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The Library Welcomes New Staff

Mat Darby, Topher Lawton, and Megan Martinsen

The Library is excited to welcome three new staff members to Lau, Matthew Darby, Head of Archival Processing and Collections Management, Topher Lawton, Instructional Technology and Assessment Librarian, and Megan Martinsen, Digital Scholarship Librarian!

Mat Darby, Head of Archival Processing and Collections Management

Matthew Darby, Head of Archival Processing and Collections Management

Matthew (Mat) Darby joined the Booth Family Center for Special Collections on Tuesday, August 1 as the new Head of Archival Processing and Collections Management. Mat looks forward to working with archivists in the Manuscripts Unit to make a greater number of collections accessible to Georgetown faculty, students, and visiting researchers and to promote their availability widely. 

Previously, Mat worked at the University of Georgia’s Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, where he was Head of Arrangement and Description. He holds an MLIS from the University of Texas at Austin.

Topher Lawton, Instructional Technology and Assessment Librarian

Topher Lawton, Instructional Technology and Assessment Librarian

Topher Lawton joined Georgetown University Library on August 1 as the new Instructional Technology and Assessment Librarian, a hybrid role reporting to both Collections, Research, and Instruction, and Library Assessment. In addition to his work as a librarian and data work in both academic and corporate settings, he is an active musician, experience that will come in handy as the liaison to the music department here at Georgetown.

He earned both the MS in Library & Information Science and a certificate of advanced study in Data Science from the iSchool at Syracuse University, and is currently on the board of directors of the Library Information Technology Association, a division of the American Library Association. His scholarly interests focus on the intersections of technology, librarianship, data, and social justice.

Megan Martinsen, Digital Scholarship Librarian

Megan Martinsen, Digital Scholarship Librarian.

Megan Martinsen joins LIT as the new Digital Scholarship Librarian. In this role, Megan will provide and oversee digital scholarship services for faculty and students with the aim of helping them use digital tools to further their research. 

Megan is returning to Georgetown, where she received a BA in History. Since graduating from Georgetown, Megan earned a MS in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and built the digital scholarship program at Baylor University where she was the Digital Scholarship Librarian.