Hawes, Sandra

Title: Online Services/Reference Librarian

Department: Cannon Memorial Library

Phone: 352-588-8262

Email: sandra.hawes@saintleo.edu


  • Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
  • Master of Arts, Library and Information Sciences, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
  • Master of Education, Instructional Leadership & Curriculum, Saint Leo University, St. Leo, FL


I have been a classroom teacher in both private schools in Virginia and public schools in Florida for a total of 17 years, and an academic librarian since 2001. I joined the SLU faculty as an assistant professor/academic librarian in September 2002, earned tenure in 2007 and promotion to the rank of associate professor in 2009. I am active professionally at local, state, and national levels: Suncoast Information Specialists; Florida Library Association; Catholic Library Association; American Library Association; Association of College and Research Libraries. As Online Services Librarian, I provide library support to the students, staff, and faculty of the Center for Online Services (COL). I work to promote cross-discipline/cross-program collaboration between the library and COL, and to support student success, especially among members of our adult and non-traditional online learning communities.

Community Affiliation:

  • ALA (American Library Association), national chapter, 2000-present
  • LITA (Library and Information Technology Association), 2001-2002, 2009-present
  • RUSA (Reference and User Services Association), 2001-2005, 2007, 2009-present
  • MARS (Machine-Assisted Reference Section, RUSA), 2001-2005, 2007, 2009-present
  • ULS (University Libraries Section), 2001-present
  • ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries), 2001-present
  • ACRL-DLS (Distance Learning Section), 2003-present
  • FLA (Florida Library Association), 2002-present
  • TBLC (Tampa Bay Library Consortium), Suncoast Information Specialists (SIS) interest group, 2001-present
  • Phi Kappa Phi honor society, 2002-present

Teaching & Professional Interests:

My research interests focus on embedded librarianship, digital archives, open-access academic publishing, and delivery of digital library services and instruction, using both synchronous and asynchronous delivery methods. I make heavy use of instructional technologies in my work, publishing and presenting on related issues, such as the use of web-conferencing programs, libguides, and in-house learning objects for teaching and learning online.

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