Personal Librarian

The Personal Librarian Program is designed to introduce students entering Otterbein University to the services and resources of the Courtright Memorial Library. Personal librarians are assigned by major (undeclared included) and all incoming students are matched with a librarian who can help with the transition to Otterbein and provide support for academic success. See your Personal Librarian for help with research, fellowship/scholarship applications, job or graduate school research, campus questions, etc. You have questions? We help you find answers.

Find your Personal Librarian in the list below or through the liaison librarians page which lists departments and specialty areas for each librarian. Students are encouraged to Meet with a Librarian for personalized assistance, whether it’s for a course assignment, preparation for a job interview or anything in-between. We welcome the opportunity to work with students individually.

Schedule a Research Consultation

Arrange a one-on-one appointment that fits your schedule

Consultations can be held virtually or on the phone. Appointments are 30 minutes long.

We can help with the following requests:

  • Finding books, articles, and websites
  • Discussing and narrowing a topic for a research paper or assignment
  • Refining your searching techniques
  • Choosing the highest-quality information to use

Librarians cannot answer legal questions, and appointment coverage is limited to Otterbein-specific courses or assignments

Appointments requested less than 24 hours in advance cannot be guaranteed. Call the Research Help Desk at (614-823-1984) if you have any questions.

To book an appointment with any available librarian, click Book a Research Consultation.

To book a specific librarian by subject area, click the corresponding button below:

Kristin Cole

Kristin Cole, Associate Professor
Subject Areas: Biology & Earth Sciences, Chemistry, Education, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Equine Science, Mathematical Sciences, Physics; Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Book Kristin >


Rares Piloiu, Associate Professor
Subject Areas: Modern Languages, English, Religion & Philosophy, Music, Psychology, Religion & Philosophy, Theatre & Dance

Book Rares >


Allen Reichert, Professor
Subject Areas: Art, Business, Accounting & Economics, Communication, History/Political Science, Leadership, Legal Studies, Sociology

Book Allen >


Jane Wu, Professor
Subject Areas: Nursing (Undergraduate & Graduate), Health and Sports Sciences, Allied Health, Honors, Distinction

Book Jane >

Alexis Fintel

Alexis B Fintel, Part-time Librarian
Subject Areas: Academic Support Center and Music

Book Alexis >

Shiva Shakeri

Shiva Shakeri, Part-time Librarian
Subject Areas: Business, Accounting & Economics; Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Book Shiva >

What can your librarian do?

  • Help you find your way around the library
  • Keep you informed with periodic e-mail messages highlighting new resources and student oriented programs
  • Remind you of important events, such as extended Library hours during Finals Week
  • Answer your questions about Library policies, procedures and services, such as check out times and how to renew books
  • Assist with finding information for your research assignments, by helping you articulate your research question, identify the best sources and formulate your search strategy
  • Provide virtual support via chat, email etc. even when you are off campus
  • Help you when you don’t know where to start, or you can’t think of what to do next
  • Show you how to research for job interview
  • If we don’t know the answer, we’ll try to find out who can address your question

Your Personal Librarian does not:

  • Do your research for you
  • Make copies or print documents for you

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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