Skip to Main Content

Library Services for Faculty

How to order books, how to put items on reserve, how to schedule a library workshop for your course and more!

Get Help from a Librarian in Your Subject Area

Contact the librarian whose liaison assignment matches your department.

Michael Joseph Laurie Sauer Anne Thomason
Make Appointment Make Appointment Make Appointment
(309) 341-7432 (309) 341-7788 (309) 341-7491
  • Anthropology & Sociology
  • Asian Studies
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Journalism
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sports Studies
  • Religious Studies
  • Theatre & Dance 
  • Africana Studies
  • Art & Art History
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Classics
  • Environmental Studies
  • Gender & Women's Studies
  • History
  • English

More Services

More Services: Your librarian-liaison can also provide the following services.

Serve as your point of Contact with the Library. Instead of having to learn where to go to to find info on reserves, who to ask about ILL, etc.  You can address all your questions to your librarian liaison.  You are free to go directly to individual library departments, but you don't have to.  

Customized Instructional Sessions. Liaisons work with faculty to develop effective sessions for instructing students in the specific skills needed for a course assignments. Sessions are interactive and provide hands-on practice time for students. Sessions should be scheduled during regular class periods with instructors present and participating.

Assignment Design Assistance. Liaisons can also assist in developing assignments that effectively incorporate information literacy skill development. Faculty bring to the table a high level of subject expertise and experience with student work -- librarians can provide expertise on information resources and our knowledge of student research behavior.

Assessment. Liaisons can develop exercises to be completed by students in a course to assess particular information literacy or research skills, and, when appropriate , the librarian can also grade or evaluate those exercises.

Customized Instructional Materials. Liaisons can develop print handouts and/or Research Guides customized to your assignments and the resources you want your students to be aware of and use. Some examples include:

  • List of available resources by topic
  • Instructions for effectively searching a database
  • Web pages with links to resources
  • Instructions for individual research tasks (e.g., how to find book reviews, how to properly cite sources)

Reference Services

Liaisons can provide you with answers to all sorts of informational or research questions. You can call or email your liaison.  You can also set up an appointment for an extended research consultation.  Your advanced students can also contact the liaison with their in-depth reference questions.

If your question is urgent, and you cannot reach your liaison by phone, we recommend emailing your question to both your liaison and our general reference email,, just in case your librarian is not in that day.

Questions can range from the simple to the complex.  Many times you may be perfectly able to find the information yourself, but by utilizing your librarian liaison you can save your time for those things only you can do.   Here are some examples of the types of questions you can ask your liaison.

  • I need contact information for the author of this article.
  • Can you let me know the population of this country over the last 10 years?
  • Can you point me towards some effective websites dealing with plagiarism?
  • I'm citing a source in a paper I'm working on, but I don't have a complete citation.
  • I'm doing some research in an area that is new to me, can you suggest which databases I should search for articles in this area?
  • I need a list of all the articles by this author since 2000.
  • I need a list of  possible textbooks I could adopt for this course.
  • Can you give me a list of recent books with reviews on this topic?
  • Can you find me some available data sets in this topic area?