Faculty and Staff Accolades

In addition to our day-to-day work here in the Libraries, Libraries' faculty and staff are involved in a variety of activities on and off campus: conducting workshops, publishing articles, receiving grants, forming partnerships, serving as expert panelists, contributing to professional organizations, and many other endeavors. See below for what we are up to this academic year, and visit our archives page for past accolades.


Elyse Becker, Access Services Assistant, Access & Resource Management

  • Author, Necessary Sins, a historical novel published under her pen name, Elizabeth Bell (August 2019).

Jessica Bowdoin, Head, Resource Delivery and Licensing

  • Co-author, "The Impact of Big Deal Breaks on Library Consortia: An Exploratory Case Study," The Serials Librarian (April 2020).

Samara Carter, Records Management Officer

  • Featured in Member Spotlight, Association for Information and Image Management (May 2020).

Steven K. Gerber, Music, Theater, and Philosophy Librarian & Adjunct Professor, School of Music

  • Secretary, Board of Directors, Reston Community Orchestra (2019-20 Season).
  • Presenter, "Open-Access Digital Dissemination of Musical Rarities from a Special Collection," Virginia Library Association Conference, Norfolk, Virginia (October 2019).
  • Presenter, "Incorporating a Musical Iconography Component in a Music Research Course," Mid-Atlantic Chapter Meeting of Art Libraries Society, George Mason University (January 2020).

Rachel M. Lavender, Metadata Specialist

  • Received her MLIS, UW-Madison (May 2020).

Kayla Morrow Gourlay, Teaching and Learning Specialist

  • Received her MSLS, with a Concentration in Reference and User Services, Clarion University (May 2020).

Stephanie Grimm, Art & Art History Librarian

  • Recipient, Worldwide Books Award for Publications 2020 from the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA), for Comics and Critical Librarianship: Reframing the Narrative in Academic Libraries, edited by Olivia Piepmeier and Stephanie Grimm (May 2020).

Wally Grotophorst, Associate University Librarian, Digital Strategies & Systems

Jocelyn Lewis, Head, Resource Acquisition, Access and Resource Management

Genya O'Gara, Deputy Director, Virtual Library of Virginia

Anne Osterman, Director, Virtual Library of Virginia

Diana Tippett, Development Assistant

  • Recipient, Herman L. Totten Scholarship, School of Library and Information Sciences, University of North Texas (April 2020).

Trevor Watkins, Teaching and Outreach Librarian, Teaching and Learning Team