During our strategic planning process in Fall of 2012, Butler Libraries identified key areas for developing and strengthening library services that will support the University’s academic mission now and in the future. We are pleased to introduce three new employees who will help us meet our goals:
Akeira Jennings is the first student to be employed as Library Student Liaison at Butler Libraries. Akeira is a junior majoring in Journalism and International Studies, and last year she participated in Butler’s Global Adventures in the Liberal Arts study abroad program. As a journalism major, Akeira is well suited to enhance communication between Butler Libraries and the students we serve. She is currently job-shadowing with library faculty and staff to learn more about our services, as well as attending meetings of student clubs and organizations to introduce the liaison program.
Amanda Starkel joins us as our Information Commons and eLearning Librarian. Amanda has an MLS from Indiana University Bloomington. She recently worked at Defiance College, where she established the library instruction program and served as interim library director. Amanda will be co-coordinator of the Information Commons, a joint program of Butler Libraries and the Center for Academic Technology. This program employs students to provide peer-to-peer research and technology assistance. Amanda also brings expertise in Moodle, the learning management system currently in use at Butler to provide web-based and -enhanced courses.
Mary (Franny) Gaede is our Scholarly Communication Librarian. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2013 with an MS in Information Science with an emphasis on digital libraries. She was a graduate technician at the University of Texas Digital Repository. Franny will coordinate and develop digital initiatives such as the Digital Commons, provide expertise in intellectual property and copyright, and monitor the dynamic landscape of scholarly publication. Her first project at Butler Libraries has been to create a virtual version of Celebrating the Past, Envisions the Future: 50 Years of Irwin Library 1963-2013, an archival exhibit developed by Associate Professor Sally Childs-Helton.
Please join us in welcoming Akeira, Amanda, and Franny to Butler Libraries!