Your Library Contact

Helping One Another in the Teaching and Learning Process

Your department's library liaison will assist you in numerous ways:

  1. Keep you informed of new tools and services
  2. Assist you in acquiring materials for the library collection
  3. Teach a class or part of a class tailored to an assignment
  4. Create customized class guides and research instruction for your students
  5. Assist you in your professional research


Librarians partner with English 100 and 101 instructors to introduce students to college-level research skills, knowledge practices, and habits. But there is much more that we can teach students in your core and upper-level courses. Sessions can be as short as a 15-minute introduction or a full class period. Contact your library liaison to schedule a classroom visit or ask us how we can design subject and class guides to support your students' research.

Research Assistance

Librarians staff the research assistance desk Monday through Friday, 1 - 5 p.m., to help with drop-in research questions; we are also available during other business hours for individual, in-depth research consultations. These consultations can be tailored to your students' specific needs and questions. Include the drop-in and research appointment service in your syllabi and encourage your students to contact us!

Collection Development

Librarians can suggest books and other resources to support current or new courses. We also routinely send book reviews to the book coordinators in each department. Although historically faculty members have been the chief developers of the library collection, the librarians play a vital and necessary role in building the collection evenly and purposefully. Contact your liaison or your department's book coordinator with any collection development needs.

Library Liaisons

Librarians are assigned to academic departments as indicated below.

Discipline Contact Person
Art and Art History Sarah Kolk
Africa and African Diaspora Francene Lewis
Asian Studies Francene Lewis
Biology Kathy DeMey
Business Katherine Swart & Sarah Kolk
Calvin Prison Initiative Kathy DeMey
Chemistry and Biochemistry Kathy DeMey
Classics Katherine Swart
Communication Sarah Kolk
Computer Science David Malone
Dutch Francene Lewis
Economics Katherine Swart
Education Katherine Swart
Engineering David Malone
English Sarah Kolk & Amanda Matthysse
French Francene Lewis
Gender Studies Sarah Kolk
Geology Geography & Environmental Studies Kathy DeMey
German Francene Lewis
History David Malone
International Development Kathy DeMey
Kinesiology Francene Lewis
Mathematics and Statistics Katherine Swart
Nursing/Medicine Amanda Matthysse
Music Amanda Matthysse
Philosophy Sarah Kolk
Physics and Astronomy Kathy DeMey
Political Science Paul Fields
Psychology Kathy DeMey
Public Health Amanda Matthysse
Religion Paul Fields
Social Work Paul Fields
Sociology Paul Fields
Spanish Francene Lewis
Speech Pathology Kathy DeMey