Liaison Librarians

Liaison Services

Liaison librarians are the primary point of contact for the colleges to receive information about the Library and for the Library to receive information from the departments. Among their responsibilities are:  

  • Library and information literacy instruction
  • Journal database usage and instruction
  • Scholarly source evaluation
  • New material requests, including print and electronic titles
  • Research assignment planning
  • Subject-specific and general library reference questions
  • Coordinate library information needed for departmental self-studies and accreditation reports
  • Research consultations
  • Communicate with colleges regarding new resources and services

The librarians are here to support you in your research and teaching. Please do not hesitate to contact your liaison librarian whenever you have a suggestion, concern, or need for consultation.

Find Your Liaison Librarian

Lisle Campus and Online Programs Liaisons

Kent Carrico

Business Outreach Librarian

Outreach Services

Phone: (630) 829-6055  |  Send Kent an Email  |  Office: Kindlon Hall 310

Lisle Campus Liaison To: College of Business; Education departments within the College of Education and Health Services

Joan Hopkins

Instruction Librarian

Outreach Services

Phone: (630) 829-6052  |  Send Joan an Email  |  Office: Kindlon Hall 312

Lisle Campus Liaison To: College of Liberal Arts; Writing Program

Joan graduated from Dominican University with a BA in French and Philosophy and stayed on to earn her Master’s Degree in Library Science. Along with her library duties, for many years Joan served Benedictine University as an instructor of French in the Department of Languages and Literature. In her current position as Instruction Librarian, Joan’s mission is to help members of the Benedictine University community develop their information literacy skills and to acquaint them with the rich resources and services our library has to offer. See Joan for research assistance, to schedule an instruction session for a class, or to develop an online research guide to support a specific research project. Joan also serves as the librarian liaison to the College of Liberal Arts. Please follow her Library COLA Blog to receive announcements and research tips.

Cynthia Kremer

Science Outreach Librarian

Outreach Services

Phone: (630) 829-6054  |  Send Cynthia an Email  |  Office: Kindlon Hall 313

Lisle Campus Liaison To: College of Science; Health Services departments within the College of Education and Health Services

Cynthia received her BS in Science-Business, a major in environmental science and a minor in business from the University of Notre Dame and her MLIS from the University of Illinois. She has worked at Argonne National Laboratory, the Newberry Library, Rush University Medical Center and the Library of Health Sciences at UIC. Previous to coming to Benedictine University, she was library faculty at National Louis University, providing reference, instruction and teaching online library classes. As Science Outreach Librarian she serves as library liaison to faculty and students in the College of Science and the School of Health Sciences providing specialized reference and instruction. She enjoys playing bassoon in Naperville Municipal Band, practicing yoga and spending time with her daughter Louisa.

Mesa Campus Liaison

Janet Forde

Branch Director, Mesa Campus


Phone: (480) 878-7514  |  Send Janet an Email  |  Office: Gillett Hall

Janet began her library career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Saint Lucia in the West Indies. She returned to the US and earned an MALS from Dominican University. For three decades, Janet worked in Saint Lucia developing libraries and coordinating the efforts of local librarians to train library workers in the region’s first Library Technical Assistant program. She earned a PhD in Information Studies from Florida State University.  

She married and raised three children in Saint Lucia and returned to the US to allow the children to complete their educations here. In Chicago, Janet had the opportunity to serve as the Library Director at the Erikson Institute. During her career, she has fostered the growth of several libraries from solo institutions to complex academic libraries. Her experience overseas allows her to prosper in multicultural environments. She enjoys mentoring and strategic planning. 

Her goal is to ensure that the Benedictine University Library at Mesa will contribute to the success of the Mesa campus by working to scaffold the development of independent, self-directed, life-long learners and contributing to the increased use of the information services which the library makes available to faculty, staff and students.

Springfield Campus Liaison

Connie Lee

Branch Director, Springfield Campus


Phone: (217) 718-5011  |  Send Connie an Email  |  Office: Becker Library

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Kindlon Hall - Lower Level, 2nd Floor, & 3rd Floor
5700 College Rd.
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 829-6050


Gillett Hall - 1st Floor
225 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201
(480) 878-7514


Becker Library
1500 N. 5th St.
Springfield, IL 62702
(217) 718-5011