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First Year Experience: Meet Your Librarians

This LibGuide was created to provide information on library resources for first-year students and their instructors.

Undergraduate Engagement Librarian

Name: Jennifer Joe

Position: Undergraduate Engagement Librarian

Where you'll find me: In my office (Carlson Library 1024J), or at various events around campus.

Who am I?: A librarian. Liaison to Sociology and Anthropology, and Women's and Gender Studies. A First Year Experience instructor. A transplant to Toledo, originally from Maryland.

What can I do?: I can help with research, in my specialty subject areas, or in any other area you're having difficulty with. I can give you one-on-one database instruction (including UTMOST). I can talk to you about experiential learning and work study opportunities in the library. I can help connect you to resources on campus (though here is where I have to state I am not a counselor.) I can help you find other opportunities to get involved on campus.

How did I become a librarian?: I started as a student worker in the library at my alma mater, where I discovered that I loved helping people, and I loved research. I was majoring in sociology and anthropology, and when it came time to apply to graduate school, I found myself unable to choose just one research topic, so I went to graduate school for library science instead. (In addition, I did eventually settle on a sociology topic and also earned a Master of Arts in Sociology.)

Relevant Experiences: I am a first-generation college graduate. I was an out-of-state student for undergrad. I went on a study abroad (Amsterdam). I worked a student worker job. I had major upheaval in my life during my undergraduate degree. I worked full-time during part of my master's degree. I supported my husband while he finished his undergraduate degree as a non-traditional student.

Interests and Hobbies: Writing (We host NaNoWriMo in the fall; check it out!), Video Games, Cooking and Crafts

First Year and Online Literacy Coordinator

Name: Elaine Reeves

Position: First Year and Online Literacy Coordinator

Where you'll find me: In my office (Carlson Library 1024C), and online at

Who am I?:  A librarian and liaison to the English Composition program and the Department of Psychology. Information Literacy Instruction online and in person. A native of Toledo, I have an MA in history from UToledo and an MLIS from Kent State.

What can I do?: I can help with you find eBooks in the library catalog, find and cite online journal articles that you need for (but not limited to) your English Composition classes, find and navigate the database(s) that contain the articles that you need for (but not limited to) your English Composition classes, find the Information Literacy Organization in Blackboard with library resources for  your Blackboard courses.

How did I become a librarian?: While studying the French Revolution I learned how important open, free, and decentralized archives and libraries are to democratic societies. Successful self-government requires information, free and available to everyone, for ongoing education of effective citizens.

Interests and Hobbies: Writing, poetry, and research articles, reading, meditation, walking.