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Monena Hall joins University Libraries as learning commons and assessment librarian


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BLACKSBURG, Va., April 20, 2012 – Monena Hall has joined the University Libraries as learning commons and assessment librarian.

Hall will help the libraries support the learning and research goals of the university through assessment, foster collaboration across departments, and assist students with library reference.

“Monena will be assisting in streamlining and evaluating assessment activities in the library, collaborating with stakeholders regarding space use, and assisting students in their academic pursuits using library resources,” Charla Lancaster, director of assessment and access services at the University Libraries, said. “Her skills in outreach, program development, and assessment are a great asset to the libraries and to Virginia Tech,” Lancaster said.

Currently, Hall is working with a team to redesign the libraries’ in-house data collection tools to ensure they are useful and intuitive. She is also working with the libraries’ discovery teams to determine student perceptions of the library. “The Virginia Tech libraries are experiencing rapid and exciting change, and I am excited to be part of it, and hope to be a positive agent of change in my own right,” Hall said. 

Hall previously worked as a children’s librarian and an assistant branch manager at the Dallas Public Library. She holds a bachelor’s degree in arts and performance from the University of Texas at Dallas and a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of North Texas.

The Virginia Tech University Libraries were established in 1872 with 500 volumes. Today, the libraries' holdings include more than 2 million volumes, and they provide access to a large collection of electronic databases and full-content journals, and is located in the Carol M. Newman Main Library, Art and Architecture, Veterinary Medicine, and the Northern Virginia Resource Service Center. The University Libraries is also a selective depository for federal documents and a member of the prestigious Association of Research Libraries. The University Libraries provide and promote access to information resources for the achievement of Virginia Tech's objectives in teaching, learning, research, creativity, and community service.