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Gerald R. Natal, BFA, MLIS

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Assistant Professor, Health Sciences/Human Services Librarian
Library Liaison, Military and veterans
Office: 419-383-4227
FAX: 419-383-6146

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  • B.F.A., Bowling Green State University
  • M.L.I.S., Kent State University


Gerald was a Visiting Instructor of Information Literacy at The University of Toledo from October 2005 to December 2007. He was hired as Digital Services Librarian at the Mulford Library in January of 2008.  His current duties encompass: acting as library liaison to the programs in The College of Health Sciences, The College of Social Justice and Human Services, and Student Athletic Academic Services; reference and consultation services; support for developing web-based learning and instructional materials; upgrading and updating the library website; upgrading and maintaining the Mulford Library blog; upgrading and maintaining the Instructions to Authors and Faculty Publications databases.

Gerald previously worked as a librarian at The Toledo Correctional Institution, Toledo, Ohio.

Publications & Presentations

  • Presentation, “Fine-Tuning the User Experience: Integration of Blackboard and LibGuides,” Thursday, June 19th, 2014, Cleveland State University Library.
  • IOLUG Spring Program presentation: "Fine-Tuning the User Experience: Integration of Blackboard and LibGuides," Indiana Wesleyan University North campus, Indianapolis, IN, May 16th, 2014.
  • McKether, W., Van Hoy, J., Natal, G., Rigda, C., Riopelle, K. & Seary, A. (2011). Discovering the culture of collaboration in an institutional merger. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences,  26, 94-107. doi:10.1016/j.sbspro.2011.10.566 [presented at the COINS 2010: Collaborative Innovative Networks Conference, Savannah, GA, October 8-10, 2010]
  • Poster presentation (in collaboration), Diversity Plans for Academic Libraries: Making Sure We Get There from Here, 2010 National Diversity in Libraries Conference, Princeton, New Jersey, July 14–16, 2010.
  • Poster Presentation (in collaboration), Going the Distance: An eLibrary for Online and Web-assisted Users, 14th Off-Campus Library Services Conference, Cleveland, April 28 – 30, 2010.
  • Poster presentation (in collaboration), Going the Distance: creating an eLibrary for non-traditional students, 2009 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association, Columbus, October 3-6, 2009.
  • Poster presentation (in collaboration), Improving Medical Students’ Learning Outcomes: Teaching a Web-Assisted Elective Course for 4th Year Medical Students, 2009 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association, Columbus, October 3-6, 2009.
  • Lecture, The Harlem Renaissance: Masterful Improvisation, R.A.A.P. (Reaching African American Potential), University of Toledo, February 7, 2007.

University/Professional Service

  • Library Faculty Affairs Committee, 2015-present
  • Latino Youth Summit and Overnight Committees, 2006-present
  • Paralegal Studies Program Advisory Board, 2011-present
  • Black History Month Committee, 2007, 2008 

Professional Organizations:

  • Academic Library Association of Ohio 2004-present (conference planning committee 2011-2013)
  • Medical Library Association, Midwest Chapter 2009-present
  • Ohio Health Sciences Library Association 2009-present
Last Updated: 3/24/16