Meet Your Librarians

Did you know there are reference librarians in the library who can help you locate the information and resources you need, assist with your research project, help with citing your paper, and much more.

In-person assistance is available at the reference desk in the library on the 4th floor, Monday through Thursday from 12-2pm. No appointment necessary — just drop by when you need assistance.

One-on-one research consultations are also available through the library. You are encouraged to make an appointment with your subject librarians.

Head of Access Services & STEM Librarian

Qinghua Xu is the library’s Head of Access Services, and subject liaison to students and faculty in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Favourite thing about being a librarian:  “Being a librarian is a rewarding experience. You know that every little thing you do can make a positive impact on users’ teaching and learning experience.”

Fun Fact: “It is a small world! I recently connected with my childhood best friend who I haven’t met for nearly 30 years through WeChat.”

Reference & Subject Specialist Librarian
Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences
Reference & Research Services Coordinator

Caitlin MacKenzie Mannion is the Reference and Research Services Coordinator, and subject liaison to students and faculty in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

Favourite thing about being a librarian:  “I love my one-on-one consultations with students who are working on research projects. I always end up learning something new from them!”

Fun Fact: “I’ve been playing classical violin for over 20 years!”



Reference and Research Services Librarian for Business

Edward Lim is the subject librarian for Business and Economics. He is the newest member of the library team, joining us from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

Favourite thing about being a librarian:  “Nobody questions when a librarian makes a recommendation! As a librarian, we get to experiment with technology and the latest gadgets and software.”

Fun Fact: “I can drive a car and ride a horse, but I have not picked up cycling. I almost never buy print books for personal reading.”


Affordable Course Content (ACC) and Open Educational Resources (OER)

At the end of April, the Library had the privilege of hosting April Hathcock, Scholarly Communications Librarian at Bobst Library in NY as she visited NYU Shanghai. April generously shared her expertise in copyright, publishing, and scholarly communications. In addition to speaking to our students, faculty and staff on issues in copyright and publishing in academia, April introduced faculty and staff to Affordable Course Content (ACC) and Open Educational Resources (OER) in two workshops. April has had a very active role in the Support for ACC and OER Committee in NY, helping faculty understand OER/ACC and identify resources and strategies for their existing and new courses.

In these workshops, April explained the difference between Affordable Course Content and Open Educational Resources, and what NYU Libraries can do to support faculty who are interested in using these materials in their own instruction:

  • Affordable Course Content or ACC is course material that is provided to students for their learning at little to no cost.
  • Open Educational Resources or OER are materials that are created for public use, reuse, and modification. The OER movement is part of a broader effort in international higher education to make learning materials more affordable and accessible for students.
  • Besides helping students saving thousands of RMB, using ACC and OER may make textbooks and readings readily available for students before a semester starts, and could make the learning experience more interactive.

April also demonstrated several multi-disciplinary open textbook repositories that provide access to open textbooks and other educational resources, including: The Open Textbook Library and OpenStax. Both are reputable OER sources which contain open access peer-reviewed academic textbooks.

To learn more about ACC and OER, please visit this research guide on the topic: For faculty and staff who were unable to attend these workshops, the Library is happy to meet with you one-on-one to discuss these resources. E-mail to talk to a librarian.

April workshop

Visiting Librarian from Abu Dhabi

Please join us in welcoming Meggan Houlihan, the First-Year Experience and Instruction Librarian, to NYU Shanghai. She is visiting us from our campus in Abu Dhabi for the month of April.  During that time she’ll be providing research assistance in person and online, and will be teaching several library instruction sessions throughout the month.  Meggan will be located in Room 410 in the library administrative offices.  Please stop by, or email her,if you would like to speak with her, setup a research consultation, oRP_IMG_0290 (4)r just say hello.

Visiting Librarian from New York City

Please join us in welcoming Daniel Perkins, the NYU Global Services Librarian, to NYU Shanghai. He is visiting us from our campus in New York City for the month of March.  During that time he’ll be providing research assistance in person and online, and will be conducting several library workshops throughout the month.  Dan will be located in Room 410 in the library administrative offices.  Please stop by, or email him, if you would like to speak with him, setup a research consultation, or just say hello.