Laura Westmoreland Gariepy, Ph.D.

  • Associate Dean for Research and Learning

  • Associate Professor
  • Administration, Research and Learning

Laura Gariepy directs James Branch Cabell Library’s teaching, research and outreach initiatives for the 28,000 VCU community members on the Monroe Park Campus. She oversees undergraduate and graduate education and outreach; information and research services; assessment; emergency planning and response; and the physical spaces of the nationally renowned library.

Previously, she held a variety of increasingly responsible positions at VCU Libraries. As Head of Teaching, Learning, and Information 2015-18, she was responsible for the 24-hour information desk in Cabell Library, instruction for undergraduate information literacy education, liaison relationships with VCU’s University College, Honors College, and other units, and related duties. She also served as Head of Teaching & Learning and as an Undergraduate Research Librarian since joining VCU Libraries in 2009.

Her research interests focus on assessment in academic libraries, including data privacy issues.

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., Education: Research, Assessment, and Evaluation, Virginia Commonwealth University
M.S.L.S., the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
B.S., Sociology, Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C.