Office of the Dean of Libraries and Academic Innovation

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About GW Libraries and Academic Innovation

Created in 2016, GW Libraries & Academic Innovation (GWLAI) enriches the academic experience of scholars and students and spurs innovation at GW. Our resources and services advance research and teaching through access to the latest scholarship as well as rich archival sources; tailored support for researchers at all levels; guidance for faculty who want to explore new methods and technologies in the classroom; and robust support for online education. GWLAI fosters deeper collaboration between previously separate areas to forward the strategic goal of generating, making accessible, and preserving new knowledge.

Dean of Libraries and Academic Innovation

Geneva Henry

Courtney Vaughn, Special Assistant
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As Dean of Libraries and Academic Innovation, Geneva Henry is responsible for enriching the academic experience of scholars at GW both through maintaining excellence in library services and collections and providing access to cutting-edge scholarly technology. Since joining GW in 2013, Geneva has successfully advocated for and implemented a GW Faculty Open Access Resolution, developed an institutional repository, and created a new library strategic plan to align with GW's ambitious VISION 2021.

Before coming to GW, Geneva was the Executive Director for Rice University's Digital Library Initiative. And her career prior to Rice includes 18 years of applied research and development in digital libraries, text search, natural language processing, expert systems, and complex systems integration at IBM, TRW, and the RAND Corporation. She holds a B.S. in Computer Science from California State University, Los Angeles, a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington.

GW Libraries and Academic Innovation Senior Leadership Team

Robin Delaloye

Director of Communications and Outreach
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The Director of Communications and Outreach is responsible for telling the story of GW Libraries and Academic Innovation to its diverse constituencies, including students, alumni, and faculty. She collaborates throughout the organization and university to produce innovative workshops and special events, promote services, and maintain accurate and engaging web content while also coordinating media inquires for the organization.

Patricia Dinneen

Director of the University Teaching and Learning Center

The Director of the University Teaching and Learning Center works with faculty across the university to identify teaching and course design needs and interests and to bring innovative assessment and active learning practices to campus. She designs and delivers interactive workshops and programs for GW faculty, including the Course Design Institute and Teaching Day. She also oversees the UTLC’s consultation services and efforts to expand the scholarship of teaching & learning (SoTL).

P.B. Garrett

Senior Associate Dean for Academic Innovation and Chief Academic Technology Officer
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The Senior Associate Dean for Academic Innovation and Chief Academic Technology Officer leads online education initiatives and provides executive oversight of the eDesign Shop. She provides strategic planning for and oversees Academic Technologies, which supports over 200 learning spaces across three campuses, designs innovative learning spaces, manages Blackboard, and maintains lecture capture systems. The Senior Associate Dean is also responsible for the Instructional Technology Lab, where instructors explore existing and emerging technologies in teaching and learning.

Barbra Giorgini

Executive Director
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The Executive Director of the GW Libraries serves as a senior advisor to the dean, while also responsible for the Gelman library building and access to library buildings and services. She oversees the administration of serials and electronic resources as well as resource sharing and course reserves. The Executive Director oversees multiple strategic initiatives and acts as primary liaison with the Washington Research Library Consortium.

Elisabeth Kaplan

Associate University Librarian
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The Associate University Librarian leads our efforts to build robust specialized collections and promote their use by the GWU community and an international community of scholars through strategic digitization and preservation.  Collections include the University Archives, the Global Resources Center, the archives of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Corcoran College of Art & Design, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the National Education Association, the I. Edward Kiev Judaica Collection, and the Washingtoniana Collection.

Paul Hoyt-O’Connor, Ph.D.

Director of the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research
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The Director of the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research leads the center’s efforts in advancing undergraduate engagement in scientific, scholarly, and artistic activity. The center provides undergraduate students and alumni with information, guidance, and support in learning about and applying for research opportunities and national fellowship competitions. The Director also works with faculty who are mentoring students and seeking research assistants.

Regina Mays

Director of Finance
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The Director of Finance has responsibility for developing and overseeing the budget plan and financial resources for all departments of the GW Libraries and Academic Innovation, consistent with the mission of the university. She plays a vital role in guiding the allocation of resources to support strategic priorities and ensuring the organization acts as a good steward of those resources.

Alexander Pullen

Manager of Human Resources
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The Human Resources Manager serves as a liaison between University Human Resources and GW Libraries and Academic Innovation. He consults with GWLAI in evaluating, developing, and implementing practices to ensure effective and consistent human resources management. The Manager provides support for the division’s professional development, payroll, recruitment, and other human resources activities.

Hannah Sommers

Associate University Librarian
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The Associate University Librarian is responsible for leading strategic efforts to help the GW community explore, create, and discover information in new ways and to expand the reach of research instruction across the curriculum. She oversees the work of the libraries' research librarians and scholarly technology group. She also has responsibility for resource description, allowing users to easily and efficiently find the resources they need.

Tracy Sullivan

Executive Director of Development
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The Executive Director of Development is responsible for engaging diverse constituencies in the work of GW Libraries and Academic Innovation and cultivating philanthropic interest in the wide range of activities that GWLAI undertakes to support teaching, learning, and research across the university and beyond. She leads all fundraising efforts, including annual giving, major and principal giving, planned giving, and foundation and corporate giving, in support of GWLAI programs.