Helping others on the quest for accurate information and the search for new resources are among the favorite parts of Annette Villines’ day as Head Reference Librarian. Her motivation to become a librarian emerged out of working as a library assistant. During this time she began to fully appreciate the responsibilities of the librarians she worked with and realized she wanted to pursue a career in Library Science. Fortunately, at that time, she lived only 45 minutes away from the University of Oklahoma which offers a Master of Library Science accredited by the American Library Association, so she was able to take classes while continuing to work.
During a typical day, Annette spends time at the Reference Desk in the Library Information Commons helping students and faculty with research. She also processes Interlibrary Loan requests from students and faculty along with a variety of other duties. She enjoys the atmosphere at ORU and working alongside other Christian faculty and staff as well as the high quality of students she encounters each day who are passionate about the call of God on their lives. She describes ORU students as committed, intelligent, and compassionate and is eager to help them learn to distinguish the difference between authoritative, reliable resources for information and undocumented, possibly invalid information that anyone can place on websites.
It is not surprising that one of her favorite ways to relax is reading. Her current book recommendation is Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. She also enjoys hiking with her husband when they can find the time. Annette and her husband feel blessed that both of their children currently live in the Tulsa area. This provides many opportunities to spend time with them and also to take advantage of every occasion to babysit their two granddaughters.
Outside of the library, Annette is a member of a tap dance group and occasionally participates in a 5K walk/run. Travel is high on her list of enjoyable ways to spend time outside of work, and she has vacationed in several places outside the continental United States, including spending a summer session studying “British Libraries and Librarianship” at Oxford in England.
This researcher, reader and avid traveler is right at home at ORU where she enjoys the interdenominational mix of students and faculty and the attitude of inclusiveness expressed on the campus. Annette comments, “I am very grateful to have the opportunity to work at the ORU Library in an atmosphere filled with the love of Christ and focused on serving the students and faculty to the best of our ability and resources available.”