Meet the Franklin University Nationwide Library Staff
Our friendly staff is here to assist you with all of your research and informational needs.
Director of Nationwide Library
BA, English, Wright State University
MLIS, Kent State University
Alyssa Darden joined the library team in September 2013 as the Reference and Assessment Librarian, and became the Director of the Library in December 2015. Alyssa’s work involves leading the library to fulfillment of its strategic plan with vision, supportive relationships with faculty and staff, and commitment to making the library a leading enabler of the University's academic strategies.
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.
BA, Sociology, Bowling Green State University
MLS, Indiana University
MBA, St. Cloud State University
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: Allied Healthcare Management, Criminal Justice Administration, Healthcare Administration, Healthcare Information Management, Nursing, Public Administration, Public Safety Management, Safety and Homeland Security
BA, English Literature, Heidelberg University
MLIS, Kent State University
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.
Library Liaison Areas: Applied Management, Business Administration, Internet Marketing, Human Resource Management, Logistics, MBA, Management and Leadership, Operations and Supply Chain Management
Public Services and Patron Experience Manager
AAS, Law Enforcement Technology, Ohio University
BAS, Criminal Justice, Ohio University
Brandon began his position as Circulation Team Coordinator at Franklin University Nationwide Library in November 2012, was promoted to Circulation Manager and Reference Support Staff in September 2014, and became Public Services and Patron Experience Manager in July 2015. 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.
BS, Psychology/Sociology, Louisiana State University
MLIS, Louisiana State University
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
Circulation Manager and Reference Support Staff
AA, Sociology, Sinclair Community College
BA, Anthropology, The Ohio State University
Aaron Oates joined the Franklin University Nationwide Library team in December of 2014 as the Circulation Coordinator, and was promoted to Circulation Manager and Reference Support Staff in July 2015. In this role, he supervises associates in providing access to library resources via the Circulation Desk for all students, faculty and staff.