Research Help

Librarians are available for individual consultations via Microsoft Teams or Zoom. Make an Appointment or email us at reference@kzoo.edu!

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Research Librarians

Robin Rank

Robin Rank
pronouns: she/her/hers
Email: robin.rank@kzoo.edu
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Robin’s Bio

I have worked as a Reference and Instruction Librarian at K since 1999. Kalamazoo is my home town. I am a K alum and received my Master’s of Library and Information Science from the University of Michigan. I love diving into research questions and helping students find information.
Favorite Interests: Cats, Mid Century Design, Stationary and Office Supplies.

Kelly Frost

Kelly Frost
pronouns: she/her/hers
Email: kelly.frost@kzoo.edu
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Kelly’s Bio

I joined Robin as Reference and Instruction Librarian at K in 2018. I’m originally from a small town in Indiana and have lived all over (Tokyo, NYC, Cincinnati!) before finally finding my forever home in Kalamazoo. My Master’s in Library Science comes from Queens College. I love working with students at all stages of the research process—even citation! When not at work I can usually be found at my boys sporting/musical/theatrical events or on my couch with a cup of tea and my ancient kitty curled on my lap.

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Angela Batts
pronouns: she/her/hers
Email: angela.batts@kzoo.edu
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Angela’s Bio

I’ve been one of the weekend circulation assistants since 2019. I earned my MLIS from Wayne State University and my BA in History from Aquinas College. I’m more than happy to help with any of your research quandaries, but if you’re in particular need of citation assistance, I’ve got your back. Outside of the library my interests include: walking, animal welfare, genealogy, Roman history, and comedy specials.

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Peter Butts
pronouns: he/him/his
Email: peter.butts@kzoo.edu
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Peter’s Bio

I began working as a weekend circulation supervisor at K in 2009. During that time I have scanned and cataloged over 2600 SIPs. My day job is as a library media specialist for Portage Public Schools. After getting my BA in English at U of M, I escaped Ann Arbor and ended up getting my Master of Library Science at Wayne State in 1987. Favorite Interests: Canadian Fiction, East Asian History, Children’s and Young Adult Literature, Bagpipes, Grateful Dead, and Web Design.

Lauren McMullan

Lauren McMullan
pronouns: she/her/hers
Email: lauren.mcmullan@kzoo.edu
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Lauren’s Bio

I have been doing evening research help since 2019. I received my Master’s of Library and Information Science through University of North Texas, with an emphasis on online learning platforms. I am here to help students talk out their assignment or research topic, get unstuck from the place that brings them in for help, and demystify the world of research. When I am not working I am parenting, learning about and practicing social advocacy and action, re-wilding my yard, advocating for climate action, and/or surfing streaming services.