My main responsibility at University Libraries is to manage ScholarWorks, our
scholarly institutional repository. This is meant to showcase and preserve the research
and creative activities of faculty, students and staff. We have facilitated the inclusion
of new and existing journals, conferences and other events, as well as faculty
publications, dissertations, theses, projects, etc. 

I also provide reference and research assistance at the desk, through our e-mail service,
and individually. I am liaison to the Gender & Women' Studies Department and
Global & International Studies Program. I offer library research instruction to
various classes. 

I am interested in open access, institutional repositories, information literacy,
assessment, international education, providing the best access to our resources through
our website. 

My current research interest is in Baltic resources - providing researchers information
about libraries, archives and other collections, as well as print and online catalogs,
indexes and other reference sources to materials in and about the Baltic countries of
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. 

Articles

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The Choice Is Yours! Researchers Assign Subject Metadata to Their Own Materials in Institutional Repositories, Cataloging & Classification Quarterly (2013)

The Digital Commons platform for institutional repositories provides a three-tiered taxonomy of academic disciplines for...

 

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ScholarWorks at WMU, Gatherings: Friends of the University Libraries Newsletter (2012)
 

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E-mail Reference: Another Path to Knowing, Gatherings: Friends of the University Libraries Newsletter (2011)
 

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Baltic National Bibliographies without the Book Chambers, Slavic & East European Information Resources (2010)

The responsibilities of the Soviet era book chambers in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania have almost...

 

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Work of the Web Weavers: Web Development in Academic Libraries (with Patricia Fravel Vander Meer and Maria A. Perez-Stable), Journal of Web Librarianship (2009)

Although the library’s Web site has become a standard tool for seeking information and conducting...

 

Presentations

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The Choice is Yours! Researchers assign subject metadata to their own materials in insitutional repositories, IFLA Satellite Post-Conference (2012)

The Digital Commons platform for institutional repositories provides a three-tiered taxonomy of academic disciplines for...

 

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Learning from Each Other: Baltic Collections in North America, Conference on Latvian Diaspora Archives and Material Culture (2012)

Estonian, Lithuanian and a few Latvian libraries, archives and museums will be described with the...

 

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Turning a Passion into a Research Project, Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters (2012)

As a Latvian-American I became interested in librarianship when assigned to set up a library...

 

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Library Stats as an Assessment Tool, Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters (2011)

Western Michigan University has been working on creating a culture of assessment for ten years....

 

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Training Students for Reference Desk Work, Michigan Academy for Science, Arts & Letters (2010)

Western Michigan University Libraries use student workers to answer reference questions at almost all of...

 

Latvian Community Newsletters

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Kalamazoo Latvian News - June 2013, Kalamazū Latviešu Ziņas (2013)

The Kalamazoo Latvian community newsletter comes out in Latvian and English and is now published...

 

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Kalamazoo Latvian News - April 2013, Kalamazū Latviešu Ziņas (2013)

The Kalamazoo Latvian community newsletter comes out in Latvian and English. This issue includes articles...

 

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Kalamazoo Latvian Association News - November 2012, Kalamazū Latviešu Biedrības Ziņas (2012)

The Kalamazoo Latvian community newsletter comes out in Latvian and English. This issue includes articles...

 

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Kalamazoo Latvian Association News - May 2012, Kalamazū Latviešu Biedrības Ziņas (2012)

The Kalamazoo Latvian community newsletter comes out in Latvian and English. This issue includes the...

 

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Kalamazoo Latvian Association News - Dec 2011, Kalamazū Latviešu Biedrības Ziņas (2011)

The Kalamazoo Latvian community newsletter comes out in Latvian and English. This issue has an...