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April 7, 2011

ULM's Matthews published in state journal

Interlibrary Loan/Reference Librarian Melinda F. Matthews recently contributed an article for a peer-reviewed journal for academic libraries and librarianship.

Her article, "Academic Librarians and Volunteerism: Applying Valuable Talents to Community Service," was published in vol. 1, no. 3, of Codex: The Journal of the Louisiana Chapter of the ACRL, pages 36-56.

Matthews writes how volunteering in the community is an appropriate accompaniment to the academic librarian's profession. Matthews covers key issues such as improving the academic library's image, sources for volunteerism, contributing actual library skills and places to volunteer.

"Academic librarians who perform community service show a willingness to improve themselves, as well as the lives of others," Matthews said. The ACRL, or Association of College and Research Libraries, is the largest division of the American Library Association with a current membership of more than 12,000 members.

Matthews earned her master's degree in Library and Information Science from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge in May 1990.

She earned a bachelor's degree in English in December 1988 from McNeese State University in Lake Charles.

She has worked at the ULM Library since July 1990, where she started as Humanities Reference Librarian. She became Interlibrary Loan/Reference Librarian in January 1992.

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