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Nicole Helregel

Student Success LIbrarian (Senior Assistant Librarian)

I am the Student Success Librarian at the Purchase College Library. I work with other student success units on campus to improve the student experience, and work toward success, retention, and graduation goals. I am also a subject librarian, which means that I oversee collection development, reference, and library instruction for biology, biochemistry, chemistry, environmental studies, history, & political science. 

More About Me


  • BA, Beloit College
  • MLIS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • CAS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


[forthcoming] Helregel, Nicole. “Evaluating data visualizations for misinformation & disinformation,” in Teaching about Fake News. Eds. Candice Benjes-Small, Mary K. Oberlies, & Carol Wittig. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association, 2020.

Elder, Abbey, Nicole Finkbeiner, & Nicole Helregel. “Section IV: Branding & Communication,” in Marking OER Courses: Best Practices and Case Studies. Eds. Sarah Hare, Jessica Kirschner, & Michelle Reed. Mavs Open Press, 2020.

Lambaria, Kate, Heidi Johnson, & Nicole Helregel. “Simulating Access Issues: Using Twine to Teach E-Resources Troubleshooting,” in Teaching Technology in Libraries: Creative Ideas for Training Staff, Patrons and Students. Eds. Carol Smallwood & Lura Sanborn. 2017.  

Contributing writer and editor for  The HLS Guide to Library School. Published in 2013 on Pressbooks.

Helregel, Nicole. “‘What’s On The Menu?’: Crowdsourcing as a Processing & Promotional Tool.” Library Communications Journal 1, 3 (Fall 2012): 3-6.

Presentations / Conferences

[forthcoming] Helregel, Nicole. “Envisioning course assignments with information literacy in mind.” Presentation at Workshop for Instruction in Library Use (WILU) 2020, May 27-29, 2020, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Conference postponed until June 2021 due to COVID-19.

Helregel, Nicole. “Preventing the sophomore slump: information literacy for second-year science undergraduates.” Poster at ALA Annual Conference STS Poster Session (date changed and event made virtual due to COVID-19), June 19, 2020.

Helregel, Nicole. “Engaging undergraduates on issues of reproducibility.” Virtual presentation at Librarians Building Momentum for Reproducibility, January 28, 2020.

Helregel, Nicole & Stacy Brinkman. “DIY Instructional Design: Information Literacy Tutorials.” Roundtable Discussion at ACRL Conference, April 12, 2019, Cleveland, Ohio.

“Data Literacy & Reference Services: Core Competencies for Supporting Undergraduate Students.” Presentation at the California Academic Reference Librarians Discussion Interest Group  (CARL-DIG) – South Fall 2018 Program, December 7, 2018, Los Angeles, California.

“‘No, I don’t want to take notes’: Managing soft sexism in the workplace.” Roundtable Discussion co-moderated with Melanie Meyers at the 2017 Association of College & Research Libraries Conference, March 23, 2017, Baltimore, Maryland.

“What do LIS Students Really Think of their Education?” Conversation Starter presented with colleagues at American Library Association Annual Conference, June 29, 2015, San Francisco, California.

“The role of marketing in sustaining information access through libraries.” Paper presented with Terry Weech at the 2014 BOBCATSSS Conference, January 31, 2014, Barcelona, Spain.

“Gender and Sex Silences: How Female Roles, Changing Masculinities, and Sexual Fears Shaped the Chicago Race Riot of 1919.” Paper presented at the 2010 Women & Gender Historians of the Midwest Conference, June 17-19, 2010, Dubuque, Iowa.