Honors Librarian Bios

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Gordon Aamot

I've been with the UW Libraries since 1987 and am Head of the Foster Business Library in Paccar Hall. I'm also Head of the Branch Libraries and work with Libraries staff in Art, Built Environments, Drama, Engineering, Math, Music, and Physics-Astronomy.

Jessica Albano

Interdisciplinary Expertise, Humanities, Social Sciences
Jessica is the Communication Studies and Assistant News librarian on the UW Seattle campus. She loves mass media (television, film, music, books, magazines, and newspapers) and technologies that make consuming mass media easy and fun (Yeah for TiVo, theatres, Internet, wireless, iTouch, Kindle, radio, paper). Her faves include all things Glee, Daily Show, The Office, Rachel Maddow Show, Harry Potter (print and audio books), People Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, New York Times, NPR.

Deepa Banerjee

Social Sciences
Deepa is a subject librarian for South Asian Studies Librarian but also works with students with interdisciplinary research needs. Her most rewarding experience as a librarian is working closely with students and helping them with their research needs through individual consultations, chat , and working at the reference desks. Deepa has worked in a variety of library settings in Australia, Canada and US and has been a part of UW Libraries since 2006. In her free time, she enjoys listening and performing Indian classical and semi classical music.

Michael Biggins

Arts, Humanities, International Studies, Social Sciences, Writing
I'm constantly amazed by what we can learn about the world from well-crafted literature, or from brilliant and painstaking research. I've been UW's librarian for Slavic languages and Russian/East European studies since 1994. My principal job is to make sure UW has access to the very best that's being written today in some 20 countries of the region that's defined by Russia in the east, Poland and the Czech Republic in the west, Estonia in the north and Macedonia in the south. However, in my spare time I translate what I think are breathtakingly beautiful novels and poetry from Slovene (find that on your map! - and no, it's not Slovakia) into English, hoping that most of the beauty remains intact. I also research and write about Slovene literature and teach Slovene language at UW.

Kathy Carr

Natural Sciences
I have worked at several of the UW Libraries since 1983 (Fisheries-Oceanography, Friday Harbor and Natural Sciences) and am currently a reference librarian and biology subject specialist in Suzzallo. I have a B.S. in biology from Bowling Green State University, and an M.S. in marine botany from the University of Washington. I worked for about 5 years as a marine biologist in central California and then returned to Seattle to attend UW, where I earned my Masters in Library Science. I enjoyed working as a biologist, but realized I had more fun tracking down information. I feel fortunate to have a job that lets me indulge in both biology and information science. In my leisure time, I play clarinet in two local groups, the Ballard Sedentary Sousa Band and the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra. I'm also active in dog obedience trials with my basset hound/cardigan corgi mixed breed, Bodie. We compete in matches sanctioned by the American Kennel Club and the United Kennel Club. Bodie has earned 6 obedience titles, has more ribbons than I can put on display, and we're not done yet!

Faye Christenberry

Faye has been the English Studies Librarian at the University of Washington Libraries since 2002. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Alabama and an M.A. in English from Indiana University. Faye's first love was Victorian literature (Thomas Hardy and Matthew Arnold rock!) but has focused most of her attention on Australian literature since reading her first "down under" author in 1986. Faye enjoys buying books, discussing literature, and helping students find the information they need for their research projects.

Kathleen Collins

Humanities, Social Sciences
Kathleen has worked in libraries since she was 13 years old, became an official degree-carrying librarian after obtaining a Master's in Library and Information Studies from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and has worked at the UW Libraries since 2001. Her current position sees her wearing many hats, but she is happiest when she is helping people find the information they need for school, work, or just to satisfy their curiosity. She is currently the UW Libraries subject librarian for sociology and children's literature. When not working or wrangling her children, Kathleen is most often to be found with her nose in a book, the better to ignore her messy house. Kathleen joined the Honors Librarian Mentor program because it sounded like a great opportunity to connect eager learners with knowledge, and she is looking forward to working with you!

Anne Davis

Social Sciences
Anne is the Anthropology and Archaeology Librarian for the UW Libraries. She reads a lot of graphic novels and comics, which explains why she has so many geeky posters in her office.

Mel DeSart

Mel has been Head of the Engineering Library at UW since March, 2000. He has particular responsibility for the departments of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Industrial & Systems Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, but has experience supporting just about any engineering subject area. He held earlier engineering librarian positions at the University of Kansas and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He received both his BA in Classical Civilizations and his MS in Library and Information Science from UIUC. Mel's professional interests include initiating/supporting positive change in the current system of scholarly communication and in the training and mentoring of new sci-tech librarians. His non-professional interests include a variety of college (Illinois, KU, UW) and professional sports, in particular the St. Louis Cardinals and the Seattle Storm. He's also interested in many things science fiction, and delights in the long-standing but to date still unsuccessful hunt for the perfect microbrewed beer.

Thom Deardorff

Interdisciplinary Expertise
Thom Deardorff is the Coordinator for Access Services and the Libraries Copyright Officer for the University of Washington Libraries. He is responsible for circulation operations for the UW Libraries; the management of Suzzallo main collection and offsite shelving facility housing almost 3 million volumes; and Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Services. Recent projects include the consolidation of two interlibrary loan units, the implementation of a pull and scan service for print-only journal articles and departmental delivery of library material for UW faculty. Thom also serves as the Libraries Copyright Officer and has been interested in copyright and intellectual property issues for many years. He served as a member and chair of ACRL's Copyright Committee. He has recently worked with the Graduate School to successfully implement electronic theses and dissertations, developing copyright guidelines and counseling students on publishing and copyright issues. In the past two years he has taught LIS 550, Information in Social Context, drawing on his experience with copyright, privacy, professional ethics and intellectual freedom. Thom spends his off hours with his family and at times plays the bass for local bands of varying merit.

Cate Gerhart

Arts, Media
My main job in the Libraries is behind the scenes as the Music/Media Cataloging Librarian. I came to UW in 1988 and have sought ways to interact with students from the beginning. I have mentored over 40 volunteers, some of them students in the ISchool, over the years and am now branching out to work with undergraduates. In addition to the extensive research I do in order to catalog materials in our online catalog, I have written a webibliography on my passion, double wind quintet music. My evenings are full of music since I play in a number of music groups around Seattle, including a band that plays for the circus school (SANCA).

Judith Henchy

Social Sciences
Judith is the Head of the Southeast Asia Section in the Libraries, and an Affiliate faculty in the Jackson School of International Studies. She has a Masters in Library Science from UC Berkeley and a Ph.D. from the UW History Department (she wrote on the intellectual environment of 1930s Viet Nam). Her undergraduate degree is in Southeast Asian History, from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University. She has worked in Singapore as a Librarian, and spent nearly two years researching for her Ph.D. in Viet Nam and France. Before coming to UW twenty years ago, she worked as an Archivist for a Vietnam War collection at U Mass Boston, and at the National Security Archive in Washington D.C., a project working to release and publish U.S. national security documentation. She remains committed to ensuring research access to information in its various forms.

Amanda Hornby

Interdisciplinary Expertise
I am the Undergraduate Instruction Coordinator and the Geography Librarian. I coordinate the Odegaard Undergraduate Library education program and love working with faculty and Teaching Assistants to teach research skills and resources to students. One of my most rewarding projects is serving as Co-Chair of the Libraries Student Advisory Committee, where we host quarterly meetings with a group of undergraduate students that advise the Libraries on improving our resources and buildings for students. I graduated with a B.A. from Lewis and Clark College, which included a year-long study abroad program in France, and an MLIS from the University of Washington. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music, seeing live music shows, reading, going to farmer's markets and getting inspired to try new cooking techniques, camping, and hanging out with friends, my husband and our cat, Buddy.

Nancy Huling

Humanities, Social Sciences, Writing, Information Science
I am the Division Head, Reference and Research Services, Suzzallo and Allen Libraries, and I serve as the subject librarian for the Information School. Since 2006, I've taught LIS 521, Principles of Information Services, for the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program in the iSchool. A native of Washington State, I was born and grew up in Port Townsend. My undergraduate degree in English (with honors!!) is from the University of California, Davis, my master's in library science was awarded by California State University, San Jose, and I have a master's in History from the State University of New York, Binghamton. Prior to my return to Washington State in 1993, I was a librarian at SUNY-Binghamton and at the University of California, Riverside. After 40 years as a librarian, I remain as passionate as ever about working with students on their information needs. I learn something new every day, and can truly say I've never been bored! In my "free" time, I enjoy watching sports (especially baseball, soccer, football, and women's softball and basketball), music, exercising, volunteering, reading (of course), hanging out with my family, and playing with my three-year-old granddaughter.

Emily Keller

Interdisciplinary Expertise, International Studies, Social Sciences
I am the Political Science and Public Affairs Librarian. I am involved in a wide range of activities, including teaching, reference work, building collections, and using technology to reach out to students and faculty. It is a true privilege to work in a field where learning is the central activity, and there's not a single day that I don't learn something fascinating from students, faculty, and my librarian colleagues around the country. In my spare time, I like to cook, read, walk, make jewelry, and hang out with my husband, a musician, and our pets, a cat and a pug.

Verletta Kern

Verletta splits her days as the Music Outreach Services Librarian in the Music Library and Instructional Services Librarian in the Suzzallo/Allen Libraries. The best part of Verletta's job is working one-on-one with students, connecting them with the information they need whether she meets with them in person or via the chat "ask us" service. Verletta holds a B.A. in Music from Saint Olaf College, a M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois, and an M.A. in Music performance (clarinet) from the University of Redlands. When not in the library, Verletta enjoys baking, playing in the community band, and "training" her two stubborn beagles.

Ann Lally

Arts, Built Environments, Technology, Information Science
What I love most about my job as a Librarian is the opportunity to help people uncover new and interesting connections in the vast amount of information that has been, and continues to be generated. I have been at the University of Washington Libraries since 2003 as the Head of Digital Initiatives and love the many opportunities I have to work with people from so many diverse backgrounds. I have two Art History degrees and one library science degree and thus have quite a large collection of art books at home.

Alan Michelson

Built Environments
I grew up in the Midwest and have lived in cities up and down the West Coast. Moving a lot and trying to understand my new surroundings helped stimulate me to scrutinize and explore my immediate environments. Art, Architecture and history became passions of mine. I collect industrial design objects of all kinds, and have haunted thrift stores and flea markets for furniture and "smalls" since the late 1980s. I've served as the Head of UW's Built Environments Library since 2004, and have had a great experience working with the College's four departments. Prior to arriving in Seattle, I worked in the library systems at Stanford University, the University of Michigan and UCLA. Prior to library work, I obtained M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Art History from Stanford and an M.L.I.S. from Michigan and an undergraduate diploma in art history/political science from the University of Rochester. Toiling as a university student for a long time has made me aware of the problems and pleasures of doing research; it's my goal to pass some of this experience on to others.

Theresa Mudrock

Many, many years ago when cameras used film, electronic mail was a newfangled invention, and only birds tweeted, Theresa was a UW freshman. Today she is the history librarian.

Harry Murphy

Social Sciences
Harry is the American Ethnic Studies Librarian, and Liaison to the African Studies Program and Department of American Indian Studies. He is also a member of Odegaard Undergraduate Library's top-notched reference librarian team. A Florida native, Harry received his Master of Science in Library Service from the Columbia University in the City of New York. Harry also has a Master of Applied Social Sciences from Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, Florida. As an undergraduate, Harry majored in History with a minor in Political Science. When he's off the clock, Harry enjoys films (especially SciFi), theater, all music, cycling, and stepping out on the court every now and then. He bleeds Yankee pinstripes, and FAMU orange and green.

Heidi Nance

Technology, Information Science
Heidi Nance is the Head of Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery at the UW Libraries. She spends her days looking for innovative ways to get library materials - books, articles, DVD's, and other research materials - out of libraries around the world and into the hands of UW researchers. Heidi also oversees the sharing of patron-requested library materials between the UW and 37 academic libraries in the Pacific Northwest region, through a system known at "Summit." Another area of responsibility is the Desktop Article Delivery program, where print journal articles are scanned on demand for UW library patrons at no charge. Her interests include time management/organizational systems, foodie blogs, and cycling.

Maureen Nolan

Natural Sciences
Maureen is the Environmental and Forest Sciences Librarian on the UW Seattle campus; and Head of the Friday Harbor Library, the UW's marine sciences field station in the San Juan Islands. She has been a librarian at the University of Washington since graduating from the UW's Information School in 1996, and has also worked in the Engineering, Fisheries-Oceanography, Forestry and Natural Sciences Libraries. She loves being in, on, or near the water and anything to do with plants. She is presently working on turning her office into a jungle and her yard into a mini-farm, complete with four very entertaining chickens-- Madge, Emma, Willow and Poppy.

Lisa Oberg

Lisa is an information management librarian at the Health Sciences Library. After pursuing an undergraduate degree in Microbiology from Oregon State University, Lisa spent several years doing bench research in support of developing vaccines to help protect hatchery-reared salmon and trout from common aquatic viruses. After fish squishing lost its appeal, Lisa pursued a Master's in Library Science degree from the University of Washington. Beginning as a student reference in the Libraries in 1991, Lisa has been with the UW ever since supporting basic science researchers, medical students and other health science-related programs.

Matt Parsons

Natural Sciences
I provide reference, research consultation, and user education services for cartographic resources (paper maps, aerial photos, atlases, digital geospatial data, GIS, etc.) to a diverse array of academic departments. My other responsibilities include collection development for print cartographic materials and digital geospatial data. I also support the research and teaching needs of the Earth and Space Sciences (ESS) Dept. and the Atmospheric Science Dept. This includes buying materials (books, journals, and more) and assisting ESS and Atmos. Sci. students and faculty with their library research.

Deborah Pierce

Interdisciplinary Expertise, Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Writing, Media
Deborah works as a Reference & Instruction Librarian at Odegaard Undergraduate Library. Previously she was a Music Reference & Instruction Librarian in the Music Library. Her research interests include information literacy and life-long learning, human potentials, baroque performance practice, musician wellness, healing and music, how music interacts with human beings including applying the arts to leadership, and anything having to do with living in a co-creative and healthy manner on planet earth. She has taught a course on musician wellness, freshmen seminars on "The Power of Music" and "Inspiration from Contemporary Thinkers: Finding Your Place in the Universe" at the University of Washington and Honors 393/398 "Exploring the Power of Music" in 2012 and 2013. She will be teaching in Honors again this Winter Quarter, 2014. Deborah loves to play tai chi in nature, is certified as a Reiki master and master Neurolinguistic Programming Practitioner and declares herself an avid reader, serious vegan cook, and canine aficionado.

Deb Raftus

Humanities, International Studies
I am the Romance Languages & Literatures Librarian, and the Latin American & Caribbean Studies (LACS) Librarian. I am UW Libraries' liaison to the divisions of French & Italian Studies and Spanish & Portuguese Studies, and the LACS program. I select materials for the collections, offer research consultations, and instruct students in research methods. Outside of work, I enjoy swimming, biking, hiking, eating, cooking, traveling, live music, and trying to make my friends laugh.

Louise Richards

Interdisciplinary Expertise, Natural Sciences
Louise is Assistant Director at the Odegaard Undergraduate Library and liaison to the Schools of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, Oceanography and Marine and Environmental Affairs. She received a BA in English from the University of Washington, an MA in English literature from the University of Chicago, then returned to the UW for her master's degree in librarianship. She has been an academic librarian for 20+ years. She is interested in environmental sciences literature, space planning and utilization and teaching information literacy skills.

Sion Romaine

Social Sciences
I am a Serials Acquisitions librarian, working in the department that orders, processes and sets up access for most of the Libraries periodical and magazine subscriptions. I am also the Canadian Studies Librarian. A recovering maple syrup addict, I work with other subject librarians to select library materials related to Canada and Quebec.

Christine Tawatao

Christine is a Web Librarian in Suzzallo and takes care of the Libraries' website. She loves books and digital devices equally well and even though she spends most of her time online, she's really here because she likes helping connect people with information. Offline, Christine loves to cook, craft, bike, and hang out with her family.

John Vallier

Arts, Humanities
As 'Head, Distributed Media' I oversee operations and develop audio/video/film collections, policies, and technologies for the Libraries Media Center. I also provide support and guidance for audio/video/film related projects across the campus. I've taught and written on a range of topics at UW and UCLA, mostly related to my interests in archives and ethnomusicology. Before coming to the UW in 2006, I was the archivist at the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive (2002-06) and a Junior Fellow at the Library of Congress (2001). My CV is available @ http://bit.ly/f93ClH.

Jennifer Ward

Technology, Information Science
I am Head of IT Services Operations at the UW Libraries, which means that I manage the Libraries' IT department. When not at work, I enjoy rowing, cooking, knitting, brewing the occasional beer, and playing bassoon.

Angela Weaver

Arts, Humanities, Writing, Media
With a BA in Psychology, an MFA in Playwriting, and an MLS in Library Studies, Angela's career has seemingly taken a circuitous path. However, her current position as Head of the Drama and Art Libraries, and Dance Librarian, combines a number of passions into one, somewhat neat, package. When she's not at work, you'll find her either at home making dollhouse miniatures, quilting, paper crafting, or weaving on her rigid heddle loom; or you'll see her out taking in an art exhibit, dance performance, or play. The arts rule!

Linda Whang

Engineering, Technology
Linda is the Instructional Services Librarian in the Engineering Library and the UW Libraries' liaison to the Computer Science & Engineering and Human Centered Design & Engineering departments. Her responsibilities include selecting materials in these areas and providing research consultations and library instruction.

Hyokyoung Yi

International Studies, Information Science
Hyokyoung has been the Korean Studies Librarian for the UW Libraries since 2002. From 1997 to 2001, she held the same position at Columbia University. She manages Korean collection in the East Asia Library and provides reference services and instruction classes for students and faculty. She is originally from Seoul, Korea where she got her BA degree in Information Sciences at Ewha Womans University. She received her MS degree in Library and Information Science from Rutgers University, New Jersey. Her personal interests are on writing (in Korean), playing violin, learning foreign languages, listening classical music and traveling around the world.