Monday, March 5, 2012

Spotlight on... Michael Coffta

This is the next installment in a series of blog posts to help you get acquainted with some of the people who work in the library.  Today we introduce you to one of our research librarians.

What is your name?  Michael Coffta

What is your title?  Research Librarian / Business Subject Specialist

What is a typical day like for you?  My day is often spent helping business students find specific pieces of information, such as economic data.  This is often a challenge, as students often have very specific needs for their data, such as a need for monthly data from a specialized industry.   I develop subject guides and animated tutorials to help students understand research principles and guide them through one or more processes.  I also devote a great deal of time and energy to campus committees.  I am particularly pleased to serve on the BUCC, where we are working on the new General Education Program.

What else should people know about you?  I help people learn.  I help learners get to information to make the world better.  I cannot build a rocket ship, but I can help someone who can build a rocket ship find information to build a better rocket ship.  This sounds gushy but it is the core of why I am a research librarian. 

How can people get in contact with you? My office is Andruss Library 219.  Phone: 570-389-4124. Email:

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