Georgie Donovan

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Belk Library: Room 409
Administrative Services
Associate Dean of Libraries
Associate Professor

Library Responsibilities

Responsible for successful planning, assessment, and financial management of library’s operations including policy development, project management, and implementation.  Collaborate with staff, faculty, and administrators to improve the library’s impact in creation of knowledge, information technology, student learning, curriculum development, collection management, assessment, student engagement, and scholarship in all forms.  Represent and advocate for the library in multiple forums.  Foster a productive, professional culture with a focus on innovation and risk-taking, project management, shared governance and transparency, and professional and organizational development.  Supervise 2 staff and coordinate the Administrative Services Team.

  • MA in Information Resources and Library Science, University of Arizona, 2004
  • MFA in Creative Writing, University of Texas at El Paso, 2000
  • Certificate of Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Transworld Schools, 2000
  • Bachelor of Arts in English, University of Georgia, 1996

Scholarly & Service Interests

  • Leadership Studies including Professional Development and Human Resources, Strategic Planning, Diversity and International Issues, and Library Advocacy
  • Collection Development, especially Scholarly Publishing and Communication

Selected Publications

Donovan, Georgie and Miguel Figueroa, eds.  Staff Development Strategies that Work:  Stories and Strategies from New Librarians.  New York:  Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2009.  Also Chapter 14:  “Professional Service on National Library Committees:  Developing the Skills to Lead.” by Georgie Donovan. 

Donovan, Georgie and Leslie Farison.  “Out of the Ordinary: Collection Development in Support of Business Curriculum and Research.”  Book chapter in Library Collection Development for Professional Programs: Trends and Best Practices edited by Sarah Holder.  Hershey, PA:  IGI Global, 2012.

Donovan, Georgie.  “Biography of Sherman Alexie.”  Book chapter in Critical Insight: Sherman Alexie edited by Leon Lewis.  Pasadena, CA:  Salem Press/EBSCO, 2011.  

Donovan, Georgie.  “Pat Mora” and “Judith Ortiz Cofer.”  Encyclopedia articles.  Critical Survey of Poetry, Third Revised Edition.  Pasadena, CA:  Salem Press, 2011.

Donovan, Georgie.  Reviews of Prison Legal News and Prison Focus journals.  Counterpoise.  vol. 13, no.  1; Winter/Spring 2010.

Donovan, Georgie and John Abbott.  “End of Year Monies:  A Case for Congruence.”  Charleston Conference Proceedings 2008.  Portsmouth, NH:  Greenwood Press, 2009. 

Donovan, Georgie.  “Writing with Colleagues: Strategies for Getting the Work Done” and “Bringing Creative Writing Lessons to the Library Literature Worktable.”  Book chapters in Writing and Publishing:  The Librarian’s Handbook edited by Carol Smallwood.  Chicago:  American Library Association (ALA) Editions, 2009.

Donovan, Georgie.  "Gloria Naylor."  Encyclopedia article.  The Eighties in America.  Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2008.

Simmons-Welburn, Janice, Georgie Donovan, and Laura Bender.  “Transforming the Library:  The Case for Libraries to End Incremental Measures and Solve Problems for Their Campuses Now.”  Library Administration & Management, Vol. 22, No. 3 (Summer 2008) pp 130 - 135.

Donovan, Georgie and John Abbott.  "Moving a Library Collection into New Quarters: Lessons Learned."  Charleston Conference Proceedings 2006.  Portsmouth, NH:  Greenwood Press, 2007.

Donovan, Georgie and Karen Estlund.  "New Librarians and Scholarly Communication:  Get Involved."  College & Research Library News, Vol. 68, No. 3 (March 2007) pp 155-162.

Selected Presentations

Georgie Donovan, Scott Mandernack and Terri Fishel.  “We're Not an ARL Library... Why Should We Bother with Scholarly Communication Initiatives?”  Panel session.  ACRL 15th National Conference.  Philadelphia, PA.  April 1, 2011.

Georgie Donovan, invited keynote speaker.  “Reaching Out Intentionally:  The Mentoring Challenge.”  Annual meeting of the Associated College Libraries of Central Pennsylvania.  Harrisburg, PA.  October 9, 2009. 

Georgie Donovan and Joy Kirchner.  “Advancing the Scholarly Communications Discussion on Campus:  What’s Working?”  Roundtable presentation.  ACRL 14th National Conference.  Seattle, Washington.  March 14, 2009. 

Georgie Donovan, facilitator.  “Building Campus Advocacy in Tough Economic Times.”  ULS Campus Administration & Leadership Discussion Group.  ALA-Midwinter.  Denver, CO.  January 24, 2009.   

Selected Professional Service

Association of College & Research Libraries
     Friends Fund (2010 - present)
     Scholarly Communication Committee (2005 - 2009) 
     National Conference planning committees (2003 - present)

Progressive Librarians Guild (2002 - present)

University & Region
Co-chair, Dean of Libraries Search Committee (2012 - present)
Appointed Member, University Planning and Priorities Council (2012 - present)
UNC System Faculty Advisory Council to the Strategic Directions Committee (2012 - present)
Director, SACS Compliance Certification Committee, Appalachian State University (2009 - present)
University Academic Assessment Council (2011 - present)
Council of Chairs & COC Executive Council (2012 - present)
Diversity Celebration Planning Committee (2009 - 2011)

Planning & Assessment Committee (2012 - present)
Beyond Millennium / Next Gen Catalog Committee (2012)
Budget Committee of the University Librarian (2010 - present)
e-resources Librarian search committee chair (2009 - 2010)
Scholarly Communications Task Force (2006 - 2011)
Library Strategic Planning, co-chair (2006 - 2007)
Public Relations Committee (2004 - present; chair, 2004 - 2006)

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