ATG Star of the Week: Connie Stovall, Virginia Tech

by | Jul 14, 2011 | 2 comments

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
Phone 540.231.4802

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.


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