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Personal Librarian Program

Research shows that interacting with librarians and library services contributes to student success.

Starting in the Fall 2017 semester, AQ Librarians are offering a service called the Personal Librarian Program. Geared toward first-year students, our goals are simple: 1) to ensure that students new to college are aware of library resources, services, and programs; 2) to offer research and assignment support to first-year students; and 3) to decrease student anxiety when it comes to library use.

Throughout first-year students' first year at AQ, they can expect Personal Librarians to offer help with 

  • Navigating the AQ Library

  • Finding articles, books, videos and other information sources

  • Deciphering assignments

  • Developing research topics

  • Citing sources


Christina has been a librarian for 15+ years, and has been at AQ for 10 of those years. At times, she can get overly excited about searching for information, and has been known to throw some high-fives around when she finds fabulous sources. When she's not at AQ, she's probably pulling weeds out of her garden, baking something, or enjoying a craft beer with friends.

FYE instructor partners: Michelle DeRose, Tim Henshaw, Jen Hess, Rebecca Humphrey, Becky Nauta

Office Hours:

  • Mondays: 9 - 10am
  • Thursdays: 2:30 - 4:30 pm


Francine received her degree in 1984 and has been at Aquinas for 26 years. For the past 12 years, she has served as library Co-Director. This librarianasaurus marvels at the wonders of the Interweb and is currently searching for an emoji that depicts her feelings about emojis. In her spare time, she can be seen singing and dancing in her TV room, much to the delight of no one but herself.

FYE instructor partners: Dan Brooks, Sara Haviland, Kyle Hull, Barbara McCargar, Shari McCarty

Office Hours:

  • Mondays: 4 - 7 pm
  • Tuesdays: 10 am - 12 pm
  • By appointment


John started as a student worker back in '05 and became known for "living in the library" because he spent so much time there. He loved it so much that he came back to be a librarian. Outside of the library, you might see John walking around Eastown (he walks a lot). Feel free to say hi!

FYE instructor partners: Briana Asmus, Roger Durham, Joe Fox,Brian Matzke, Father Stan

Office Hours:

  • Mondays & Thursdays: 10 am - noon


Shellie admittedly displays typical librarian behavior, such as reading a ton of books, owning several cats, and wearing cardigans. However, when she is not helping students navigate library resources or explaining why critical thinking is, well, critical, she is likely to be out biking, backpacking, zip lining, or exploring the world.

FYE instructor partners: Kevin Cantley, Chad Gunnoe, Bethany Kilcrease, Molly Patterson, Brad Winkler


Office Hours:

  • Tuesdays: 10 am - 1 pm
  • Thursdays: 2:30 - 5 pm
  • By appointment