Hugh A. Blackmer

Science Librarian


Work: Science Library, Washington & Lee University (540-463-8647)

Home: 501 Lime Kiln Road, Lexington VA 24450 (540-463-4662)





1991-1992       Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information

                        Science (M.S.L.I.S. May 1992)

1986-1990       Institute for Writing and Thinking, Bard College (five

                         writing workshops)

1969-1972       Department of Anthropology, Stanford University

                        (M.A. 1971, Ph.D. 1976)

1967-1969       International Development Education Center (SIDEC),

                        Stanford University

1961-1965       Harvard College (A.B. Anthropology)


Grants and Honors


2003                R.E. Lee summer research funding (The Civil War and the Digital South)

2002                ACS Information Fluency Initiative grant (The Digital South: A Spatial Data Library)

2002                R.E. Lee summer research funding (Building a Web-based collaborative environment for the Brazil Consortium)

2002                ACS Information Fluency Initiative grant (Managing spatial information on ACS campuses)

2001                R.E. Lee summer research funding (Implementing an Internet map server)

1998                ACS Teaching with Technology Fellowship (purchase of ArcView Library License)

1997                Class of 1965 Endowment grant (image management tool development)

1993                Elected to Beta Phi Mu (Library Science Honor Society)

1992                Nominated by Simmons College for Library of Congress Intern Program

1991                Annual Conference Award Recipient, New England Chapter

                        of the American Society for Information Science

1979-80           Visiting Scholar, Stanford University (sabbatical leave)


Employment history


1997-               Associate Professor, Washington & Lee University

1996-               Science Librarian, Washington & Lee University

1992-1996       Reference Librarian and Coordinator of Bibliographic

                        Instruction; Assistant Professor, Washington & Lee University

1991-1992       Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information

                        Science, Microcomputer Laboratory Supervisor and Teaching


1989, 1990      Acadia University, Elderhostel Instructor (World Music)

1986-1987       Northfield Mount Hermon School, Visiting Teacher (World

                        History, Ancient History, Geography)

1973-1991       Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia  CANADA

                        Lecturer (1973-1976) and Assistant Professor of Anthropology

                        (tenure granted 1977); Head, Department of Sociology (1988-1990)

1970-1971       Stanford University, Teaching Assistant in Anthropology

1965-1967       Peace Corps Volunteer in Sarawak, Malaysia (community

                        development and film making)

1964-1965       Harvard University, Laboratory Assistant in Still Photography

1962-1964       Research Assistant (preparation of data for Robert B. Textor

                        A Cross-Cultural Summary, HRAF Press 1965)




Reading knowledge of French and Swedish; working familiarity with Malay, Iban, Latin, German, Portuguese


Courses taught at Washington & Lee


University Scholars 203: Cross-Cultural Studies in Music: 21st Century Ethnomusicology, Winter 2005 (course page at

Anthropology 230 Anthropology of East Asia, Fall 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004 (course page at

Interdisciplinary Studies 131: Geography of Human Cultures, Winter 2004 (course page at

Interdisciplinary Studies 131 and 132: Global Stewardship Institute, Spring 2003, Spring 2004 (with Ron Nigh)

Biology 182 Use and Understanding of Biological Literature (with Biology faculty) --twelve years

East Asian Studies 190 Bibliographical Resources--six years

Computer Science 397 Landscapes of Computer Science, Spring 2002 (with Tom Whaley)

University Scholars 203 Human Geography, Fall 2001 (with Jim Kahn and Greg Cooper)

Computer Science 402 Digital Libraries, Spring 2001 (with Tom Whaley)

University Scholars 101/210 The Machine and the Garden: History and Prospects of Humanity Computing, Winter/Spring 2000 (course page at

University Scholars 203 Technology and American Frontiers, Winter 1999 (course page at

Psychology 395a Electronic Resources in Psychology (with Tyler Lorig) --two years

Psychology 432a Scientific Visualization (with Tyler Lorig) --two years

Alumni College, Summer 1996 Internet and Selected Software (with Pam Vermeer)


Public lectures


Musics of the Middle East (March 2005)

Music of Death and Dying (May 2001, May 2003)

Music in the Muslim World (February 1998)

The Pleasures of Klezmer Music (November 1996)


Committee service at Washington & Lee


International Education/Global Stewardship Committee (1999-)

Watson Fellowship Selection Committee (1999-2003)

East Asian Studies Committee (2000-)

Culpeper Grant Committee (2000-2002)

Teaching and Learning Resource Group (2000-2001)

Faculty Review Committee (1998-2000 )

Intranet [Home Page] Committee (1996-98)

Science Center Celebration Planning Committee (1996-97)

Computer-Library Liaison Committee (1994-97 )


Courses taught at Acadia University, 1973-1990


Introductory Anthropology, Population Analysis, Human Geography, Peoples and Cultures of Asia, Cross-Cultural Studies in Music, Contemporary Cultural Studies, Kinship and Family, Research Methods


Presentations and publications

2004     Blogging and Beyond: Faculty Academy, 15 December 2004

2004     Into the Blogosphere: Technology Forum, 13 October 2004

2004     Presentations at a workshop on Planning Digital Collections for Education and Research , 24-25 June 2004 (and June 2003),

Associated Colleges of the South Technology Center

2003     The Digital South: summary for ACS GIS Symposium, 28 February 2003

2003     Making room for disruptive and emergent technologies (NITLE News, February 2003)

2001    GIS and IMS (ACS Environmental Studies Symposium, University of Richmond)

2001    Teaching with GIS in Liberal Arts Colleges Roundtable (ESRI Educational Conference, San Diego)

2001    Building the Infrastructure to Teach with GIS (Instructional Technology Support Conference, Gettysburg College [with John Blackburn])

1999    Geographical Information Systems: an insurmountable opportunity?

(ACS Symposium on Information Fluency, Southwestern University, text at

1999    Computing and Libraries: fostering collaboration for better

            teaching (Pre-conference seminar at EDUCAUSE, Long Beach,


1999    The Web as a Teaching Tool to Develop Information Literacy

            (panel at American Colleges and Research Libraries meeting,

            Detroit, text at

1998    Collaborating on Technology and American Frontiers (article for

            Interactive Learning: Vignettes from America's Most Wired

            Campuses [David G. Brown, editor], Anker Publishing Company,

            text at

1998    Invited speaker, Virginia Collegiate Honors Council Annual Meeting

            (text at )

1995    Review of Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (College and Research

            Libraries News [June])

1994    Review of HungerWeb (College and Research Libraries News [September])

1994    Gophers and Beyond in Library Instruction at Washington & Lee

            (presentation at Virginia Library Association Library Instruction and

            Microcomputer Interest Forum, University of Richmond [May])

1994    Electronic Access at Washington & Lee (presentation with John

            Doyle at Computers in Libraries, Crystal City VA [March])

1993    Writing and the New Technology for Research. Writing in the Disciplines (May)

1991    Effects of the Proposed NREN on Information Dissemination (NEASIS


1989    Human Geographical and Political Boundaries of the Indian

            Subcontinent.  Symposium on South Asia, Acadia University.

1988    Invited speaker, Pictou County  Social Studies Teachers In-Service

            Conference, Nova Scotia

1985   How we use our resources (chapter on agricultural change for a

            high school textbook, The Maritimes: Tradition, Challenge and Change

            Toronto:James Lorimer)

1983    Family Farms in the Annapolis Valley.  Paper presented at a

            conference on Science, Technology and the Maritime Small Farm, Halifax.

1977    A Progress Report on Research in Nova Scotia Surname Geography. 

            Paper presented at meetings of the Atlantic Association of

            Anthropologists and Sociologists, Wolfville, N.S.

1975    Agricultural Transformation in a Regional System: the Annapolis

            Valley, Nova Scotia.  (Ph.D. dissertation, Stanford).

1974    Regional Landscapes in a Colonial Export Economy: the last century

in Nova Scotia.  Paper presented at meetings of American Anthropological Association, Mexico City.

1973    Colonel Chicken in the Maritimes: the growth of Nova Scotia's broiler industry. 

Paper presented at meetings of the Atlantic Association of Anthropologists and Sociologists, Halifax.

1968    Infrastructure and Development in Sarawak.  Paper presented at

            meetings of the Society for Applied Anthropology, Berkeley.


Recent Travel and Consultation, with support and auspices


December 2003     GIS Program evaluation, St. Lawrence University

July 2003         ESRI Users Conference (Dean of the College)

Fall 2002          Sabbatical leave: New England liberal arts colleges (W&L, ACS)

April 2002        Brazil (Environmental Studies Consortium)

March 2002     Sewanee, Furman and Davidson (ACS Information Fluency, GIS)

Nov 2001        University of Richmond (ACS Environmental Studies, GIS)

July 2001         ESRI Educational and Users Conferences (Dean of the College)

June 2001        Gettysburg College (Instructional Technology Support Conference)

March 2001     Biosphere2 (Dean of the College, with Larry Hurd)

Feb 2001         California (Global Stewardship, GIS)

July 2000         California,  GIS in Education Conference (Dean of the College)

Feb 2000         California (International Education, GIS)


Electronic documents, computing activities and current work


A substantial part of my work in the last ten years has been concerned with improving access to electronic resources, and chronological summaries of these activities can be found at and in a running log of current projects at


My sabbatical activities in Fall 2002 centered on visits to more than a dozen New England liberal arts colleges, and connected with continuing initiatives and projects in several areas:


Evolution toward the digital library

Integration of GIS into teaching and learning across the curriculum

Support for information needs of interdisciplinary programs, especially Environmental Studies and Global Stewardship

Collaboration with Instructional Technology Group members in developing active uses of the Web