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K.T. Vaughan

The Hal F. and Barbra Buckner Higginbotham University Librarian


Liaison for Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Cognitive & Behavioral Studies, Computer Science, Education, Environmental Studies, Geology, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Physical Education & Athletics, Physics and Engineering, and Science (General)

(540) 458-8589

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With her varied experiences in the science, health sciences, scholarly communication, teaching, and management, KT brings an optimistic and inclusive perspective to the leadership of the Washington & Lee University Library. Her interests focus on asking questions about – and driving change in – the future of libraries. She  is currently focused on building inclusive and equitable library environments for people with disabilities, scholarly and digital communication in resource-constrained contexts, and the career advancement and professionalism of library staff and faculty.


Arizona State University, Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s College, Phoenix, AZ. EdD, December 2019. Dissertation: Building an Inclusive Library through Staff Accessibility Training

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Information and Library Science, Chapel Hill, NC. MSLS, May, 2001. Master’s Paper: Methods for Journal Collection Evaluation in Academic Science Libraries

Harvard University, Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, Cambridge, MA. AB cum laude, June 1997. Concentration: Biology

Major Awards and Honors

  • Medical Library Association Mid-Atlantic Chapter Award for Professional Excellence by a Health Sciences Librarian, 2016
  • American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) Watson Davis Award, 2015
  • Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP), Distinguished Member, 2013
  • ASIS&T James M Cretsos Leadership Award, 2005
  • Beta Phi Mu Library Science Honor Society, 2002

Selected Articles and Books

Vaughan, K.T. “Evaluating the Single Service Point Using the Person-Environment-Occupation Model.” portal: Libraries and the Academy, 20(2): 361-379, April 2020. doi: 10.1353/pla.2020.0018

Vaughan, K.T.L. and Stefanie E. Warlick. “Accessibility and Disability Services in Virginia’s Four-Year Academic Libraries: A Content Analysis of Library Webpages.” Virginia Libraries, 64(1): 2, 2020. doi: 10.21061/valib.v64i1.600

Sapp, Laura, and K.T.L. Vaughan. “Connecting the Libraries and Athletics through Instruction and Outreach.” Medical Reference Services Quarterly, 36(2): 187-195, 2017. doi: 10.1080/02763869.2017.1293999

Reisner, Barbara A., K.T.L. Vaughan, and Yasmeen Shorish. “Making Data Management Accessible in the Undergraduate Chemistry Curriculum.” Journal of Chemical Education, 91(11): 1943-1946, 2014.

Vaughan, K.T.L., Kelly Scolaro, Mary Roderer, and Heidi Anksorus. “An Evaluation of Pharmacogenomic Information Provided by Five Common Drug Information Resources.” Journal of the Medical Library Association 102(1), 2014.

Vaughan, K.T.L. et al. “Development of the Research Lifecycle Model for Library Services.” Journal of the Medical Library Association 101(4), 2013.

Bardeen, Angela, et al. “Gauging the Use of Academic Science Libraries.” Information Outlook 15(6): 27-31, 2011.

Handler, Lara, K.T.L. Vaughan, and Mellanye Lackey.  “‘Hidden Treasures’”: Librarian Office Hours for Three Health Sciences Schools.” Medical Reference Services Quarterly 28(4) 336-50, 2009.

Hemminger, Bradley, Dihui Lu, K.T.L. Vaughan, and Stephanie J. Adams.  “Information Seeking Behavior of Academic Scientists.” JASIST: Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. 58(14): 2205-2225, 2007.

Warlick, Stefanie and K.T.L. Vaughan.  “Factors Influencing Publication Choice: Why Faculty Choose Open Access.” Biomedical Digital Libraries. 4(1), 2007.

Langley, Anne, Edward G. Gray, and K.T.L. Vaughan. Building Bridges: Collaboration Within and Beyond the Academic Library. London: Chandos Publishing, 2006.

Moore, Margaret E., K.T.L. Vaughan, Barrie Hayes, and Wallace McLendon.  “Developing an Interdisciplinary Collaboration Center in an Academic Health Sciences Library.” Medical Reference Services Quarterly 24(4): 99-108, 2005.

Langley, Anne, Edward Gray, and K.T.L. Vaughan. The Role of the Academic Librarian. London: Chandos Publishing, 2003.

Vaughan, K.T.L.  “Changing Use Patterns of Print Journals in the Digital Age: Impacts of Electronic Equivalents on Print Chemistry Journal Use.” Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 54(12): 1149-52, 2003.

Current and Recent Professional Service

Association of Colleges and Research Libraries (ACRL)

  • Dr. E.J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor Program Committee, Member 2019-2021; Vice chair, 2020-2021; Chair, 2021-2022
  • Spectrum Scholar Mentor Program, Mentor, 2018-2021
  • ACRL Conference Scholarships Committee, Member, 2017, 2019, 2021
  • ACRL Status of Academic Librarians Standards & Guidelines Review Task Force, Member, 2016-2017

Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) / Core

  • ACRL/Core Interdivisional Academic Library Facilities Survey Editorial Board, Member, 2019-2021
  • Mentorship Program, Mentor, 2017

Virginia Library Association (VLA)

  • First Vice President/President-elect, 2020-2021; President, 2021-2022; Past President, 2022-2023
  • New Members Roundtable Mentorship Program, Mentor, 2019, 2020
  • VLA/VLACRL Conference Committee, Posters Chair, 2016, 2017
  • Virginia Libraries, Reviewer, 2016-present
  • VLACRL Conference, Reviewer, 2015

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) Library Advisory Committee, Member, 2015-2020

Previous Academic Positions

James Madison University Libraries: Associate Dean (2017-2020), Acting Associate Dean (2016-2017), Director of Research & Education Services (2016-2017), Director of Rose Library (2013-2016)

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Health Sciences Library and Eshelman School of Pharmacy: Pharmacy Librarian (2003-2013) and Clinical Professor of Pharmacy (2005-2013)

North Carolina State University Libraries: Postgraduate Fellow (2001-2002)

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