Jack C. Taylor Library

Meet Your Subject Librarian/Department Liaison

We are all happy to help you with any questions regarding the Library, requests for instruction sessions, information on our collection development policies, or suggestions for materials to be added to the Library collections. We are also available as needed to assist you one-on-one with availability and use of Library resources for your courses and with your own research projects.

Please talk with whomever you are most comfortable.


  • Business
  • Mathematics & Computer Science

Julie Anne Portman



  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Biological & Physical Sciences
  • Fine & Performing Arts 

Peggy Ridlen

  • Speech Pathology & Deaf Education
  • Education/Special Education
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Family & Consumer Sciences
  • Social Work

Rebecca van Kniest





  • English & Communication
  • History, Philosophy, & Religion
  • Sociology

Click on the librarians' names or photos to find a list of subject guides and view their individual profile pages.

Evening & Weekend Librarians

Name Title  @fontbonne.edu
Jenny Akins Part-Time Reference Librarian jakins
Cindy Cantrell Part-Time Reference Librarian ccantrell
Sheryl Walters Part-Time Reference Librarian


Why the Library?

Students often use Google to complete research assignments unless instructors direct them otherwise. Why should you tell your students to use the Library resources?

  • They can gain quick and easy access to scholarly resources without searching through 1.5 million results
  • They won't need to waste time evaluating whether the information they retrieve is credible or correct
  • They will prepare better papers and assignments and (as a result) get better grades

The Fontbonne Librarians are available to help you and your students by presenting a Library instruction session in your class. Sessions can be customized to cover Library resources that are available for a specific assignment, or we can provide a general overview of the Library - whichever you prefer. This is an efficient means to get all your students pointed towards scholarly, vetted resources. We ask for notice of at least one week when scheduling these sessions so that we can adequately prepare the content. Please feel free to contact any of us.

Additionally, we are happy to:

  • Set up books for supplemental course reading in Course Reserves
  • Locate resources to support your teaching and research projects
  • Explain what digital resources/databases in your subject area are available through the Library
  • Demonstrate how to access Library materials on and off campus
  • Show you our newest digital resources

Featured Guide: Research Help

Let Us...

Show you digital and print materials for your academic area.

Customize library instruction sessions for your class.

Assist in locating electronic journal articles in library databases.

Provide a tailored list of journals available in your subject area.

Embed links to library resources in your courses.

Schedule library sessions for individuals or groups.

Assist graduate students with advanced searching techniques.

Assist in locating MOBIUS or Interlibrary Loan materials.

Personalize service related to your needs.

Featured Resource


You can read magazines online, or on the go with the Flipster app!  Just one of the great digital resources available through YOUR library website!

Jack C. Taylor Library • 6800 Wydown Blvd. • St. Louis, MO 63105
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email: libraryhelp@fontbonne.edu

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