Staff Directory

Scholarly Communication

The Office of Scholarly Communication is supported by a diverse and talented team. The team is mainly librarians from other departments who volunteer on the Scholarly Communication (SC) Committee. The team is led by Sarah Norris.

Sarah Norris

Sarah Norris

We maintain a wide range of services and projects in order to meet our goals. The projects are supported by the SC Committee’s subgroups called work groups. The Research Lifecycle (RLC) model was originally created by the RLC Committee, but is now updated by the RLC work group.


  • Collaborate with other campus units to provide a suite of campus-wide services.
  • Advocate for the infrastructure, staffing, publishing funds, and services.
  • Educate and facilitate discussions about the changing scholarly communication environment, including the move to open access and sustainable publishing and exploring new ways to create, disseminate, evaluate, and preserve research and scholarly outputs at the university.

Our Team

Name Title Rank Department Phone Email
Sandy Avila Avila, Sandy Science Librarian Associate Librarian 407-823-1218 Email
Basco, Ven Librarian University Librarian 407-823-5048 Email
Photo Not Available Beile, Penny Associate Director, Research, Education, & Engagement University Librarian 407-823-5488 Email
David Benjamin Benjamin, David Department Head Assistant Librarian 407-823-2788 Email
Dr. Corrine Bishop Bishop, Corinne Graduate Engagement Librarian Associate Librarian 407-823-2584 Email
Kerri Bottorf Bottorff, Kerri Digital Collections Projects Coordinator 407-823-1129 Email
Cynthia Dancel Dancel, Cynthia Senior Art Specialist 407-823-4250 Email
Sai Deng Deng, Sai Metadata Librarian Associate Librarian 407-823-4312 Email
Lee Dotson Dotson, Lee Interim Department Head Associate Librarian 407-823-1236 Email
Lily Flick Dubach, Lily Textbook Affordability Librarian Assistant Librarian 407-823-0538 Email
Rich Gause Gause, Rich Government Information Librarian University Librarian 407-823-2563 Email
Photo Not Available Hoeppner, Athena Discovery Services Librarian University Librarian , 407-823-5049 Email
Renee Cole Montgomery Montgomery, Renee Cole Outreach & Engagement Librarian Assistant Librarian 407-823-4658 Email
Rachel Mulvihill Mulvihill, Rachel Department Head Associate Librarian 407-823-0739 Email
Sarah Norris Norris, Sarah Scholarly Communication Librarian Associate Librarian 407-823-2402 Email
Mary Rubin Rubin, Mary Archivist, University Archives 407-823-5427 Email
Andrew Todd Todd, Andy Librarian Associate Librarian 321-433-7878 Email
Photo Not Available Venecek, John Librarian Associate Librarian 407-823-3098 Email
Sandy Avila

Sandy Avila

Sandy Avila is the Science Librarian in the Research and Information Services Department at the University of Central Florida John C. Hitt Library. She is the subject librarian for the Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, and Statistics departments, the College of Optics and Photonics and their Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers, and the NanoScience Technology Center. Sandy handles reference service, research consultations, collection development, and library instruction for her assigned areas and works to develop engaging programming to benefit STEM initiatives around campus. Her research interests include: emerging technologies in education, online learning, and all things STEM-related and as an Orlando native, Sandy enjoys boating, the outdoors, traveling, and seeking adventure!

Ven Basco

Ven has experience working with citation metrics. He helps with conducting a comprehensive analysis of a scholar’s work including identifying key journals in their field. He is also the subject librarian for engineering and computer science. He enjoys watching movies and TV shows. Contact him for questions about citation metrics.
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Penny Beile

Dr. Penny Beile is the Associate Director for Research, Education, and Engagement. She’s most active with open education, specifically working to create a campus climate that recognizes and supports textbook affordability efforts. When not at UCF, you can find her gardening, horseback riding, or trying a new recipe. Contact her with your textbook affordability ideas or questions.
David Benjamin

David Benjamin

David Benjamin is head of the UCF Libraries’ Special Collections & University Archives. He is responsible for overseeing the department as well as collection development, outreach, and donor relations. Contact David for questions about rare books, manuscripts, and university archives.
Dr. Corrine Bishop

Corinne Bishop

Corinne is the Graduate Outreach and Social Sciences Librarian. She coordinates the Libraries graduate events and graduate workshops, which are presented in collaboration with the College of Graduate Studies for the Pathways to Success program. She also serves as subject librarian for Criminal Justice, Interdisciplinary Studies, Public Administration, and Politics, Security & International Affairs programs. In her free time, she enjoys art museums and gardening. Contact Corinne for questions or requests related to graduate events, graduate workshop sessions, subject-related Open Educational Resources, and Mendeley.
Kerri Bottorf

Kerri Bottorff

Kerri is the Digital Collections Project Coordinator. She manages the UCF Theses and Dissertations Collections, including both Graduate and Undergraduate works, and assists with many of the projects in UCF’s institutional repository, STARS. In her other life, Kerri is a figure skater, competing both locally and around the East Coast.
Cynthia Dancel

Cynthia Dancel

Cindy is the Senior Art Specialist. She creates graphics which visualize the scholarly communication process to help students and faculty better understand complex processes and ideas. When not creating posters, logos, and other fun things, she can be found snowboarding, sky diving, or running with the bulls. Ok, that’s a lie; she’s at home watching Netflix and eating ice cream.
Sai Deng

Sai Deng

Sai is the Metadata Librarian at the University of Central Florida Libraries. She works collaboratively with Digital Initiatives, Special Collections and University Archives in the library. She enjoys taking care of her dog, flower garden and visiting art and history museums. Contact her for metadata consultation services, metadata production assistance, and data organization, access and discovery issues.
Lee Dotson

Lee Dotson

Lee is the Digital Initiatives Librarian. She leads the UCF Libraries’ digital collection and digital preservation efforts and manages UCF’s institutional repository, STARS. Contact her for questions about data management plans and open access hosting.
Lily Flick

Lily Dubach

Lily is the UCF Connect Librarian at Valencia College West. At her campus, she is the liaison to Architecture. At the main campus, she leads workshops on presentation skills. When she is at neither campus or working online, you can find her enjoying boba tea.
Rich Gause

Rich Gause

Rich is the Government Information Librarian for the University Libraries and has coordinated establishing Centers of Excellence at UCF for information from the U.S. Department of Energy, Atomic Energy Commission, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and National Aeronautics & Space Administration. He is active in the American Library Association’s Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) and the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) community. In 2017 he completed a three-year term as a member of the Depository Library Council, an advisory committee to the Director, U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) in Washington, D.C. Rich serves as the library’s collection development librarian for the Legal Studies and Theatre departments, Rich provides assistance to UCF researchers regarding many other subject areas, including statistical demographic data, Florida, business, criminal justice, history, political science, public administration, and security studies. Within the library Rich has an ongoing involvement in space planning, market equity salary studies, and development of online research guides using LibGuides. A Navy veteran and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Science, Rich also holds a Master’s of Library Science in Information Science from Florida State University and a Master’s of Business Administration in Management from New Hampshire College.
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Athena Hoeppner

Athena is the Discovery Services Librarian at UCF and jointly oversees eResources acquisitions, resource discovery services, and related access technologies. Her first love remains public service, thus she serves four hours per week in Reference and Ask a Librarian. Athena’s work and research center on applying technology to connect users to content, with projects to explore usability, user experience, and discovery technologies. Contact her with questions about discovery support.
Renee Cole Montgomery

Renee Cole Montgomery

Renee is the primary contact for citation management. She is an Outreach Librarian in the Student Learning & Engagement Department. Contact her for questions about RefWorks or Endnote.
Rachel Mulvihill

Rachel Mulvihill

Rachel is Head of the UCF Downtown Campus Library. She has worked as a librarian at UCF for many years in several different departments, most recently as Head of Teaching & Engagement. Her career has focused on library instruction and information literacy, outreach and engagement, and serving online and distance students. Rachel has no spare time but dreams about being creative and crafty and tries to watch baseball when she can.
Sarah Norris

Sarah Norris

Sarah is the Scholarly Communication Librarian. She leads the UCF Libraries’ scholarly communication and open access outreach efforts. In her free time, she enjoys theme parks and gluten-free dining. Contact her for questions about copyright, open access, author rights, where to publish, and general information about scholarly communication.
Mary Rubin

Mary Rubin

Mary is the Archivist for University Archives. In her free time, she enjoys going to museums and art galleries. Contact her for questions about long term preservation and inclusion in the University Archives.
Andrew Todd

Andy Todd

Andy serves UCF Libraries as the Subject Librarian for the UCF College of Nursing. He is a member of the Scholarly Communication Advisory Group and has been involved with creating UCF’s Research Lifecycle model, and continues to be involved with other projects and discussions. He enjoys mountain biking and trail running when he has time.
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John Venecek

John is a Research & Information Services Librarian and liaison to the departments of Africana Studies, Art, English, Latin American Studies, Modern Languages, Texts & Technology, and Writing & Rhetoric. John enjoys a highly glutinous diet and is a fan of street/urban art. Contact him for questions about Open Educational Resources, Open Access, and for general information about scholarly communication.
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