Cynthia Akers, SLIM Librarian
Cynthia Akers, University Libraries' departmental liaison to SLIM

I had the opportunity to interview Cynthia Akers. If you have not heard of Cynthia before, let me introduce you. Cynthia is the Coordinator for Information Literacy, Collection Development, and Outreach at University Libraries and Archives at Emporia State University.

Cynthia is the departmental liaison for SLIM and she is also a SLIM graduate. As a liaison, she contacts SLIM faculty about materials they would like, sits in on SLIM faculty meetings, and orders print requests. She also recommends database and media resources to the collection development team and dean of the library.

Having been a SLIM student, Cynthia knows first hand the challenges of being a non-traditional student. She stated that she is available to work one-on-one with SLIM students, and would enthusiastically help students with searching the catalog or databases, coming up with a topic for a research, answering questions about distance resources, or anything else that students might need assistance with.

She has created several online guides to assist students. There are guides on APA Citation, online research guide, and how to locate periodicals. The guides can be found here: http://libguides.emporia.edu/profile.php?iid=360&uid=7039 This link also provides her office hours and contact information. Cynthia said she would like for students to contact her directly by email: cakers@emporia.edu or by phone: (620) 341-5480.

Cynthia is a great resource that SLIM students should be aware of and utilize!

— Michelle Mehlhaff

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