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Library Instruction (contact your subject librarian)

  • scheduled library orientation
  • embedded library assistance
  • research assignment help

Research Appointments (contact your subject librarian)

  • individual research help
  • group research assistance

Research Guides


Collection Development
Forward purchase suggestions for books and journals.

Books and Articles not at UWF

If you need a book, article, or other resource that is not available at UWF, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan.  Articles are sent electronically. Most books and other returnables (e.g., DVDs, microfilm) are received in about 2 weeks, and you will notified by email when they are available for you to pick up at the Reference desk.

Your Reference Librarians

Ben Bell
Information Literacy Coordinator
Subject Specialist for Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics & Statistics, Computer Science, Engineering, Information Technology, Intelligent Systems & Robotics, Earth & Environmental Sciences


Melissa Gonzalez
Collection Development Coordinator
K-12 Representative
Subject Specialist for History, Political Science, Anthropology, Archaeology, Sociology, Multicultural & Gender Studies, Music


Shari Johnson
Electronic Resources Coordinator
Subject Specialist for Business, Hospitality & Resort Management, and Administration


Britt McGowan
Interlibrary Loan Coordinator
Subject Specialist for English, Communication, Art, and Theater


Kellie Sparks
Head of Reference & Evening Reference Librarian
Subject Specialist for Psychology, Legal Studies, Philosophy, and Religion




Reference Assistants


Aric Daley
Interlibrary Loan Borrowing Specialist

Esther Richard
Reference Assistant

Ashley Ward
Interlibrary Loan Lending Specialist

What's New

If you would like to have embedded librarian assistance in your online classes or links for online resources, contact your subject specialists or complete this form:


Collection Development

Purchasing books and journals for the library is one of the responsibilities of the subject specialists. Submit book suggestions online, or contact the appropriate subject specialist for consideration.

Each year, the library allocates money for book acquisitions and journal subscriptions. Book acquisitions are shared among disciplines and purchase suggestions are especially sought from faculty and department library representatives. 

Journal subscriptions are largely purchased online from vendors, professional societies, and individual publishers. Because our library collections budget has not increased, but inflation rates annually increase, we are willing to receive suggestions for new journals subscriptions if existing individual subscriptions that no longer reflect research interests can be canceled. Contact your subject specialist for more information.