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Nita Bryant

Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Librarian (Assistant Professor)

Research and Learning, Academic Outreach
(804) 828-6651
James Branch Cabell Library, Room 111-A


  • Ph.D. Sociology, University of Virginia, 1998
  • M.S. Sociology, VCU, 1993
  • B.S. Sociology and Anthropology, VCU, 1991

Previous Professional Experience

  • Project Evaluator DOE Grant: Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to use Technology, VCU, 2001-2004
  • Assistant Professor, Sociology, VCU, 2000-2005
  • Graduate Director, Sociology, VCU, 2000-2003
  • Affiliate Faculty, School of Education Associates, VCU, 1996-2008
  • Instructor, Department of Sociology, VCU, 1993-2000

Teaching Experience

  • Virginia Commonwealth University: 
    • Contemporary Sociological Theory, SOCY 502
    • Independent Study, SOCY 492
    • Introduction to Sociology, SOCY 101
    • Social Problems, SOCY 302
    • Sociology of Education, SOCY 450
    • Studies in Community Research Practicum, SOCY 602
    • Theories of Social and Institutional Change, SOCY 650 
    • Theories of Social Change (WI), SOCY 402
    • Urban Poverty, AAS 391
    • Urban Sociology, SOCY 327
  • Mary Washington University:
    • Race and Ethnic Relations, SOC 321
  • Library Research Methods for Psychology, Sociology and Social Work
  • MSW Research Workshop
  • Advanced Searching for Graduate Research Assistants
  • PsycINFO Workshop

Selected Presentations

  • Bryant, N. (2013). Open access, grey literature and google: Building a bridge from research to practice. Presented at the Substance Abuse Librarians and Information Specialists' 35th Annual Conference, Berkeley, CA.
  • Bryant, N. & Brady K. (2012). An open access research guide to drug and alcohol studies: Supporting information needs in developing nations. Guest speaker/poster presentation at the NIDA International Forum, Palm Springs, CA.
  • Brady, K. & Bryant, N. (2012). Collaborating across campuses and continents: Welcome to the future! Presented at the 40th Annual LOEX Conference, Columbus, OH.

Selected University Service 

  • Department of Education Leadership, Dissertation Committee
  • Thesis Committee, VCU Master of Interdisciplinary Studies, 2009

Selected Library Service

  • Search Committee, Director of Scholarly Communications and Copyright
  • VCU Libraries LibGuides Review Group

Professional Organizations

  • Souther Sociological Society
  • Substance Abuse Librarians and Information Specialists

Collection Management Subject Areas

  • Cabell reference collection: social and behavioral sciences

Research Interests

  • Learning theories; curriculum development; open access; community information needs

VCU Libraries

James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (866) 828-2665
(804) 828-1111
All Libraries
Tompkins-McCaw Library MCV Campus
509 N. 12th St., Richmond, VA 23298-0582
Toll-free: (866) 828-2665
(804) 828-0636

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