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Shirley Thomas

  • Head, Resource Sharing and Delivery

  • Assistant Professor
  • Health Sciences Library, Resource Sharing and Delivery


  • M.L.S. Library Science, North Carolina Central University, 1978
  • B.A. Political Science, Johnson C. Smith University, 1976
  • A.A. Political Science, Kittrell College, 1974

Previous professional experience

  • Head, Access Services and Circulation and Reserves, VCU, 1991-2001
  • Manager of Technical Services, Alachua County Library District, 1987-1990
  • Law Librarian, Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge, Rice, 1983-1986
  • Serials Librarian, Appalachian State University, 1982-1983
  • Serials Librarian, Winston-Salem State University, 1977-1981

Teaching experience

  • Evidence-Based Dentistry section on searching the catalog, determining journal availability, School of Dentistry, VCU
  • Freshman Orientation, Winston-Salem State University 

Selected presentations

  • Thomas, S. & McNulty, T. (2015) Alma and ILLiad Integration with NCIP. Poster presented at ILLiad Annual International Conference, Virginia Beach, VA.
  • Thomas, S. (2010). What we gather, how we use it and who we provide it to: Interlibrary loans and collection management statistics. Presented at ALA/RUSA/STARS Preconference. 
  • Thomas, S. (2009). Doing more with less. Presented at OCLC ILLiad Annual International Conference. 
  • Thomas, S. & Ohree, L. (2008). Common best practices made easy with ILLiad. Presented at OCLC ILLiad Annual International Conference. 

Selected publications

  • Thomas, S. et al. (2012). White paper: Lending non-traditional materials through interlibrary loan services. Resource Sharing Committee Blog, VIVA Resource Sharing Committee Blog. 
  • Thomas, S. (submitted 2012). Resends and special messages. OCLC/Atlas Newsletter.
  • Thomas, S. (2007). Managing interlibrary loan staff in distributed work environment. Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery and Electronic Reserves, 17.
  • Thomas, S. (2007). Scanning best practices for interlibrary loan. Shareill, fall

Selected VCU Libraries service

  • Alma Implementation Task Force
  • Management Council
  • Screening and Search Committees

Professional organizations

  • ALA Reference and User Services Association
    • Membership Committee
    • Organization Committee
    • Research and Statistics Committee
  • Virtual Library of Virginia, Resource Sharing Committee

Community activities

  • Volunteer at Henrico County Public School System