University Libraries

Gerald R. Natal, BFA, MLIS

 Photo Gerald Natal

Assistant Professor, Health and 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
  • Academy of Health Information Professionals (A.H.I.P.)


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 Raymon H. Mulford Library in January of 2008.  His current duties encompass: library liaison to the programs in The College of Health and Human Services and to the Military Service Center; reference and consultation services; support for developing web-based learning and instructional materials; maintaining the Instructions to Authors and Faculty Publications databases; co-advisor to the UToledo chapter of the Student Veterans of America. Research interests include library outreach and services to military veterans. Gerald previously worked as a librarian at The Toledo Correctional Institution, Toledo, Ohio. 

Publications & Presentations


  • Jameson, J., Natal, G. & Napp, J. (2019). Evolving and enduring patterns surrounding student usage and perceptions of academic library reference services. College & Research Libraries, 80(3), 366-385.
  • Natal, G. & Atwood, T. (2018). Cover me, I’m going in: Exploring the needs of student veterans. College & Undergraduate Libraries, 25(4), 335-349
  • Sabharwal, A. & Natal, G. (2017). Integrating the IR into strategic goals at the University of Toledo: Case study. Digital Library Perspectives, 33(4), 339-360.
  • 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]


  • Natal, G. and Martinez-Wormser, J. (2019). Drawing them in: Critical use of comics in library exhibitions and programs. In O. Piepmeier & S. Grimm (Eds.), Comics and critical librarianship: Reframing the narrative for academic libraries, Sacramento: Library Juice Press.

Conference Presentations/Posters

  • Natal, G. (June 8th-9th, 2020). We salute you: Creating welcoming spaces for service connected students [Poster Presentation]. Libraries and Veterans National Forum, College Station, TX. [postponed due to COVID19]
  • Natal, G. R. (May 14th-15th, 2020). Decisions, decisions, decisions! Decision fatigue and librarianship [Poster Presentation]. MiALA 2020 Annual Conference. Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan: Michigan Academic Library Association. [postponed due to COVID19]
  • Natal, G. (Friday, October 18, 2019). Forward, march! Advancing outreach to student veterans [Presentation]. Ohio Academic Library Association 2019 Annual Conference, Lewis Center, OH.
  • Natal, G. (Monday, May 13, 2019). It's a bird, it's a plane, it's...critical librarianship! [Presentation]. Michigan Academic Library Association 2019 Annual Conference, Bay City, MI.
  • Natal, G., Atwood, T., LeMire, S., Mills, C. & Wilkinson, C. (Saturday, April 13, 2019). Libraries lead the charge: Best practices for engaging student veterans [Panel Discussion] ACRL 2019 Annual Conference, Cleveland.
  • Jameson, J., Natal, G. & Napp, J. (May 2018). "I don’t want to look stupid for asking basic questions": Student usage and perceptions of academic library reference services. [Presentation]. Michigan Academic Library Association Annual Conference, East Lansing, MI.
  • Jameson, J. and Natal, G. (October 2016). Art and medicine: Strange bedfellows? Nurturing campus and community relationships via a library-sponsored art show [Poster presentation]. Merge & Converge: Sixteen in '16, The Midwest & Midcontinental/Medical Library Association Joint Conference, Des Moines, Iowa.
  • Miller, J., Jameson, J., Kumar, S. & Natal, G. (July 2010). Diversity plans for academic libraries: Making sure we get there from here [Poster presentation]. 2010 National Diversity in Libraries Conference, Princeton, New Jersey.
  • Natal, G., Ballard, P., Faricy-Beredo, B., Mi, M., Reeves, E., &  Sabharwal, A. (April 2010). Going the distance: An eLibrary for online and web-assisted users [Poster presentation]. 14th Off-Campus Library Services Conference, Cleveland.
  • Natal, G. Ballard, P., Faricy-Beredo, B., Mi, M., Reeves, E. & Sabharwal, A. (October 2009). Going the distance: creating an eLibrary for non-traditional students [Poster presentation]. 2009 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association, Columbus.
  • Mi, M., Porter, M., Miller, J., Jameson, J. & Natal, G. (October 2009). Improving medical students’ learning outcomes: Teaching a web-assisted elective course for 4th year medical students [Poster presentation]. 2009 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association, Columbus.

Lectures/Non-conference Presentations

  • Presentation, “Fine-tuning the user experience: Integration of Blackboard and LibGuides,” Thursday, June 19th, 2014, Cleveland State University Library.
  • Indiana Online Library Users Group (IOLUG) Spring Program presentation: "Fine-Tuning the User Experience: Integration of Blackboard and LibGuides," Indiana Wesleyan University North campus, Indianapolis, IN, May 16th, 2014.
  • Lecture, The Harlem Renaissance: Masterful Improvisation. R.A.A.P. (Reaching African American Potential), University of Toledo, February 7, 2007.

Book Reviews

University/Professional Service

  • ALAO Mentoring Program, mentor, October 2019-present
  • Latino Youth Summit Committee, 2006-present (LYS Overnight Committee, 2006-2015)
  • Faculty Senate Committee on Academic Programs, 2019-present
  • Paralegal Studies Program Advisory Board, 2011-present
  • Black History Month Committee, 2007, 2008
  • Hispanic Heritage Month Committee, 2006, 2013-2016, 2018-present
  • Student Veterans of America,  Advisor, 2019-present
  • Military Service Center Advisory Board, 2019-present
  • Translation: The University of Toledo Journal of Medical Science committee, January 2020-present

Professional Organizations:

  • Academic Library Association of Ohio 2004-present (ALAO Board-Member-At-Large 2016-2018; conference planning committee 2011-2013, 2019 (exhibitor representative).
  • Medical Library Association, Midwest Chapter 2009-present
  • Medical Library Association, 2017-2019
  • Michigan Academic Library Association, 2018-present
  • Ohio Health Sciences Library Association 2009-present

·      ALAO Mentoring Program, mentor, October 2019-present

Last Updated: 7/15/20