Amy Andres

Director of Libraries and Associate University Librarian. Associate Professor, VCU Libraries


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Candidate: Doctorate of Business Administration
Henley School of Business (Leadership, Organisations, and Behavior)
University of Reading
Dissertation topic (working): Perception and professional identity of academic library administrators

MSc with distinction, Business Research Methods
Henley School of Business
University of Reading

University College London
School of Library, Archive, and Information Studies

M.A. with distinction, Art History
California State University, Fresno
School of Arts and Humanities

B.A., Art & Design
California State University, Fresno
School of Art and Humanities


A long way from her native California, Amy Andres now makes her home in Doha where she serves as the Director of Libraries at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar.  She received a BA in Art and Design and a MA in Art History from California State University, Fresno.  She also has an MLS from University College London and a MSc in Business Research Methods from University of Reading. Currently, she is undertaking a doctoral degree at University of Reading, Henley School of Business.  Amy’s current research interest focuses on professional identity and institutional effectiveness within higher education.

Research Interests

Medical humanities
Representation/symbolism of illness and medicine in art
Intersection of art and science

Academic library directors (roles, characteristics, perceived institutional effectiveness)

Teaching Experience

MDIS 1200: Information Literacy, 2002-2006, California State University, Stanislaus

HONS 3500: Information Literacy for Honors, 2005-2006, California State University, Stanislaus

LIBR 101: College Research Strategies, 2000-2001, College of the Sequoias

LIBR 202: Information Resources, 2000-2001, College of the Sequoias

Art History 2524: Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, 2005, California State University, Stanislaus

Art History 5: Prehistory – Gothic, 2000-2002, 1996-1999, State Center College District

Art History 6: Renaissance – Contemporary, 2000-2002, 1996-1999, State Center College District

Art 001: Art Appreciation, 1997-1999, College of the Sequoias

Art History 002: Prehistory – Gothic, 1997-1999, College of the Sequoias

Art History 003: Renaissance – Contemporary, 1997-1999, College of the Sequoias

Art 2: Art Appreciation, 1996-1999, State Center College District

Art 3: Two-Dimensional Art and Design, 1996-1999, State Center College District

Previous Professional Experience

Director of Libraries
Virginia Commonwealth University, Qatar (July 2016 – present)

Interim Director of Libraries
Virginia Commonwealth University, Qatar (February 2015 – June 2016)

Head of Collection Management
Virginia Commonwealth University, Qatar (August 2013 – January 2015)

Director of Libraries
Learning Resource Center, College of the Sequoias (2012 –2013)

Research Librarian
Higher Colleges of Technology (2011 – 2012)

Library Manager
University of California, San Francisco (2006 - 2011)

Head of Library Instructional Services and Outreach Services
California State University, Stanislaus (2002 – 2006)

Assistant Librarian
California State University, Fresno (2000-2002)

Library Assistant
British Library (1999-2000)

Library Assistant
Chelsea College of Art and Design (1999-2000)


Lombard, R., & Andres, A. (2018). Fake fur, fruit leather, and ferrofluids: Challenges to managing a materials library in the Middle East. Art Libraries Journal, 43(3), 161-166.

Himsworth, R., Andres, A., Weber, A., & Scott, S. (2016). Art and medicine: A collaborative project between Virginia Commonwealth University, Qatar and Weill Cornell Medicine, Qatar [course and exhibition catalog].  Virginia Commonwealth University: Doha, Qatar.

Andres, A. (2014). From Leipzig to London: The life and work of the émigré artist Hellmuth Weissenborn [book review]. Information and Culture: A Journal of History. Available from

Cloy, J., & Andres, A. (2013). What is the best ambulatory treatment for a patient with acute prostatitis? Clinical Query: 5403 – Family Physicians Inquiries Network.

Wilbert, B., Muhundro, B.L., Shaw, V., & Andres, A. (2011). Appetite suppressants as adjuncts for weight loss. American Family Physician, 83(7), 1-2. Available from

Dinscore, A., & Andres, A. (2010). Surgical videos online: A survey of prominent sources and future trends. Medical Reference Services Quarterly, 29(1), 10-27.

Andres, A. (2006).  Greek civilization through the eyes of travellers and scholars: The library of Dimitris Contominas [book review]. Libraries & the Cultural Record, 41(4), 523- 524.

Young, N., & Andres, A. (2006). From small step to giant leap in research ability.

Andres, A. (2005). Visual creativity and brain lateralization: An annotated bibliography. Leonardo: Art, Science, and Technology, 37(1). Available from

Andres, A. (2004). Infinite variety: Exploring the Folger Shakespeare Library [book review]. Libraries & Culture, 39(3), 330-332. 


Weber, A., Andres, A., Himsworth, R., Scott, S., Hwang, M., Turjoman, R., Malick, F. (2016). Art and Medicine Student Interdisciplinary Learning in the Middle East. International Conference on Communication in Healthcare. Heidelberg, Germany, September 7-10, 2016. 

Andres, A. Perception and Identity: An Exploratory Study of the Relationship Between University Administrators and University Librarians in Tier1 Institutions. Presentation at the University of Reading Annual Research Colloquium. Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom, July 18-20, 2016.

Andres, A. (February 2016). STEAM curriculum in an Islamic context: A case study from Qatar. Paper (and panel participant) at Liberal Arts International Conference (Texas A&M). Doha, Qatar.

Weber, A., Scott, S., Andres, A., Himsworth, R. (December 2015). An art and medicine experiential learning laboratory in the Middle East to measure interdisciplinary problem-solving. Malta Medical School Conference. Malta.

Andres, A. (March 2015).  Art + medicine + library: Enhancing student creativity through interdisciplinary collaboration. Poster session presented at the Association for College and Research Libraries Annual Conference.  Portland, Oregon.

Andres, A. (March 2015).  The case study of an arts librarian in a medical school. Poster session presented at the Art Libraries Society of North American Annual conference. Fort Worth, Texas.

Andres, A. (May 2014). Not guilty by reason of insanity:  Monomania, creativity, and the art of Jonathan Martin.  Presentation for The Visual Image, Medical Humanities Conference, Galveston, Texas.

Andres, A. (March 2014). Does the picture speak for itself? The documentary versus the aesthetic nature of Victorian medical photography.  Presentation to the Qatar Faculty Forum at Carnegie Mellon University, Doha, Qatar.

Andres, A. (September 2011). Evidence-based medicine from the Epic EHR in 5 minutes or less: An implementation plan for integration.  Invited presentation for the medical librarians of the Library Association of the University of California Annual Meeting, Irvine, California. 

Newell, P., & Andres, A. (February 2011).  Copyright and social media: Considerations for librarians. Presentation at the Heartland Regional Library Network. Visalia, California.

Andres, A. (August 2010).  Why not Google it?  Improved use of Google for clinical inquiries. Invited presentation for the Library Association of the University of California Annual Meeting. Davis, California.

Wilson, E., & Andres, A. (February 2009).  Risk of injury in the peasant paintings of Jean-François Millet. Presentation at the Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting. Las Vegas, Nevada.   

Andres, A. (September 2008). GI treatments represented in the medical manuscripts of Rajah Serfoji II.  Invited presentation to the Valley Gut Club, University of San Francisco-Fresno. Fresno, California.

Andres, A. (May 2008). Cranial trepanation: A historical and cultural overview. Poster session presented at the Joint Meeting of the Northern California Medical Library Group and the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona. Las Vegas, Nevada. Available from

Funded Research Projects and Grants

  • 2017 Faculty Research Grant ($10,000), Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar
  • 2015 Faculty Research Grant ($8,000), Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar
  • 2003 Research, Scholarships, & Creative Activities Grant ($4,000), CSU Stanislaus
  • 2001 Study Grant to Armenia, Papazian Library, American University of Armenia


Oxford Executive Leadership Program 
University of Oxford Saïd Business School 
April-June 2021  

Leadership Academy for Academic Chairs and Directors
American Council of Education 
January 2016  

Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians 
Harvard University, Graduate School of Education 
July 2015.


2015 Distinguished Faculty Service Award (Virginia Commonwealth University, Qatar)

2009 Exceptional Service Award (Bear Award) (UC San Francisco-Fresno)

2005 International Professional Development Scholarship to Mexico ($5,600)(CSU Stanislaus)

2003 Research, Scholarships, & Creative Activities Grant ($4,000)(CSU Stanislaus)

2001 Study Grant to Armenia (American University of Armenia, Papazian Library) (International Exchange Board)

1999 Outstanding Thesis Award (California State University, Fresno)

1999 Group Study Exchange Award to India (Rotary Foundation)

1998 Scholarship Recipient: (American Association of University Women) 

Professional Service

Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)                       

Academy for Health Information Professionals (AHIP)(full member)

Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS-NA)

Art Libraries Society of the United Kingdom and Ireland (ARLIS-UK)