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
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.

Eileen Bosch

Position: Associate Professor & Coordinator of Library Instruction,
Chair, Library Teaching & Learning
Phone: 419-372-7903
Address: Jerome Library 152C

Eileen K. Bosch is the Chair of Library Teaching & Learning Department and the Library Instruction Coordinator. She received an M.L.I.S. from Kent State University and an M.Ed. in Reading from BGSU. As a member of the World Languages & Cultures Instruction Team, Eileen collaborates with faculty to provide library instruction to students in Africana Studies, Asian Studies, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Ethnic Studies, International Studies, World Languages and Cultures, and International Student Services. She also provides reference services at the Research and Information Desk and On Site, teaches credit-bearing courses in library research skills, and offers reference and instruction services in Spanish and Portuguese.

Her diverse upbringing and global perspectives have influenced her publications and presentations on topics related to diversity and inclusion practices in libraries, mentoring and leadership, information literacy, and library services to underrepresented populations, with a focus on linguistically and culturally diverse users. Eileen is a recipient of several library scholarships and awards such as the IMLS/Kent State University “New Librarians, New Leaders” Scholarship, ALAO Support Staff Award, ALA Spectrum Scholars, and ALA Emerging Leaders. Also, Eileen has served on several leadership roles within the American Library Association including serving as past ALA Council-at-Large Member and President of the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA).

Amy Fry

Position: Associate Professor & Electronic Resources Coordinator
Phone: 419-372-2690
Address: Jerome Library 230

Amy has an M.S. in Library & Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2003) as well as an M.A. in Art History from the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN; 2009) and B.A. degrees in English and Art History from Oberlin College (1998).

As the library's Electronic Resources Coordinator, she works with library staff, consortia, and information services companies to help the library maintain its subscriptions to hundreds of online databases. She is also the librarian for the School of Art at BGSU, a member of the Humanities & Arts Library Instruction Team, and a member of the Collection Development Team (Humanities).

Her research interests include usage patterns, resource discovery and search behavior related to online resources; electronic resources workflows and management models; and website usability. She has published in the journals portal: Libraries and the Academy, the Journal of Academic Librarianship, and Serials Review. She is also an occasional blogger for the Association of College & Research Libraries' ACRLog.

Vera Lux

Position: Associate Professor
Phone: 419-372-7897
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.

Jennifer Nyiri

Position: Senior Library Associate
Phone: 419-372-2362

Linda Rich

Position: Professor and Coordinator of Reference Services
Phone: 419-372-7902
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
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
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
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
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. As the First Year Experience Coordinator, Rob works with programs campus-wide that are related to first year initiatives, and acts as library liaison and resource for instructors and students involved with first year programs and students in transition. He also serves as the library liaison to the Department of Higher Education and Student Affairs and the School of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Policy.

Rob’s research interests include the role of the academic library in first year initiatives, and the application of emerging technologies to classroom instruction. He has published articles in Reference Services Review and College & Research Libraries News, 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.