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About Sandy Avila

Sandy is the Science Librarian in the Research and Information Services Department at UCF Libraries. She is the subject librarian for Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Statistics, CREOL, and the NanoScience Technology Center. Her research interests include: emerging technologies in education, online learning, and STEM-related programming and instruction. Sandy handles library instruction, research consultations, and collection development to her assigned subject liaison departments.
Sandy serves the professional library community as as the Secretary for the Science Technology Libraries Section of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), and a committee member of the Association of College & Research Libraries/Science and Technologies Section (ACRL/STS)'s Hot Topics Discussion Group.
Sandy was proudly named one of ATG Media's 2018 Up and Comers. The 2018 Up and Comer awards are only given to 15 recipients throughout North America each year and according to ATG Media, “Up and Comers are passionate about the future of libraries. They innovate, inspire, collaborate, and take risks. They are future library leaders and change makers, and we are excited to celebrate them with this award."
Sandy received her MLIS degree from the University of South Florida in 2010, a MA in Religious Studies, and a MA in Asian Studies from Florida International University in 2008. Prior to her graduate work, Sandy studied Biology and Dance as an undergrad. Sandy is also currently working on the pursuit of a Ph.D in Modeling & Simulation and in her spare time, she (as an Orlando native) enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and seeking adventure! 


Present Science Librarian, University of Central Florida Research & Information Services

Curriculum Vitae


2018 - Present A Survey of STEM Librarians in Academic and Joint-Use Libraries in Florida
University of Central Florida Libraries
Professional Development Research Award
Role: Recipient
Colleague(s): Buenaventura "Ven" Basco
2018 - Present Libraries Bridging the Gap Between Innovation and Entrepreneurship
University of Central Florida
Quality Enhancement Project (QEP) Award
Role: Co-recipient
Colleague(s): Min Tong, Buenaventura Basco, and Rebecca Murphey
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2019 - Present Standing Committee Member- Science & Technology Libraries, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
2018 - Present Member of Hot Topics Discussion Group, Science Technology Section of the Association of College & Research Libraries
2018 - 2020 STS Liaison to the American Physical Society (APS), Science Technology Section of the Association of College & Research Libraries
2018 - 2020 Board Secretary, state chapter of ACRL- Florida Association of College and Research Libraries
2017 - 2019 Member of Career Development Committee, Florida Library Association
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Honors and Awards

  • ATG Media's Up and Comer Award, 2018
  • UCF Information Technologies and Resources Division (IT&R)- 2019 Outstanding Partnership Award


2010 MLIS Library & Information Science, University of South Florida
2008 MA Religious Studies, Florida International University
2008 MA Asian Studies, Florida International University
2002 BA Dance, Florida International University
1998 BS Biology, University of South Florida

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