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Ibironke Lawal

Engineering and Science Collections Librarian

Collections and Discovery, Collection Analysis and Investment

(804) 828-8739
James Branch Cabell Library, Room 204


  • Ph.D. Education, VCU, 2008
  • M.A. Communications, Michigan State University, 1985
  • M.L.S. Librarianship, University of Ibadan, 1974 
  • B.S. Zoology/Botany, University of Lagos, 1968

Previous professional experience

  • Coordinator, Branch Science Libraries, University of Virginia, 1995-2000
  • Physical Sciences Reference Librarian, Dartmouth College, 1992-1995
  • Head Acquisitions/Collection Management, University of Ife, Ile Ife, Nigeria, 1974-1990

Teaching experience

  • Collection Management, LSC 608, Catholic University of America
  • The College and University Library, LSC 801, Catholic Univeristy of America 

Selected presentations

  • Lawal, I. (2012). Sub group response variability in the information control dimension of LIBQUAL+ survey. Poster presented at the Charleston Conference.
  • Lawal, I.O. (2011). Using LIBQUAL results to improve service quality at Virginia Commonwealth University. Paper presented at ALA Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Hassell, A., Lawal, I., Robnolt, V., Watwood, B. (2011). Openness to integrating technology: Assessing faculty and student perceptions. Poster presented at the Educause Learning Initiative Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Lawal, I. (2011). LibQual: Library as a place: Before and after. Presented ALA Annual Conference. 
  • Lawal, I. (2010). Weeding science collections. Paper presented at ALA Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.

Selected publications

  • Lawal, I.O. (2009). Library and information science research in the 21st century: A guide for practicing librarians and students. Oxford: Chandos Publishing Limited. 
  • Lawal, I.O. (2008). Student success in college: An examination of the relationship between institutional expenditures and persistence. [A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at Virginia Commonwealth University.] 
  • Lawal, I.O. (2007). Electronic reference works and library budgeting dilemma. Acquisitions Librarian, 19(2/3): 47-62. Also published in D. Su (Ed.), Collection Development: Issues in the Online Environment.
  • Lawal, I.O. (2007). Women in science and engineering: The politics of gender. Proceedings of the ASEE Annual Conference (Session AC 2007-2250).
  • Lawal, I.O. (2002). Scholarly communication: The use and non-use of e-print archives for the dissemination of scientific informationIssues in Science and Technology Librarianship, fall. Retrieved from Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship. [ASEE-ELD Best Paper Award 2003].
  • Lawal, I.O. (1995). Metal-working in Africa south of the Sahara: An annotated bibliography. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.  

Professional organizations

  • Special Libraries Association
  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • American Chemical Society, Chemical Information Division
  • Association of College and Research Libraries, Science and Technology Section
  • American Library Association 

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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509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
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