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Library Liaisons

What is a Library Liaison?

The goal of the library liaison program is to encourage communication between the library and each college at Western University of Health Sciences to ensure that we are responsive to each college’s needs and concerns.

We are your starting point for assistance and can help you with any questions, concerns, or recommendations regarding the library. We connect you with resources you need for learning, teaching, and research, customized for your college.

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Who is my Library Liaison?

Portrait of Ruth Harris, MLIS, MSHS

Ruth Harris, MLIS, MSHS

College of Dental Medicine
College of Veterinary Medicine

Education Services Librarian


Portrait of Rudy R. Barreras

Rudy R. Barreras

College of Health Sciences
College of Optometry

Assessment & Public Relations Librarian


Portrait of Kelli Hines, MLIS

Kelli Hines, MLIS

College of Pharmacy
College of Podiatric Medicine

Scholarly Communications Librarian


Portrait of Christyana Visk, MLIS

Christyana Visk, MLIS

College of Graduate Nursing
College of Osteopathic Medicine – Pomona and Northwest

elearning and Student Engagement Librarian


What can your liaison do for you?

Librarians can assist you in many ways:

  • Faculty and Staff
    • Attend curriculum meetings, conferences, seminars, events, workshops, and presentations
    • Curriculum integration, development, and library instruction
    • Present on a variety of research-related topics for faculty and staff professional development
    • Perform literature searches & research assistance
    • Perform faculty library orientations
    • Perform new student orientations
    • Assist with commencement ceremonies
  • Students
    • Attend final presentations
    • Small group or individual library instruction outside the classroom
    • Collaborate with the LEAD office
    • Citation review
    • Plagiarism checking
  • Colleges
    • Serve as information filters, sending relevant material to each college
    • Assist with searching for articles or books
    • Inform you which articles are available immediately and which articles need to be requested from another library
    • Help set up a table of contents alerting service that will periodically send you updates when new articles match your search criteria become available
    • Develop the library’s collection for your college. To recommend purchases, you may use this form.
    • Observe classes and/or rounds to help further develop college-specific library resources
    • Assist with identifying where to publish
    • Assist with obtaining copyright permission
    • EndNote assistance