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New research librarians focus on sciences and engineering

March 20, 2013

Julie Arendt and Martha Roseberry are VCU Libraries' new research librarians for the sciences and engineering. They join Ronke Lawal, engineering and science collections librarian. 


Arendt and Roseberry will work closely with science departments in the College of Humanities and Sciences, the School of Engineering, VCU Life Sciences, and colleagues on the MCV Campus to meet teaching and research needs of faculty and students in the sciences and engineering. They will collaborate with teaching faculty and colleagues in the VCU Libraries to develop and deliver course-integrated instructional content, as well as extend research consultation services and provide customized, discipline-specific research assistance. They also will help develop the print and digital reference collections supporting the sciences and engineering, and will work closely with colleagues at Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences to meet the needs of faculty and students in sciences and engineering throughout the university community.


Arendt (right)  brings a foundation of experience to her new role with the VCU Libraries. As science and engineering reference librarian at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, she was liaison to several departments including mechanical engineering and energy processes, chemistry, physics and psychology. She provided specialized reference services, discipline-specific information literacy instruction and online content. Arendt also taught a course on information literacy and use of the library. She holds a B.S. in chemistry and psychology from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan.

Roseberry (left) brings strong background in science to her new role with the VCU Libraries. Her experience includes co-authoring an article published in the International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos and work as a research assistant as part of the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates. While working at a practicum at Oberlin College's Science Library, she produced an extensive collection of subject guides as part of a transition to Subject Plus and assisted with library instruction for biology students. Roseberry holds a B.A. in physics from the College of Wooster and Master of Library and Information Science from Kent State University.
 
Roseberry and Arendt aim to offer flexible and responsive research assistance to the science and engineering communities of VCU. They are available to contribute to the instruction of science and engineering classes and can consult with faculty and students on all phases of the research process, including grant proposals and final reviews of paper submissions. Roseberry and Arendt will collaborate with individuals and groups to meet their unique needs. 
 
Like all VCU Libraries' research librarians assigned to work closely with academic departments, Roseberry and Arendt create and update online research guides and present workshops and create new ones as needs are identified.  
 
"I've created a General Science research guide to help non-scientists locate scientific information and I'm working on a guide to highlight resources in statistical sciences and operations research," said Roseberry. Arendt is preparing a workshop on keeping current by using databases alerts. "We'd love to hear from students and faculty about workshops, or other services, they need," she said.  
 
Contact Information for librarians focused on science and engineering: 
Julie Arendt, (804) 828-1539, jaarendt@vcu.edu
Ronke Lawal, (804) 828-8739, ilawal@vcu.edu
Martha Roseberry, (804) 828-2347, mroseberry@vcu.edu
 
 

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