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Scholarship. Service and Leadership

Scholarship Publications

Walker, Shaundra and Iyanna Sims. "Implementing a Discovery Tool at Two HBCUs." College & Undergraduate Libraries. 19 no 2-4 (2012): 312-326.

Walker, Shaundra. "Academic Library Services for the Millennial Generation." Georgia Library Quarterly 43 no 2 (Summer 2006): 8-12.


Sims, Iyanna and Shaundra Walker.  "Discovery Tools: Tales of Implementation at Two HBCUs." American Library Association Annual Conference, June 25, 2011, New Orleans, LA.

Walker, Shaundra.  "The Summon Discovery Tool @ FVSU." GIL User's Group Meeting (GUGM), May 19, 2011, Macon State College, Macon, GA.

Walker, Shaundra and Iyanna Sims.  "Perceptions of African-American Undergraduates Toward Academic Librarianship as a Career Choice." National Diversity in Libraries Conference, October 3, 2008, Louisville, KY.

Walker, Shaundra, Emily Prather and Edward Whatley. "Culture Shock: Tips for New Academic Librarians and Their Employers." Georgia Council of Media Organizations Conference, September 22, 2006, Athens, Georgia.

Walker, Shaundra. "Academic Library Services for the Millennial Generation." Georgia Council of Media Organizations Conference, October 13, 2005, Columbus, Georgia.

Poster Sessions

Baird, Zahra. Dreanna Belden, Anne Chernaik, Adam Davis, Alisa Gonzales and Shaundra Walker. "Emerging Leaders Poster Presentation: Reel Life Librarians." American Library Association Conference, June 2007, Washington, D.C.

Professional Memberships and Service

Summary of Qualifications

  • Twelve years of experience in libraries and higher education
  • Extensive project management experience, including implementation for a variety of user-centered library services and resources
  • Proven experience in writing successful grant proposals and implementing related programs
  • Supervisory experience, including selecting, hiring, training, supporting and evaluating library and student assessment staff
  • Fluency with ACRL Information Literacy Standards; experience creating, implementing and evaluating outcomes-based library instructions sessions
  • Experience selecting and evaluating materials in a variety of formats for assigned liaison areas, as well as the general reference collection
  • Knowledge of web standards (HTML and CSS); experience creating, maintaining and evaluating web sites, stand-alone web pages and rich-media library instructional tutorials

Reference Letters

Work experience

Sep 2009Present

Head of Reference

Fort Valley State University

Responsible for the efficient operations of Reference Services, Interlibrary Loan and Information Literacy Instruction.  Specific duties include:

  • Developing new applications of technology for outcomes-based instruction
  • Planning, implementing, promoting and evaluating the information literacy program
  • Planning, implementing and maintaining the library's web site and web based library services and resources
  • Collection development for the reference collection and assigned liaison areas
  • Coordinating and implementing staff development workshops and other library-related learning opportunities
Feb 2012Present

Head of Information Services

Fort Valley State University
  • Provide leadership and management for reference services, information literacy and distance learning
  • Engage faculty in Information Literacy Instruction for their students
  • Provide strong leadership for team of librarians, library assistants and students workers
  • Collaborate with a team of librarians to plan, implement, promote and evaluate the information literacy program
  • Collection development for the reference collection and assigned liaison areas 
  • Collaborating with the Assistant Library Director to coordinate and implement staff development workshops and other library-related learning opportunities

Assistant Director, Academic Resource Center

  • Provide leadership and management for the undergraduate peer tutoring program
  • Hire, supervise, train and assess peer tutoring staff (2 FTE)
  • Develop individual assessment and academic improvement plans with students enrolled in 1-credit College Study Skills Course
  • Provide consultations and recommendations to students with learning challenges
  • Revised the center's web site for cross-browser compatibility
  • Created online tutorials to facilitate training in the use of the center's Online Writing Lab
  • Moved Online Writing Lab from an existing web application to BlackBoard

Assistant Professor, Instruction and Reference Librarian

  • Participated in the library instruction program and worked with departments and individual faculty members to develop curriculum-integrated instruction in assigned liaison areas,
  • Reviewed, selected and made recommendations for the purchase of library materials which supported the curriculum; developed collection development plans in assigned liaison areas
  • Provided reference assistance in person, over the phone and via chat; assisted students in the use of library-related databases and software applications
  • Developed discipline-specific instruction sessions and online tutorials in assigned liaison areas
  • Worked in partnership with peers to revise online tutorial for ENG 1101 courses, including HTML code and CSS
  • Assisted in the development of program and course outcomes based on ACRL Information Literacy Standards
  • Recommended and implemented teaching strategies and assessments for instruction program outcomes
  • Developed pilot for Instant Messaging Reference Service

Public Services Librarian

  • Provided leadership, planning, management and assessment of public services programs
  • Hired, supervised, trained and assessed student assistant staff, which consisted of approximately 20 students with diverse, multi-cultural backgrounds
  • Designed and implemented bibliographic instruction sessions
  • Maintained the library's serials collection including check-in, claiming and binding functions
  • Planned and prepared displays; maintained and updated library's web pages
  • Inventoried serials collection (1000+ titles) and collaborated with Technical Services Librarian to add serials titles to the library's online catalog for the first time in the college's history.
  • Automated interlibrary loan request process
Jan 2002May 2002

Reference Intern


Aug 2011Present


Mercer University

Expected graduation date: August 2014




Grant Writing
  Secured $3200 in-kind LibQual+ Grant for implementing the LibQual+ survey at Hunt Memorial Library Secured $3000 "Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil  War" Grant from the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities Secured the Coretta Scott King Book Award (in-kind) on behalf of Out and Up, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization    
Various Intergrated Library Systems and Database Platforms
Integrated Library Systems Voyager Innovative Information Systems Millennium Serials Solutions 360 Core Summon Various online research databases WorldCat, ProQuest, EbscoHost, WilsonWeb, LexisNexis, Cambrdige Scientific and others Expert web searcher
Microsoft Office
Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access
Web 2.0 Tools
Skilled in utilizing Web 2.0 tools, such as instant messaging, Facebook and Twitter YouTube in the library and academic setting Piloted instant messaging reference service using the Trillian instant messaging aggregator Collaborated with colleagues from across the nation to create a YouTube video promoting the library profession. | See example here Adminsters library's LibGuides site, which also serves as the library's main web page Created Facebook fan page to promote academic resource center and library services  and programs Implemented an Ask-A-Librarian Service and FAQ Knowledge base, which utilizes Twitter, SMS and a web form to connect students with library staff Also proficient in the use of other Web 2.0 tools, such as wikis, blogs, podcasts and various social networking applications
Adobe Captivate
Used to create library software and web application simulations. 
Used in teaching multiple sections of a 1-hour Learning Support Course Adapted for use in Online Writing Lab Trained and supported Professional Writing Tutors in using platform for administration of the Online Writing Lab Collaborated with teaching faculty to add library resources to online courses
Adobe CS3
Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash, Contribute Used programs to layout, design, test and implement Access! Information Literacy Tutorial Revised Academic Resource Center web site, utilizing CSS-based layouts
Association of College and Research Libraries Immersion Information Literacy Institute Accepted into and participated in competitive, intensive information literacy training.  Revised existing library instruction sessions based on information learned during institute.  See portfolio for examples.  Georgia College and State University Faculty Development Workshop Accepted into and participated in competitive, faculty driven, semester-long workshop on assessment of teaching and learning.  Using discipline specific standards, implented changes in standard introductory library instruction sessions for ENG 1101.  See portfolio for examples.

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