Lane Rasmussen, 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 1977, Rasmussen developed an online research portal of Slavic, East European, and the former Soviet Union resources that has supported researchers from all over the world.

In addition, he contributed to the development of the Libraries Alumni Portal that provides access to a wide range of research resources for Virginia Tech alumni.

For years, Rasmussen was an anchor for business, humanities, and social sciences reference services in the University Libraries. He spent countless hours providing individual research help to students in those disciplines.

Rasmussen was an early advocate for providing public access to critical online resources in business, such as the Dow Jones News/Retrieval Service that supported research in the Pamplin College of Business. He was instrumental in the collaborative initiative between Pamplin and University Libraries to obtain resources such as Center for Research in Security Prices to support faculty and graduate student research and education.

Rasmussen received his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree and a Master of Library Science degree from Indiana University.

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.