Find A Librarian

What do you need? 

LAI Contacts by School

GW Libraries and Academic Innovation (LAI) is committed to offering faculty the training and development opportunities they need to teach effectively, regardless of the manner of delivery. LAI has matched librarians and staff with GW schools and programs to simplify support and offer personalized assistance. LAI's instructional, technological, and/or library professionals are dedicated to connecting faculty and students with all of the services of LAI. This can include academic and instructional technology assistance, questions about teaching and learning in a virtual environment, consultations on new research tools, and general library questions.

Check below for a list of LAI staff members and librarians assigned to each department. Please feel free to contact them with any questions or feedback.

Columbian College of Arts & Sciences
Elliott School of International Affairs
Graduate School of Education and Human Development
School of Business
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
College of Professional Studies

Columbian College of Arts & Sciences

American Studies 

Shelly Buring, Rare Books and Research Specialist
Ann James, Data Services Librarian
Josh McDonald, Collections Strategist
Leah Richardson, Research and Outreach Librarian

Anthropology 

Shmuel Ben-Gad, Librarian
Ann James, Data Services Librarian
Josh McDonald, Collections Strategist
Leah Richardson, Research and Outreach Librarian

Applied Science 

Debbie Bezanson, Senior Librarian for Science, Engineering, and Assessment

Art & Art History

Amal Cavender, Middle East & North Africa Librarian
Shira Eller, Art and Design Librarian
Nikodimos Fikru, Instructional Multimedia Producer

Art Therapy 

Eugene Abedejos, Multimedia Producer, Animation
Dolsy Smith, Software Developer, ILS

Biological Sciences 

Debbie Bezanson, Senior Librarian for Science, Engineering, and Assessment

Chemistry

Debbie Bezanson, Senior Librarian for Science, Engineering, and Assessment

Classical & Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Shmuel Ben-Gad, Librarian
Amal Cavender, Middle East & North Africa Librarian
Matthew Schweighart, Senior Programmer Analyst

Classical Acting

Shira Eller, Art and Design Librarian
Nikodimos Fikru, Instructional Multimedia Producer

Corcoran School of the Arts and Design (all departments)

Shira Eller, Art and Design Librarian
Nikodimos Fikru, Instructional Multimedia Producer

Data Science 

Debbie Bezanson, Senior Librarian for Science, Engineering, and Assessment
Ann James, Data Services Librarian
Caitlin Savoldelli, Instructional Designer

East Asian Language & Literature 

Kelly Chen Andres, Lead Graphic Designer

Economics  

Kelly Chen Andres, Lead Graphic Designer
Shmuel Ben-Gad, Librarian
Josh McDonald, Collections Strategist

English 

Daphna Atias, Educational Developer
Shmuel Ben-Gad, Librarian

Film Studies

Shmuel Ben-Gad, Librarian
Kelly Chen Andres, Lead Graphic Designer

Fine Arts

Shira Eller, Art and Design Librarian
Nikodimos Fikru, Instructional Multimedia Producer

Forensic Sciences

Debbie Bezanson, Senior Librarian for Science, Engineering, and Assessment
Brigette Kamsler, University Archivist
Jen King, Collections Coordinator & Manuscripts Librarian

Geography 

Shmuel Ben-Gad, Librarian
Ann James, Data Services Librarian
Leah Richardson, Research and Outreach Librarian
Mark Yoffe, Russia, Eurasia, Eastern, and Central Europe Resource Center Librarian

Geology

Debbie Bezanson, Senior Librarian for Science, Engineering, and Assessment

History

Fasil Getachew, Audiovisual Technician
Josh McDonald, Collections Strategist
Leah Sims, Graphic Designer and Animator
Mark Yoffe, Russia, Eurasia, Eastern, and Central Europe Resource Center Librarian
Cathy Zeljak, Director of Global Resources Center

Judaic Studies

Shmuel Ben-Gad, Librarian
Shelly Buring, Rare Books and Research Specialist

Mathematics

Debbie Bezanson, Senior Librarian for Science, Engineering, and Assessment
Caitlin Savoldelli, Instructional Designer

Music 

Shira Eller, Art and Design Librarian
Nikodimos Fikru, Instructional Multimedia Producer
Mark Yoffe, Russia, Eurasia, Eastern, and Central Europe Resource Center Librarian

Organizational Sciences and Communication 

Shmuel Ben-Gad, Librarian
Shelly Buring, Rare Books and Research Specialist
Leah Richardson, Research and Outreach Librarian

Peace Studies 

Shelly Buring, Rare Books and Research Specialist
David Ettinger, Librarian
Ann James, Data Services Librarian
John Taylor, United States Institute of Peace Librarian

Philosophy

Daphna Atias, Educational Developer
Shmuel Ben-Gad, Librarian
Josh McDonald, Collections Strategist
Mark Yoffe, Russia, Eurasia, Eastern, and Central Europe Resource Center Librarian

Physics 

Debbie Bezanson, Senior Librarian for Science, Engineering, and Assessment

Political Science

Amal Cavender, Middle East & North Africa Librarian
David Ettinger, Librarian
Josh McDonald, Collections Strategist
Mark Yoffe, Russia, Eurasia, Eastern, and Central Europe Resource Center Librarian
Alex Zebango, Assistant Director of Application and Development Support

Professional Psychology Program

Brigette Kamsler, University Archivist
Jen King, Collections Coordinator & Manuscripts Librarian

Psychology 

Eugene Abedejos, Multimedia Producer, Animation
Dolsy Smith, Software Developer, ILS
Mark Yoffe, Russia, Eurasia, Eastern, and Central Europe Resource Center Librarian

Religion

Eugene Abedejos, Multimedia Producer, Animation
Shmuel Ben-Gad, Librarian
Amal Cavender, Middle East & North Africa Librarian
Dolsy Smith, Software Developer, ILS
Mark Yoffe, Russia, Eurasia, Eastern, and Central Europe Resource Center Librarian

Romance, German & Slavic Languages & Literature 

Kelly Chen Andres, Lead Graphic Designer
Mark Yoffe, Russia, Eurasia, Eastern, and Central Europe Resource Center Librarian

Sociology

Shmuel Ben-Gad, Librarian
Ann James, Data Services Librarian
Josh McDonald, Collections Strategist
Leah Richardson, Research and Outreach Librarian

Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Debbie Bezanson, Senior Librarian for Science, Engineering, and Assessment

Statistics 

Debbie Bezanson, Senior Librarian for Science, Engineering, and Assessment
Caitlin Savoldelli, Instructional Designer

Theatre and Dance

Shira Eller, Art and Design Librarian
Nikodimos Fikru, Instructional Multimedia Producer

Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration

Shmuel Ben-Gad, Librarian
David Ettinger, Librarian
Ann James, Data Services Librarian
Alex Zebango, Assistant Director of Application and Development Support

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Shmuel Ben-Gad, Librarian
Amal Cavender, Middle East & North Africa Librarian
Ann James, Data Services Librarian
Leah Richardson, Research and Outreach Librarian

Elliott School of International Affairs 

All Departments

Amal Cavender, Middle East & North Africa Librarian
David Ettinger, Librarian
Leah Sims, Graphic Designer and Animator
Matthew Schweighart, Senior Programmer Analyst
Cathy Zeljak, Director of Global Resources Center

Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Counseling & Human Development

Kevin Knudsen, Director of Academic Commons

Curriculum & Pedagogy

Stephanie Mihalik, Senior Library Associate
John Taylor, United States Institute of Peace Librarian

Educational Leadership

Shmuel Ben-Gad, Librarian
Vakil Smallen, International Brotherhood of Teamsters Labor History Archivist

Human & Organizational Learning

Shmuel Ben-Gad, Librarian
Shelly Buring, Rare Books and Research Specialist
Leah Richardson, Research and Outreach Librarian

Special Education and Disability Studies

Shelly Buring, Rare Books and Research Specialist
Leah Richardson, Research and Outreach Librarian

School of Business

Finance

Shmuel Ben-Gad, Librarian
Ann James, Data Services Librarian
Leah Richardson, Research and Outreach Librarian

Information Systems & Technology Management

Shmuel Ben-Gad, Librarian
Ann James, Data Services Librarian
Brigette Kamsler, University Archivist
Jen King, Collections Coordinator & Manuscripts Librarian

All Other

Shmuel Ben-Gad, Librarian
Ashley Blount, Administrative Associate
Barrett Matthews, Compliance Officer, Copyright & Scholarly Communications

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Biomedical Engineering

Debbie Bezanson, Senior Librarian for Science, Engineering, and Assessment
Dan Kerchner, Senior Software Developer
Daniel Oliver, Assistant Director of Application Development and Support

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Daphna Atias, Educational Developer
Debbie Bezanson, Senior Librarian for Science, Engineering, and Assessment

Computer Science

Debbie Bezanson, Senior Librarian for Science, Engineering, and Assessment
Dan Kerchner, Senior Software Developer
Daniel Oliver, Assistant Director of Application Development and Support

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Debbie Bezanson, Senior Librarian for Science, Engineering, and Assessment
Dan Kerchner, Senior Software Developer
Daniel Oliver, Assistant Director of Application Development and Support

Engineering Management & Systems Engineering

Shmuel Ben-Gad, Librarian
Debbie Bezanson, Senior Librarian for Science, Engineering, and Assessment
Dan Kerchner, Senior Software Developer
Daniel Oliver, Assistant Director of Application Development and Support

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Debbie Bezanson, Senior Librarian for Science, Engineering, and Assessment
Dan Kerchner, Senior Software Developer
Daniel Oliver, Assistant Director of Application Development and Support

College of Professional Studies

Cybersecurity Strategy & Information Management

Shmuel Ben-Gad, Librarian
Misty Trunnell, Research Services Librarian

Graduate School of Political Management

Shmuel Ben-Gad, Librarian
David Ettinger, Librarian
Misty Trunnell, Research Services Librarian

Healthcare Corporate Compliance

Shmuel Ben-Gad, Librarian
Misty Trunnell, Research Services Librarian

Homeland Security

Misty Trunnell, Research Services Librarian

Paralegal Studies

David Ettinger, Librarian
Misty Trunnell, Research Services Librarian

Publishing

Shmuel Ben-Gad, Librarian
Misty Trunnell, Research Services Librarian

Sustainable Urban Planning

Misty Trunnell, Research Services Librarian

All Other

Misty Trunnell, Research Services Librarian