Dave Beagle, assistant professor of University Libraries at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of “assistant professor emeritus” by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members who are specially recommended to the board of visitors by Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board of visitors receive an emeritus certificate from the university.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1976, Beagle has been an advocate for providing equitable library services to distance education students. He led the first project that provided remote access to library resources as well as the support to facilitate access to online resources.

In addition, Beagle was the initial ‘architect’ of virtual reference services that support Virginia Tech’s online researchers and he provided the leadership for the subsequent growth of these resources. He provided the support for and championed the use of EndNote and other bibliographic management systems throughout the university.

Beagle also made many contributions to the life of the university community. He was a member of Faculty Senate and the Commission on Faculty Affairs and he was a three-time president of the Library Faculty Association.

Beagle received his bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York College at Oswego and a master’s degree and Master of Library Science degree from the University of Iowa.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.