Reference and Instructional Services Assistant
Honors B.A., University of Utah, English Literature and Medieval History
M.L.I.S, Brigham Young University
To support the Teaching, Research, and User Engagement unit within the Teaching, Research, and User Services Program, Helen:
• Recruits, hires, trains, schedules, and supervises students who work at the Research Help desk
• Coordinates and maintains the schedule of backup librarian assistance for the desk
• Provides high level research assistance to faculty, students and staff at the Research Help desk on regular shifts
• Schedules library instructional sessions with campus faculty, especially for the Writing and Rhetoric program
• Receives and refers requests for librarian consultations from students
• Teaches library instruction sessions to visiting groups, Writing and Rhetoric classes, and other similar courses
Helen also provides backup assistance at the Circulation Desk, serving as the Evening Staff Substitute and supervises the students who work at that desk. She is trained in most circulation functions, including the circulation of most materials, looking up reserves, locating items, and giving directional assistance.
Collaborating with the OIT, Helen is the Library Supervisor of the OIT Help Desk Outpost, located near the Research Help desk in the Hesburgh Library. She trains and supervises all students who work at this desk and can provide assistance with technology questions, adding print quota to faculty and student accounts, and resetting passwords.
Other duties enjoyed by Helen include:
• LINk Coordinator and LINk Librarian to Howard Hall
• Manager of the Hesburgh Library Bulletin Boards
• Member of the Renovation Technology Commons Committee
• Member of the One Book, One Michiana Committee
• Member of the Christmas Party Planning Committee
Helen has is active with the Indiana Library Federation, and currently serves as the Chair of the Publications Committee and is a Member-at-Large on the Executive Board of the Distance Learning Division.
Serves as liaison to the Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures and the Liu Institute for Asia & Asian Studies. Primary responsibilities include outreach, instruction and personalized research support for faculty and students; development and management of the East Asian Studies collection; collaboration with peers, researchers and faculty on digital scholarship initiatives; and connecting faculty with units and divisions of the Hesburgh Libraries to enable greater research productivity, sustainable publication and dissemination of scholarship and data. She is a Faculty Fellow of the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies.
I have been at Notre Dame since 1992 and consider myself to be creative, innovative and customer focused.
My undergraduate degree was in Mathematics and my graduate degree was in Information Science. Both degrees were from the University of Washington in Seattle.
I teach CHEM 23201 (How to find and present chemical information) every fall semester to sophomore majors.
My interests include using data to provide better customer service and academic genealogies. Personally, I enjoy any aspect of maps, from the extra miler club to the sport of orienteering to making maps.
MLIS, Wayne State University; B.A., University of Detroit Mercy
Leslie serves as the Africana Studies and Education Librarian within the Hesburgh Libraries.
American Library Association, Councilor at Large, 2020 -
Special Libraries Association, 2019 - 2020
Black Caucus-American Library Association, 2019 -
Indiana Black Librarians Network
American Library Association, 2005 -
Black Faculty & Staff Association - University of Notre Dame, 2007 -
Academic Librarian Coach/Mentor to Library Science Students and Newly-Minted Librarians of Diversity & Inclusive Communities, 2010 -
Advisory Board Member, Association of College & Research Libraries:Framework for Information Literacy, 2015 - 2017
President, Indiana Black Librarians Network- Affiliate, Black Caucus-American Library Association, 2014-2015
Faith Indiana, 2018 -
Innovator's Thinkers Camp, Inc., 2009 - 2019
Society of St. Vincent De Paul of St. Joseph County, 2007 -
Holy Cross Parish, South Bend, Indiana 2012-