Personal Librarian

The Personal Librarian Program is designed to connect Otterbein University students to the services and resources of the Courtright Memorial Library. Personal librarians are assigned by major (undeclared included) and can help with the transition to college academics, subject-specific research skills and resources, assistance with course assignments, fellowship/scholarship applications, job or graduate school research, etc.

Find your Personal Librarian in the list below or through the liaison librarians page. Students are encouraged to schedule a Research Consultation (see below) for personalized assistance.

Schedule a Research Consultation

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

Consultations can be held in-person, virtually, or over the phone. Appointments are generally 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 search techniques
  • Choosing the highest-quality information to use
  • Organizing your sources and building citations with Zotero

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:

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Katie Albright,  Student Success Librarian/Assistant Professor
Subject Areas: Biology & Earth Sciences, Education; Equine Science; FYS/TYS/INST/SYE

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Matilda Davis-Northrup

Matilda Davis-Northrup, Technical Services Librarian/Assistant Professor
Subject Areas: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Sociology, Criminology, and Justice Studies

Book Matilda >

Casey Mazzoli

Casey Mazzoli, Public Services Librarian/Assistant Professor
Subject Areas:  English, Music, Theatre & Dance,

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Rares Piloiu, Information Literacy Librarian/ Professor
Subject Areas: Engineering, Math/Computer Science, Physics; Psychology; Religion & Philosophy;

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Allen Reichert, Electronic Access Librarian/Professor
Subject Areas: Art & Art History;  Business/MBA; Communication, History/Political Science; Modern Languages & Cultures

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What can your librarian do?

  • Help you find your way around the library.
  • 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.
  • Help with research for job interview preparation.
  • 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
  • Give legal, medical, or tax preparation advice

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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