Mary Abdoney, MLS


University of Florida | Gainesville, Florida

Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology (1999)

University of South Florida | Tampa, Florida

Master of Arts, Library and Information Science (2001)


2001: USGS Center for Coastal Geology | Saint Petersburg, Florida

Graduate Intern

  • Organized specialized scientific materials into a usable library, including a web-based catalog
  • Created a specialized classification system for a collection with a very specific subject range
  • Created a searchable database for users to quickly locate library materials
  • Provided reference and instruction services

2001: Tampa Bay Library Consortium | Tampa, Florida

Assistant Cataloger

  • Contributed to an electronic cataloging project for academic and public libraries in the Tampa Bay area

2001-2005: Eckerd College Library | Saint Petersburg, Florida

Science Reference/Interlibrary Loan Librarian/Assistant Professor

  • Participated in weekly rotation at the reference desk and provided library instruction to science students and faculty
  • Performed collection development in the sciences
  • Supervised staff and students in the Interlibrary Loan department, including a graduate intern from a local university
  • Taught regularly in the General Education program as a faculty member, participated in faculty committees, and served as an evaluator on the Writing Committee



  • Reviewed science and technology reference books for an e-zine designed for collection development librarians. Reviews submitted via email.

2006-2013: Washington and Lee University Library | Lexington, VA

Science Librarian/Assistant Professor

  • Subject liaison for Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Math, Physics & Engineering, Psychology, and Writing Program
  • Managed collection for Telford Science Library, including deselection for a major downsizing project and removal of print journals from the science library that were available in JSTOR as a pilot project for the main library
  • Responsible for coordinating library instruction efforts among library faculty
  • Supervised one professional staff member
  • Participated faculty committees

2013-Present: Washington and Lee University Library | Lexington, VA

Instruction Coordinator and Science Librarian/Associate Professor

  • Retained all Science Librarian responsibilities, listed above
  • Responsible for strategic planning for library instruction program, coordinating research help desk service, developing a peer mentor program based at the Research Help Desk, facilitating curriculum development, supporting digital studies, coordinating professional development, and outreach
  • Supervise one professional librarian
  • Supervise 3-5 student employees who staff the Research Help Desk during evening hours
  • Manage a modest budget for the library instruction program, which includes student wages
  • Participate in regular University Library Steering Committee meetings


  • ACRL Immersion 2002
  • Learning Conference 2003
  • Information Literacy and Assessment 2005
  • American Library Association National Conference 2004, 2006, 2007
  • American Library Association Midwinter Conference 2007, 2017
  • Oberlin Group Science Librarians Meeting 2007, 2009
  • Library Assessment Conference 2012
  • ACRL 2013 Conference
  • Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy 2014
  • The Innovative Library Classroom 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Abdoney, M. (2003). Approaches to information literacy: Accommodating student needs in higher education. International Journal of Learning, 10, 2715–2722.
  • Abdoney, M. (2007a). Finite Spaces: JSTOR vs. Print at Washington and Lee University. Presented at the Ripped from the Headlines: An ALCTS Forum, American Library Association Midwinter Conference. Retrieved from
  • Abdoney, M. (2007b). Finite Spaces: JSTOR vs. Print at Washington and Lee University. Presented at the Oberlin Group Science Librarians’ Meeting.
  • Abdoney, M. (2009). Scopus vs. Web of Science. Presented at the Oberlin Group Science Librarians’ Meeting. Retrieved from
  • Abdoney, M. (2010a). Student Satisfaction with the University Library: A Survey at Washington and Lee University. Washington and Lee University. Retrieved from
  • Abdoney, M. (2010b). Weeding the General Collection in Telford Science Library. Presented at the Science and Technology Section Assessment Committee Roundtable, American Library Association Annual Conference. Retrieved from
  • Abdoney, M. (2011). Report of Faculty Satisfaction with the University Library 2011. Washington and Lee University. Retrieved from


  • American Library Association (ALA) 2001 to present
  • Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) 2001 to present
  • ACRL Instruction Section (ACRL IS) 2003 to present
  • ACRL College Libraries Section (ACRL CLS) 2008 to present
  • ACRL CLS Leadership and Management Discussion Group co-chair 2016-present
  • ACRL IS Policy and Publications Review Committee 2006-2007
  • ACRL Science and Technology Section (ACRL STS) 2001 to 2008
  • ALA Library Instruction Roundtable (LIRT) 2006 to present
  • LIRT Transitions to College Committee 2006 to 2008
  • ALA Library Research Roundtable (LRRT) 2006
  • Virginia Library Association 2014 to present
  • W&L Writing Program Advisory Committee 2010-2013
  • W&L Information Technology Advisory Committee 2009-2016
  • Alpha Xi Delta Alumnae Association 1999 to present