Greetings to the Lewis J. Ort Library and Frostburg University! I’m Kim Detterbeck, a new reference and instruction librarian and Visual Arts liaison. I am thrilled to be beginning my professional career here at Frosburg University and look forward to contributing to the great services already provided by the Library’s staff.
Before coming to Frostburg University, I served as the Graduate Assistant to the Art and Architecture Libraries at the University of Maryland, College Park. While there I engaged in reference and instruction work both in-person and virtually, redesigned and launched the Art and Architecture Libraries new website, developed specialized research guides, served as Graduate Assistant Representative to the Libraries’ governing board, processed archival material and much, much more! Also during that time I served as Vertical Files and Microform Intern at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and was awarded a two-year scholarship from the Restoring Ancient Stabiae Foundation to compose a comprehensive bibliography of scholarship on the ancient Italian villa of Stabiae. I am eager to bring the knowledge, skills and experience I have amassed from these experiences to my work here at Frostburg and continue the tradition of excellent service to our patrons and the entire Frostburg community.
As my primary responsibility with the Library is as ORIE coordinator and instructor, I wanted to briefly share with you my teaching philosophy. My desired outcome is that students walk away from any information literacy interaction with more tools and techniques to search for information; know how to scrutinize information and empower them to feel in control; and be able to employ essential searching skills that they can take with them beyond the university years into their own careers. Through active learning and interactive library instruction session, I hope to help students and researchers to realize that the research and writing process is a creative act that will contribute to their success academically, professionally and personally.
I look forward to being a part of the Frostburg community and working with all you. Thanks and see you at the reference desk!