She earned her MLIS in Library and Information Science (Dominican University), MSEd in Educational Psychology (Northern Illinois University), and BA in Rehabilitation/Child Development at (Wilberforce University). LaVerne most recently was the Learning and Outreach Librarian at Texas A&M University. She previously held positions at University of Illinois at Chicago (Assistant Reference Librarian) and University of Tennessee-Knoxville (Diversity Resident Librarian). She was inspired to become a librarian from her Peace Corps Service in West Africa. She served as an Education Volunteer in Cote D’Ivoire and Girls Education and Empowerment Volunteer in Togo.
Her librarianship focused mainly on areas of public services including: information literacy instruction, coordinating outreach events, and reference services. She most recently developed a Freshmen Seminar on Hip Hop Culture. In the course she uses media, digital, information literacy to facilitate student critical thinking. LaVerne was a fellow in ARL’s Leadership and Career Development (2011-2012), participated in ALA Emerging Leaders Program (2008), Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians from Underrepresented Groups(2006), ACRL Immersion Teacher(2008) and Assessment(2012) Tracks.
LaVerne has published on themes related to outreach, teaching, and information literacy. She has presented at state, national, and international conferences. She has had various committee appointments with ALA, ACRL, and was an elected Executive Board member with BCALA.
Her broad research interests include information literacy, critical theory, culturally responsive pedagogy, diversity, and academic library leadership.