University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS) alumna K.T. Vaughan (MSLS '01) is the new director of the Rose Library at James Madison University in Harrison, VA. The Rose Library is one of two main libraries on campus. It houses the STEM-H (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math—Health) collections as well as the offices of the Center for Instructional Technology and the Center for Faculty Innovation.
As director, Vaughan will provide leadership for all Rose Library services and programs, develop library programs to support the science, technology, and health departments, collaborate with colleagues across the libraries and more.
“I’m excited about working with my team of six staff and five librarians to think about and implement what we call ‘legendary service’ in a flexible and modern library model,” said Vaughan. “We’re experimenting with different liaison, learning commons and inreach models and are lucky to have a new building that was purpose-built to support collaborative learning and research.”
After graduating from SILS, Vaughan was selected for the second Fellows class at North Carolina State University Library before taking an instruction librarian position at the UNC at Chapel Hill Health Sciences Library. In that position, she served first as the bioinformatics liaison, then as liaison to the Eshelman School of Pharmacy, where she held a secondary faculty appointment.
She believes her time at SILS has been greatly beneficial in her jobs since graduating.
“My SILS education helped me learn how to think like a librarian – meaning, it gave me the tools to be able to assess services, collections, spaces, management, etc. and to adapt and grow in response to those assessments,” Vaughan said. “I had several elective courses such as instruction and marketing that were particularly helpful to me in academic libraries – and which I think everyone should have to take in this environment.”
Beyond actual coursework, Vaughan feels the connections she made at SILS were also of high value.
“In part because of my active membership in ASIS&T and in part because I stayed in the area, I was able to easily transition from student to colleague with several wonderful faculty, including Barbara Wildemuth, Jeff Pomerantz, Gary Marchionini, Brad Hemminger and many others,” she said. “Their advice, counsel, collegiality and friendship have made a huge difference!”
Vaughan was the recipient of the ASIS&T Watson Davis Award for 2012. The Watson Davis Award "is given yearly to a single ASIS&T member who demonstrates outstanding continuous contributions and dedicated service to the Society (with an emphasis on the words "continuous," "dedicated" and "service")."