Loyd Gitari Mbabu

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734 764 0259

214-C Hatcher Grad Library North
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
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Librarian for African Studies, Collection Coordinator for International Studies.


As the Librarian for African Studies, Loyd provides in-depth research consultation and instruction to students and researchers from campus departments with a focus on Africa. He also provides general reference at the Graduate Library. His outreach activities include faculty/Library collaborations in a wide range of Library programs such as curriculum integration, selection support, Institutional Repository initiatives, and scholarly publishing.


Loyd holds a Ph.D. in Educational Studies, Ohio University (2007) with a focus on education and development in Africa. His Master of Information Studies (MISt.), University of Toronto (2001) specialized in analyzing and designing information systems. His research interests are in the incremental nature of information literacy: as students gain mastery in their various subject areas, their information needs become increasingly sophisticated. Loyd develops methodologies for integrating research skills in the various levels of the general education curricula. His works have been published in the Journal of Academic Librarianship, the Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, and D-Lib among others.

Loyd has an engineering background having obtained a BEng, Civil Engineering from the University of Portsmouth, UK (1991) and a MS in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia (1996).


As Collection Coordinator for International Studies, Loyd works with a team of Collection Coordinators and the Electronic Resources Team to harmonize collection activities of the UM Library. In this role, he also participates in formulating the vision and establishing mission goals for the overall collection strategy.