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Nita L. Bryant

Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Librarian

Assistant Professor
Research and Learning, Academic Outreach

(804) 828-6651
James Branch Cabell Library, Room 121R


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

Previous professional experience

  • 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

  • Library Research Methods for Psychology, Sociology, School of Social Work
  • Advanced Research Workshop for RAs in Social Work and Psychology 
  • Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows: Research in Addictions 
  • Open Access Module, HON 399 
  • PsycINFO Workshops
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Sociology: 
    • Social Problems, SOCY 302
    • Urban Poverty, AAS 391
    • Urban Sociology, SOCY 327 
    • Theories of Social Change (WI), SOCY 402
    • Sociology of Education, SOCY 450
    • Contemporary Sociological Theory, SOCY 502
    • Studies in Community Research Practicum, SOCY 602
    • Theories of Social and Institutional Change, SOCY 650

Selected publications

  • Bryant, N. (Forthcoming). Navigating access to addictions literature: The Hubert H. Humphrey fellowship experience. In N. el-Guebaly et al. (Eds.), Textbook of Addiction Treatment: International Perspectives. Section XII - Education & Training. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. 

Selected presentations

  • Bryant, N. (2014). Developing international information competency standards for the addictions field. Poster presentation at National Institute of Drug Abuse International Forum, San Juan, PR. 
  • 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 and poster presentation at the National Institute of Drug Abuse 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.


  • Quest Global Impact Award 2014. VCU Global Education Office. "Building a Virtual Global Classroom for Information Literacy" with John Cyrus, Co-PI.

Selected university service 

  • Department of Education Leadership, Dissertation Committee, 2007-2014
  • Thesis Director, VCU Master of Interdisciplinary Studies, 2009

Selected VCU Libraries service

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

Professional organizations

  • Southern Sociological Society
  • Substance Abuse Librarians and Information Specialists

Collection management subject areas

  • Cabell reference collection: social and behavioral sciences

Research interests

  • Critical information literacy; information competencies; open access; scholarly communication 

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
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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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