Get to know your library

Dec 13, 2006

The library is organized into four major divisions: Research & Access, Reference & Instruction, Information Technology, and Collections & Technical Services. During fall semester, we are introducing our readers to each of them. Last month, we looked at the Research and Access Division and this month, Reference & Instruction.

Associate Dean for Reference & Instruction

Dave Baldwin, 153 Parks Library, (515) 294-5405,

Description: The Library Faculty and Staff in Reference & Instruction provide research and technical assistance at the reference desk in Parks Library, work closely with academic departments in developing the collections that support the university's curriculum and research programs, and provide instruction. Divisional librarians and graduate assistants teach the .50 credit Library 160 course to more than 5,000 undergraduate students each year and librarians also provide course-related instruction sessions, working with teaching faculty.

During the Spring semester, the reference area which has been largely a shelving area for reference books will be transformed into the Learning Connections Center. The area will house a smaller reference collection and collaborative computer workspaces for groups of 2-5 students, four multi-media production spaces for use by students in creating multimedia information products, and a service desk where research and technical assistance is close at hand. The desk will be located near the entrance to the Bookends Café. Look for changes coming soon.

The Reference & Instruction Division includes the following units:

Contact these service areas for help with your library needs.