Victoria Elmwood

Instruction and User Experience Librarian, Assistant Professor

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Monroe Library
Office Location
Monroe Library Room 104
Mailing Address
Campus Box 198
6363 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118
Phone Number
E-mail Address
Liaison Areas
English, Languages & Cultures, Loyola Institute for Ministry (LIM), and Religious Studies


Victoria Elmwood is the User Experience and Instruction Librarian at Monroe Library and also serves as the library liaison for English, Languages and Cultures, Loyola Institute for Ministry, and Religious Studies. A veteran instructor of college-level composition, she collaborates intensively with writing faculty to promote students’ development of information literacy skills. In addition to integrating library instruction into course content for a variety of academic disciplines, she also creates digital learning aids for students as well as custom research guides for individual courses. She has also developed the library’s standard curricula for freshman and pre-college students, including Loyola’s Magis colloquia, first-year seminars, and high school outreach visits. Serving on the library’s Web Team, the Teaching and Learning Team, and its Outreach Subgroup, she also helps to maximize the impact of library collections and services for the university community.

A former English professor specializing in life writing, American literature, and race and gender studies, Victoria continues to use her subject expertise, writing reference materials and reviewing new books in these areas for publications such as College English and Choice. Her work on Cold War U.S. culture has appeared in Biography, Film and History, Soundings, and Western American Literature, as well as in edited collections of essays. Her interests in the field of library science include instructional program assessment and student success. She is particularly interested in developing text encoding methods to assess freshman students’ mastery of fundamental information literacy skills via citation analysis, among other indicators. Additionally, her work on applying Vygotsky’s educational theories as an embedded librarian appears in the collection Framing Information Literacy, published by the Association of College and Research Libraries.

In addition to her academic career, Victoria also spent several years as a high school teacher, a proofreader and copy editor, and a union organizer.


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