Research Help

Each department has a librarian who works with its students and faculty. Use the subject listings below to find your department’s liaison librarian. Feel free to email or call them with a quick question or to make a one-on-one appointment.

Our Research Guides can help you identify library resources that are useful when researching different topics or subjects. Look for the guide that corresponds to your class or subject.

If you need help with a research question but aren't sure which librarian to contact, you can email at or give us a call at (309) 677-3502.

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Liaison Librarians by Subject

Todd Spires

Todd Spires

Executive Director/Collection Development Librarian

    Library 145
    (309) 677-2830

Subjects: Philosophy, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology

Christina Norton

Christina Norton

Online Learning Librarian, Interim Instruction Librarian

    Library 109
    (309) 677-3465

Subjects: Art, Communications, Education, English, Graduate-Level Counseling, Interactive Media, Music, Theater

Libby Tronnes

Libby Tronnes

Head of Special Collections

    Library 305
    (309) 677-2823

Subjects: History, Mathematics, Women's and Gender Studies

Michelle Nielsen Ott

Michelle Nielsen Ott

Sciences and Health Sciences Librarian

    Library 110
    (309) 677-2840

Subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Health Science, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Physics, Consumer Sciences

Meg Frazier

Meg Frazier

Access Services Librarian

    Library 110
    (309) 677-2848

Subjects: Education, Engineering, Computer Science

Xiaotian Chen

Xiaotian Chen

Electronic Services Librarian

    Library 102
    (309) 677-2839

Subjects: Business, Political Science and International Studies, World Languages and Cultures.