Nainsi Houston, director of Library Services at Beeghly Library, wants to direct you to the resources you need to complete your research. She herself is also a great resource and someone you need to know.
“The library is a friendly and supportive environment,” says Nainsi, who begins her first year as director after joining the Heidelberg family as a reference and instruction librarian in 2011. “I really like working with students and showing them how to research and access information. I like meeting them and talking with them because they’re nice, interesting people.”
Even though she’s been promoted to director, Nainsi still will be doing some instruction.
“Our goal is to ensure students have the resources the need for their research and for learning the most effective ways to do research,” she says. “(Research) does impact the rest of our lives. It goes beyond our college careers.”
Beeghly Library and the Instructional Resource Center, located on the lower level, provide access to on-site and off-site information and instruction, and in general, support the information needs of the campus community. A collection of multi-media resources supports the curriculum across majors. Students have access to information resources in all formats and locations and reference assistance to utilize the resources successfully.
Nainsi has some advice for new students to get off on the right foot during their college experience. “Ask if you have questions. That’s why we’re here,” she says.
The library is not an intimidating place. “C’mon in and be confident doing your research here … because the library really is a place for everyone.
“We want students to be comfortable doing research, reading, taking a quick nap in one of our comfy chairs, meeting classmates to work on a group project.”
Just don’t wait until the day before your major research paper is due.