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Emily J. Hurst

Head, Research and Education

Assistant Professor
Tompkins-McCaw Library, Research and Education

(804) 828-0626
Tompkins-McCaw Library, Room 142
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  • M.S. Library Science, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2008
  • B.A. History, University of St. Thomas, 2005
  • Consumer Health Information Specialist certificate, 2008, 2014 

Previous professional experience

  • Technology Coordinator, Texas Medical Center Library, Houston Academy of Medicine, 2010-2014
  • Instructional Services Librarian, Briscoe Library, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, 2008-2010
  • Intern, Hospital Library, Rex Healthcare, 2007-2008
  • Graduate Assistant, User Services Department, Health Sciences Library, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2006-2008
  • Library Assistant I, Graham Public Library, Alamance County, 2006 

Awards and honors

  • TALL Texan Leadership Award, Texas Library Association, 2014
  • Rising Star, Medical Library Association, 2010-2011
  • Educational Media and Technologies Section Annual Meeting Attendance Grant, Medical Library Association, 2009
  • William D. Postell, Sr. Professional Development Award, SCC/MLA, 2008

Selected presentations

  • Hurst, E. (2014). Health happens in libraries: Technology planning for eHealth. Webinar with OCLC/WebJunction
  • Hurst, E. (2014). Breaking tech trends. Invited speaker at Medical Library Association Annual Meeting.
  • Hurst, E. (2014). SXSX 2014 round-up. Webinar for ACRL University Libraries Section Technology and Libraries Committee.
  • Hurst, E. (2013). Video creation: Tools and tips. Webinar with NN/LM SCR CONNECTions.
  • Hurst, E. (2013). New trends and emerging technologies. Invited webinar speaker for Disaster Info Specialist Program.
  • Hurst, E. (2013) There's an app for that: The use of mobile devices, apps, and resources for health and sci-tech librarians and their users. Invited speaker at ALA Annual Conference. 
  • Hurst, E. (2012). Information on the go: Tablet technology in libraries. Presented at SCC/MLA Annual Meeting. 
  • Hurst, E. (2012). Web presence on a shoestring: Tips and resources for building a budget site that doesn't look like one. Webinar with NN/LM SCR CONNECTions.
  • Hurst, E. (2012). Tumblr for libraries. Invited speaker at Medical Library Association Annual Meeting. 
  • Hurst, E. (2012). Unwrapping mobile technology trends for the new year. Invited speaker for VALNET webinar. 

Selected publication 

  • Hurst, E.J. (2015). Digital Badges: Beyond Learning IncentivesJournal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries, 12(3), 182-189. doi:10.1080/15424065.2015.106566
  • Hurst, E. J., & Magle, T. (2015). Evidence Based Practice Workshop: Two (Very Different) Perspectives. Retrieved from Krafty Librarian.
  • Hurst, E.J. (2015). Technology: Passport to Digital CitizenshipMLA News, 55(8), 19.
  • Hurst, E. (2014). Educational technologies in health science libraries: Teaching technology skills. Medical Reference Services Quarterly, 33(1):102-8. 

Professional organizations  

  • Medical Library Association 
    • Academy of Health Information Professions
    • Medical Informatics Section
    • Educational Media and Technologies Section
  • South Central Chapter/Medical Library Association 
  • Texas Library Association
  • Health Sciences Library Association of Louisiana

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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