Honora Eskridge has been named director of the Stevenson Science and Engineering Library at Vanderbilt University. In this role she will support research and learning in STEM fields, working closely with the School of Engineering and the College of Arts and Science.
“Honora brings experience, enthusiasm and a keen wit to this position,” University Librarian Valerie Hotchkiss said. “I believe that faculty, students, and librarians in science and engineering will feel energized and well-served with her at the helm.”
Eskridge publishes in the area of STEM research and library service models, working on topics such as lab-integrated librarians, bioengineering resources, and the information-seeking behavior of engineers.
Eskridge will join the Vanderbilt community at the end of August. She is currently director of Centennial Campus Research Services at North Carolina State University Libraries, where she leads library services for more than 11,000 faculty, staff and students in the College of Textiles and Engineering. She has been at NCSU since 1998 and has implemented many innovative services, including involvement in the planning of the new James Hunt Jr. Library and development of a Data Science and Visualization Institute for Librarians.
[lquote]She brings a wealth of experience in mentorship, as well as professional expertise in the area of managing change in libraries.[/lquote] She attended Harvard’s Leadership Institute for Librarians and has won the best paper award from the American Society of Engineering Education, competing with hundreds of other papers.
Eskridge holds a degree in engineering with a focus on mechanical engineering from Manhattan College, and a master’s in library and information science from Catholic University of America.
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