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. 



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...



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...



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...



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


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...



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


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


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