Before becoming the Head of Central Reference in 1997, I held three positions in the
University Libraries since coming to WMU in 1979: Social Sciences Librarian, Education
Librarian, and Catalog Librarian. Previous to that, I was a catalog librarian at the
Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, Ohio. I have a Master of Science in
Library Science from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and a B.A. in History
from Miami University, both in Ohio. In 1986, I earned an M.A. in History at Western
Michigan University. 

Articles

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Framing a Strategy: Exploring Faculty Attitudes toward Library Instruction and Technology Preferences to Enhance Information Literacy (with Patricia Fravel Vander Meer and Dianna E. Sachs), Reference & User Services Quarterly (2012)

Higher education librarians and faculty members alike are faced with an ever expanding palette of...

 

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Teach Me to Find..., Gatherings: Friends of the University Libraries Newsletter (2010)
 

Work of the Web Weavers: Web Development in Academic Libraries (with Maira Bundza and Patricia Fravel Vender Meer), Journal of Web Librarianship (2009)

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

 

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Engaging the Masses: Library Instruction with Large Undergraduate Classes (with Patricia Fravel Vander Meer and Donna M. Ring), College & Undergraduate Libraries (2007)

This article discusses challenges in teaching library instruction to large classes and identifies practical ways...

 

Books

Understanding American History Through Children's Literature: Instructional Units and Activities for Grades K-8. (with Mary Hurlbut Cordier) (1994)

Students connect with Americans of the past through quality works of fiction, nonfiction, biography, folktale,...

 

Peoples of the American West: Historical Perspectives Through Children's Literature. (with Mary Hurlbut Cordier) (1989)

Analyzes some 100 children's literature books set in the American West beyond the Mississippi River,...

 

Published Conference Proceedings

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Inspiring Results: Designing Innovative Instruction using Faculty Feedback on Technology Use and Attitudes toward Library Research Instruction (with Dianna E. Sachs and Patricia F. Vander Meer), Imagine, Innovate, Inspire: Proceedings of the ACRL 2013 Conference, April 10-13, 2013, Indianapolis, IN (2013)

The importance of information literacy (IL) at the college level is well documented. Like many...

 

Presentations

International Children’s Literature: Crossing Borders Sans Passports, 33rd Annual Mary Calletto Rife Youth Literature Seminar (2010)
 

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Words to the Wise: Web Managers and Librarians Working it Out, EDUCAUSE Midwest Regional Conference (2010)
 

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How EVERYONE Can Use the Michigan Electronic Library (MeL) to Teach Better, Michigan Council for the Social Studies (MCSS) Annual Conference (2009)