Business and Entrepreneurship Librarian Begins Isenberg Office Hours
December 03, 2019
“It’s almost unfathomable how much information we have access to through the university’s databases, if you know how to use the resources,” says the W.E.B. Du Bois Library’s Business and Entrepreneurship Librarian Alison Messier. Messier recently started holding office hours in the Isenberg building (Breakout Room N218, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons through December 17), where students and faculty members can drop in for her expert advice on using the library’s vast resources.
Messier also holds one-on-one consultations in the library by appointment. “I help with any question that comes up in research, for everyone from undergraduates to faculty members to members of the community,” she says. For example, she recently spent time with an Isenberg graduate student looking for industry information to help her focus her career goals and narrow down internship opportunities. She has also been invited by several Isenberg faculty members to visit classrooms to offer instruction to students when they’re embarking on a research project.
Before joining the UMass Amherst system, Alison worked at the Springfield City Library, where she was part of the workforce development team, helping make connections between community members looking for jobs and employers (including the MGM Casino). She also played a role helping small business owners and community groups find needed resources and build networks.
Messier expects to offer Isenberg office hours two afternoons per week during the spring semester, and will announce the times and locations when they’ve been confirmed.