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Department of Public Services

Welcome to the Public Services Department of the University Libraries. The Public Services Department is one of two academic departments in the University Library college; the other is Technical Services.

Public Services Department Mission

The Public Services Department supports the Missions of the Library and the University by assisting users in finding information, facilitating access to information, and teaching concepts and skills necessary for current research and lifelong learning. Approved by the Public Services Faculty, 1/07

In order to fulfill the above mission, faculty members provide reference services and library instruction, as well as coordinate Government Publications, Access Services (Circulation, Reserves, and Interlibrary Loan), and the Media Resources Center. Along with the faculty in the Technical Services Department, Public Services faculty select materials for the Libraries’ collections, including online databases and other online resources. Faculty members of both departments also serve as liaisons to other departments, schools, and colleges at URI.

Faculty members in Public Services are responsible for all library functions that involve direct contact with library users at the Robert L. Carothers Library and Learning Commons in Kingston.


Public Services Chair

Debbie Mongeau

Professor, University Library - Chair, Public Services; Head, Government Publications

Office: 128 Library

Public Services Faculty

Harrison Dekker, MLIS

Associate Professor, University Library - Data Services Librarian

Office: 118 Library

Brian Gallagher

Associate Professor, University Library - Head, Access Services

Office: 103 Library

Professor, University Library - Reference and Instructional Design Librarian

Office: 119 Library

Carrie Kelly, MLIS, M.Ed.

Lecturer, Public Services, University Library

Office: 124 Library

Jim Kinnie

Professor, University Library - Humanities Reference/Bibliographer

Office: 123 Library

Peter Larsen

Professor, University Library - Head of Reference; Physical Sciences & Engineering Reference/Bibliographer

Office: 125 Library

Mary MacDonald

Professor, University Library - Head of Instruction; Information Literacy Librarian

Office: 120 Library

Public Services Staff

Emily Greene

Information Services Technician II, Interlibrary Loan

Office: 104 Library

Garrison Hull

Information Services Technician I, Circulation

Office: Circulation

Gayle Johnston

Information Services Technician I, Circulation

Office: Circulation

Jeannette McKay

Information Services Technician I, Circulation

Office: Circulation

Sandy Sheldon

Information Services Technician II - Head of Circulation

Office: Circulation

Elizabeth Smith

Information Services Technician I, Circulation & Reserves

Office: 104 Library

Judy Smith

Information Services Technician I, Circulation

Office: Circulation

Mary Ann Sumner

Information Services Technician I, Circulation

Office: Circulation

Public Services Faculty Emeriti

Lucille Cameron, MLS

Associate Professor Emerita, University Library

Robin Devin, MA, PhD

Professor Emerita, University Library

John B. Etchingham, MLS

Associate Professor Emeritus, University Library

John Laurence Kelland, PhD, MLS

Professor Emeritus, University Library

Sylvia Krausse, MLS, MA

Professor Emerita, University Library

Janice F. Sieburth, MS, MLS

Professor Emerita, University Library

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