May 30, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 

University Libraries

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The Northern Illinois University Libraries system consists of Founders Memorial Library, and three branch libraries, which include Faraday Library, and the Music Library. The University Libraries contain over 2 million volumes as well as numerous periodicals, government publications, microforms, maps, recordings, audiovisual materials, and electronic resources.

NIU Libraries are participants in the I-Share System, a network involving 145 academic institutions throughout Illinois. Access is via the World Wide Web and allows users to immediately determine which of the 86 I-Share libraries own desired research materials. Materials not owned by NIU can be obtained quickly from other I-Share member libraries.

Founders Memorial Library, the main library, has six levels with 327,000 square feet of space and seating capacity for 1600 students. The first floor houses key library services including the circulation desk, the reference desk, the Accessibility Resource Room, library instruction, document delivery services, the reserves collection, periodicals collection, media collection, and the Scholars’ Den. Microforms, the map collection, government publications, the Writing Center, and the Test of Academic Proficiency Tutoring Center are located on the second floor; the Digital Convergence Lab, the Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) tutoring center, and the Reading Assistance Center are housed on the third floor; and the Regional History Center and Archives, Rare Books and Special Collections, and the Southeast Asia collection are on the fourth floor. The upper three floors house circulating books.

Faraday Library serves faculty and students in the disciplines of chemistry and physics. Similarly, the Music Library serves the music curriculum. Regular, interim, and holiday hours are posted near the entrance to each library and on the library website. Call ahead or check online to be sure of the status.

NIU libraries provide a variety of guides to collections and services. These materials are available online at Instruction in the use of the library is given to classes by librarians as part of the University Libraries library instruction program. Library instruction covers both basic information literacy and, for upper-level classes, in-depth instruction related to materials in particular subject areas. Online help is available from the “Find Help” links on the libraries’ website. The course UNIV 105, Introduction to Library and Information Research, provides a broad overview of information/literacy concepts as related to the library, including locating, evaluating, and using all types of resources. See

Libraries Faculty

Frederick Barnhart, M.L.I.S., J.D, dean
T. J. Lusher, Ed.D., M.A., M.L.I.S., associate dean
Jana Brubaker, M.L.S., M.A., associate dean
Leanne VandeCreek, M.S.L.S., M.S. acting associate dean

Meredith Ayers, M.S., Northern Illinois University, M.L.S., Kent State University, associate professor
Frederick Barnhart, M.L.I.S., Indiana University, J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, professor
Jana Brubaker, M.L.S., Indiana University, M.A., Northern Illinois University, associate professor
Mary Burns, M.A., Case Western Reserve University, M.L.S., Kent State University, assistant professor
Sarah Cain, M.L.I.S., University of Illinois, Urbana-Campaign; M.P.A., Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, assistant professor
Wayne E. Finley, M.L.I.S., University of Illinois; M.B.A., Western Illinois University, Quad Cities, associate professor
Larissa García, M.A., Northern Illinois University, M.A.L.S., Dominican University, assistant professor
Sarah Holmes, M.A., University of Hartsford, M.L.I.S., Kent State University, assistant professor
Karen Hovde, M.A., Western Washington University, M.A., Northern Illinois University, associate professor
Wendell G. Johnson, M. Div. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, M.A., Ph.D., Rice University M.L.S., Ed.D., Northern Illinois University, associate professor
Kathleen M. Ladell, M.A. & M.L.S., Indiana University, assistant professor
T. J. Lusher, Ed.D., Northern Illinois University, M.L.I.S., University of Iowa, M.A., Iowa State University, associate professor
Beth McGowan, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, M.L.I.S., University of Wisconsin, associate professor
Sarah McHone-Chase, M.S.L.I.S., University of Illinois, M.A., Illinois State University, associate professor
James Millhorn, M.A.L.S., University of Iowa, M.A., University of Oklahoma, associate professor
Nestor L. Osorio, M.A. & M.L.S., State University of New York, Geneseo, professor
Junlin Pan, M.A.L.S. & Ph.D., University of Arizona, M.S., Southwest Missouri State University, professor
Hao Phan, M.A., Northern Illinois University, M.L.I.S., University of California, Los Angeles, associate professor
Robert B. Marks Ridinger, M.L.S., University of Pittsburgh, M.A., Case Western Reserve University, professor
Leanne VandeCreek, M.L. S., Catholic University, M.S.W., Fordham University, Tarrytown, associate professor

Regional History Center and University Archives

Cindy S. Ditzler, M.A., Western Illinois University, director and archivist 

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