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Personal and Research Librarians for Students

Personal Librarians (PLs) are assigned to first-year incoming undergraduate students. PLs teach about the policies, resources, and services available through the library, and will assist in research needs.

Research Services Librarians (RSLs) manage the collections, assist in research, and teach how to use the resources. RSLs are assigned to specific academic departments, and thus can support more challenging research needs unique to each area of study.

Personal Librarians

Every first-year student is matched with a team of two Personal Librarians (PLs), who are dedicated to helping students succeed with research and class projects.  For example, a PL can assist students in identifying the best resources and formulate search strategies, and connecting students with library experts in different subject areas.  The PL will provide assistance any time of the year, even when the student is on break!

How can my Personal Librarian help me?

  • Help you find your way around the library [Where is something? Who to talk to? Is this available?]
  • Keep you informed with periodic email messages highlighting resources and programs for students
  • Answer your questions about library policies, procedures, and services. [How do I renew? How do I pay a fine? How do I view my library record?]
  • Assist you in working on research assignments so that you can conduct your own research and prepare research papers. [What databases to use? How to search for resources? How to narrow a topic?  How to organize your content? How to cite accurately?]
  • Provide referrals for information about who on campus to contact for other services, such as technology and computer help, writing advice, tutoring, and more.
  • Provide assistance at any time of the year, even when you are on break!

Things we can offer referrals for but not directly do:

  • Make photocopies. The library does have scanners you can use.
  • Set-up computer accounts or software. We can guide you to UTech assistance.
  • Do your research or write/edit your paper. We can help find sources and talk through the research process. We can refer you to people in the Writing Center.
  • Replace advising roles of any other department on campus.

Research Services Librarians

Research Services Librarians (RSLs) are assigned to each academic department from the Case School of Engineering, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the Weatherhead School of Management. Research centers or other offices on campus may have an assigned librarian. Each librarian has background and expertise in the departments they serve.

Examples of how librarians can assist, include:

  • Finding a specific resource, item, or information
  • Effectively using an item, resource, or service
  • Narrowing down a topic
  • Citing sources
  • Organizing a research strategy
  • Providing alternatives to a research process

Find the contact information for your Research Services Librarian or use the Research Guide created for your area of research.

Our current Personal Librarians:

Mark Clemente in the library atrium

Mark Clemente

Scholarly Communications Librarian
Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship


Phone: 216.368.3539

Mark Eddy in the library atrium

Mark Eddy

Research Services


Phone: 216.368.5457

Brian Gray in the library atrium

Brian Gray

Special Projects Officer
Academic Engagement Services


Phone: 216.368.8685

Jacey Kepich in the library atrium

Jacey Kepich

Research Services


Phone: 216.368.6676

Evan Meszaros in the library atrium

Evan Meszaros

Research Services


Phone: 216.368.3509

Karen Oye's Headshot

Karen Oye

Research Services


Phone: 216.368.5309

Daniella Solomon in the library atrium

Daniela Solomon

Research Services


Phone: 216.368.8790

Jen Starkey in the library atrium

Jennifer Starkey

Team Leader
Research Services


Phone: 216.368.6511

KSL staff member, Acquisitions and Metadata team

Shelby Stuart

Electronic Resources Librarian
Acquisitions & Metadata Services


Phone: 216.368.3328


In-Person Consultation:


  • Dial: (216) 368-3506
  • Text Message: (216) 220-8261


  • We respond in less than 2 business days; may be longer during University closings


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