Helping Students, Faculty, & Staff with Research Questions: I help undergraduate and graduate students to use library resources to best effect. I help students and faculty to clarify their thinking and plan their research and writing.
My Job in the UC Merced Library: I'm the Instruction & Outreach Librarian, which means that I teach specialized courses in library research and reach out to student groups and organizations, encouraging them to take advantage of all the library has to offer.
My Research Interests: information literacy; academic integrity; business librarianship.
Reference and Instruction Services
Business and Economics Librarianship
Supernatural Horror (monsters, vampires, and boogey-persons, good; slashers and serial killers, bad)
History of Colonial Latin America
Passionate defense of the Oxford comma
Bachelor of Science, Political Science/History
Northern Arizona University, 1987
Master of Library and Information Science
University of Arizona, 1995
Master of Arts, English
Minnesota State University, Mankato (in progress; anticipated completion date: 2021)
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Olivares, O. (2010). The sufficiently embedded librarian: Defining and establishing productive librarian-faculty partnerships in academic libraries. Public Services Quarterly, 6(2-3), 140-149.