Curriculum Vitae


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, magna cum laude
Meredith College, Raleigh, NC

Library Experience

University Libraries, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, August 2015 – present

  • Head, Learning Design Initiatives, July 2022 – present 
  • Interim Head, Instructional Content & Design, March 2022 – June 2022
  • Online and Graduate Engagement Librarian, May 2017 – March 2022 
  • Learning Services and Educational Technologies Librarian, August 2015 – May 2017
  • Rank: Associate Professor, July 2023 – present; Assistant Professor, August 2017 – June 2023; Lecturer, August 2015 – August 2017

Library Intern, Environmental Protection Agency Library, June 2014 – July 2015

Reference and Instruction Intern, D.H. Hill Library, NC State University, August 2013 – May 2015

Selected Teaching Experience

Adjunct Instructor, Meredith College, August 2009 – May 2014

  • English 111, Principles of Writing
  • English 200, Critical Reading and Writing

GRE Review Teacher, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC, September 2013

SAT/ACT Teacher, Huntington Learning Center, Cary, NC, August 2010 – August 2013

Graduate Teaching Assistant, North Carolina State University English Department, Raleigh, NC, August 2007 – May 2009

Additional Training & Professional Development

Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies, International Association of Accessibility Professionals, Atlanta, GA, 2021 – present

Institute for Research Design in Librarianship, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA, 2019

Digital Pedagogy Lab Institute, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA, 2017, 2018, 2019

ACRL Immersion, Teaching with Technology Track, Baltimore, MD, 2017

Librarians Active Learning Institute, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, 2016

Honors and Awards

2021-2022 University Libraries Service Award (team), Virginia Tech, May 2022

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


Becksford, L. (2022, November 9). Out of your hands: Dealing with a failure that’s not your fault [Invited presentation]. Fall Back: Regrouping After Failure, Distance and Online Learning Section Instruction Committee, Association of College & Research Libraries. 

Becksford, L., Griffin, K., McNabb, K., and Robertson, C. (2022, July 26-28). Instructional content creation at a distance: Lessons learned from two years of remote collaboration [Lightning talk]. 2022 Distance Library Services Conference, West Lafayette, IN. 

Becksford, L. (2022, March 31-April 1). Where do we go from here? Online teaching and learning beyond COVID-19) [Keynote address]. North Carolina Tutoring & Learning Association Spring Conference, virtual.  

Becksford, L. (2022, March 31-April 1). Online learning roundtable [Roundtable discussion]. North Carolina Tutoring & Learning Association Spring Conference, virtual.  

Becksford, L. (2021, October 27-29). Sharing my research experience: How conducting research has transformed my teaching [Lightning talk]. Virginia Library Association Annual Conference, Norfolk, VA. 

McNabb, K.,Griffin, K., Feerrar, J., Becker, T., Robertson, C., Awotayo, O., Zaldivar, M., and Becksford, L. (2021, February 4-5). Composition, digital literacies, & instructional design: Creating open resources together [Poster presentation]. Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, Blacksburg, VA. 

Becksford, L. (2020, October 21-23). Sharing my research experience: How conducting research has transformed my teaching [Lightning talk]. Virginia Library Association Annual Conference, Norfolk, VA. (canceled due to COVID-19)

Becksford, L. (2020, March 16-17). One workshop, many locations: Meeting the needs of both on-campus and distance students [presentation]. Transforming Libraries for Graduate Students, Kingsport, TN. (canceled due to COVID-19) 

Becksford, L. (2020, March 3). Odyssey and CC-BY licensing [Lightning talk]. 2020 Open Education Symposium, Blacksburg, VA. 

McNabb, K., Becksford, L., Saylor, K., & Hammer, K. (2019, May 9-11). Keep calm and cairn on: Improving learning objects with guided feedback through usability testing [Interactive session]. LOEX 2019, Minneapolis, MN. 

Becksford, L. & McNabb, K. (2019, March 4). Open, accessible, reusable: Creating an open learning object repository for learners and educators [Poster presentation]. Expanding Open Education in Colleges & Universities, Blacksburg, VA. 

Becksford, L. (2018, May 8-9). Meet them where they are: Improving outreach to graduate students [Poster presentation]. The Innovative Library Classroom 2018, Radford, VA. 

Becksford, L. (2018, April 11-13). Using a library learning object repository to empower teaching excellence for distance students [Paper presentation]. Distance Library Services Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Becksford, L., McNabb, K. & MacDonald, A. (2017, October 11-13). Librarians as guests in the classroom: Making the most of a one-shot [Presentation]. Virginia Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries Conference-within-a-Conference at Virginia Library Association Annual Conference, Norfolk, VA. 

McNabb, K., Becksford, L., & Henshaw, N. (2017, September 25-27). Creating a space for collaborative instructional design [Expert panel]. edUi 2017, Charlottesville, VA.

Tomlin, P., Metko, S. & Becksford, L. (2017, May 12-13). Galloping into the unknown: Utilizing design thinking to reimagine instruction, collaboration, and innovation [Presentation]. LOEX 2017, Lexington, KY. 

Becksford, L. (2017, May 10-11). 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.

Metko, S., Becksford, L., McNabb, K., Arthur, C., & Henshaw, N. (2017, February 15-17). Developing studio spaces as catalysts for innovative and collaborative pedagogy [Presentation]. Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, Blacksburg, VA. 

Metko, S., Becksford, L., & Henshaw, N. (2016, November 15-18). Distant but equal: Leveling the playing field through increased library presence for online and distance education students [Discovery session]. Online Learning Consortium Accelerate, Orlando, FL.

Becksford, L., & Metko, S. (2016, October 17). Inventing the future: Applying design thinking to nextgen online program development [Presentation]. Imagine the NEXT!: The 2016 Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians, Greensboro, NC.

Becksford, L. (2015, May 8). 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.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Becksford, L. (2022). Instruction librarians’ perceptions of the faculty-librarian relationship. Communications in Information Literacy, 16(2), 119-150.

Becksford, L. (2022). Teacher, librarian, or both? A quantitative investigation of instruction librarians’ teacher identity. College & Research Libraries, 83(3), 372-392.

Donaldson, K., Bonella, L., Becksford, L., Kubicki, J., & Parramore, S. (2022). Liaising in the 21st century: The shifting role of the education librarian. Education Libraries, 45(1).

Becksford, L. & Hammer, K. & McNabb, K. B. (2021). ‘I think it could be better’: Incorporating user testing into learning experience design. Weave: Journal of Library User Experience 4(2).

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Becksford, L. (2023). How becoming a researcher transformed my teaching. The Librarian Parlor. Retrieved from

Becksford, L. (2019). Facing my fear of quantitative research methods. The Librarian Parlor. Retrieved from research-methods/

Becksford, L., Debose, K., Lener, E., Pannabecker, G, & Saylor, K. Sustaining graduate information literacy instruction: A case study of best practices. (2020). In C. Forbes and P. Keeran (Eds.) Academic library services for graduate students. (18-32). Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.

Becksford, L., & Metko, S. (2018). Using a library learning object repository to empower teaching excellence for distance students. Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning, 12(3-4), 120-129.

Becksford, L., & Metko, S. (2018). Using a library learning object repository to empower teaching excellence for distance students. The Eighteenth Distance Library Services Conference Proceedings. 

Tomlin, P., Metko, S., & Becksford, L. (2017). “Galloping into the unknown: Utilizing design thinking to reimagine instruction, collaboration, and innovation.” LOEX Conference Proceedings 2017. Retrieved from 

Becksford, L., & Metko, S. (2017). Inventing the future: Applying design thinking to nextgen online program development. Imagine the NEXT!: Proceedings of the Fifth Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians. Retrieved from

Becksford, L., Goldbeck DeBose, K. & Meier, C. (2017). Impact outside the classroom: Preparing undergraduate researchers for success. In M.K. Hensley & S. Davis-Kahl (Eds.) Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian: Case Studies & Best Practices (pp. 173-182). Association of College and Research Libraries. 

Bradley, J., Henshaw, H., McVoy, L., French, A., Gilbertson, K., Becksford, L. & Givens, E. (2016). “Creation of a library tour application for mobile equipment using ibeacon technology.” Code4lib Journal. Retrieved from


Juarez, A. H. (Host). (2023, August 15). Regrouping After Failure with Lisa Becksford, A.M. Alpin, and Isabel Soto-Luna (No. 134) [Audio podcast episode]. In Library Leadership Podcast. 

Professional Service

International Association of Accessibility Professionals, April 2021 – present

Association of College & Research Libraries, May 2016 – present 

  • Education and Behavioral Sciences Section Education Committee
    • Member, July 2017 – June 2020
    • Co-chair, July 2020 – June 2022
  • Distance and Online Library Services Section 
    • Instruction Committee, Member, July 2020 – June 2022
    • Mentoring Program, Mentor, September 2021 – June 2022
  • Instruction Section Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award Committee
    • Member, July 2020 – June 2022

Virginia Library Association 

  • New Members Round Table Forum, October 2015 – October 2018
    • Chair, October 2017 – October 2018
    • Vice Chair/Chair Elect, October 2016 – October 2017
    • Secretary/Treasurer, October 2015 –  October 2016                           
  • VLACRL Conference-with-a-Conference
    • Peer reviewer, April 2016

LEO: Libraries Exchange Observation, 2015 – present 

  • The Innovative Library Classroom Steering Committee, Member, June 2016 – May 2018

Professional Organizations

International Association of Accessibility Professionals

American Library Association

Association of College & Research Libraries 

Virginia Library Association

Beta Phi Mu

Research Interests

Instruction librarian identity; online learning in the academic library; graduate students; the library needs of distance students