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Contact Information

Walk in, call in, write in – contact the The Learning Commons today. We’re here to help. Don’t forget to use our Learning Commons Chat box to communicate with us in real time.

Franklin University Learning Commons

Library: 614.947.6550 or toll free 1.866.341.6252

Tutoring: 614.947.6800 or toll free 1.866.341.6206

Testing: 614.947.6807 or toll free 1.866.341.6206


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Meet the Team

Alyssa Darden
Director: Learning and Library Resources
(614) 947-6685 | Email >

BA, English, Wright State University
MLIS, Kent State University

Alyssa Darden joined the library team in September 2013 as the Reference and Assessment Librarian, and became the Director of the Library in December 2015. Alyssa’s work involves leading the library to fulfillment of its strategic plan with vision, supportive relationships with faculty and staff, and commitment to making the library a leading enabler of the University's academic strategies.

Christopher Casey
Public Services & Outreach Librarian
(614) 947-6565 | Email >

BA, English Literature, Heidelberg University
MLIS, Kent State University

Christopher Casey joined the library team in December 2014. Christopher’s work involves planning and promoting events and services provided by the Learning Commons. He also manages the Learning Commons space, ensuring a welcoming environment. In addition, Christopher provides assistance in the navigation and use of library resources and tools.

Library Liaison Areas: Accounting, Business Administration, Business Forensics, Financial Management, Financial Planning, Forensic Accounting, Human Resources Management, Management & Leadership, Marketing, MBA, Risk Management & Insurance, Public Relations, and Communications.

Alania Mason
Manager, Testing and Operations
(614) 947-6818 | Email >

BA in English Literature, Miami University

In Alania's role, she supervises the daily operations of the Learning Commons Testing Center, including the testing staff. Additionally, she manages the revenue-generating based testing alongside the testing needs for the university and the local community.

Marc Jaffy
Scholarly Communications and Affordable Learning Librarian
(614) 947-6561 | Email >

BA, Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences / Political Science, Northwestern University
JD, Northwestern University School of Law
MLIS, Kent State University

Marc Jaffy joined the library in July, 2017 as the Acquisitions Librarian and is now the Scholarly Communications and Affordable Learning Librarian as of June, 2022. He is responsible for administering the library's institutional repository (FUSE) . As part of this role he coordinates with faculty, staff and students to highlight the university’s scholarly output. He acts as the library’s copyright point-person, educating the university community on matters of copyright. He also helps administer the university’s etextbook initiative and is responsible for encouraging affordable learning through the use of free library resources and open educational resources in courses.

Library Liaison Areas: Office of Academic Scholarship, Doctoral Programs, Writing Programs, Instructional Design, and School of Education.

Kristi Lobrano
Systems Librarian
(614) 947-6223 | Email >

BS, Psychology/Sociology, Louisiana State University
MLIS, Louisiana State University

Kristi Lobrano joined the Franklin University Library in September 2011 as the Systems Librarian. In this role, she administers the Library’s integrated library systems and discovery tools to facilitate library operations and to provide access to information resources. In addition to managing systems, she is energized by patrons’ rapidly changing information needs and technology skills, the opportunities regarding providing library services to these patrons, and the integration of mobile technologies into library services.

Library Liaison areas: Business Psychology, Business Analytics, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Data Analytics, Information Systems, Information Technology, Interactive Media Design, Psychology, Social Sciences, and Web Development.

Samantha Kapp
Archives and Special Collections Librarian
(614) 947-6709 | Email >

BA English, Muskingum University

MLIS, Kent State University

Samantha Kapp joined the Learning Commons in 2022 as the Archives and Special Collections Librarian. She is responsible for ensuring long-term preservation, organization, and storage of physical archives, as well as creating access through digitizing and publishing holdings on FUSE. Additionally, she works with the university’s collection of rare books to prioritize access and research.


Erin Farmer
eResources, Acquisitions, and Reference Librarian
(614) 947-6208 | Email >

BA, English, Ohio State University
MLIS, Kent State University

Erin Farmer joined the Learning Commons team in May 2023. In her role, she conducts instruction sessions and workshops for students to familiarize them with library resources and how to leverage our resources for success in their research. Additionally, she is responsible for purchasing library content including books, e-books, databases, etc. She also manages and ensures access to our e-resources.

Liaison areas: Applied Management, Energy Management, Entrepreneurship, Logistics Management, and Operations & Supply Chain Management.

Elisha Teague
Assistant Director, Learning Resources and Lead Faculty
(614) 947-6814 | Email >

BA Theatre, Ohio State University

MA Education (Reading, Literacy, and Literature), Ohio State University

Elisha Teague joined Franklin University in 2012. She has over a decade of higher education experience in the area of student academic support. She currently serves as the Assistant Director, Learning Resources at Franklin University's Learning Commons, where her goal is to empower students to become independent learners. In her role, she is responsible for the planning and implementation of Franklin's academic support programs. For the past seven years, she has focused her attention on providing equitable support to both online and campus based learners. Elisha also serves as Lead Faculty for the Professional Foundations course.

Robert Thompson
Testing Specialist
(614) 947-6807 | Email >

Christina Hunter
Testing Coordinator
(614) 947-6807 | Email >

Psychology, Ohio Wesleyan University

Christina joined the Learning Commons Testing Center staff in 2022. She is responsible for the administrative tasks related to testing functions in the department. She also facilitates the out-of-class and make-up testing processes. Additionally, she provides direct support to students and staff.

Cidney Jones-Lawson
Part-Time Test Proctor
(614) 947-6807 | Email >

Katie MacEachern
Part-Time Test Proctor
(614) 947-6807 | Email >