What Your Library Liaison Can Do For You
- Serve as an initial contact for library-related matters.
- Provide specialized reference services to faculty.
- Provide general, course-specific, or assignment-specific instruction for students taking courses in your department.
- Share information about library services and resources.
- Offer demonstrations or workshops of new resources and services of interest to your department.
- Provide a one-on-one orientation for new faculty members and teaching assistants.
- Provide orientations for new students in your department.
- Provide consultation services for students writing research papers, theses, or dissertations.
- Assist with library purchase requests.
- Communicate with the library about new areas of research, courses, and programs in your department.
Library faculty are available to provide instruction and answer reference questions even if a specific liaison is not listed for your department or area of study.
Jordan Forbes received her Master of Science in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and also holds a Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies from that institution, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in History and Psychology from Trinity University, in San Antonio, TX. She assists students and faculty with research related to Business, Economics, Global Studies, History, and Technical Resource Management.
Christina Heady received her Masters of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Michigan. Her background is in Secondary Education and, prior to working in libraries, she taught in high school English. You'll most often see her teaching undergraduate one-time sessions but she also teaches the online sections of CI 199: Introducation to College Research.
Jennifer Horton received her Masters of Library Science degree from the University of Missouri. She also received a B.S. in Biology from Truman State University and a J.D. from St. Louis University School of Law. Prior to working in libraries, she was a research biologist and attorney. She assists students and faculty with research related to engineering, chemistry, computer science, geology, mathematics, and physics.
Amber Loos received a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from Ohio University, a Masters of Library and Information Science from Kent State University, and a Masters in Public Health from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She assists students and faculty with research related to the health sciences, medicine, allied health, microbiology, and physiology.
Joyce Metcalf received a Bachelor of Science in Education and Bachelor of Arts in History with Honors from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. She has worked in both Morris and the Law Library for twenty-one years. She has worked with government documents for fifteen of those years and can assist you with locating government documents as well as other materials in the library. Prior to working at the library, she has taught in high school, grade school and preschool, worked in insurance office and spent one year on a local television show on WSIU-TV.
Sarah received her Master of Science in Library & Information Science from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and is finishing a Master of Arts in Film & Media Studies from the University of Oregon. She assists students and faculty with research related to the Humanities, Fine Arts, Media Arts, Communication, and Area/Interdisciplinary Studies.
Susan Tulis received her Masters of Science in Library Science from the University of NC, Chapel Hill. As the Associate Dean for Information Services, she oversees all the public areas/services in Morris Library. She has over 20 years of experience working in Government Documents, including 16 years at a law library and as a lobbyist for a library association.
Cassie Wagner has managed Morris Library's website since 2004. In the process of making the library's many services and resources easily available, she has gained extensive knowledge of web design, development, and usability. She holds a Master's degree in library and information studies from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and an undergraduate degree in history from Kenyon College.
Mark Watson has been at SIU since 1992, for many years as Head of the Undergraduate Library; since 2002 as the Instruction Librarian. He is primarily to be found in the classroom, both for the library’s credit course, CI 199: Introduction to College Research, and for one-time sessions with many courses throughout the curriculum. He holds two degrees from Indiana University.
Jian (Anna) Xiong
Anna Xiong has been at SIU since 2003. She is Associate Professor and Government Information Librarian. She received her Masters of Library and Information Science degree from the Indiana University Bloomington, her second Master’s degree of German Language and Literature specialized in Economics and Diplomacy of Germany from Beijing Foreign Studies University, and a Bachelor's degree of German Language and Literature from Nanjing University. Her background is in Chinese, German, English, Information Literacy, Government, Political Science, and Economics. She is also interested in Intellectual Property and Scholarly Communication.
Jessica Zieman received her Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her Bachelor of Arts from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Anthropology. As an undergraduate she worked at Morris Library in the Interlibrary Loan department. She assists students and faculty with research related to psychology, anthropology, geography, sociology, and Latino and Latin American Studies.
Find Your Liaison
- Africana Studies
- Agribusiness Economics
- Animal Science
- Anthropology and Archaeology
- Architectural Studies
- Art and Design
- Asian Studies
- Automotive Technology
- Chemistry and Biochemistry
- Cinema and Photography
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Communication Disorders and Sciences
- Computer Science
- Criminology and Criminal Justice
- Crop, Soil, and Environmental Management
- Curriculum and Instruction
- Dental Sciences
- Educational Psychology
- Electrical Engineering
- Electronic Systems Technologies
- Environmental Studies
- Fashion Design and Merchandising
- Food and Nutrition
- Foreign Languages and Literatures
- Forensic Science
- Health Care Management
- Health Education
- Hospitality and Tourism
- Industrial Technology
- Information Systems and Applied Technologies
- Interior Design
- Latino and Latin American Studies
- Library Science
- Mechanical Engineering and Energy Processes
- Mining and Mineral Resources Engineering
- Mortuary Science and Funeral Service
- Paralegal Studies
- Physical Therapy
- Physician Assistant
- Plant Biology
- Political Science
- Radio, Television, and Digital Media
- Radiologic Sciences
- Rehabilitation Services
- Social Work
- Special Education
- Special Topics
- Speech Communication
- Technical Resource Management
- Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
- Workforce Education and Development
The purpose of Morris Library's liaison program is to facilitate two-way communication between the library and faculty, students, and staff in all academic departments in order to provide library services that best meet each department's research, teaching, and service needs within the available resources.
Specific services provided by the liaison are flexible to meet the needs of individual departments and the people in those departments. The program is inherently collegial and is dependent upon the support and cooperation of individuals from many areas of the library. It also requires your participation to make it work.