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Donna Coghill

Teaching and Learning Librarian

Research and Learning, Teaching, Learning, and Information

(804) 828-6554
James Branch Cabell Library, Room 121-K


  • M.F.A. Directing, VCU, 1994
  • B.F.A. Theatre, VCU, 1990 

Previous Professional Experience

  • Director of Marketing and Public Relations, VCU Libraries, 2006-2008
  • Public Services Specialist, James Branch Cabell Library, 2004-2006
  • Library Specialist, Reference and Instructional Services, James Branch Cabell Library, 2003-2004
  • Project Director, New Voices for the Theater, School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community, 2003-2004
  • Director of Education, Barksdale Theatre, 2000-2002

Selected Presentations

  • Coghill, D. & Huisman, R. (2014). FYE Daily Essentials: Libraries Serving Growing Students. First-Year Experience Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Coghill, D. (2013). The librarian: Your sidekick to information literacy success. Presented at First-Year Experience Conference, Orlando, FL.
  • Coghill, D. (2012). Librarians as key partners: Information fluency and the first-year experience. Presented at International First-Year Experience Conference, Vancouver, BC. 
  • Coghill, D., Simpson, B., Wood, R., Blessing, L. (2011). Hiring non-MLS librarians: Trends and training implications. Presented at American Library Association Annual Conference. 
  • Coghill, D. & Rankin, D. (2011). It's all about teamwork: Integrating the library into the first-year experience. Presented at the 30th Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience.
  • Coghill, D., Orzolek, B., Prichard, F., Westmoreland, L. (2010). Research writing: The whole in the middle. Presented at Writing Across the Curriculum Conference. 
  • Coghill, D. & Roach, J. (2009). Integrating VCU Libraries into UNIV 111 & 112. Presented at VCU's University College Focused Inquiry Faculty Seminar. 

Teaching Experience

  • Effective Speech
  • Professional Speaking


  • Burnside Watstein LGBT Award, 2012

Current University Service

  • Summer Reading Program Selection Committee
  • Network Virginia Advisory Board
  • Equality VCU, Co-Chair
  • Alumni Board of Directors, Emeritus 
  • Safe Zone, Volunteer and Trainer
  • Green Zone, Volunteer

Current VCU Libraries Service

  • Faculty Organization, Professional Development Committee

Professional Organizations

  • American Library Association
  • Association of College and Research Libraries
  • Phi Kappa Phi

Research Interests

Instruction and user education; first-year experience; career resources; undergraduate advising; transfer and non-traditional undergraduate students.

Community Activities

  • Kym Franklin Scholarship Committee, Chair, scholarship co-founder
  • Theatre VCU Scholarship Committee

VCU Libraries

James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-1111
All Libraries
Tompkins-McCaw Library MCV Campus
509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-0636

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