Instruction and User Experience Librarian, Assistant Professor
- Monroe Library
- Library Liaisons
- Monroe Library
- Web and Systems
Victoria Elmwood is the User Experience and Instruction Librarian at Monroe Library and also serves as the library liaison for English, Languages and Cultures, Loyola Institute for Ministry, and Religious Studies. A veteran instructor of college-level composition, she collaborates intensively with writing faculty and the Student Success Center to promote students’ development of information literacy skills and academic documentation practices. In addition to integrating library instruction into course content for a variety of academic disciplines, she also creates digital learning aids for students and online lessons as well as custom research guides for individual courses. As Outreach Librarian, Victoria creates an environment that encourages discovery and inquiry with monthly book displays that highlight recent academic work on topics that students and faculty are actively pursuing. She regularly promotes information on library events, services, research, and competitions through both digital and print media. As User Experience Librarian, she leads efforts aimed at optimizing the user experience of the library's website, including content production, informational architecture, graphic design, and stylistic consistency. Serving on the library’s Web Team, Learning Commons Team, and the Teaching and Learning Team, she also helps to maximize the impact of library collections and services for the university community. Her service to the library includes advising students seeking competitive postgraduate scholarships, such as the Fulbright, and serving as a judge for the annual Monroe Library Student Research Competition.
A former English professor specializing in life writing, American literature, and race and gender studies, Victoria continues to use her subject expertise, writing reference materials and reviewing new books and core subject area collections in these areas for publications such as ChoiceConnect and ABC-CLIO. Her work on Cold War U.S. culture has appeared in Biography, Film and History, Soundings, and Western American Literature, as well as in edited collections of essays. Her interests in the field of library science include instructional design (digital and f2f), the pedagogy of information evaluation, student success, and marketing. As an information science scholar, she has most published work on applying Vygotsky's educational theories to information literacy and best practices for teaching students how to evaluate and recognize high quality sources. She has recently presented at local and national conferences on mentoring, social media management, and using web-based text encoding software to teach primary research, critical thinking, and data cleaning skills.
Victoria's service to her profession has included serving on the board of the New Orleans Information Literacy Collective, which holds an annual conference for librarians involved in information literacy throughout southeastern Louisiana. In addition to her activity as a regular reviewer of scholarly monographs, she also serves on the board of the journal Marketing Libraries as a proofreader and copy editor.
In addition to her academic career, Victoria also spent several years as a high school teacher at Benjamin Franklin High School, a proofreader and copy editor at Peter Mayer Advertising, and a union organizer for United Teachers of New Orleans.