M.S., Library Science, 2015
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Master’s paper: “What Do Composition Faculty Want Their Students to Learn? Examining Source Evaluation”
M.A., English, 2009
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
Master’s paper: “Reconsidering the Middle English Sir Tristrem”
B.A., English, minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2007
Meredith College, Raleigh, NC
Online & Graduate Engagement Librarian, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, August 2017 – present
- Coordinate unit’s efforts to develop online learning tools and programs, including the Odyssey learning object repository; create tutorials, videos, and handouts for online learning; strategize unit’s outreach and instruction to graduate students; serve as library liaison to the School of Education and the department of Engineering Education, which includes collection development, instruction, and research consultations; teach GRAD 5124 (Social Sciences), a 1-credit online course, and coordinate other liaisons teaching the course; plan and teach library instruction sessions to students in first-year writing and public speaking courses; provide citation management consultations to students and faculty; work with others in unit to conduct usability testing.
Learning Services and Educational Technologies Librarian, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, August 2015-August 2017
- Developed online learning tools; planned and taught library instruction sessions to students in first-year writing and public speaking classes; coordinated citation management working group and provided citation management consultations to students and faculty; coordinated Advanced Research Skills program; served as library liaison to the School of Education and the departments of Human Development and Engineering Education, which included collection development, instruction, and research consultations.
- After one year, became the coordinator of graduate and online teaching and learning programs, which included coordinating the unit’s efforts to develop online learning tools and programs and strategizing unit’s outreach and instruction to graduate students, such as GRAD 5124, a 1-credit online course.
Library Intern, Environmental Protection Agency Library, June 2014-July 2015
- Planned, promoted, and taught instruction webinars; created in-library displays; guided EPA researchers through the document publication process; developed online tutorials and videos; created informational handouts; provided reference and circulation services to patrons; developed and conducted in-depth literature searches for researchers; created and implemented search alerts; provided research and citation management consultations
Reference and Instruction Intern, D.H. Hill Library, NC State University, August 2013-May 2015
- Planned and taught information literacy sessions for undergraduate students; led undergraduate library scavenger hunts; provided library tours during admissions events; provided in-person and virtual reference services for students and faculty; collaborated on video production; facilitated usability tests for a library website user research study
Selected Teaching Experience
Adjunct Instructor, Meredith College, August 2009-May 2014
- English 111, Principles of Writing: Planned and taught classes for first-year students in critical reading, writing, and grammar; collaborated with reference librarian to teach information literacy skills
- English 200, Critical Reading and Writing: Planned and taught classes emphasizing critical reading and writing; collaborated with reference librarian to teach information literacy skills
GRE Review Teacher, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC, September 2013
- Developed and taught a two-part GRE (verbal) review course for Meredith College students
SAT/ACT Teacher, Huntington Learning Center, Cary, NC, August 2010-August 2013
- Taught one-on-one test preparation tutoring sessions for high school students
Graduate Teaching Assistant, North Carolina State University English Department, August 2007-May 2009
- In first year of program, assisted a composition lecturer in planning and teaching one section of English 101: Academic Writing and Research. In second year of program, taught one section of English 101 per semester
Digital Pedagogy Lab Institute, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA, August 2017
ACRL Immersion, Teaching with Technology Track, Baltimore, MD, March 2017
Librarians Active Learning Institute, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, July
Becksford, Lisa. “Meet Them Where They Are: Improving Outreach to Graduate Students.” Poster presentation, The Innovative Library Classroom, Radford, VA, May 2018.
Becksford, Lisa. “Using a Library Learning Object Repository to Empower Teaching Excellence for Distance Students.” Paper presentation, Distance Library Services Conference, San Antonio, TX, April 2018.
Becksford, Lisa, Kayla McNabb, and Amanda MacDonald. “Librarians as Guests in the Classroom: Making the Most of a One-Shot.” Virginia Library Association Annual Conference, Norfolk, VA, October 2017.
McNabb, Kayla, Lisa Becksford, and Neal Henshaw. “Creating a Space for Collaborative Instructional Design.” Expert panel, edUi 2017, Charlottesville, VA, September 2017.
Becksford, Lisa. “They Want Me to Teach APA for 75 Students?: Transforming Citation Instruction for Large (or Small) Classes.” Lightning talk, The Innovative Library Classroom, Radford, VA, May 2017.
Metko, Stefanie, Lisa Becksford, Kayla McNabb, Craig Arthur, and Neal Henshaw. “Developing Studio Spaces as Catalysts for Innovative and Collaborative Pedagogy.” Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, Blacksburg, VA, February 2017.
Metko, Stefanie, Lisa Becksford, and Neal Henshaw. “Distant but Equal: Leveling the Playing Field through Increased Library Presence for Online and Distance Education Students,” Online Learning Consortium Accelerate, Orlando, FL, November 2016.
Becksford, Lisa, and Stefanie Metko, “Inventing the Future: Applying Design Thinking to NextGen Online Program Development,” Imagine the NEXT!: The 2016 Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians, Greensboro, NC, October 2016.
Becksford, Lisa. “What Do Composition Faculty Want Their Students to Learn? Examining Source Evaluation,” Lightning talk, Librarians’ Association at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Research Forum, Chapel Hill, NC May 2015.
Becksford, Lisa, and Stefanie Metko. “Using a Library Learning Object Repository to Empower Teaching Excellence for Distance Students.” Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning, forthcoming.
Tomlin, Patrick, Stefanie Metko, and Lisa Becksford. “Galloping into the Unknown: Utilizing Design Thinking to Reimagine Instruction, Collaboration, and Innovation.” LOEX Conference Proceedings 2017, forthcoming.
Becksford, Lisa, and Stefanie Metko. “Inventing the Future: Applying Design Thinking to NextGen Online Program Development.” Proceedings of the Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians, 2017.
Becksford, Lisa, Kiri Goldbeck DeBose, and Carolyn Meier, “Beyond Traditional Information Literacy: Incorporating 21st-Century Literacies to Prepare Undergraduate Researchers for Success,” Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian: Case Studies & Best Practices. Merinda Kaye Hensley and Stephanie Davis-Kahl, eds. 2017.
Bradley, Jonathan, Neal Henshaw, Liz McVoy, Amanda French, Keith Gilbertson, Lisa Becksford, and Elisabeth Givens. “Creation of a library tour application for mobile equipment using ibeacon technology.” Code4lib Journal, 2016.
Chair, VLA New Members Round Table Forum, October 2017- present
Vice Chair/Chair Elect, VLA New Members Round Table, October 2016-October 2017
Chair, University Libraries Service Awards Committee, July 2017-present
Open Knowledge Committee, Newman Library, Virginia Tech, August 2016-present
Professional Development Committee, Newman Library, Virginia Tech, July 2016-present, Committee chair, July 2017-present
Peer reviewer, VLACRL Conference-with-a-Conference, April 2016
Secretary/Treasurer, VLA New Members Round Table, October 2015-October 2016
Social Committee, Newman Library, Virginia Tech, September 2015-present
Peer Mentor, UNC-CH School of Information and Library Science, August 2014-May 2015
Honors and Awards
2015-2016 University Libraries Service Award, Virginia Tech, February 2017
Above and Beyond Honorable Mention, NCSU Libraries, April 2015
Kalp Fellowship, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2013-2014
Graduate Teaching Assistantship, NC State University, 2007-2009
American Library Association
Association of College & Research Libraries
Virginia Library Association
Beta Phi Mu
Online learning in the academic library; faculty-librarian collaboration; the library needs of distance students; 21st-century literacies beyond information literacy; instruction librarians’ self-perceptions