Assistant Professor, Kresge Library
Outreach & Social Sciences Librarian
Office: 239 Kresge
I provide library outreach to Oakland University and collaborate with its surrounding
communities on events such as OU's African American Celebration and Poetry Slams. I also participate in student activities and facilitate groups for students and alumni. I strive to promote diversity initiatives both in the library and campus-wide.
In addition, I provide reference services at Kresge Library's reference desk, as well as individual research consultations by appointment.
I act as liaison to the Women's Studies and Political Science departments. I'm responsible for their library instruction sessions and collection development needs.
Switzer, A. (2008). Redefining diversity: Creating an inclusive academic library through diversity initiatives, College & Undergraduate Libraries 15(3), 280-300.
Switzer, A. & Wynn Perdue, S. (2011). Dissertation 101: A research and writing intervention for Education graduate students, Education Libraries 34(1), 4-14.
Switzer, A. & Barclay, L. A. (2012). Book clubs: Best practices in promoting critical thinking skills in Business classes. Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship, 17(4), 328-345.
Greer, K., Swanberg, S., Gunn, M., Daniel, D., Switzer, A., Wynn-Perdue, S. (2012). Beyond the web tutorial: Development and implementation of an online, self-directed academic integrity course at Oakland University. The Journal of Academic Librarianship 38(5), 251-258. doi:10.1016/j.acalib.2012.06.010
Switzer, A. (2013). Beyond cap & gown: Lifelong learning for university alumni and the role of the academic library, (in progress).
Switzer, A. & Lepkowski, F. (2007). Information literacy & the returning Masters student: A view from the library side. In Proceedings of Society for InformationTechnology and Teacher Education International Conference, March 26-30, 1343-1348. San Antonio, TX: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education. Peer-reviewed.
Switzer, A. (2008). The academic librarian & techno-communication: Facilitating social networking with Generation Y students. In S. W. Witt (Ed.), Disappearing disciplinary borders in the social science library: Global studies or sea change? Proceeding of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (Social Science Libraries Section), August 6-8, Toronto, Ontario, Canada: University of Toronto Press. Peer-reviewed.
Switzer, A. (2013). The impact of social media in academic libraries. Presentation at the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters Conference (Library and Information Sciences Section), March 22, Holland, MI.
Professional Associations & Service
Master of Library
and Information Science, Wayne State University, 2003
Bachelor of Arts, Aquinas College, 1993
Oakland University, Kresge Library
2200 N Squirrel Rd., Rochester, MI 48309
(248) 370 - 4426