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Faculty and Staff

Meet the library's faculty and staff and learn more about our departments.

Library Faculty and Staff

Deyse Bravo

Deyse Bravo-Rivera, MLS

Library Director

Deyse Bravo-Rivera is McKee Library's director. Please contact regarding library management, archives and special collections, and Center for the Study of 19th Century America. 

Location: McKee Library Office 124
Phone: 423.236.2789
Email: dbravo@southern.edu

Genevieve Cottrell

Genevieve Cottrell, M. INF., DLITT ET PHIL

Cataloger, part-time

Geneveieve Cottrell works part-time as McKee Library's cataloger. Contact her regarding book ordering and catalog questions. 

Location: Technical Services
Phone: 423.236.2795
Email: gcottrell@southern.edu

Stan Cottrell

Stan Cottrell II, MA, MLS

Technical Services Librarian

Stan Cottrell serves as McKee Library's technical services librarian. Contact him regarding cataloging, book ordering, and media. 

Location: Technical Services
Phone: 423.236.2798
Email: scottrell@southern.edu

Sonja Fordham

Sonja Fordham, MA, PHD

Writing Center Director, Tutoring Center Director

Sonja Fordham serves as the director of the Writing Center and the Tutoring Center, located on the third floor of McKee Library. Contact regarding the Writing Center, Tutoring Center, workshops, and APA/MLA/Chicago style. 

Location: McKee Library Office 3322 A
Phone: 423.236.2384
Email: sfordham@southern.edu

Bethany Howard

Bethany Howard, MSIS

Public Services Librarian

Bethany Howard serves as McKee Library's public services librarian. Contact her regarding instruction, Campus Research Day, art in the library, research coaching, RefWorks, and reference. 

Location: McKee Library Office 111
Phone: 423.236.2791
Email: bfhoward@southern.edu

Donald Martin

Donald Martin, MSLS

Digital Resources Librarian

Donald Martin serves as McKee Library's digital resources librarian. Contact him regarding library databases, interlibrary loan, reference, and research coaching. 

Location: McKee Library Office 106
Phone: 423.236.2013
Email: dvmartin@southern.edu

Shelly Merryman

Shelly Merryman, MSW

Tutoring Center Office Manager, 3/4 time

Shelly Merryman service as the office manager of the Tutoring Center, located on the third floor of McKee Library. Contact her regarding the Tutoring Center and student worker employment. 

Location: McKee Library Office 3315
Email: spencermerryman@southern.edu
Phone: 423.236.2508
Mica Myers

Mica Myers, BS

Periodicals and Reference Librarian

Mica Myers serves serves as McKee Library's periodicals and reference librarian. Contact her regarding periodicals, research coaching, and Alma. 

Location: McKee Library Office 149
Phone: 423.236.2792
Email: mmyers@southern.edu

Jessica Spears

Jessica Spears, MED

Research Services Librarian

Jessica Spears serves as McKee Library's research services librarian. Contact her regarding the embedded librarian service, reference, library website, research coaching and Knowledge Exchange. 

Location: McKee Library Office 105
Phone: 423.236.2009
Email: jspears@southern.edu

Library Departments

The Administrative Department manages the operation of the library in planning, budgeting, human resources, and basic organization. In addition, administration contributes substantially to the library's acquisition of monographic titles and databases.

The Circulation Department facilitates access to the book collection that supports the university's curriculum, research, and scholarship activities. It maintains accessibility to the collection by overseeing checkout, return, accurate shelving, and shelf reading. In addition, it provides assistance in online research techniques to students, faculty, and staff in their academic endeavors. The Circulation Department also processes both electronic and print reserve requests according to copyright law.

This department acquires and manages digital resources and databases.

Southern students and employees may use this service to request items not owned by McKee Library.

The Media Department is responsible for purchasing all media materials (both physical and streaming) and curating the media collection. Duplicating audio and videotapes and video standards conversion is available upon request.

The Periodicals Department houses journals and magazines from all disciplines for scholarly research and leisure. These titles are independent of databases. The department is located on the main floor of the library to the right of the entrance.

McKee Library's Public Services department serves the information needs of our learning community by providing access services, instruction, and research support for library users.  Public services librarians and staff are responsible for reference services, instruction, research assistance, referrals, circulation of materials, course reserves, collection development, and campus outreach services.

The Reference Department offers a variety of services to help individuals access information effectively. The reference librarians, also known as research coaches, are available to answer questions, to guide with specific research, to instruct on database searching, and to find materials.

The Technical Services Department is responsible for collection development and maintenance. The department purchases all books for the library (in both print and electronic formats), processes and catalogs items, and maintains the library's online catalog.