Reference Department

Frequently Asked Questions

▼   What services are offered by the Reference Department?

The Biomedical Reference department offers a variety of services including: help researching health and biomedical subjects, advanced literature searches, group/classroom instruction, individual instruction, scholarly communication, impact metrics, and other related topics.

▼   What are the Reference Department's hours?

Chat reference is available Monday through Friday from 9am to Noon/1pm – 4pm.  
To contact the department during off hours, or to arrange an individual appointment, email the library: medlib@southalabama.edu

▼   How do I contact the Reference Department?

Chat reference is available Monday through Friday from 9am to Noon/1pm – 4pm.  
To contact the department during off hours, or to arrange an individual appointment, email the library: medlib@southalabama.edu

▼   How do I make an appointment with a Reference librarian?
You can schedule a one-on-one appointment (in-person or virtual) by contacting the library: medlib@southalabama.edu
▼   Can I arrange a Zoom meeting with a Reference librarian?
Yes, we do have Zoom available for consultations during our regular scheduled reference hours (Monday - Friday: 9am-Noon/1pm-4pm).  To do this, begin a chat session and then ask to be connected via Zoom.  The reference staff will send a Zoom link through the chat session.
▼   Does the Reference Department offer in-class instruction?

Reference librarians are available to conduct instruction sessions during your class time.  This can be arranged as either in-person or virtual.  Biomedical librarians can also be contacted to serve as embedded librarians within your course.  For more information contact us at: medlib@southalabama.edu

▼   Can reference librarians be embedded in specific classes?

Reference librarians can be embedded into specific classes upon request by the instructor.  To arrange for an embedded librarian in your course contact the Reference Department: medlib@southalabama.edu

For a list of currently embedded librarians go to the My Librarian page.

▼   Is there a designated Reference librarian for my department/discipline?

Each department in the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, as well as all clinical units, have a designated liaison librarian.  To see a list of these liaisons, including contact information, go to: https://www.southalabama.edu/departments/biomedicallibrary/liaisons.html

You may also email the library (medlib@southalabama.edu) for further information.


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Library Hours

Monday - Thursday:
7:15am - 7:45pm
Friday:
7:15am - 5:45pm

Hours and Contact:

Hours: Monday to Friday - 9 a.m. to Noon / 1 p.m. to 4p.m 
Email: medlib@southalabama.edu

Rachel Fenske Heather Hoven Trey Lemley
Rachel Fenske
Information Services and Outreach Librarian
Heather Hoven
Library Technical
Assistant II
Trey Lemley
Head of Reference &
Collection Development
Jessica Medema  Justin Robertson
 
Jessica Medema
Library Technical
Assistant II
Justin Robertson
Information Services Librarian/
Interlibrary Loan/Website
Thalia Shaw
Library Project
Coordinator