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Kirstin I Duffin

Science & Math Librarian
Research, Engagement, and Scholarship

Office: - Booth Library
Phone: 2175817550
Email: kduffin@eiu.edu
Website: https://works.bepress.com/kirstin_duffin/

Contact me for assistance with your literature research needs: navigating library and Internet resources, identifying appropriate sources, managing sources using citation management software (to create your Works Cited section in seconds!), etc.

In addition to one-on-one consultations, I provide library instruction sessions for classes and create interactive research guides and videos to accompany research assignments.

Find me in Booth Library during the week and on the occasional weekend.


Frequently Taught Courses




M.S., Biological Sciences, Eastern Illinois University, 2015
M.L.I.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2010


Professional Organizations

American Library Association
Association of College and Research Libraries

Illinois Library Association
Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries
Health Science Librarians of Illinois






Duffin, K. I. (in press). Comparing open access search tools to improve interlibrary loan fulfillment efficiency. Technical Services Quarterly.

Brantley, S., Corrigan, E. K., & Duffin, K. I. (2020). Thesis Research 101: Cultivating relationships with graduate student scholars beyond course-based instruction. In C. Forbes & P. Keeran (Eds.), Academic library services for graduate students. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.

Duffin, K. I., Li, S., & Meiners, S. J. (2019). Species pools and differential performance generate variation in leaf nutrients between native and exotic species in succession. Journal of Ecology, 107(2), 595-605. doi:10.1111/1365-2745.13043

Brantley, S., Duffin, K., & Bruns, T. (2017). Librarians in transition: Scholarly communication support as a developing core competency. Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 29(3), 137-150. Invited article. doi: 10.1080/1941126X.2017.1340718

Bruns, T., Brantley, S., & Duffin, K. (2015). Scholarly communication coaching: Liaison librarians’ shifting roles. In B. L. Eden (Ed.), Partnerships and new roles in the 21st-century academic library: Collaborating, embedding, and cross-training for the future. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. http://works.bepress.com/kirstin_duffin/15/
Brantley, S., Bruns, T. A., & Duffin, K. (2015). Leveraging OA, the IR, and cross-department collaboration for sustainability: Ensuring library centrality in the scholarly communication discourse on campus. In D. M. Mueller (Ed.), Creating sustainable community: The proceedings of the ACRL 2015 conference, March 25-28, Portland, Oregon (pp. 428-435). Chicago, IL: Association of College and Research Libraries. http://works.bepress.com/kirstin_duffin/16/

Conference Presentations

Research with confidence: Activities to encourage student reflection and resilience. Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois Online Instruction Showcase. May 29, 2020.

Citation management software: Advancing your expertise with freely available tools. Invited presentation at Health Science Librarians of Illinois annual conference. Champaign, IL. September 12, 2019.

Improve ILL workflows with this OA search tool. Poster presentation at the Association of College and Research Libraries annual conference. Cleveland, OH. April 11, 2019.

Game on! An introduction to gaming for librarians. With T. Dantis and N. DeJonghe. Presentation at Illinois Library Association annual conference. Rosemont, IL. October 19, 2016.

Know where to go: Assessing your library’s article databases for efficient access to multidisciplinary research – A case study in bioenergy. Individual presenter. At Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries biennial conference. Oak Brook, IL. March 21, 2014.

Funding & Grants

Dust, drought, and dreams gone dry. National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association. Public programming series. With J. Derr and P. Ferrell. $1200. Awarded 2014. Program series co-coordinator.
Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys. National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association. Reading and discussion series. With J. Derr and P. Ferrell. $4500. Awarded 2013. Program series chair.
Bridging Cultures bookshelf: Muslim Journeys. National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association. With J. Derr and P. Ferrell. Books and films for library collection. Awarded 2013. Collection promoter.







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