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Student Advisory Council for Distance & Online Library Services

This page describes the Student Advisory Council for ACU Dallas distance and online students on library services.

Distance & Online Library Services

Hello Online Faculty!

My name is Dr. Melissa Atkinson, and I am the Director of Distance & Online Library Services at the ACU Library. My colleague, Avery Weems, is the Distance & Online Library Services Librarian. You can contact either of us for help with finding sources for your courses, helping students select and refine a research topic, searching our databases, troubleshooting access issues, getting citation help, helping students through their dissertation topic selection, or other library help. Fun facts: I have been married for 10 years to my wonderful husband. We were married on Maui and have been back 3 times since then.

After graduating ACU with a Bachelor's in Mathematics Education, I taught public school for 2.5 years, and then decided to pursue a Master's in Library and Information Science. I have been a librarian at ACU for 20 years. I was an online doctoral student at Regent University for four and a half years. On November 19, 2018, I successfully defended my dissertation. My dissertation title is "The relationship between metaliteracy pretest, posttest, and metacognitive strategies for library research skills scale: Creating a metaliteracy course for online Ed.D. students." More information about metaliteracy can be found here: metaliteracy.

Contact me or book an appointment (details below)!

Phone: 325-674-4811
Toll free: 1-877-588-5541
Chat: If I am available, you can use the chat box on my Profile page (available Mondays, 12pm-3pm central time)
If I am not available see Contact the Library page for Research Desk hours
Office hours (CST): Mon: 3pm-5pm; Tue: 10am-12pm; Thu: 2:30pm-5pm (These are Central Times)

Book an Appointment! (Please book an appointment at least 1 hour ahead of time). Click on the appointment link for a research consultation or other library help (times are Central Time Zone).
We can email, chat, phone, Zoom, Skype, Google hangouts, etc. My office hours are listed above. You can always email me at any time with questions.


My name is Avery Weems, and I am ACU's newest librarian for Distance and Online Services. You can contact me for library support for online learning, including research and searching help, troubleshooting, citations, and anything else a librarian might help you with. I also have a special focus in helping students with Zotero.

I am a 2012 graduate of Abilene Christian University and completed my (online) Master's degree in Library Science at the University of North Texas in 2017. I've been employed in various roles at the ACU library since 2013. 

Please don't hesitate to contact librarians when you need help: it's what we're here for!


Phone: 325-674-2465
If I am not available, see the Contact the Library page to chat with the librarian currently on duty or to check the Research Desk hours.
Office hours (CST): Tues: 9:30-11:00 AM; Wed: 9:30-11:00am, 2:00-4:00 PM; Thu: 2:00pm-4:00pm (These are Central Times)

Email me or Book an Appointment for one-on-one help by chat, Zoom, or phone. 

(Please book appointments at least 1 hour ahead of time.)