Meet the Franklin University Nationwide Library Staff

Our friendly staff is here to assist you with all of your research and informational needs. 

Julie Blake

Acquisitions Librarian

BA, Sociology, Bowling Green State University
MLS, Indiana University
MBA, St. Cloud State University

614-947-6561
julie.blake@franklin.edu

Julie Blake joined the Franklin University Nationwide Library in August 2013 as the Electronic Resources Librarian, and became the Acquisitions Librarian in September 2014. In this role, she administers the library’s content purchases to ensure the availability of appropriate content to meet our patrons’ research needs wherever they may be. Having been a working adult student herself, Julie appreciates Franklin’s mission to help students outside of the traditional educational track and seeks ways to bring the best resources to the University in the most cost-effective manner possible.

Library Liaison Areas: doctoral programs.

Julie's research guides

Carmen Byg

Public Services Librarian

BA, History of Art, Ohio State University
MLIS, Kent State University

614.947.6563
carmen.byg@franklin.edu


Carmen Byg joined the library team in 2006 and has also served as a Reference Librarian and Instructional Resources Librarian. Carmen’s work involves supervising the circulation team and serving as a liaison to the Nursing and Healthcare Administration programs. Carmen also teaches the Professional Foundations: Learning Strategies course (PF 321).

Library Liaison areas: Allied Healthcare Management, Nursing, Health Information Management, Healthcare Management, Healthcare Administration and more as listed in the library liaison information guide.

Carmen's research guides

Christopher Casey

Instruction Librarian

BA, English Literature, Heidelberg University

MLIS, Kent State University

614.947.6565
christopher.casey@franklin.edu

Christopher Casey joined the library team in December 2014 as the Instruction Librarian. Christopher’s work involves creating and promoting learning materials to assist students, staff, and faculty. He also develops information literacy skills programming and workshops dedicated to enhancing student success. In addition, Christopher provides assistance in the navigation and use of library resources and tools.

Alyssa Darden

Reference and Assessment Librarian, Interim Coordinator

BA, English, Wright State University
MLIS, Kent State University

614-947-6685
alyssa.darden@franklin.edu


Alyssa Darden joined the library team in September 2013 as the Reference and Assessment Librarian. Alyssa’s work involves assisting students, faculty, and staff in the navigation and use of library resources and research tools. She’s also helping develop a strategic plan for the library that aligns with Franklin University’s goals and best serves its students.

Library Liaison Areas: Accounting, Business Economics, Business Forensics, Financial Management. Financial Planning, Forensic Accounting, Marketing, Marketing & Communication, and more as listed in the library liaison information guide.

Alyssa's research guides

Brandon Houseman

Circulation Manager and Reference Support Staff

AAS, Law Enforcement Technology, Ohio University
BAS, Criminal Justice, Ohio University

614.947.6559
brandon.houseman@franklin.edu


 

Brandon began his position as Circulation Team Coordinator at Franklin University Nationwide Library in November 2012 and was promoted to Circulation Manager and Reference Support Staff in September 2014. Brandon works hands on with his associates to ensure the team has the skills and knowledge to maintain an efficient and effective Circulation Desk. His mission is to create an excellent library experience for all patrons, focusing on customer service and providing our students with the information they need to succeed.

Kristi Lobrano

Systems Librarian

BS, Psychology/Sociology, Louisiana State University
MLIS, Louisiana State University

614.947.6223
kristi.lobrano@franklin.edu


Kristi Lobrano joined the Franklin University Nationwide Library in September 2011 as the Systems Librarian. In this role, she administers the Library’s integrated library systems and discovery tools to facilitate library operations and to provide access to information resources. In addition to managing systems, she is energized by patrons’ rapidly changing information needs and technology skills, the opportunities regarding providing library services to these patrons, and the integration of mobile technologies into library services.

Library Liaison areas: Computer Science (undergraduate, graduate), Information Security, Information Technology, Interactive Media Design, Management Information Sciences, Web Development and more as listed in the library liaison information guide.

Kristi's research guides

Aaron Oates

Circulation Coordinator

AA, Sociology, Sinclair Community College

BA, Anthropology, The Ohio State University

614.947.6568
aaron.oates@franklin.edu

Aaron Oates joined the Franklin University Nationwide Library team in December of 2014 as the Circulation Coordinator.  In this role, he supervises associates in providing access to library resources via the Circulation Desk for all students, faculty and staff. 

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