Reference Assistant Coordinator
Areas of Responsibility:
As the Reference Assistant Coordinator, I assist in the daily supervision and operation of the Reference Department. I organize the training for all new hires in the department and coordinate continuing education. In this role I also supervise the department's graduate assistants and am responsible for the collection development of Reference materials. Additionally, I am the liaison and responsible for collection development in Geology, Geography & Anthropology.
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, M.L.I.S., 1999.
Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI, B.S., Earth Science, 1998.
LSU Libraries, Reference Department Assistant Coordinator, July 1, 2006-present.
LSU Libraries, Associate Librarian, July 1, 2005-June 30, 2006.
LSU Libraries, Assistant Librarian, October 1, 1999-June 30, 2005.
Areas of Research:
Science reference research
Electronic databases and journals
Education/career trends for librarians
Publication trends for librarians
Continuing education for librarians
Recent Publications: Blessinger, Kelly and Gina Costello. “The Effect of Economic Recession on Institutional Support for Tenure-Track Librarians in ARL Institutions.” Journal of Academic Librarianship 37(4): 307-11 (2011).
Blessinger, Kelly, and Paul Hrycaj. “Highly Cited Articles in Library and Information Science: An Analysis of Content and Authorship Trends.” Library & Information Science Research 32(2): 156-162 (2010).
Kelly Blessinger, Stephanie Braunstein, Alice Daugherty and Paul Hrycaj. "Formation of an Academic Writing Group at Louisiana State University Libraries: Background, Guidelines and Lessons Learned.” Codex: The Journal of the Louisiana Chapter of the ACRL 1(2): 18-4 (2010).
Blessinger, Kelly and Michele McCullar. “Analysis of a Decade in Library Literature 1994-2004.” College & Research Libraries 68(2): 155-69 (2007).
American Libraries Association
Association of College and Research Libraries, Louisiana Chapter