Bridget Sheehy Farrell

Associate Professor and Coordinator of Library Instruction and Reference Services

What I do

I coordinate the Research Center in the Anderson Academic Commons and library instruction for first year writing at DU. I also serve as the librarian for the Morgridge College of Education and Writing Program .

Professional Biography

I graduated with my Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Kentucky. Shortly after graduation, I began work as the Business & Economics Librarian at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. While at Auburn, my professional interests shifted from business reference to library instruction and I soon took on a new role as a Reference & Instruction Librarian, serving as a member of the library's instruction team with responsibilities for teaching and supporting the professional development of librarians' teaching practices. In this role, I also had the privilege of hiring and training the graduate students who worked at our library's reference desk.

After five years at Auburn, in 2017 I accepted the position of Coordinator of Library Instruction and Reference Services position at the University of Denver.


  • MLIS, University of Kentucky, 2012
  • BA, English Literature and Spanish, Murray State University, 2009

Professional Affiliations

  • American Library Association
  • Association of College and Research Libraries
  • Business Reference and Services Section
  • Library Instruction Round Table


Broadly, my research focuses on public services in academic libraries. Within that broad category, my research interests center on library instruction, reference services, mentoring in libraries, and library/writing center collaborations.

Areas of Research

academic libraries
reference services
library instruction
writing centers


Farrell, B. S., Forbes, C., & Fox, K. (2018). Beyond Searching: Investigating Authority in Library Workshops for Undergraduate Writing Classes. American Library Association Annual Conference. New Orleans, Louisiana: American Library Association.
Farrell, B. S., Truman, J., Mahoney, J., & Alabi, J. (2017). Different Paths to the Mountaintop: Crossing Organizational Divides to Sustain Partnerships. Association of College and Research Libraries Conference. Baltimore, MD: Association of College and Research Libraries.
Truman, J., Farrell, B. S., Mahoney, J., Alabi, J., & Carter, T. (2018). Embrace the Messiness: Libraries, Writing Centers, and Encouraging Research as Inquiry Across the Curriculum. International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference. Auburn, Alabama.
Alabi, J., Farrell, B. S., Jenda, C., & Whaley, P. (2015). You Belong Here: The Importance of Cultivating an Inclusive Organizational Culture. Association of College and Research Libraries Conference. Portland, Oregon: Association of College and Research Libraries.