Liaison Librarians

Library liaisons engage with faculty and staff, meeting their research, access, and teaching needs across all schools, departments, and University programs.

Factors that drive faculty engagement can include:

  • Program design
  • Majors and minors taught
  • Number of faculty per program/department
  • Digital Commons representation and usage
  • School, department, and program committee participation

Supporting the needs of the student body are equally important, and factors that drive student engagement can include:

  • Research project needs and assignments
  • Information literacy engagement
  • Event and programming support and opportunities
  • Select and appropriate University Program & Enrichment Series committee participation

Liaisons Librarians By Academic Department

Academic Department

Liaison Librarian

Academic Support Center

Allied Health

Biology & Earth Sciences


Center for Teaching and Learning

Common Book


Computer Science

Education (Undergraduate & Graduate)



Equine Science

Health & Sports Sciences

History/Political Science


Mathematical Sciences & Actuarial Science

Modern Languages & Cultures




Religion & Philosophy

Sociology, Criminology and Justice Studies

Theatre & Dance

Liaisons Librarians by Name and Assignments

Katie Albright

Student Success Librarian/Assistant Professor
Phone: (614) 823-1597

Liaison Librarian for

  • Biology & Earth Sciences / Zoo & Conservation Science / Sustainability
  • Equine Science
  • Education
  • History & Political Science (through July ’24)

Matilda Davis-Northrup

Technical Services Librarian/Assistant Professor
Phone: 614-823-1938

Liaison Librarian for

  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Sociology, Criminology, and Justice Studies

Casey Mazzoli

Public Services Librarian/Assistant Professor
Phone: (614) 823-1366 

Liaison Librarian for

  • English (includes ESL)
  • Music
  • Theatre & Dance
  • Health & Sports Sciences

Rares Piloiu

Information Literacy Librarian/Professor
Phone: 614-823-1314

Liaison Librarian for

  • Engineering, Computer Science, and Physics
  • Mathematical Sciences & Actuarial Science
  • Masters of Arts in Educational Mathematics
  • Nursing (interim)
  • Psychology
  • Religion & Philosophy
  • Writing Intensive (General Education)
  • Business / MBA (through July ’24)
  • Communication (through July ’24)

Allen Reichert
(on sabbatical through July 2024)

Electronic Access/Government Publication Librarian/Professor
Phone: 614-823-1164

Liaison Librarian for

  • Art and Art History
  • Business/MBA
  • Communication
  • History/Political Science
  • Modern Languages & Cultures

Tiffany Lipstreu

Library Director
Phone: 614-823-1414

Liaison Librarian for

  • Art and Art History (through July ’24)
  • Honors & Distinction (interim)

Administrative Liaison Duties

Administrative Liaison Duties

Other campus administrative departments or programs served by librarians, administrators and support staff from the library

Enrichment Programs

Governance & University

Academic Affairs Division (administrative units that support academic initiatives)

Student Affairs Division (administrative units that support student life)


Learn more about the Library Liaisons Service

Above all, liaisons are expected to be advocates for the Library, its services and resources, and will work to foster collaboration between the Library and other areas on campus.

In addition to responsibilities associated with each position’s primary job descriptions, library staff will be encouraged to liaise with academic and administrative departments in a variety of appropriate and necessary ways, including:

Outreach, Advocacy, and Support (All)

  •  Work closely within liaison areas to assist with developing new programs or initiatives
  • Identify and follow up on departmental project collaborations
  • *Present annually to liaison areas to share library updates and to connect library initiatives more closely to liaison area goals
  • Assist with accreditation, program reviews, and development
  • Participate in any necessary or relevant committees related to or housed within their liaison areas and report back to the library as needed
  • Take initiative to identify, meet, and facilitate ongoing communication about the resource needs and service expectations from faculty, student and staff.

Scholarly Communications (All)

  • Copyrights & Author Rights: Use copyrighted works responsibly and safeguard your rights as an author.
  • Publishing Scholarly or Creative Works: Gain insights into publisher selection, navigate public access requirements, and avoid deceptive or predatory publishers.
  • Research Impact & Scholarly Identity: Demonstrate the impact of your research and efficiently manage your scholarly reputation.
  • Preservation and Promotion: Preserve your scholarship in the Digital Commons @ Otterbein. Use researcher IDs, like ORCID, and profiles, and methods for showing the impact of individual, departmental, and institutional scholarship.
  • Open Education Resources (OER) The creation and use of Open Educational Resources and other free-to-students course material options.
  • Host a journal or build a space in Digital Commons @ Otterbein to share conference output.

Collection and Resources (Librarians)

  • Engaging in appropriate collection development
  • Systematically review appropriate collections as per the Collection Development Policy standards
  • Partner with university groups to identify and provide access to currently-taught textbooks (print or eBook)
  • Provide new program and accreditation collection analysis if desired

Teaching, Learning, and Research Services  (Librarians)

  • Assist faculty, students, and staff with research and other information literacy questions
  • Assist staff and faculty in those areas with electronic, print, and other resource or access needs
  • Provide instruction in information literacy to courses or individuals within the discipline
  • Identify the major and minor gateway courses and actively seek a significant degree of involvement in those courses.
  • Provide abundant research services including research consultations and faculty research assistance.

Please see the Library’s full Schedule of Operations for additional information.

Contact the Library

138 West Main Street.
Westerville, OH 43081

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