 years
Dr. Brenda Seago, Professor and Director of Libraries
Natalie Logue, Access Services Librarian, Greenblatt Library
Patricia Marcano, Acquisitions Specialist, Reese Library
Jessica Huey, Library Assistant, Reese Library

10 years

Sandra Bandy, Assistant Professor and Chair of Content Management, Greenblatt Library
Sherri Brooks, Medical Library Specialist, Greenblatt Library
Matthew Whittington, Library Assistant, Reese Library

15 years
Shannon Terral, Medical Library Associate, Greenblatt Library



Fay Verburg, Assistant Professor and Chair of Reference and Education Services, Reese Library, received the 2017 University Libraries Faculty Award this past spring at the University Faculty Assembly. Fay serves in a leadership role for the University Libraries, as well as the liaison to the Department of Communications, the Center for Innovation and Community Engagement, the Center for Undergraduate Research, and First and Second Year Experience.




Donna Herring, Office Coordinator for Greenblatt Library, and Katlyn Tuten, Office Specialist for Reese Library, received the 2017 University Libraries Staff Awards. Both were selected by their peers for their professionalism, efficiency and diligence, as well as their overall positive conduct.

Jennifer Davis, Reese Library reference assistant and graduate student in Valdosta State University’s Library and Information Science graduate program, has been awarded first place in the Georgia Library Association-Academic Library Division Academic Research Paper competition for her paper entitled “Are Electronic-Based Reference Collections Really a Good Idea for Academic Libraries?” She will receive a monetary prize, plaque to commemorate her achievement, and complimentary registration for the Georgia Libraries Conference, held in early October,  presented at the All-Conference Awards Ceremony. In addition, she is invited to briefly present her paper at the Georgia Libraries Conference session “GLA Academic Library Division Paper Presentation.”

Several Libraries Faculty were recognized at the Fifth Annual Celebration of Faculty by the Office of Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence:

Dr. Brenda Seago, Professor and Director of Libraries

Barb Mann, Associate Professor and Head Librarian, Reese Library

Ansley Stuart, Instructor and Allied Health Librarian, Greenblatt Library

Gail Kouame, Associate Professor and Chair of Research and Education Services, Greenblatt Library

Kim Mears, Assistant Professor and Scholarly Communications Librarian, Greenblatt Library

Melissa Johnson, Assistant Professor and Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian, Reese Library

Peter Shipman, Assistant Professor and Dentistry and Cancer Center Information Librarian, Greenblatt Library

Thomas Weeks, Instructor and Reference and Instruction Librarian, Reese Library


The Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library received a Technology Improvement Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Southeastern/ Atlantic Region for $12,490 to create a makerspace in support of health sciences education through innovated technologies and collaborative spaces. Funding will focus on providing 3D printing and scanning equipment. The library will conduct training sessions on how to use the equipment and highlight NLM databases, resources, & APIs that support use of the makerspace, such as the NIH 3D Print Exchange and CN3D. Users will be asked to complete a survey of the makerspace to gather feedback about the space and equipment. This project 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.

Jennifer Putnam Davis, Reference Assistant for Reese Library, was selected as the Georgia student representative for the American Library Association (ALA) Student-to-Staff program for the 2017 annual ALA Conference (June 2017, Chicago, IL.). This program grants travel, registration, and accommodation for forty students who are currently pursuing a master’s in library and information science. In addition to attending the Conference, recipients gain experience working alongside a department of ALA. Davis, who is attending Valdosta State University’s MLIS program, reported on conference sessions for American Libraries Magazine and their blog, The Scoop (

Presentations and Publications

(Libraries employees denoted in bold.)

Ballance, D., & Mears, K. (2017, May). Librarian contributions to a revamped open-access public health journal. Poster presented at the meeting of the Medical Library Association, Seattle, WA.

Blake, L., Ballance, D., Gaddy, T., Gaines, J.K., Gallman, E., Russell, M., & Wood, E. (2017, May). Effect of librarian involvement on use of evidence-based resources in small group case-based learning. Poster presented at the meeting Medical Library Association, Seattle, WA.

Blake, L., Brandon, J., Hatzigeorgiou, C., Page, R., Wilson, B., Yang, F.M. (2017, May). Standardized patient encounters for first- and second-year medical students written by librarians, students, and clinicians. Poster presented at the meeting of the Medical Library Association, Seattle, WA.

Gaines, J.K. (2017, May). iPad innovations during clinical rotations from seven medical schools in the United States: Lessons Learned. Paper presented at the meeting of the Medical Library Association, Seattle, WA.

Kouame, G., Blake, L., & Davies, K. (2017, May). Daring to dive into health informatics initiatives. Poster presented at the meeting of the Medical Library Association, Seattle, WA.

Logue, N., & Bandy, S. (2017, May). Streamlining the library system: Preparing for the next generation. Poster presented at the meeting of the Medical Library Association, Seattle, WA.

Logue, N., & Stuart, A. (2017, May). Back to the basics! Career development for early career librarians through subject-intensive conferences. Poster presented at the meeting of the Medical Library Association, Seattle, WA.

Mears, K., Connolly-Brown, M., Gaines, J.K., Blake, L., Davies, K. J., Shipman, P., & Kouame, G. (2017). Evaluation and assessment of embedded librarianship through an embedded ecosystem framework and toolkit. Journal of Academic Librarianship. Advance online publication.

Mears, K., Kouame, G., & Logue, N. (2017, May). Makerspace mania! Developing a makerspace in a health sciences library. Poster presented at the meeting of the Medical Library Association, Seattle, WA.

Shipman, P. (2017, May). Combining research results and dental accreditation requirements to create instruction opportunities. Poster presented at the meeting of the Medical Library Association, Seattle, WA.

New Faculty and Staff

KaraKara Flynn joins Reese Library as the Special Collections Librarian and the liaison for History, Anthropology, and Philosophy, as well as Military Science. Kara moved here from Pittsburgh, where she earned her MLIS with a concentration in Archives & Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. There, Kara worked as a Library Assistant at Hillman Library. She also served as Project Archivist at the Rauh Jewish Archives at the Heinz History Center, and as Special Collections Cataloger at Haverford College.

StephSteph Hendren joins Greenblatt Library as the Nursing Information Librarian. Steph moved from Madison, Wisconsin where she recently received her Master’s in Library & Information Studies with a Science Librarianship/Applied Informatics Specialization from University of Wisconsin-Madison. While in library school, Steph worked as a Graduate Student Reference Assistant at the Ebling Health Sciences Library. Prior to her graduate studies, Steph received her B.S. in English from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jalesia1Jalesia Horton joins Reese Library as the Access Services Librarian, and  liaison for the Department of Psychology and for Career Services. Jalesia received her Master’s in Library and Information Science from Valdosta State University. Jalesia moved from Snellville, GA, where she worked as the Late Night Library Specialist at Oxford College of Emory University. She also has a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Psychology from Armstrong Atlantic State University.

Tina Kenyon joins Reese Library as Library Assistant in Access Services. Apart from staffing the Information Desk, Tina also handles borrowing for the Library’s interlibrary loan services. Tina moved here from Clarksville, Tennessee, where she worked at Austin Peay State University as a Library Assistant in Access Services. Tina previously worked for Reese Library from 2008-2015.


JosetteJosette Kubicki joins Reese Library as Reference and Instruction Librarian, and the liaison for the Department of Teaching & Leading. She moved here from Orlando, FL., where she served as an adjunct Reference Librarian at the University of Central Florida, Valencia College, and the Adventist University of Health Sciences. Hailing from the Land Down Under, she has a B.Ed. from Australian Catholic University, a Master’s in Information and Knowledge Management from the University of Technology Sydney, and a Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida.