Hello! I am Rebecca Renirie, and I am the librarian for Biology, Engineering, and Mathematics research at CMU Libraries. I am also the interim Medical Librarian, providing specialized research assistance for the students, staff, and faculty of the College of Medicine. I provide on-call reference help, research consultations, and deliver instruction sessions to classes both in person and online. I am also available to be embedded into Blackboard sites for point-of-need research help.
Prior to my appointment at CMU I was a Science Librarian at the University of Michigan Libraries, where I was a liaison to the School of Natural Resources and Environment (interim), the UM Herbarium and Botany Program, and the Museum of Natural History. My research interests include information literacy in the sciences; andragogy; distance and online learning; active learning and instructional design; citation analysis; and threshold concepts in higher education.
MLIS | Library and Information Science | Wayne State University | 2008
BS | Biological Sciences | University of Michigan-Dearborn | 2002
Papers and Proceedings
Renirie, R. H. (2017). Retention of adult and traditional learners: Library strategies for student success. Journal of Library and Information Services in Distance Learning, 11(3-4), 314-329. doi:10.1080/1533290X.2017.1406876
Renirie, R. H., & Keba, M. (Eds.). (2016). Seventeenth distance library services conference proceedings. Mount Pleasant, MI: Central Michigan University.
Rundels, J., & Renirie, R. H. (Eds.). (2014). Sixteenth distance library services conference proceedings. Mount Pleasant, MI: Central Michigan University.
Rundels, J., & Hill, R. (2014). Using technology to connect distance learning communities to scholarly information: Best practices and tools for information literacy. The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Society, 9(4), 301-313.
Behr, M., & Hill, R. (2012). Mining e-reserves data for collection assessment: An analysis of how instructors use library collections to support distance learners. Journal of Library and Information Services in Distance Learning, 6(3-4), 159-179.
Presentations, Workshops, and Posters
Renirie, R. H. (2017, July). Data literacy in the biology undergraduate curriculum. Lightning talk presented at the 2017 Great Lakes Science Boot Camp, East Lansing, MI.
Renirie, R. H., Mathson, S., & Rundels, J. (2017, May). Merging two information services departments: Impacts and outcomes. Session presented at the 2017 Michigan Academic Libraries Association Annual Conference, Grand Rapids, MI.
Weible, J., Cunningham, K., St. John, D., Renirie, R. H., & Francek, M. (2017, May). The “T” is not just in STEM: Technology to support learning in all classes. Session presented at the 2017 Great Lakes Conference on Teaching and Learning, Mount Pleasant, MI.
Renirie, R. H. (2017, March). The ACRL Framework in the virtual reference transaction: Mapping questions and answers to threshold concepts. Poster session presented at the 2017 Association of College and Research Libraries Conference, Baltimore, MD.
Renirie, R. H. (2017, March). Assessing with the Framework in the online classroom: Using a pre-/post-test based on threshold concepts of information literacy. Poster session presented at the 2017 Association of College and Research Libraries Conference, Baltimore, MD.
Renirie, R. H., Mathson, S., Craig, M., and Rundels, J. (2016, December). Merging two information services departments: Challenges and opportunities. Session presented at the 2016 Michigan Academic Libraries Association Mini-Conference, Dearborn, MI.
Avasthi, S., & Renirie, R. H. (2015, November). The Research as Inquiry Framework in distance education courses. Webinar presented for the Fall 2015 Association of College and Research Libraries Distance Learning Section Fall Discussion Group session. Available from https://youtu.be/YaLk-zmsHqM
Renirie, R. H., & Rundels, J. (2015, September). Working effectively in a distributed environment. Session presented at the 2015 Central Michigan University Global Campus In-Service, Mount Pleasant, MI.
Renirie, R. H. (2015, June). Flipping the classroom with Prezi: Engaging students and zooming to information literacy. Workshop presented at the Michigan Library Association Technology and Trends Workshop, Allendale, MI.
Renirie, R. H. (2015, May). READing remote reference: Using the READ Scale to analyze virtual reference trends. Poster presented at the Michigan Library Association 2015 Conference, Bay City, MI.