Unit: Research, Teaching & User Engagement - Mission Statement

Enriches the University of Notre Dame experience by helping our community become active participants in the creation, use and pursuit of knowledge. In collaboration with the campus partners, our mission is to enhance learning, facilitate research, and enrich the student and faculty experience at Notre Dame by:

  • actively engaging users through library instruction and workshops,
  • providing point of need research assistance by assessing the information and research needs of individuals and providing connections to library resources, as well as subject specialists, teaching faculty, and community resources,
  • developing the abilities of students to find, use, and evaluate information while integrating active learning skills that will benefit lifelong learning,
  • participating in the creation of inviting and effective virtual and actual learning spaces,
  • developing increasingly effective reference collections in all formats to guide users through a variety of research processes, and
  • developing high impact initiatives and programs.

Unit: User Services - Mission Statement

Subunits: Circulation Services | Patron Services, Reserves and Interlibrary Loan Lending | Document Delivery and Stacks Maintenance

We believe all our customers deserve outstanding service. We are committed to supporting your academic success by delivering a customized experience that is prompt, courteous and in a positive manner that satisfies your needs and exceeds your expectations.

  • We are proud to be I-R-I-S-H.
  • Investigate problems and arrive at the correct answer… be proactive and creative in problem solving
  • Remain respectful and courteous of others at all times
  • Instruct users on our services by having trained and skilled staff
  • Seek to continually improve one’s knowledge and expertise
  • Help our users by listening carefully


(574) 631-6258


Program Director, Teaching Research & User Services
Psychology Librarian
Teaching, Research and User Engagement Unit
(574) 631-4271 | csmith@nd.edu | 157 Hesburgh Library

M.L.S., Indiana University; B.A., Earlham College.

Cheri Smith is the Psychology Librarian and Program Director for the Teaching, Research and User Services Program. As Program Director she oversees the functions of the Hesburgh Libraries Teaching, Research and User Engagement Unit and the User Services Unit Her interests include information literacy, library reference services, and open access publishing.