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June 3, 2014

Position change: Sonya Shepherd to be new Director of Library Services at Gordon State College

SonyaLC2007After 19 years of service at Georgia Southern University, Dr. Sonya S. Shepherd has accepted a new appointment as the Director of Library Services at Gordon State College located in Barnesville, GA. Her appointment will begin August 1, 2014. She will be responsible for the oversight of all library services, library collections, the budget, and an upcoming renovation and possible expansion. Dr. Shepherd will supervise 4 librarians, 2 staff members, and several student assistants. “While we are sorry to see Dr. Shepherd go and we will miss her greatly, this is a wonderful opportunity for her professionally and I know she will enjoy living closer to her family in Atlanta,” said Dr. Bede Mitchell, Dean and University Librarian.

Hired in 1995 as the Assistant Government Documents Librarian at the Zach S. Henderson Library, Sonya has served the library and Georgia Southern in many capacities. Dr. Shepherd earned tenure in 2001 and was promoted to Full Professor in 2010. Since 2011, Sonya has worked as the Library Assessment Officer. She has collaborated with library units to create and manage library services and instruction assessments. Additionally, Dr. Shepherd has been the library liaison to the College of Education, offered research assistance, and contributed to the Library’s instruction and collection development activities. She has also actively participated on library and campus committees (e.g., Library Tenure and Promotion Committee, Library Distance Learning Work Team, student organization advisor, mentor and instructor for McNair Scholars Postbaccalaureate Research Institute, Information Technology Advisory Committee, Faculty Senate, First Year Experience, SACS Reaffirmation Team, and Complete College Georgia Planning Committee). Previously, Dr. Shepherd served as the library’s Learning Commons Director for 3 years while simultaneously acting as the Associate Department Head for 8 years of the Information Services Department.

She has also worked on the state level in the library profession. Most recently, Sonya helped organize the first Southeastern Library Assessment Conference held in 2013; participates on the Regents Academic Committee on Libraries (RACL) Assessment Taskforce (2013-present); and for two years (2012-2014) served as the Chair of the Assessment Interest Group within the Georgia Library Association. She has written numerous scholarly articles and book chapters; conducted numerous presentations; and is the lead editor on a forthcoming electronic textbook to be published by Kendall-Hunt.

Dr. Shepherd holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with Mathematics minor from LaGrange College (1993); a Masters of Science degree in Library Service from Clark-Atlanta University (1995), and a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Administration from Georgia Southern University (2003).


  1.   Lisa — June 4, 2014 @ 9:12 am    

    Congratulations… Your Friend at Lewis Library, LaGrange College.

  2.   Cheryl — June 4, 2014 @ 4:14 pm    

    Congratulations Sonya. You have been a great asset to Georgia Southern and I enjoyed working with you in the Learning Resources Center and again with the First Year Experience program. Good luck at Gordon State College and your new endeavors.
    Cheryl Claiborne

  3.   Brigitte Jackson — June 5, 2014 @ 9:46 pm    

    What a blessing and you have so many accomplishments to be proud of!!!!
    Love you Sonya and I’m proud to have you as my sister.

    Many joys to come!

  4.   Jean and Adolph — June 8, 2014 @ 2:21 pm    

    Thanks 100 million for sharing this with us!
    Prayerful best wishes as you go ON and UP!
    Love you,
    The Lovetts

  5.   Deborah — June 9, 2014 @ 6:23 pm    

    CONGRATULATIONS! I am so happy for you! You will be missed and never forgotten. What a lost for Georgia Southern University because the people who know you ‘really’ know that you are a tremendous asset to GSU and to us. I will stay in touch because you have academically saved my life in many ways. Thanks and much success in your new leadership role!

  6.   Amelia — June 17, 2014 @ 9:57 am    

    Congratulations, Dr. Shepherd! We will miss you at Georgia Southern! Thank you for all the support you have offered our students in the College of Ed! Best of luck to you in your new position at Gordon State!

  7.   Lydia — June 17, 2014 @ 10:29 am    

    Congratulations, Sonya!

    You will be very missed here, but I am so excited for you with your new adventure!

    Lydia Cross

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