Name Connie Stovall
Title Assistant Director for Collection Management
Organization University Libraries Virginia Tech
Address University Libraries Kent St. PO BOX 90001 (0434) Blacksburg VA 24061
Born and lived Born: Rockford, Illinois Lived: Alabama and Arkansas. Live: Blacksburg, VA
professional career and activities I recently moved into my position after working for 5 years as the College Librarian for Humanities at Virginia Tech. In the new position, much of the focus centers on usage statistics and analysis, preparing reports to aid bibliographers, developing policy, collaborating with others in ASERL for the journal retention plan, and assisting with materials budget allocations.
in my spare time backpacking, running, or watching and identifying flora and fauna. Oh, and reading! (We have to say that, right?)
favorite books This is always such a hard question! I will go with these today: Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison; The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien; One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez; Native Son by Richard Wright; As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
pet peeves closed-mindedness
philosophy I can’t say that I follow a well-formulated philosophy, but the following words are very important in my daily life: compassion, curiosity, service, and perseverance.
goal(s) I hope to achieve five years from now Achieve tenure, continue to contribute to the profession, and run 2 more ½ marathons per year.
how/where do I see the industry in five years (please answer this question if you answer none of the others). Obviously, more and more content will be online, and more readers will prefer to read using handheld electronic devices, even for pleasure reading. Adjustments will be made accordingly to approval plans and patron driven plans. Less title by title selection will be performed. Academic libraries will continue to cultivate partnerships with other libraries and academic units for cost-sharing, visibility, and relevance. Unique digital collections become more important than ever.
Leah was appointed Executive Director of the Charleston Conference in 2017, and has served in various roles with the Charleston Information Group, LLC, since 2004. Prior to working for the conference, she was Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions for the College of Charleston for four years. She lives in a small town near Columbia, SC, with her husband and two kids where they raise a menagerie of farm animals.