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Subject Librarians

FSU Libraries offers a professional librarian liaison to each department, school, and program who provides tailored instruction and research assistance for students and faculty. Each liaison can work collaboratively with teaching faculty, serve as a department's first point of contact for information about library resources and services, and also select materials to support students and their current course curricula.

Every Library Liaison also manages several LibGuides that act as a homepage for library resources in specific subject areas. Search below to connect with your FSU Library Liaison today!

Under the photo of the Subject Specialist is a link to request a consultation with that librarian. If you are not sure what librarian to choose use this form and we'll help choose the best librarian for your needs.

Mohamed Berray

Social Sciences Librarian
Scholars Commons
027E Strozier Library
Phone: (850) 645-2709

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Subject Specializations:
Asian Studies; Geography; Government Documents; International Studies; Middle Eastern Studies; Political Science; Public Administration and Policy

Mohamed Berray is the liaison to the Department of Political Science, the International Studies Program, and the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy in the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy. He came to Florida State University from the Pennsylvania State University where he was resident Social Sciences Librarian and subject specialist for political science, law, and international affairs. Mohamed has a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the American University in Cairo, and a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is a former Fulbright Scholar, and an ILEAD (International Librarians Enhancing Access and Development) Fellow with the Department of Library and Information Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He also was the Assistant Director, and, Head of the Law Library at the American University in Cairo. Mohamed is a member of the International Librarians Network, and serves on committees in the International Relations Round Table, and in the Law and Political Science Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries. His research interests include diversity in libraries and assessment of library user experiences.

Rachel Besara

Director of STEM Libraries & Research Initiatives
Dirac Science library
205A Dirac Science Library
Phone: (850) 644-3079

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Subject Specializations:

Rachel Besara is the Director of STEM Libraries & Research Initiatives, overseeing the Dirac Science Library and the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Library. Prior to this position, Rachel was an Assessment Librarian at FSU Libraries. She also serves as a library liaison to Physics. Rachel is a member of the American Library Association and serves as the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) liaison to the American Physical Society (APS). She has been active in other groups within the American Library Association, and as a member of the Florida Library Association, Special Libraries Association, and Florida Association for Media in Education. Her research interests include the library's role in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) research process, data management, assessment, particularly user studies, data visualization, libraries' return on investment and mobile technology.

Bridgett Birmingham

Head, Learning Commons
Undergraduate Services
112F Strozier Library
Phone: (850) 644-6810

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Subject Specializations:

Bridgett Birmingham is the library liaison for Film Studies and is responsible for collection development and instruction in those areas. In her current position as Undergraduate Technology and Media Librarian, she is also responsible for media and technology consultations for undergraduates in all disciplines of study. She provides reference services both in person and at a distance through Skype, Ask-A-Librarian, email and phone consultations. Bridgett has a strong interest in emerging technologies, learning outcomes, and Learning Commons. The intersection of the academic and social spheres for undergraduate students is her primary area of research. She has a B.A. in English Literature from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University and a Masters in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University. She is a member of the American Library Association and Educause.

Julia Cater

STEM Research & Learning Librarian
Dirac Science library
205C Dirac Science Library
Phone: (850) 645-9597

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Subject Specializations:
Biological Science; Chemistry and Biochemistry

Gloria Colvin

Head, Scholars Commons
Scholars Commons
027D Strozier Library
Phone: (850) 645-1680

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Subject Specializations:
Center for the Study of Technology in Counseling and Career Development; Education; Educational Leadership and Policy Studies; Educational Psychology and Learning Systems; Florida Center for Reading Research; School of Teacher Education

Gloria Colvin is a research librarian in the Scholars Commons in Strozier Library and serves as the liaison to the College of Education. She graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in English and art history and completed a Master of Arts in Teaching at Duke and a Masters in Library Science at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Gloria has been a member of the FSU Libraries faculty since 2001. Prior to that, she was a reference librarian at Duke University, Cedar Crest College, and the State Library and Archives of Florida. Earlier in her career, she worked as a newspaper librarian at the Durham (N.C.) Herald-Sun Newspapers and as an English and Social Studies teacher in the N.C. public schools. Her interests include copyright, scholarly communication, outreach to faculty, students, and staff in a higher education setting, and the changing roles of libraries. Gloria is an active member of the American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Florida Association of College and Research Libraries, and the Florida Library Association.She is a past president of the Florida Library Association. She chairs the Florida Book Awards Executive Board and helps to coordinate that awards program.

Michelle Demeter

Distance & Outreach Coordinator
Undergraduate Services
112E Strozier Library
Phone: (850) 645-2707

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Subject Specializations:
Dance; Theatre

Michelle's outreach responsibilities extend to various departments and organizations on campus that provide academic services. She works with the Reading Writing Center, the Academic Center for Excellence, and the Office of Undergraduate Research. Michelle's educational background includes a B.A. in English Literature, a B.A. in Religious Studies, and an M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of South Florida, and a Masters in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University. Before becoming a librarian, she worked for the St. Petersburg Times as a copy editor, as an adjunct for the Religious Studies Department at the University of South Florida in Tampa, and as a high school English Honors and Journalism teacher in Plant City, Florida. Michelle is an active member of the American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, Library Leadership & Management Association, Florida Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the Florida Library Association.

Leila Gibradze

Associate Director
Goldstein Library
Louis Shores
Phone: (850) 645-8418

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Subject Specializations:
Information Studies

Leila Gibradze received her MLIS from Rutgers University and MA in Western European Languages from Tbilisi State University, Georgia. Leila has extensive professional experience as a reference librarian and a cataloger both in public and academic library settings. She has taught graduate and continuing education courses in reference services and cataloging.

Laura Gayle Green

University Librarian, Head of the Music Library
Allen Music Library
N0202 HMU
Phone: (850) 644-3999

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Subject Specializations:

Laura Gayle Green holds degrees from Ashland College (B. music, piano), the University of Virginia (M.A., musicology), and Indiana University (M.L.S. with an emphasis in music librarianship). She became Head of the Warren D. Allen Music Library at Florida State University in July 2012. Previous positions include Director, Music/Media Library at the University of Missouri—Kansas City (UMKC, 1993-2012) with an appointment as Adjunct Associate Professor in the Conservatory of Music and Dance, and Visiting Assistant Librarian, Music Cataloger at Indiana University (1990-1993). Ms. Green has been published in Cataloging and Classification Quarterly and Music Reference Services Quarterly, and has invited articles in Women and Music in America Since 1900 (Oryx Press 2002). She has been a speaker and panelist at Music Library Association (MLA), Music Library Association Midwest Chapter, American Musicological Association, Society for American Music, and Innovative Users Group meetings. Ms. Green has served as Convention Manager, Assistant Convention Manager, Treasurer/Executive Secretary, Program Chair, and Co-Chair Local Arrangements Committee for MLA. Ms. Green serves on the advisory board for Naxos Music Library and is on the editorial board for College Music Symposium.

Kelly Grove

Science Librarian
Dirac Science library
202A Dirac Science Library
Phone: (850) 644-0023

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Subject Specializations:
Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences; Geology; Meteorology; Oceanography

Kelly Grove is the liaison to the Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science (EOAS) Department and is a Research and Learning Librarian at Dirac Library. Kelly’s background includes a B.S. in Geology from the University of Idaho and a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Alabama. She is a member of the American Library Association (ALA), Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Geological Society of America (GSA).

Rebecca Harrington

Electronic Resources Librarian
Maguire Medical Library
Phone: (850) 644-8970

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Subject Specializations:
Maguire Medical Library; Medicine

Rebecca Harrington earned a Masters in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University. As the Electronic Resources Librarian for the College of Medicine’s Maguire Medical Library, Rebecca is responsible for acquisitions and collection development for that branch library. She is a senior member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals and a past president of the Florida Health Sciences Library Association.

Renaine Julian

STEM Data and Research Librarian
Dirac Science library
205B Dirac Science Library
Phone: Phone: (850) 645-7961

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Subject Specializations:
Engineering; Urban and Regional Planning

Renaine is the STEM Data & Research Librarian. In this role, he works with researchers to help find, use, evaluate, and manage research data. Renaine also serves as the subject librarian for the FSU/FAMU College of Engineering, Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science as well as Urban & Regional Planning. He holds a MLIS, a MS in Urban and Regional Planning as well as a BS in Political Science, all from Florida State University. Renaine's interests include: research data management, scholarly communication, and citizen science. Renaine is an active member of the International Association of Social Science Information Services and Technology (IASSIST), The Association for Information Science and Technology (ASSIS&T), and The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

Nancy Kellett

Associate University Librarian
Technology and Digital Scholarship
0011 Strozier Library
Phone: (850) 645-0828

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Subject Specializations:
Computer Science; Scientific Computing; Statistics

Nancy Kellett is the liaison to the departments of Computer Science, Scientific Computing, and Statistics. Nancy has been a librarian at Florida State since 2003. Prior to that, she filled a number of roles with what is now Information Technology Services at FSU. She completed a B.S. in Mathematics, a Masters of Science in Computer Science, and a Masters of Science in Library Studies, all at Florida State University. Nancy is a member of SLA (Special Libraries Association) and is active in the Information Technology and Academic Divisions. Her professional and research interests include integrated library systems, scholarly communication, institutional repositories, and data stewardship.

Kyung Kim

Business Librarian
Scholars Commons
027J Strozier Library
Phone: (850) 644-7558

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Subject Specializations:
Communication and Communication Disorders; Hospitality; Marketing

Kyung Kim earned a PhD in Library & Information Science at Rutgers University. Prior to joining the FSU Libraries as Business Librarian, Kyung taught at the School of Library and Information Studies at FSU over nine years. She also has a medical librarian background. Kyung has expertise in User Studies, and database & Internet searching. Her research interests include innovative information services for faculty and graduate students, scholarly communication, curriculum development, embedded librarianship for distance learners, and information support for entrepreneurs and global business researchers. She is a member of the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL).

Kirsten Kinsley

Assessment Librarian
Assessment: Library Research & Statistics
206 Strozier Library
Phone: (850) 645-9347

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Subject Specializations:
Criminology and Criminal Justice; Psychology; Social Work

Kirsten Kinsley is an Assessment Librarian at the Florida State University Libraries and a liaison with the Department of Psychology and College of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Kirsten completed her Master of Science in Library and Information Studies in 1999 and received a Master of Science and Specialist in Education degrees in Counseling and Human Systems in 1995 from the Florida State University. In 1989, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with Honors. Ms. Kinsley previously worked for the FSU Career Center Library and Law Research Center and has been working in libraries on campus in various capacities since 1991. Kirsten seeks to foster and measure how the library through campus collaborations can contribute to student and faculty success.

Dr. Jesse Klein

Social Sciences Research & Data Librarian
Scholars Commons
027P Strozier Library
Phone: (850) 645-6323

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Subject Specializations:
Demography; Economics; Geography; Sociology

Jesse Klein is a Social Sciences Research and Data Librarian at Florida State University Libraries. A three-time alumnus of Florida State University, she received her Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Criminology in 2010, Master of Science in Sociology in 2012, and Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology in 2015. Jesse has subject expertise in social movements, political sociology, popular culture, research design and mixed methods, and theory. In addition to conducting various research projects in the academy and the community, Jesse is also an experienced grant writer for social justice nonprofit organizations and local government initiatives focused on women, girls, domestic violence, and formerly incarcerated individuals. She currently serves as the subject librarian for Sociology, Demography, Economics, and Geography and works directly with faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students to provide reference, instruction, and consultations on a range of topics.

Emily Mann

Research & Information Services Librarian
Undergraduate Services
112J Strozier Library
Phone: (850) 645-7448

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Subject Specializations:
Family and Child Sciences; Nutrition, Food, and Exercise Science; Retail Merchandising and Product Development; Sociology

Emily Mann received her Masters in Library and Information Studies from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and her B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology with a minor in U.S. history from Guilford College. She joined the faculty of Florida State University Libraries in 2014 and currently serves as the subject librarian for the College of Human Sciences, including Family and Child Sciences and Retail; Merchandising and Product Development; and Nutrition, Food & Exercises. She also serves as the subject librarian for Sociology. Prior to joining FSU libraries she worked in the libraries at Coker College, University of North Carolina at Greensboro and High Point University. She is an active member of the American Library Association and the Association of College and Research Libraries. Her research interests include meeting the needs of under-served populations, reference services and information literacy.

Sara Nodine

Head of Collection Development
Allen Music Library
N0202 HMU Allen Music Library
Phone: (850) 644-4698

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Subject Specializations:

Sara Nodine has served as the Head of Collection Development and Special Collections at the Warren D. Allen Music Library since 2010. Previously she was the Circulation/Reserves Manager in that library from 2007-2010. In addition to her work in the library, Sara is an active member of the Music Library Association (MLA) and the Southeast Music Library Association (SEMLA) and also serves on committees at Florida State University and various other professional organizations. Sara holds degrees in music from Furman University (BA) and Florida State University (MM Historical Musicology), as well as the MLIS and Specialist (Leadership & Management) degrees from Florida State University. Her research interests include the impact of musical institutions as well as topics related to leadership, teaching professional development, and library collection management.

Jeff Phillips

Student Success Librarian
Undergraduate Services
112D Strozier Library
Phone: (850) 644-1635

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Subject Specializations:
Film; Mathematics

Jeff Phillips earned a B.S. and M.S. in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Information Systems and Learning Technologies. As the Student Success Librarian, he has a strong focus in teaching students how to perform proper research and understanding the benefits of using library resources. His research interests include quantitative and qualitative strategies for instructional assessment and emerging technologies. He is a member of the American Library Association and the Critical Thinking Community.

Robert Saxon

Department Head Panama City FL Library
Panama City, Florida
A0111 HOL Panama City Campus (FL)
Phone: (850) 770-2244

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Subject Specializations:
Panama City Florida Library

Abby Scheel

Humanities Librarian
Scholars Commons
027L Strozier Library
Phone: (850) 645-2163

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Subject Specializations:
Classics; English; Humanities; Philosophy; Religion

Abby Scheel earned a B.A. in Classics with a minor in Archaeology from Smith College as well as an M.A. in Classical Archaeology and Masters in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University. Before becoming a humanities librarian, Abby worked on different archaeological projects in Italy and Greece, taught undergraduate courses, and worked as a cataloger for FSU. She is currently the liaison for the Classics, English, Philosophy and Religion departments. Abby's research interests focus on the information behaviors of humanities researchers and the effect of new technologies on these behaviors. She is a member of the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).


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