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I'm a librarian, who happens to have an MBA in marketing.


My educational background:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Coursework toward PhD in Information and Library Science (begun August 2007).
Research interests: developing professional development opportunities for librarians, innovation in libraries.

University of California San Diego, La Jolla CA
Coursework toward Ed.D. in Teaching and Learning, 2005-2006
Research interest: developing professional development opportunities for librarians.

Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
Master of Business Administration, May 2002.
Concentration in marketing.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Master of Science in Library Science, May 1997.

Salem College, Winston-Salem, NC
Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Language Management, May 1994.
Awarded the President's Prize for German, 1993 and 1994.

And my work experience:
Associate Dean of Library Services
Western Carolina University
Sept 2009-present
Instructor, School of Library and Information Science, San Jose State University, Fall 2007-present
Teach LIBR 204, Information Organizations and Management, a required course.

Department of Library and Information Studies, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Spring 2007 (January-May)
Teaching LIS-688-01, Library Instruction and Information Literacy.

Head of Reference, Instruction, and Outreach
Social Sciences & Humanities Library, University of California, San Diego, May 2004 – July 2006
Provided leadership in reference, outreach, and instruction. Led the development and implementation of new programs. Evaluated and modified existing programs. Actively represented the concerns of the SSH Library in library wide planning initiatives. Communicated to and from library wide groups on behalf of Research Services. Facilitated staff performance. Stayed abreast of developments in relevant campus departments, as well as in information delivery and scholarly communication. Planned and participated in the staffing of the combined Reference/Government Documents Information Desk and the Libraries Information Desk. Mentored and directly supervised 6 librarians and four staff (there were 17 employees in my line of supervision, including the staff in Current Periodicals, Newspapers & Microtext and the staff at the Libraries Information Desk). Subject liaison for the Rady School of Management. Oversaw the collection of print and electronic resources for reference.

Head of Reference
Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem NC, June 2003 – March 2004
Acting Head of Reference August 2002 - January 2003
Provided leadership, vision, and initiative in planning, implementing, marketing and assessing user-centered reference services and resources. Initiated and coordinated the information literacy program, which includes a for-credit elective course, LIB100. Provided and planned for outreach to faculty, students, and staff. Actively participated in delivery of a full range of multidisciplinary reference services. Responsible for collection development in reference, business, and economics, a combined budget of $250,000. Subject specialist for business and economics. Mentored and supervised 6 librarians, 2 staff, and 16 student assistants.

Business and Economics Librarian
Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem NC, June 1998 – May 2003
Developed information literacy program and taught one credit elective course. Supplied reference services to students, faculty, and staff. Provided outreach to business and economics faculty, students, and staff. Designed and maintained web pages and tutorials. Collection development responsibilities for the Calloway School of Business and Accountancy and the Department of Economics. Supervised reference interns.

Reference Librarian
Greensboro College, Greensboro NC, May 1997 – May 1998
Provided reference and interlibrary loan services for faculty, staff and students. Technology consultant to the faculty. Supervised student assistants and reference interns.

German Instructor
R.J. Reynolds, Winston-Salem NC, May 1995 – June 1995
Taught a six-week course in Business German to research and development managers.

Still reading?!

Harwell, K., Leonard, E., Ross, C., and Tucker, C. (2006). Core Competencies for Business Reference: An Introduction to One of the Brass Education Committee’s Web Guides. RUSQ, 46(1): 40-43.
Leonard, E., Carr, A. & Farrell, K. (2005). “This Summer, Worship a Book.” Library Journal, 130(19), 42-44.
Leonard, E. (2005). “” Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship, 10(2), 47-53.
Leonard, E., et al. (2005). Investor education @ your library: A resource guide to investing. Chicago, IL: American Libraries Association.
Leonard, E. (2003). "Weighing the Benefits of an MBA: Survey Results." Academic BRASS, 1(3).
Editor, Business and Economics, Infomine (, 2001- present.

Leonard, E., (2006). “Outstanding Business Reference Sources: Encyclopedia of World Trade: From Ancient Times to the Present.” Reference & User Services Quarterly, 45(2), 127.
Leonard, E. (2004). “Outstanding Business Reference Sources: Strauss’s Handbook of Business Information.” Reference & User Services Quarterly, 44(2), 131.
Leonard, E. (2000). “ISI Emerging Markets: Baltic States, Internet Securities, Inc.” Business Information Alert, 12(3), 6.
Leonard, E. (1999). “Financial Reporting and Analysis” Business Information Alert, 11(8), 6.
Leonard, E. (September 2006). “Summer Series: Liabrarians as Liaisons.” Dartmouth Libraries, Hanover, NH. Invited Speaker and moderator for two day program.
Leonard, E., Carr, A., & Farrell, K. (February 2006). Read/Write/Think/Dream. Poster Session. SCIL Works (Southern California Instruction Librarians, a division of the California Association of Research Libraries), San Marcos, CA.
Leonard, E., Carr, A., & Farrell, K. (June 2005). Read/Write/Think/Dream: Creating a Community of Adult Readers. Poster Session. ALA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.
Leonard, E. and Lampert, L. (Nov. 2003). Information Literacy: Or Competencies We Learn In Order to Avoid Becoming Information Roadkill. Co-presenter. Internet Librarian, Monterey, CA.
Leonard, E. (Sept. 2003). Bibliographic Instruction: A New Look. North Carolina Library Association Annual Conference, Winston-Salem NC.
Leonard, E. (July 2003). Information Literacy Dialog. Invited panelist at North Carolina Community College Learning Resource Association Conference, Greensboro NC.
Leonard, E. & Tedford, R. (June 2003). Attacking From All Sides: Strategies to Educate Faculty and Students on Copyright and Plagiarism Issues. Co-presenter. EDUCAUSE SouthEast 2003 Conference, Atlanta, GA. June 2003.
Leonard, E. & Lampert, L. (April 2003). Mirror, mirror on the wall, do we have the best information literacy program of them all? Co-presenter. Poster Session, ACRL National Conference, Charlotte, NC.
Leonard, E. (Oct. 2002). Negotiations Basics. Invited speaker. NCLA Leadership Institute, Brown Summit, NC.
Leonard, E. & Tedford, R. (Sept. 2002). "Copyright and Plagiarism in a Digital Age.” Co-presenter. Teaching and Learning Center, Wake Forest University.
Leonard, E. & Smith, S. (July 2000). Addressing the Bibliographic Instruction (BI) Delivery Debate: Web Tutorial Versus Face-to-Face Instruction. Co-presenter. Poster Session, ALA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.
Leonard, E. (June 2005). Session moderator, Business Librarianship 101. Preconference, ALA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.
Paper moderator, "Can We Encourage Learning by Shaping Environment? Patterns of Seating Behavior in Undergraduates." Paper by Ginger Young. ACRL National Conference, Charlotte, NC. April, 2003.
Paper moderator, "The Effect of the Web on Undergraduate Citation Behavior." Paper by Phil Davis. ACRL National Conference, Charlotte, NC. April, 2003.
ALA (RUSA) BRASS Business Program Planning Committee, Chair, 2006-present.
ALA (LAMA) Strategic Planning Implementation Committee, 2006 -2008.
ALA (RUSA) CODES Liaison with Users committee, 2003- present, chair 2005-2007.
ALA (RUSA) BRASS Education committee, 2003- present.
ALA (LAMA) Strategic Planning Taskforce, 2005.
ALA (RUSA) RSS Education & Professional Development for Reference Committee, 2005-2006.
ALA (RUSA) BRASS Business Reference Sources committee, 2003-2005.
American Educational Research Association, member, 2005-present.
North Carolina Library Association (NCLA) Executive Board, 2001- 2004.
NCLA Leadership Institute, co-chair, 2001- 2004.
South Atlantic Regional Conference Program Committee (SLA), 2002.


marketing, baseball (cubs), music (a bit of everything), libraries, college basketball (any nc team but duke), and well, karaoke.