Technology Initiatives

Leah Powell

Graduate Assistant
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staff Professional Accomplishments

Leah Duncan Powell, a PhD student in English, is the graduate assistant in the DSL. Her research focuses on nineteenth century regionalisms and print culture.

Lauren Coats

Director of the Digital Scholarship Lab
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staff Professional Accomplishments

Lauren Coats directs the DSL for the LSU Libraries, and is also Associate Professor of English in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.  Founder and editor of Archive Journal, she teaches and writes about archives, early American literature, print culture, travel and exploration, and scholarly communications.   

Mike Waugh

Technology Initiatives Development & Management Librarian
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staff Professional Accomplishments

Facilitates cross-functional teams in the development, management, and successful completion of digital initiatives throughout the project lifeyle. Schedules and oversees LSU Libraries' software development projects. Manages the Libraries entire digital portfolio including assessing projects and services impact and use through metrics and reporting. Monitors trends within the library environment and communicates with other Libraries departments and individuals about innovations and improvements to tools and interfaces. Identifies and creates links between Libraries digital systems and services and the overall mission to support teaching, learning and research at LSU; Develops relevant documentation and training.

LSU Libraries, Technology Initiatives Development & Management LibrarianMay 2017 to present
LSU Libraries, Systems Librarian2012-2017
East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Librarian2005-2012
East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Library Technician2001-2005
Louisiana State University, Baton RougeMaster of Library and Information Science2004GPA: 4.0
Louisiana State University, Baton RougeBachelor of Arts (English; Creative Writing)2001National Merit Scholarship Recipient


Waugh, M., Donlin, M., and Braunstein, S.  2015. “Next-Generation Collection Management: A Case Study of Quality Control and Weeding E-books in an Academic Library” Collection Management. 40 (1): 17-26.

Book Reviews

Waugh, M. 2014. “The Top Technologies Every Librarian Should Know” Catholic Library World. 85 (2): 136-137.

Waugh, M. 2013.  “Improving the Visibility and Use of Digital Repositories through SEO”. Catholic Library World. 84 (2): 135.

Waugh, M. 2013. “Cloud-Based Services for Your Library” Catholic Library World. 84 (1): 56.

Waugh, M. 2013. “Learning from Libraries That Use WordPress: Content-management System Best Practices and Case Studies” Catholic Library World. 83 (3): 222.

Waugh, M. 2012. “Cloud Computing for Libraries”. Catholic Library World. 83 (2): 144.


Waugh, M. and Tillay, R. "Data Wrangling with OpenRefine." LOUIS Users Conference. Baton Rouge, LA. October 2015.

Waugh, M., Frank, E., and Comeaux, D. "LSU's E-Textbooks Project: Strategy, Implementation, and Moving Forward." LOUIS Users Conference. Baton Rouge, LA. October 2015.

Waugh, M. “Using OpenRefine to Analyze and Clean Data from Symphony and e-Library”. Customers of SirsiDynix User Group (COSUGI) Conference. Portland, OR. April 2015.

Waugh, M. and Frank, E. “EDS in Moodle.” Learning With LOUIS webinar. November 2014.

Waugh, M., Frank, E. and Frierson, E. “Implementing a Library Reading List Tool in a Learning Management System.” LITA National Forum. Albuquerque, NM. November 2014.

Waugh, M. and Palermo, N. “Configuring and Using OCLC’s WorldCat Discovery Services.” LOUIS User’s Conference. Baton Rouge, LA. October 2014.

Waugh, M., Comeaux, D. and Frank, E. “A Usability Assessment of EBSCO Discovery Service.” LOUIS User’s Conference. Baton Rouge, LA. October 2014.

Waugh, M. et al. “Third-Party Discovery Layers: A Panel Discussion”. Customers of SirsiDynix User Group (COSUGI) Conference, Detroit, MI. May 2014.

Waugh, M. and Frierson, E. “Course Readings in Learning Management Systems”. CNI Spring 2014. April 2014.

Waugh, M., Griffin, L., and Nicholson, J. “RDA Blast Off at LSU Libraries”, Louisiana Library Association Conference, Baton Rouge, LA, March 2013.

Waugh, M. and Stigall, Lisa, “From Discovery to Delivery”, Louisiana Library Association Conference, Baton Rouge, LA, March 2013.

Waugh, M. et al. “Discovery Layer Panel Discussion”, Customers of SirsiDynix User Group (COSUGI) Conference, Salt Lake City, UT. March 2013.

Waugh. M. “Learning with LOUIS: EDS Tips and Tricks”. Learning With LOUIS webinar. March 21, 2013.

Waugh, M. and Braunstein, S. “Herding Stats: Best Practices for Collecting and Reporting Library Statistics”, LOUIS Users Conference (LUC), Port Allen, La. October 2013.

Waugh, M. “Customizing Discovery”. LOUIS Users Conference (LUC), Port Allen, LA. October 2013.



Library Faculty Policy Committee (LFPC) (2013-2015)

Technical Services Committee (2013-2015)

Web Advisory Committee

Dean’s Advisory Group 2014-2015

LOUIS Symphony Infrastructure Task Force, Co-chair (2015)

LOUIS Statistics Task Force (2013-2015)

Professional Affiliations

American Library Association (ALA)

Library and Information Technology Association (LITA)

Certified ScrumMaster - Scrum Alliance

Research Interests: 

Agile and Lean software development methods applied to library technology project management.

Dave Comeaux

Web Development Librarian
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staff Professional Accomplishments

As Web Development Librarian, Dave has a leadership role in the planning, design, and management of an evolving library web presence in order to meet the needs of the LSU students, faculty, and staff. Dave is responsible for establishing and implementing goals, policies, and procedures for the Libraries’ websites, with a focus on improving the user experience. Dave is a passionate advocate for user-centered design. He has directed numerous web assessment activities including usability testing, focus groups, surveys and analytics assessment. He is very excited about the opportunity to engage the LSU community in improving the Libraries’ websites.

Web Development LibrarianLSU03/2014 to present
Web DeveloperC4 Tech & Design12/2013 to 03/2014
Web Services LibrarianTulane University06/2009 to 12/2013
Multimedia DevelopereService Productions02/2004 to 04/2009
User Interface DesignerMindex Technologies01/2003 to 10/2003
Web DesignerPaychex04/2001 to 03/2002
Technical WriterPaychex06/1999 to 04/2001
Web Content EditorFairport Media11/1998 to 04/1999
Instructor, (Business Communication)Delta College03/1998 to 08/1998
University at Buffalo, SUNYMaster of Library Science02 / 2008
University of Tennessee, KnoxvilleB.A. Anthropology, Economics06 / 1996

LOUIS Users Conference (2016)

Designing for Digital (2016)

Electronic Resources and Libraries (2016)

LOUIS Users Conference (2015)

LOUIS Users Conference (2014)

LOUIS Users Conference (2012)

LOUIS Users Conference (October 2011)

ELUNA Conference (May 2012)

American Library Association (June 2012)

Presented at Current Issues in Accessibility: How Blind and Learning Disabled Patrons Use Audio to Access the Internet, sponsored by the Universal Accessibility Interest Group.


2014 Outstanding Paper Award Library Hi Tech for the article: Accessibility of academic library web sites in North America—current status and trends (2002-2012).

Middleton Library, Room 5
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