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Reference Services

Welcome to the Reference Department!

Our mission is to help you use our resources to find the information you need. Librarians can advise you about research options. There are a number of ways to contact us. See our FAQ and Ask Us area for more information about contacting us or to ask us questions. See our Research Assistance page for guidance with research projects.

Members of the department promote resources to faculty through outreach to departments, classes, and individuals. Librarians also engage in collaborative efforts with faculty to integrate library resources across the curriculum.

Houston Cole Library provides reference and research services. Our reference librarians are here to assist you in your research for information on various subjects. You can reach us by:

  • Visit Us: Reference Desk, 2nd Floor of Houston Cole Library
  • Call Us: 256-7782-8034; 800-782-5291
  • Text Us: 256-263-4917 (NOTE: Standard messaging rates apply.)
  • Email Us:
  • Chat with Us via Ask Us (this service is available to everyone)
  • Chat with Us via Blackboard IM: jsulibrary (this services is only available for JSU faculty, staff and students)
  • Submit questions via email through the Ask a Librarian form.

All the above services are available at following hours:

  • Monday- Thursday: 9:00 am - 10:30 pm
  • Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Sunday: 3:00 pm-10:30 pm

You may also want to contact our subject specialists concerning about finding information in your subject area:

Reference Librarians

Specialized Areas Phone Number
Blackboard IM ID
Office Location
Ms. Paula Barnett-Ellis
Health/Science Librarian
Biology, Chemistry; Computer Science; Mathematics; Nursing; Physics & Engineering 256-782-5849
Blackboard IM: pbarnett
9th Floor
Ms. Linda Cain
History & Geography Librarian
Geography & Anthropology; History; Physical & Earth Science 256-782-5253
Blackboard IM: lcain
3rd Floor
Ms. Laurie Charnigo
Education Librarian
Education; Health, Physical Education & Recreation 256-782-5245
Blackboard IM: charnigo
5th Floor
Ms. Carley Knight
Fine Arts, Communication, Language Librarian
Art, Communication, Drama; Foreign Languages; Music 256-782-5246
Blackboard IM: carley_librarian
6th Floor
Mr. Harry Nuttall
Literature Librarian
English 256-782-5247
Blackboard IM: hnuttall
7th Floor
Mr. Doug Taylor
Business & Social Sciences Librarian
Criminal Justice; Emergency Management; Finance, Economics & Accounting; Management & Marketing; Political Science; Sociology 256-782-5244
Blackboard IM: dtaylor2
4th Floor
Ms. Charlcie Pettway Vann
Psychology & General Reference Librarian
Psychology & Philosophy 256-782-8434
Blackboard IM: cvann1
2nd Floor
Ms. Hanrong Wang
Law, Military Science, Technology Librarian
Family & Consumer Science; Law; Military Science; Technology 256-782-5250
Blackboard IM: hwang1
10th Floor

See our Hours and Calendar page for the operating hours and closing of the Library.

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