I am a practicing librarian working in academic and health sciences libraries for the last 22 years, as well as a doctoral candidate at UNC SILS. My teaching interests include academic libraries, management of libraries, library instruction, grant-writing in and out of libraries, library liaisonship, library research, and reference. My research interests center around the organizational and information effects on developing researchers. Specifically, my dissertation study is on the development of research skills and competencies by academic librarians. In my professional practice, I concentrate on graduate and faculty support through teaching, consultation, scholarly communications, and collaboration with Sponsored Research professionals.

While it is something of a contradiction to have an abbreviated Curriculum Vitae, you can find mine below. Thanks for visiting! You may also want to view my personal statement.


Research Data Librarian 2017 – present, Virginia Commonwealth University

Associate Professor/Librarian (Tenured) 1999 – 2017, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University

Teaching Fellow Spring 2015-Present, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Health Sciences Librarian 1997 – 1999, East Carolina University Health Sciences Library


Doctor of Philosophy (candidacy) Currently enrolled, University of North Carolina. Dissertation advisor: Dr. Barbara Moran

Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies (global studies track) Received August 2009, University of North Carolina – Greensboro

Masters of Library Science (ALA accredited) Received December 1996, North Carolina Central University

Bachelors of Science in Biology (chemistry minor) Received May 1995, University of North Carolina


Grant, Fundamentals of Grantsmanship modular courses. 2015. Sponsor: UNC General Administration. Role: Lead PI.

Subgrant, Faculty research support, toolkit, and training. 2014. Sponsor: HBCU Library Alliance. Role: Lead PI.

Invited involvement in national funded projects

External evaluator, Institute for Research Design in Librarianship grant, 2015 cohort. Sponsor: Institute of Museum and Library Services

Grants received as a key team member

Travel and training grant. Undergraduate research project. for the Connecting Undergraduate Research to Other High Impact Practices symposium. 2014. Sponsor: Council on Undergraduate Research. Role: Applicant / team member.

ADVANCE-IT grant funded. 2014-2019, implementation. Sponsor: National Science Foundation. Role: project liaison, library coordinator, & section writer.


Peer Reviewed Library Publications

Exner, N. (2018). Data management support for faculty facing new funding mandates: The case of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. New Review of Academic Librarianship. Accepted; preprint online; in copyediting.

Teleha, J., Sims, I., Spruill, O., Bowen, A., Russell, T, & Exner, N. (2017). Library space redesign and student computing. Public Services Quarterly 13(3): 139-151. doi:10.1080/15228959.2017.1317613

Bollinger, S., Spruill, O. & Exner, N. (2015). Trying to Measure Success: A Mid-Size Academic Library Grapples with Assessing a Popular Tablet Loan Project. Library Technology Reports: Tablets and Mobile Devices. ALA Techsource.

Exner, N. (2014). Research information literacy: Addressing original researchers’ needs. Journal of Academic Librarianship 40(5):460-466. doi: 10.1016/j.acalib.2014.06.006

Exner, N., Bollinger, S., and Sims, I. (2012). Discovery in a Hurry. In Planning and Implementing Resource Discovery Tools in Academic Libraries, edited by M. P. Popp & D. Dallis, 351-365. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2012.

Exner, N. (2011). Anime-zing in North Carolina: Library Views of Anime Fans. North Carolina Libraries 70(1): 28-34.

Exner, N. & Houk, A. (2010). Starting the Write Way: Comparing Two Library Scholarly Development Programs” Library Leadership & Management 24(4): 178-182.

Exner, N. (2007). Basic Reader’s Advisory for Manga: Select popular titles and similar works. Young Adult Library Services 5(3): 13-21.

Exner, N. & Casburn, S. (2006). Dealing with Technology. In New Librarian, New Job–Practical Advice for Managing the Transition. Tucker & Sinha, Eds. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.

Exner, N. (2004). An Informal Examination of Technological Skills in Library Jobs. North Carolina Libraries.


Peer Reviewed Interdisciplinary Collaborations

Jackson, J., Jackson, C., Liles, R. & Exner, N. (2013). The Educated Black Man and Higher Education. ACA Vistas [peer-reviewed online repository].

Blackstock, S., & Exner, N. (2012). Student Nurses conducting research among their peers: Lessons learned. ABNF Journal 23(4): 94-6.

Davis, J., Exner, N., Boger, D., & Liles, R. (2009). A Qualitative Perspective on a Mentoring Experience. One Voice International Collection of Scholarly Works 1: 109-116.


Professional Publications and Scholarly Columns

Exner, N. (2017). Partnering to support grant-funded research: learn the jargon and look for needs. Library Connect.

Exner, N. (2016). Tips from the Experts: Building Faculty Relationships through Grant Support. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship issue 82. doi:10.5062/F4NV9G7Z

Exner, N. (2015). Tips from the Experts: Building Faculty Relationships through Research Support. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship issue 81. doi:10.5062/F4ZC80W8

Exner, N. & Turner, L. (1998). Examining XML: New concepts and possibilities in Web authoring. Computers in Libraries 18(10).

Exner, N. (1998). Increasing Website Visibility: Meta Tags and Search Engines. MLA News.




Semester-scale (excludes information literacy and embedded librarianship projects)

  • Semester-long faculty development series, “Get Funded!” developed, facilitated, and assessed
  • UNC-CH, lecturer/teaching fellow, Spr. 2015 and Fall, 2017: INLS 585 Management in Information Organizations
  • Teaching practicum, 2014: INLS 841 Seminar in Academic Libraries (with Barbara Moran)
  • Teaching practicum, 2013: INLS 285 Info. for Organizational Effectiveness (with Ron Bergquist)




National and International

Panelist, “Funding Mandates: A Game Changer in Faculty and Scientific Research.” American Library Association annual conference, 2017.

Panelist, “OERs: Science Liaisons Strengthening the Academy with Open Resources.” American Library Association annual conference, 2017.

Exner, N. “Whose data ethics do you mean? Building common language with RCR.” IASSIST annual conference, 2017.

Evans, S., Exner, N., & Tuttle, P. “Herding cats and teaching them to fish: New faculty development in grantsmanship.” National Organization of Research Development Professionals annual conference, 2017.

State and Regional

Panelist, “ACRL Information Literacy Framework and STEM: A Panel.” North Carolina Library Association 62nd Biennial Conference, 2017.

Panelist, “Publishing, Presenting, and Other Professional Development Venues.” North Carolina Library Association 62nd Biennial Conference, 2017.

Bollinger, S. & Exner, N. “Your Next Opportunity is Your Next Conversation.” entrelib: The Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians, 2016.

Exner, N. “Engaging with Faculty over Research.” North Carolina Library Association 61st Biennial Conference, 2015.

Panelist, “The Published Librarian.” North Carolina Special Libraries Association Fall Professional Development Workshop, 2015.

Exner, N. “Customize Yourself! Building a Skills Development Plan.” Academic Libraries Present and Future conference, 2014.

Exner, N. & Evans, S. “Research Literacy.” NCLA 60th Biennial Conference, 2013.

Panel Coordinator, “Lessons Learned: Getting the Most Out of Libguides.” NCLA 59th Biennial Conference, 2011.

Panelist, “A Mission to Help: What Libraries are Doing to Support Local Economic Development,” NCLA 59th Biennial Conference, 2011.

Exner, N. & Exner, G. “Selecting Software for Tutorials and Screencasting.” 4th Annual Metrolina Information Literacy Conference, 2009.

Exner, N. “Program Ideas for Adults.” 3rd Annual North Carolina Support Staff Conference, 2006.

Local Presentations

Sims, I., Exner, N., & Silton, K. “Scholarly Engagement: Using Software to Inspire and Preserve Intellectual Output.” Instructional Technology Showcase, 2014.

Exner, N. “Research Literacy.” UNC SILS Research Day, 2013.

Poster Presentations

Garrison, B. & Exner, N. “Cast Adrift: Students’ Approaches to Finding Data.” Poster presented, North Carolina Library Association meeting, 2017.

Exner, N. “Graduate research support through zones of intervention.” Poster presented, Empirical Librarians, 2015.

McGirt, J., O. Spruill, and N. Exner. “Paddling Upstream for Tenure: The Formation of a Scholarly Development Team.” Poster presented, North Carolina Library Association meeting, 2005.


Webinar co-presenter, “Targeting the librarian’s role in research services.” Library Connect webinar series, November 2016.

Webinar presenter, “The National Science Foundation: Statistical data and grantseeker resources.” Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian series, September 2016.

Webinar presenter, “Partnering to Support Faculty Research Funding.” HBCU Library Alliance, October 2015.

Webinar co-presenter, “Partnering with Faculty through Research Support.” Community Outreach and Faculty Engagement webinar, Special Libraries Association, April 2015.

Webinar co-presenter, “Instructional Design Lightning Round-Up.” for the NCLA Distance Learning Interest Group, November 2012.

Webinar co-presenter, “Camtasia vs. Captivate vs. Free – A comparison of screencasting alternatives.” for the NCLA Distance Learning Interest Group, December 2011.





Editorial board member, Public Services Quarterly

Review board member, Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship


Business Librarianship in North Carolina – Social Media coordinator, 2012-2015

Distance Learning Interest Group of the North Carolina Library Association – Steering Committee member, 2011-2013

Selected Memberships

American Library Association

International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology

National Organization of Research Development Professionals

North Carolina Library Association