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KT Vaughan

University Librarian, Washington & Lee University
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KT Vaughan
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With her varied experiences in the sciences, health sciences, scholarly communication, teaching, and management, KT brings an optimistic and inclusive perspective to the leadership of the Washington & Lee 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 recruitment and career advancement of library staff and faculty. KT is the Higginbotham University Librarian at Washington & Lee University.

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

Recent Scholarship
Teaff, Elizabeth A., and K.T. Vaughan. Leading while Disabled. In Navigating Disability in the Academic Library Workplace, Samantha Peter and Paula Martin, Eds. Chicago: ALA Editions, expected in 2025 (in process).

Bell, Kat, et al. Leading the Charge: A Multi-Institutional Planning and Assessment Project of Eight DEIA Initiatives for POC Recruitment and Retention in Libraries. IDEAL: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility in Libraries, July 2024.

Vaughan, K.T. Towards a Universal Design of Library Management. CALM: Conference on Academic Library Management, April 2024.

Bell, Kat, Katara Hofmann, Tina Rollins, and K.T. Vaughan. Leading the Charge in Virginia: Advancing the Recruitment, Retention, and Inclusion of People of Color in the LIS Field. VLA Annual Meeting, Oct 2023.

Vaughan, K.T. Program Planning with Universal Design: Maximizing Users by Maximizing Usability. Florida Libraries Online, June 15, 2023.

Vaughan, K.T., Dominic Tate, Raphaëlle Bats, and Tara Cox. Citizen Science at your Academic Library: Ideas and Inspirations. LIBER and SciStarter webinar, April 28 2023.

Vaughan, K.T.L., Jude Robinson, and Hollie Kay. Best Practices to Make Accessibility Services More Visible Online and Web Content More Accessible. Choice webinar, December 2021.

Vaughan, K.T.L. Expanding Staff Awareness of the Diversities of Disabilities. ACRL 2021, April 2021.

Vaughan, K.T.L. Assessing Staff Training Needs in Disability and Accessibility Services: An Open Mixed-Methods Questionnaire. Core Virtual Forum, Nov 2020.

Bishop, Janet, Angi Faiks, K.T. Vaughan, and David McCaslin. How We’re Planning for Uncertain Times: The Pandemic’s Effects on Our Libraries. Oberlin Group Annual Meeting, Oct 2020.

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

Recent Professional Service
Virginia Library Association (VLA): President-elect/President/Past-president 2020-2023

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

Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) / Core: ACRL/Core Interdivisional Academic Library Facilities Survey Editorial Board, Member, 2019-2023; Mentorship Program, Mentor, 2017, 2023

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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