Virginia Archer

Director of Development and Major Gifts

staff Professional Accomplishments


Virginia Archer joined LSU Libraries as the Director of Development in early 2017. Archer is a graduate of LSU with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and political science. She has 8 years of non-profit administration experience, specializing in grants research and writing, event management, communications, board and donor relations, volunteer management and fundraising. Before joining the team at LSU Libraries, Archer was a communications and development consultant for the Baton Rouge area.

In her spare time, Archer is a founding writing mentor of New South Story Lab, a local multi-arts non-profit that hosts free creative writing studios at the East Baton Rouge Public Library and the Juvenile Detention Center.

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Gina Costello

Associate Dean, Technology Initiatives/Interim Assoc. Dean, Special Collections
578-3686 or 578-6551

staff Professional Accomplishments

Gina Costello is responsible for technology initiatives and services in the LSU Libraries. This includes strategic direction and oversight of the website, application/software development, systems and desktop support, digitization, and the Digital Scholarship Lab. She was previously head of the Digital Services Department where she was responsible for the digitization of materials found in the Libraries and for collaborative digitization efforts within and outside the Libraries. She serves as the LSU Libraries contact for the Louisiana Digital Library (LDL). From 2009-2015, she was Project Director or co-director of the Digitizing Louisiana Newspapers Project, a National Endowment for the Humanities funded project through the Library of Congress.

  • Co-Principal Investigator, Project Ceres grant, “Louisiana Digital BibliAGraphy: 100 Years of LSU Agricultural Experiment Station Publications, 1888-1898.” August 2014-July 2015, $3,400.
  • Co-Author and Technical Partner, Mississippi Department of Archives and History National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) National Digital Newspaper Program grant. September 2013 - August 2015, $95,470 (LSU sub-award).
  • Project Director, NEH National Digital Newspaper Program grant. September 2013 - August 2015, $210,000.
  • Co-Project Director, NEH-funded “Free People of Color in Louisiana: Revealing an Unknown Past.” May 2013-April 2015, $194,152.
  • Co-Principal investigator, Louisiana Agricultural Center Sugar Research Station-funded digitization of The Sugar Bulletin and other resources. Funded 2012-2014, $6,240.
  • Project Manager, Louisiana Board of Regents-funded “Building Digital Resources for Research: Creating a Digitized Collection of United States Army Corps of Engineers Publications and Related Historical Materials for Access and Preservation.” 2012-2013, $86,800.
  • Project Director, NEH National Digital Newspaper Program grant. Funded September 2011 - August 2013, $285,000.
  • Project Manager, Louisiana Sea Grant sponsored project to develop image and map collections in the Louisiana Digital Library. March - December 2010, $9,000.
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries-funded project to digitizeLouisiana Conservationist and associated titles. July 2010 - July 2011, $3,120.
  • Co-Project Director, NEH National Digital Newspaper Program grant. July 2009 -June 2011, $351,380.
  • Project Manager, Louisiana Board of Regents-funded "Louisiana Historical Newspapers: Preservation and Access." 2006-2008, $400,000.
  • Co-Principal Investigator and Project Manager, Louisiana Sea Grant College-funded project to digitize the Percy Viosca historic photograph collection.  April-December 2007; $9,898.
  • Co-Author and Project Manager, Baton Rouge Area Foundation-funded project to digitize Margaret Stones watercolors collection.  August 2006-January 2007, $8,900.
  • MLIS, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2004)
  • BA, English Literature, Mississippi College (1997)
  • Blessinger, Kelly and Gina Costello “The Effect of Economic Recession on Institutional Support for Tenure-Track Librarians in ARL Institutions.” The Journal of Academic Librarianship 37:4 (2011): 307-311. Costello, Gina R. “Digitization and Access of Louisiana Oral Histories: One Oral History Center’s Experience in the Digital Realm” In K. Ng and J. Kucsma (Eds.)
  • Digitization in the Real World: Lessons Learned from Small and Medium-sized Digitization Projects (2010) New York, NY: Metropolitian New York Library Council.
  • Costello, Gina R. and Alice Daugherty “Analysis of Job Responsibilities of Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Human Resource Professionals” In E. Pankl, D. Theiss-White and M. Bushing (Eds.), Recruitment, Development, and Retention of Information Professionals: Trends in Human Resources and Knowledge Management (2010) Hershey, PA: IGI Publishing.
  • Costello, Gina R. “Louisiana Coastal Wetlands and Louisiana Coastal Grey Literature: Vanishing Treasures.” Publishing Research Quarterly 23:1 (2007): 19-29. Reprinted from The Grey Journal.
  • “A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned: Ways to Maximize your Learning Potential in Tough Economic Times” with Kelly Blessinger at ACRL/LLAMA Spring Virtual Institute - “Doing Well by Doing Good”: Entrepreneurial Leadership for Librarians, April 21-22, 2010.
  • “Oral Histories from ‘Analog’ to Louisiana ‘Digital’ Library at LOUIS User’s Conference, Baton Rouge, LA, October 21-22, 2010.
  • "Digital Archiving and Digital Project Management” at Association for Conservation Information Annual Conference, Baton Rouge, LA, July 16, 2009.
  • “Creating and Managing Online Exhibits” Pre-Conference workshop (half day) at Rice University, Society of Southwest Archivists Annual Conference, Houston, TX, May 21, 2008.
  • American Library Association (ALA)
  • Library & Information Technology Association (LITA)
  • Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Community Representative
  • National Endowment for the Humanities grant review panelist, 2007 and 2015
  • National Hitorical Publications and Records Commission grant reviewer, 2015
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Stanley Wilder


staff Professional Accomplishments

With administrative oversight for all aspects of library operations, the Dean provides vision for strategic planning and sets policy direction for library services, facilities, and collection development. The Dean also has primary responsibility for guiding and encouraging the development of consortia and collaborative agreements between libraries and with other units on campus, supporting grant writing, and spearheading development efforts.

Dean, LSU LibrariesLouisiana State University2014 to present
University LibrarianUniversity of North Carolina, Charlotte2009 to 2014
Associate Dean, Information Management ServicesUniversity of Rochester2003 to 2009
Assistant Dean, Information Management ServicesUniversity of Rochester1999 to 2003
Assistant Dean for Technical and Financial ServicesLouisiana State University1994 to 1999
Assistant to the Dean for Administrative ServicesLouisiana State University1989 to 1994
Architecture and Art Library, Acting HeadUniversity of Illinois at Chicago06/1986 to 1988
ResidentUniversity of Illinois at Chicago1985
  • Masters in Business Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago. 1989
  • Masters in Library and Information Science, Columbia University. 1985
  • Certificat, l'Université de Toulouse..1983
  • Bachelor of Arts, English, University of Wisconsin, Madison. 1982


  • Wilder, SJ. Demographic Change in Academic Librarianship. (Washington, DC: Association of Research Libraries, 2003).
  • Wilder, SJ. The Age Demographics of Academic Librarians: A Profession Apart. (New York: Haworth Press, 1999). A reprint of the 1995 Association of Research Libraries edition.
  • Wilder, SJ. The Age Demographics of Academic Librarians: A Profession Apart. (Washington, DC: Association of Research Libraries, 1995).

Articles & Chapters

  • Wilder, SJ. “Information literacy reconsidered,” Communications in Information Literacy. 2013. In press.
  • Wilder, SJ. “The end of lower skill employment in research libraries,” Library Journal, June 24, 2013.
  • Wilder, SJ. “The erosion of fair use protections for digital scholarship,” Charleston Advisor,2011, 12.
  • Wilder, SJ. The geometry of the academic library. 2008.
  • Wilder, SJ. “The ARL youth movement: reshaping the ARL workforce,” ARL: A Bimonthly Newsletter of Research Library Issues and Actions from ARL, CNI and SPARC, 2007, 254.
  • Wilder, SJ. “The new library professional,” The Chronicle of Higher Education. 2007, 53.
  • Wilder, SJ. “Baker’s smudges,” Library Journal, 2006, 131.
  • Wilder, SJ. “Information literacy makes all the wrong assumptions,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2005, 51.
  • Wilder, SJ. “The Iceberg at Rochester: The impact of user centered design,” Charleston Conference Proceedings 2004, (Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2004).
  • Wilder, SJ, with others, “Serial failure,” Charleston Advisor, 2004, 5.
  • Wilder, SJ. And Lindahl, D. “A brave new metasearch,” Charleston Advisor, 2003, 5.
  • Wilder, SJ. “Demographic trends affecting professional technical services staffing in ARL libraries,” in J. Swan Hill (ed.), Education for Cataloging and the Organization of Information (New York: Haworth Press, 2002).
  • Wilder, SJ. "New hires in research libraries: demographic trends and hiring priorities," ARL: A Bimonthly Report on Research, 2002, 221.
  • Wilder, SJ. “A simple method for producing core scientific and technical journal title lists,” Library Resources and Technical Services, 2000, 44:2.
  • Wilder, SJ. “The changing profile of research library professional staff,” ARL: A Bimonthly Newsletter of Research, 2000, 208/209.
  • Wilder, SJ. "Comparing Value and Estimated Revenue of SciTech Journals," ARL: A Bimonthly Newsletter of Research, 1998, 200.
  • Bensman, SJ and Wilder, SJ. “Scientific/Technical Serials Holdings Optimization in an Inefficient Market: A LSU Serials Redesign Project Exercise,” Library Resources and Technical Services, 1998, 43.
  • Wilder, SJ. “Reflections,” Library Resources and Technical Services, 1998, 43.
  • Wilder, SJ. “Managing the Materials Budget: Good Politics, Good Practice,” Technical Services Today and Tomorrow, 2nd ed. (Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 1998).
  • Wilder, SJ. “Outsourcing at LSU: An Interview with Stanley Wilder,” Library Administration and Management, 1998, 12:1.
  • Wilder, SJ. “Generational Change and the Niche for Librarians,” Journal of Academic Librarianship, 1996, 22.
  • Wilder, SJ. “Student Assistants: Achieving the Right Balance,” Journal of Library Administration, 1995, 21:3-4.
  • Wilder, SJ. "Dr. Litlove: How I Learned to Relax and Love Library Literature," American Libraries 1993, 21:7.
  • Wilder, SJ. "Louisiana's Gift Horse: Funding Library Acquisitions with Bond Money," Journal of Academic Librarianship, 1993, 19.
  • Wilder, SJ. "Student Retention and Library Jobs," College and Research Libraries News, 1990, 51.
  • “Professionalization and High Retirements: Research Library Staffing in Transition.” Webcast produced by the Association of Research Libraries, November 4th, 2013.
  • “Stanley Wilder, Dean of Libraries, University of North Carolina at Charlotte,” interview conducted by the Charletson Conference, published January 30, 2013.
  • “The Academic Library Workforce in Transition: New Results from the 2010 ARL Demographic Data.” ARL-ACRL Human Resources Symposium, November 16th, 2012, Washington, DC.
  • “Welcome to the Starting Line,” Commencement address, Library and Information Science Department, UNC Greensboro, December 14th, 2010.
  • “The Strategic Positioning of Instruction in Academic Libraries,” presented to the Ontario Library Association Superconference, Toronto, February 1, 2008.
  • “The Emperor Has No Clothes: Be it Resolved That Information Literacy is a Fad and a Waste of Librarians’ Time and Talent.” Debate produced for the Association of College and Research Libraries’ President’s Program, American Library Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, June 26th, 2006.
  • “What Doesn’t Change: The Origin and Implications of the Library’s Education Function.” Video produced for the Association of Research Libraries webcast Teaching, Learning, and Research: Libraries and Their Role in the Academic Insitution, April 1st,2005.
  • “The Case Against Information Literacy,” The Rochester Regional Library Council, Rochester, New York, April 23rd, 2004. This presentation has been repeated many times in locations throughout the U.S. and Canada.
  • “Changing Demographics of Research Libraries: Trends and Implications,” Association of Research Libraries, Washington, DC, October 15th, 2003. Variations on this presentation have been given throughout the U.S. beginning in 1994.
  • “50 Ways to Cut Your Journals,” University of Missouri Libraries, Columbia, Missouri, April 4th, 2000.
  • “Demographics, Diversity, and Libraries,” American Library Association, Washington, DC, June 29th, 1998.
  • The Age Demographics of Academic Librarianship,” Association of Research Libraries, Washington, DC, May 25th, 1995.
  • “Alternative Sources of Funding for Libraries,” Library Administration and Management Association, American Library Association, Atlanta, Georgia, June 1992.
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