September 07, 2007

Morris adds collections development librarians

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Jonathan Nabe, Jeanne G. Cross and Roger L. Cross are the new collections development librarians for Morris Library at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

The three, at SIUC since July, work to ensure the library's collections – all the materials purchased or subscribed to – meet the needs of the University community as closely as possible, Nabe said.

"This may sound easy but actually involves a great deal of quantitative and qualitative analysis, negotiating skills and budget balancing in the unpredictable and rapidly changing world of academic publishing," Nabe said. "We are also here as a resource to the University faculty and administration. Any of them may contact us regarding library collections and purchase requests by e-mailing"

Nabe, an associate professor, works primarily in the areas of science and technology while Jeanne Cross, an assistant professor, deals with social sciences and Roger Cross, assistant professor, focuses in the arts and humanities.

Roger Cross earned his master's degree in history from Portland State University and his master of library sciences degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He most recently was a collection development librarian at Doane College in Crete, Neb.

Jeanne Cross earned both her master's degree in history and her master of library sciences degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She comes to SIUC from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, where she was a digital learning librarian.

Nabe earned his bachelor of science in zoology at SIUC and then his master of science in library and information science at the University of Illinois. He returns to SIUC from the University of Connecticut at Storrs, where he was agriculture and natural resources librarian.