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Info for Faculty: Information

The Info for Faculty page is designed to help connect PLNU full-time and adjunct faculty members with the resources, contact information, and other materials they need most frequently from the library.

Library Staff and Faculty

Library Faculty

Denise Nelson Director of Ryan Library (619) 849-2477
Phyllis Fox Instructional Services Librarian for Graduate Studies (619) 849-2409
Robin Lang Instructional Services Librarian (619) 849-2350
Anne-Elizabeth Powell Head of Technical Services and Systems (619) 849-2208
Julie Sweeney Instructional Services Librarian (619) 849-2472

Library Staff

Suzanne Thomas  Department Assistant (619) 849-2335
(Currently vacant) Coordinator, Interlibrary Loan and Archives  
Erinn Mullaney Circulation Supervisor (619) 849-2372
Jeremy Buenviaje Library Associate, Cataloging and Serials (619) 849-2333

Library Service Desks

Circulation and Reserve General Information (619) 849-2312
Research Help Desk Research Information (619) 849-2337

Department Contacts

The librarians at Ryan Library serve as liaisons to specific departments/schools at PLNU to provide support in a variety of ways. Contact your librarian for these or other needs:

  • schedule research-related instruction for your students
  • request books and other materials for library purchase
  • seek help with discipline-specific, library-related questions
Art & Design Robin Lang
Biology Denise Nelson
Business Phyllis Fox
Chemistry Julie Sweeney
Communication and Theatre Anne-Elizabeth Powell
Education Phyllis Fox
History and Political Science Robin Lang
Kinesiology Denise Nelson
Literature, Journalism, Writing, & Languages Julie Sweeney
Mathematical, Information & Computer Sciences Robin Lang
Music Julie Sweeney
Nursing Phyllis Fox
Physics and Engineering Anne-Elizabeth Powell
Psychology Denise Nelson
Sociology, Social Work, & Family Sciences Anne-Elizabeth Powell
Theology and Christian Ministry Robin Lang
Women's Studies Julie Sweeney

If your library liaison is not available, any PLNU Librarian will be happy to be of assistance.

Reference Services

The Research Help Desk at Ryan Library welcomes reference and research questions from Point Loma Nazarene University students, faculty, and staff*.

Use the chat box on this page, text (619) 592-8884, call (619) 849-2337, email us, or come by in person.

During the academic year, research help is available at the following times:

Monday - Thursday

10 am to 9 pm


10 am to 4:30 pm


No librarian available


4 pm to 8 pm (chat/email only)

Note: Research help is limited during holidays and school breaks. Summer hours are generally 8 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.

*At times, Ryan Library may not have the capacity to assist other users with their research needs unless the question concerns Ryan Library policies and procedures, library material unique to PLNU, or other Ryan Library-related information.