Library Teaching & Learning

Department Mission

The mission of the Library Teaching & Learning Department (LTL) is to support the academic and research needs of BGSU students, faculty and staff and to teach users to identify, locate, assess and use appropriately a full range of information resources to create new knowledge.  LTL faculty and staff provide service at the Research & Information Desk, teach library instruction sessions in many subject areas, offer one-on-one research consultations by appointment, create course- and subject-specific LibGuides, and provide subject expertise in a wide range of areas for research and collections.

To schedule a research consultation with an LTL librarian, use our online booking system or feel free to contact a librarian directly with your inquiry. If you would like to schedule a library instruction session for your class, please see our list of instruction team contacts on our Services for Faculty webpage.

LTL Faculty and Staff

Maureen Barry

  • Position: Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-3847
  • Email:
  • Address: Jerome Library 164

Maureen Barry, Reference and Instruction Librarian, joined the Library Teaching and Learning department in March 2019. A 1999 graduate of Bowling Green State University, and a 2005 graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science, her research interests include the academic librarian’s role in high school students’ transition to college and how libraries and information literacy instruction support community engagement and service-learning pedagogy. Maureen has published book chapters and articles in Library QuarterlyLOEX Quarterly, and College & Research Libraries News. She also provides reference services at the Research and Information Desk.

Vera Lux

  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-7897
  • Email:
  • Address: Jerome Library 160

Vera received her M.L.I.S. from the University of South Florida in 2009 and her B.A. in Social Science from San Diego State University in 2007. Her research interests include the use of technology and social media for library instruction and outreach. She has published in Reference Services Review, Charleston Advisor, and College & Research Library News

As a member of the Social Science Instruction Team, Vera collaborates with faculty to provide library instruction to students in Sociology, Political Science, International Studies and the School of Media and Communication.  She also provides reference services at the Research and Information Desk, teaches credit-bearing courses in library research skills, and contributes to library outreach & social media.

Linda Rich

  • Position: Professor and Coordinator of Reference Services
  • Phone: 419-372-7902
  • Email:
  • Address: Jerome Library 161

Linda Rich is the Coordinator of Reference Services in the Department of Library Teaching & Learning.  She is a member of the Library Instruction Liaison Team for Business and Family and Consumer Sciences. Linda received both a B.S. in Business Education and a Master of Library Science from Indiana University and worked at the Indiana University Law Library prior to coming to BGSU in 1995.

Linda’s current research interests include improving the library user experience and the provision of chat reference services in libraries. Her recent scholarship includes the journal article Reaching Additional Users with Proactive Chat and the conference presentation Collaborative Design:  Partnering with Students to Improve Library Spaces and Services.

Chris Robinson-Nkongola

  • Position: Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-9412
  • Email:
  • Address: Jerome Library 162

Chris joined the Library Teaching and Learning Team in September 2019.  She holds a M.S. in Library and Information Science from Drexel University and a M.A in British and American Literature as well as a B.S. in English Literature from Indiana State University.

Chris’s research interests are African American veterans as well as diversity, inclusion, and equity in academic libraries. She is the co-author of “Dropping in without a parachute: Library Managers’ Supervision Experiences” published in the Journal of Library Administration. She also has contributed chapters to the Women Lives across the World: A Global Encyclopedia.

Edith Scarletto

  • Position: Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-7923
  • Email:
  • Address: Jerome Library 159

Edith received her M.L.I.S. from Kent State University in 2002 and her B.A. in Sociology from Wittenberg University in 1995. Her research interests include the library services for GIS, metrics for library instruction and student success, critical librarianship and inclusive hiring practices in academic libraries. She has published in the Journal of Academic LibrarianshipJournal of Map and Geography Libraries, and College & Research Libraries. 

As the lead for the STEM & Health Sciences Instruction Team, Edith collaborates with faculty to provide library instruction to students in Computer Science, Health and Human Services, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics and Astronomy, Public and Allied Health, Visual Communications and Technology Education, Applied Engineering and Architecture.  She also provides reference services at the Research and Information Desk, and is a member of the Collection Development Team.

Laura Sheets

  • Position: Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-7901
  • Email:
  • Address: Jerome Library 157

Laura received her M.S. in Library & Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012, a B.A. in Music Business from Anderson University in 2002, a B.A. in English from Middle Tennessee State University in 2009, and a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design & Technology from the University of Memphis in 2018.

Laura’s current research interests include best practices in designing undergraduate research assignments, teaching source evaluation skills in the library classroom, and how the position of librarians in academia affects their identities as educators and scholars, as well as their general well-being.

She has published in the Journal of Digital Media Management and Tennessee Libraries and presented at the Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy and the Tennessee Library Association Annual Conference.

Rob Snyder

  • Position: Associate Professor & First Year Experience Coordinator
  • Phone: 419-372-9442
  • Email:
  • Address: Jerome Library 163

Rob Snyder received an M.L.I.S. from San Jose State University and a B.A. in English from Baldwin-Wallace College. In addition to serving as the chair of the Library Teaching & Learning Department, he also serves as the library liaison to the Department of Higher Education and Student Affairs and the MACIE program. 

Rob’s research interests include the role of the academic library in first year initiatives, library instruction, and the application of emerging technologies to classroom instruction. He has published articles and book reviews in the Journal of Academic Librarianship, Portal, Reference Services Review, College & Research Libraries News, and Reference and User Services Quarterly, and book reviews in Reference and User Services Quarterly. Rob has also presented at LOEX of the West, the annual conference of the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO), and the Learning, Libraries & Technology Conference. 

Updated: 12/07/2022 02:57PM