Oklahoma Baptist University

Bowles Joins Library Faculty

Arika Bowles has been named reference/instructional services librarian at OBU. She assumed the role Aug. 16.

Bowles earned bachelor's degrees in history and computer science from Huntington University and a master's degree in library sciences from Indiana University. She previously served as supervisor of media and reserve services at Wells Library in Bloomington, Ind. She has worked as reference and circulation assistant at Richlyn Library in Huntington, Ind., and microfilm assistant at Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute, Ind.

"I am excited to have Arika join us in the library," said Richard Cheek, dean of library sciences. "Her double majors in history and computer science give her an ideal background for helping our students and faculty access the information sources they need.

"She received her library degree from Indiana University, widely recognized as one of the best library schools in the country. She has experience working in both public and academic libraries providing a variety of library services. She is an accomplished musician and, as one of her former employers said, ‘She has a servant heart.' I fully expect her to have a major impact on the way we do library here on Bison Hill."

Bowles' teaching experience includes bibliographic instruction on library resources at Richlyn Library; tutor for historical perspectives on culture and civilization at The Learning Center, Huntington University; and mentor of at-risk children at Kids Hope USA. She presented a conference titled "French Jewry: A Class Apart" at the 2010 Conference on Faith and History at George Fox University in Newberg, Ore. She is a member of the Association of Christian Librarians.

A reference/instructional services librarian at OBU promotes, develops and delivers library instruction, reference services and online resource support, and also maintains the library web page. The librarian provides leadership for the campus information literacy programs, collaborating with faculty and students to support research and instruction utilizing all available library resource formats - print, non-print and electronic.

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