Library Committees


Library staff members are critical to the governance of the Library. The entire staff meets monthly and teams meet regularly. Advisory committees of university faculty and students meet with the Dean to facilitate communication and advise on Library policies and procedures. The Dean of the Library also establishes an array of standing committees, as well as ad hoc committees and task forces when needed.

Administrative Council

The Administrative Council meets monthly to discuss, develop, and review policies, plans, projects, and issues relevant to the Library and its roles in the University.

  • Veronica Brady
  • Rodrigo Castro
  • Lauren Corbett
  • Barry Davis (Library Staff Representative, 2022-2023)
  • Thomas Dowling
  • Elizabeth Ellis (Library Faculty Representative, 2022-2023)
  • Molly Keener
  • Mary Beth Lock
  • Tim Pyatt
  • Rosalind Tedford
  • Tanya Zanish-Belcher
  • Assistant/Associate Director of Advancement for ZSR (yet to be hired)


The Assessment Committee is charged with planning and facilitating assessment efforts for library services.

  • Veronica Brady
  • Lauren Corbett
  • Thomas Dowling
  • James Harper
  • Molly Keener
  • Mary Beth Lock (chair)
  • Rosalind Tedford
  • Tanya Zanish-Belcher


The Communications Committee identifies, fosters, and sustains various communication channels to increase the library’s visibility and value within the larger university community. For help, services, and more, see the ZSR Communications Portal.

  • Christian Burris (2021-23)
  • Daisha Bunn (standing)
  • Elizabeth Ellis (2022-23)
  • Kevin Gilbertson (standing)
  • Rebecca May (chair, standing)
  • Carolyn McCallum (2022-23)
  • Will Ritter (2022-23)
  • Joel Rivera (ex officio)
  • Kathy Shields (2022-24)

Emergency Weather

The Emergency Weather Team responds to weather emergencies to open and operate the library during inclement conditions.

  • On hiatus

Employee Development and Recognition (including Staff Mentorship)

The Employee Development and Recognition Committee is charged with developing and implementing employee enrichment activities for the staff and faculty of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, evaluating and running our annual Employee Recognition program, and providing mentor/mentee pairings for staff in the library.

  • Tara Hauser (2022-23)
  • Thomas Dowling (2022-23)
  • Ashelee Gerald Hill (2022-23)
  • Molly Keener (chair, 2022-23)
  • Steve Kelley (2022-23)
  • Kristen Morgan (2022-23)
  • Colleen Foy (2022-23)

Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee is charged with identifying programming and conducting policy review that will create a more welcoming and respectful environment for all library employees and patrons.

  • Heather Barnes (2022-23)
  • Veronica Brady (2021-23)
  • Christian Burris (2021-23)
  • Megan Mulder (2021-23)
  • Monesha Staton-Fluker (2022-23)
  • Claire Nyles Suer (chair, 2022-23)
  • Tyler Wilson (2022-23)
  • Hu Womack (2022-24)

Safety & Security

The Safety and Security Committee is charged with the development and maintenance of emergency protocols and policies to guide ZSR Library staff response and with conducting and coordinating training for library staff related to emergency procedures.

  • Stephanie Bennett (standing)
  • Rodrigo Castro (chair, standing)
  • Barry Davis (2022-24)
  • Thomas Dowling (standing)
  • Patrick Ferrell (2021-23)
  • James Harper (2021-23)
  • Tim Mitchell (2022-23)
  • Melde Rutledge (2022-23)

TALA Conference Planning

The TALA Conference Planning group includes representatives from all TALA Libraries to plan the annual conference held usually in May. Representatives volunteer from each library every year.

  • Tara Hauser (2022-23)

User Experience (UX)

The User Experience (UX) Committee conducts user research and offers design recommendations to improve library services and web resources for all library users.

  • Kyle Denlinger (co-chair, standing)
  • Kevin Gilbertson (co-chair, standing)
  • James Harper (2022-23)
  • Summer Krstevska (2022-23)
  • Rebecca May (standing)
  • Leslie McCall (2022-23)
  • Morgan Richie-Baum (2022-24)
  • Kathy Shields (2022-24)
  • Jessica Wilson-Saia (2022-23)
  • Will Ritter (2022-23)

Wake the Library

The Wake the Library Committee will coordinate the library’s “Wake the Library” program during exam periods.

  • Charles Bombeld (2022-23)
  • Kylie Bradley (2022-23)
  • Barry Davis (2021-23)
  • David Link (chair, 2021-23)
  • Tim Mitchell (2022-23)
  • Meghan Webb (2021-23)

Wellness and Sustainability

The ZSR Library Wellness and Sustainability Committee develops programming that supports wellness initiatives and promotes sustainable living. In collaboration with other offices on campus, including the Offices of Wellbeing and Sustainability, the committee works to advance knowledge, skills, and practices that contribute to a sustainable and balanced lifestyle.

  • Heather Barnes (co-chair, 2021-23)
  • Jeff Eller (2022-24)
  • Joy Gambill (2021-23)
  • Amanda Kaufman (2022-24)
  • David Link (2022-23)
  • Kristen Morgan (2021-23)
  • Kate Trathen (2023-2024)
  • Tanya Zanish-Belcher (2022-23)