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Maria Emerson

Maria Emerson

Instructor, Research and Instruction Librarian

María is one of the research and instruction librarians at Thomas Tredway Library. She is the liaison librarian to the fine and performing arts division (art and graphic design, art history, communication sciences and disorders, communication studies, music, and theater), and the Spanish department. She works with faculty in these departments to incorporate information literacy in their classes, and help students majoring in these areas with the research assignments. María also provides information literacy to the First Year Inquiry and First Year Honors programs. In addition to her role as a liaison librarian, María oversees the zine collection in the library; she acquires zines that have a social justice focus, and works with faculty on how to incorporate them into the classroom.

Besides working with students in classes, María enjoys coordinating the programs in the library as the outreach coordinator. She organizes programs like button making, therapy dogs, Literary Madness, and more. María also works with the library’s social media accounts and library displays.

María graduated from Hope College and completed her Master in Library and Information Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She and her husband, Lee, both grew up in Michigan. They keep busy with their active young daughter, Scout, and their energetic dog, Azari.

Specializations: Library


  • B.A., Spanish and International Studies, Hope College
  • M.A., Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign