Virginia Science & Technology Campus Library

Located at GW’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Loudoun County, Va. this branch of GW Libraries provides a welcoming, supportive environment and convenient location to a diverse population of commuter and distance undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, researchers, and alumni. A 24/7 study space accessible to active GWorld cardholders respects the busy schedules of VSTC students, as well as Foggy Bottom and off-campus students who live and work in Ashburn and the surrounding Northern Virginia suburbs.

Major duties of Virginia Science and Technology Campus Library:

  • Develop and enforce policies specific to the VSTC Library branch and onsite Foundation Center Foundation Information Network grant-seeking resources, including Access Services for GW affiliates and the general public.
  • Serve as an advocate for branch user and distance student needs in discussions with GW administrators and department representatives.
  • Provide circulation services and work with library users to resolve account problems, ensuring adherence to official policies.
  • Initiate, process, and fill VSTC library users’ requests for research materials as a member of the GW Libraries’ Resource Sharing team.
  • Manage the Consortium Loan System (CLS) and Interlibrary Loan (ILL) activities of the VSTC campus population, as well as work remotely to support Foggy Bottom ILL Borrowing and Lending services.
  • Ensure a smooth user experience with in-person pickup and distance student postal delivery of materials; upload high quality, copyright-compliant scans to fill electronic document requests. Arrange for the timely and safe return of items borrowed through CLS and ILL.
  • Provide “Ask Us” walk-up, phone, and email assistance at the library’s combined circulation and ready reference desk; refer users to GWLAI specialists as appropriate.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for VSTC academic and administrative departments’ library needs, including general questions, problem resolution, course reserves, and scheduling of library classroom space.
  • Maintain the library’s physical collection, targeted to specific disciplines taught and/or researched at this campus.
  • Monitor usage of heavily requested materials and make recommendations for VSTC purchases to appropriate collection development librarians.
  • Identify collection gaps and required textbooks in the nursing and health sciences courses supported by the Himmelfarb Library; coordinate collection development with Himmelfarb staff and serve as a point of contact for issues regarding VSTC Library nursing resources and student instruction.
  • Provide one-on-one instruction in the Foundation Center’s grant-seeking databases, available to GW affiliates and the public as part of the campus administration’s commitment to local community outreach.
  • Assist in the coordination and promotion of several onsite grant-seeking workshops, which are open to the public.
  • Oversee the library’s public and office spaces, ensuring a clean and functional environment including furniture configuration, signage, basic equipment troubleshooting, and other patron amenities.
  • Maintain office/hoteling space available to Foggy Bottom employees working temporarily onsite at VSTC, as well as multifunctional group and silent study spaces. 

For more information, please contact Tara Patterson, manager of Virginia Science and Technology Campus Library.