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Research Liaisons: At Your Service

by Sara Baron, Ed.D., Dean of the University Library

Many people start their library research with the indefatigable Google. However, in the library world we agree with author Neil Gaiman that, “Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one.”

On the 2015 Customer Satisfaction Survey (CSS), we received several comments from students who are not sure where to turn with discipline-specific research problems. Here are two sample remarks:

  • “[The reference service] was somewhat helpful, but I think I kept asking librarians for source advice in subjects they weren’t as familiar with.”
  • “[Just] like students have an academic adviser, give each student an academic librarian that they can go to for help on particularly difficult projects, so they have a friend at the library.”

Yes, you have a friend at the Library. For each discipline at Regent, there is a Library Liaison who specializes in research in that subject and can help you find the best possible information for your projects. See the table below to find the research specialist in your discipline. Feel free to contact them directly or request help through our Ask a Librarian page. Whether student or faculty, your Library liaisons are standing by to help you succeed at Regent.

Students:

Research has shown that students with a GPA of 3.5 and higher frequently state that working with a librarian has helped them succeed.1 Library liaisons will:

  • Save you time by directing you to the best resources.
  • Meet with you online (Skype or Google Hangouts), over the phone, or in person.
  • Help you develop information finding and evaluating skills that will serve you well in your academic and professional careers.

Faculty:

Are you aware of the services your Library liaisons provide? These include:

  • Acquiring resources for your research and classes.
  • Developing research guides for your courses, or even a particular assignment, such as a big research project.
  • Teaching your students research skills in your classroom, in the Library, or online.
  • Helping you embed Library tools into your Blackboard courses.

A study published in Libraries and the Academy found that university faculty consider four functions of their libraries’ liaison program to be especially important:2

  1. Communicating with teaching faculty.
  2. Providing library services.
  3. Responding to faculty requests.
  4. Providing research expertise in the discipline.

The Library liaisons at Regent provide all these services and more!

Regent University Library Liaison Responsibilities for Instruction, Developing Research Guides, and Collection Development – 2014-2015:

Disciplines (Undergraduate & Graduate)

Library Faculty

Business & Leadership

Business Administration, Organizational Leadership, Strategic Leadership, Business, Leadership Studies, Economics

Harold Henkel

Communication

Communication, Cinema-TV, Journalism, Theatre, Animation

Instruction & Research Guides
Harold Henkel

 Collection Development
Sara Baron

Divinity

Practical Theology, Theological Studies, Divinity, Ministry, Renewal Studies, Biblical and Theological Studies, Christian Ministry, Theology, Youth Ministry

Melody Detar

Education

All programs, including: Curriculum & Instruction (including Curriculum Collection), School Administration, Higher Education, English Secondary Education, Interdisciplinary Studies (PreK-6 teacher licensure), Math Secondary Education

Sandy Yaegle

English

Harold Henkel

Foreign Languages/Studies

Hispanic Studies, French & Spanish

Instruction
Harold Henkel

Research Guides &
Collection Development
Georgi Bordner

Government

Government, Public Administration, International Studies, American Government & Politics, Homeland & International Security, International Relations & Foreign Policy, Political Philosophy

Jason Stuart

History

Harold Henkel

Information Systems Technology, Mathematics,

Biophysical Sciences

Jason Stuart

Psychology & Counseling

Human Services Counseling, Psychology, Criminal Justice

Instruction & Research Guides

Psyc/Coun- Sandy Yaegle

CJ- Jason Stuart

Collection Development
Sara Baron

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1Steven Bell, “Keep Them Enrolled: How Academic Libraries Contribute to Student Retention,” Library Issues, 29, no. 1 (2008), http://www.libraryissues.com/sub/PDF2901Sep2008.pdf.

2Julie Arendt and Megan Lotts, “What Liaisons Say about Themselves and What Faculty Say about Their Liaisons, a U.S. Survey,” Libraries and the Academy 12, no. 2 (2012), http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/portal_libraries_and_the_academy/v012/12.2.arendt.html.

Library Faculty Recommendations: Finding Bible Commentaries

Written by Robert Sivigny, University Librarian

Bible commentaries are a key resource for biblical opinion on a topic or text. They are indispensable for nearly every School of Divinity research paper, whether the topic is doctrinal, ethical, pastoral, or textual. This article will discuss how to find commentaries in print and then explore where online full-text Bible commentaries may be found.

Considering the number of Bible commentaries in print, selecting the best ones is an important process, often ignored. Bible commentaries at the Regent Library are arranged on the shelf by book of the Bible-Genesis through Revelation. Currently, for example, there are approximately fifteen shelves devoted to commentaries on the book of Genesis. A guide, Selected Resources for Old and New Testament Studies, by Drs. Pannell and Holman, is excellent for identifying good scholarly Bible commentaries. This forty-seven page guide, arranged by book of the Bible, is available online on the Library Divinity & Religion Subject Guides. Select the Websites tab, then Bibliographies and Guides. A copy is also available for loan at the Reference Desk.

Suppose, for example, you are looking for the best commentaries on the book of Jeremiah. A check in the Jeremiah section shows twenty-six commentaries, with an asterisk beside the most highly recommended titles. Off-campus students should browse this list, identify the commentaries they want, and request them through the Regent Interlibrary Loan.

An Annotated Guide to Biblical Resources for Ministry, by David R. Bauer
An Annotated Guide to Biblical Resources for Ministry, by David R. Bauer

While there are several other good commentary selection guides, I recommend David Bauer’s, An Annotated Guide to Biblical Resources for Ministry. Bauer, a biblical studies professor at Asbury Theological Seminary, organizes his recommendations into four sections: the whole Bible, the Old Testament, Early Judaism, and the New Testament. The Old and New Testament sections are further arranged by book of the Bible. Bauer includes useful descriptive paragraphs on his recommended commentaries. Bauer always follows his recommended list with a second list of other significant commentaries, giving a fuller picture of what is available on each book of the Bible.

While researchers have an abundance of scholarly commentaries in print to choose from, finding full-text commentaries online remains a challenge. There are a number of older commentaries online, including those by Adam Clarke, Matthew Henry, and Jamieson, Faussett, and Brown. These are available on sites such as Crosswalk.com and Tyndalehouse.com, but I hasten to say that these should not be used for School of Divinity research papers! The best scholarly online commentary series currently on the Web is the IVP New Testament Commentary series at Biblegateway.com. Not all the books of the New Testament are available, but sixteen are. The IVP New Testament Commentary series can be accessed by selecting Additional Resources on the left-hand side bar of the homepage.

NetLibrary, available from the Regent library databases collection, currently offers the Believer’s Church Bible Commentary series published by Herald Press, a Mennonite publisher. The series states in its forward that it is published “for all who seek more fully to understand the original message of Scripture and its meaning for today-Sunday School teachers, members of Bible study groups, students, pastors, and others.” The series can be viewed by opening the Advanced Search option within Netlibrary. With the advanced search menu displayed, type, “commentary” on the first line as a title search and, “bible,” on the second line as a subject search.

Ebrary Academic Complete, another electronic book collection available from the Library databases, also offers a few commentaries that might be of assistance. After logging into Ebrary, click on the advanced search option on the left-hand menu and type “commentary” as a title search and “bible” as a subject search. Currently, five works are available, not all commentaries: Theodoret of Cyrus’ Commentary on Daniel, Diodore of Tarsus’ Commentary on Psalm 1-51, Laura Lieber’s Study Guide to the JPS Bible Commentary: Haftarot, Eliezer Segel’s From Sermon to Commentary: Expounding the Bible in Talmudic Babylonia, and Daniel Frank’s Search Scripture Well: Karaite Exegetes and the Origins of the Jewish Bible Commentary in the Islamic East.

Both the netlibrary and ebrary Academic Complete may offer more full-text commentaries in the future, so it is a good idea to check these collections from time to time. Fore more help in locating scholarly resources on the Bible, contact the Reference Desk or e-mail Bob Sivigny, librarian for Divinity, at robesiv@regent.edu.