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Teresa L. Knott

  • Associate Dean of Libraries and Director of the Health Sciences Library

  • Associate Professor
  • Administration, Health Sciences Library

As Director of Health Sciences Library, Knott serves as VCU Libraries’ leader on the MCV Campus. She works to forge and continuously strengthen relationships with academic leaders and researchers in the schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing, and pharmacy, along with the College of Health Professions and with clinical care leadership from VCU Health to ensure that library resources and librarian expertise constantly evolve and improve to meet the needs of education, clinical care and research best practices.

During her tenure, Health Sciences Library has dramatically expanded services and staffing and improved study spaces in response to the growing needs of students and practitioners on the health sciences campus.

After the longtime dean’s retirement and during the pandemic, Knott served as Interim Dean and University Librarian of the VCU Libraries system for 2020-2021. Under her leadership, VCU Libraries supported enhanced online learning during the early stage of the COVID-19 outbreak, safely reopened, and the libraries maintained forward momentum in scholarly publishing, online collections and initiatives related to diversity and inclusion and staff development.  

Before joining the VCU faculty in 2009, she served as Deputy Director, Health Sciences and Human Services Library at the University of Maryland and was Associate Director and Faculty Associate at Delia-Montes Gallo Library of the Health Sciences, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. At Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, she also served as a reference librarian.  

Distinguished among health sciences librarians, Knott is an active contributor in professional circles. In 2016-17, she served as president of the Medical Library Association, which represents more than 3,000 health sciences information professional members and partners around the world. And, for 2017-18, she served as a mentor in the Leadership Fellows Program, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries. Other honors include:  

  • Academy of Health Information Professionals, Distinguished Member 1991- present
  • NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellow, 2005-2006
  • South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association Distinguished Service Award, 2004
  • Medical Informatics MBL/NLM Course Fellow, 2003.

M.S. in Library Science, the University of Oklahoma
M.S. in Public Administration, the University of Texas-El Paso
Undergraduate degree, the University of New Mexico.