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Donovan named associate library dean at Appalachian

BOONE—Associate Professor Georgie Donovan has been named associate dean of libraries at Appalachian State University. She replaces Dr. Ann Viles who retired from the post June 30. Viles will continue to work in the library under the university’s phased retirement system.

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A native of Greensboro, Donovan came to Appalachian in 2004 as collections librarian for the humanities. She has also served as lead librarian in acquisitions and coordinator of the bibliographic services team, which handles acquisitions and interlibrary loan borrowing, electronic resources, cataloging and collections processing.

Donovan graduated from the University of Georgia with an English degree and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing at the University of Texas-El Paso.

She began her career teaching English at a college in Tokyo, Japan, and then literature classes at the University of Atacama in Chile. After deciding to pursue a library career, she entered the University of Arizona where she was awarded a master’s degree in information resources and library science. She also worked as special assistant to the dean of libraries there before coming to Appalachian.

Donovan’s scholarly publishing has focused on the areas of leadership studies and the changing nature of scholarly publishing. She co-edited a book titled “Staff Development Strategies” that was published in 2008 and has published more than a dozen articles and book chapters. In addition, she has made presentations on scholarly publishing and leadership issues at national and international conferences, and has held leadership positions in the Association of College and Research Libraries and the American Library Association.

For the past three years, Donovan has had the major responsibility of leading the campus’s re-accreditation effort which is required every 10 years by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The university’s self-study will be submitted to SACS in September.