Staff Profile

Liz Gruchala-Gilbert

Liz Gruchala-Gilbert

College of Arts and Sciences Librarian

Phone: 206-281-2790
Office: University Library

Education: BA, University of Rochester, SUNY Buffalo, 1989; MAT, Vanderbilt University, 1990; MLS, University of Washington, 1997. At SPU since 2001.

Originally from Western New York, Liz Gruchala-Gilbert intended to be a high school Latin teacher after college. While working on translating Latin and Greek, she realized that she enjoyed getting lost in the reference materials (dictionaries, grammars, commentaries) more than her homework assignments. Eventually this thirst for information and knowledge led her to graduate school for library studies.

After working in various library settings in the eastern part of the U.S., she started as a part-time temporary employee at the SPU Library working the reference desk, completing special projects, and filling in vacant staff positions. Eventually Liz moved to full-time, permanent employment and is currently the librarian liaison to nine departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, including Communication and Journalism. She ensures that the library has access to the books, journals, and online resources that the faculty and students in this department need for their academic research and study. In fact, buying books is one of her favorite parts of being a librarian! 

Another favorite and very important aspect of her job is research support. Whether through an individual consultation or a classroom session, Liz loves to help and teach. She is there for students and professors every step of the way from topic development to finding that last detail. Liz is also the SPU Library's lead in Information Literacy, working to keep the Library's instruction program strong and relevant. 

Outside of her library work, Liz enjoys music (in fact, she is the faculty advisor for the campus radio station, vegan cooking, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, reading, and spending time with her husband and daughters.

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Liz Gruchala-Gilbert

Why I Work at SPU

Liz Gruchala-Gilbert, College of Arts and Sciences Librarian

“I thrive on helping students, faculty, and staff realize the Library's motto of ‘Discover, Create, Share’ — both in their work at SPU and beyond as lifelong learners.”