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Library debuts personalized service

September 13, 2012

By Amanda Duncan

Cleveland State University students can have more one-on-one assistance when it comes to their assignments with the help of the Michael Schwartz Library’s newest program “Personal Librarian.”

The library held a meet and greet on Sept. 11 where each librarian had their own table with information for students.

There are 10 librarians who can meet with students individually to discuss their research projects or guide them with their major.

Researching information can be a daunting experience for students, especially freshmen who are new to the college experience.

“We really want to reach out to the students and want them to be comfortable here in the library, to become familiar with the faces around here and know that we are here to help them,” said Tracy Kemp, Coordinator of User Services.

The librarians have different areas of expertise to assist students and faculty with their academic endeavors.

“I think it will be a big help for students when they need research material,” said Rachel Morelli, a senior Health Sciences major.
Bill Barrow is the Coordinator of the Cleveland Memory Project. His area of expertise is local history and theater and dance. He is the librarian for the Special Collections Department, which is on the third floor of the library.

Dr. Leo Jeffres, a Communication professor, has taken his Advanced Reporting students to the Special Collections Department and utilized the assistance of Barrow for class projects. Students had to research buildings or areas historically and find a news story.

If students are in need of assistance in the areas of Education, specifically in the Doctoral Program, Art and Architecture, History, Philosophy, and Classical and Medieval Studies, then Kathy Dobda is the librarian specializing in these subjects. She is the Assistant Director of Public Services and Head Library Instruction.

Diane Kolosionek is another librarian who is available to assist students with urban studies, health, physical education and recreation, political science and education.

“We are here to help—we have so many resources for students to use,” Kemp added. “That way, there is another place for them to start at in addition to the reference desk.”

Gail Marredeth, Frances Mentch, Carol Zsulya, Barbara Strauss, Ann Marie Smeraldi, Yuezeng Shen and Theresa Nawalaniec are also available as personal librarians.

“Just having that flexible access is great, and also some people have a hard time with face-to-face interactions and being able to know where to go and who to go to will open up that pathway a little more,” said Joe Wetzel, a CSU Chemical Engineering major.

Students with any questions can contact the library by phone at 216-687-5300, email, chat service, or text “CSULibrary” to 68746 (add CSULibrary as a contact on your cell phone).

Appointments can be made either in person or online for added convenience.