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Research Help Service, Odegaard Undergraduate Library: Research Help Staff Profiles

Describes the services, librarians and staff, and policies of the research help service in the Odegaard Undergraduate Library's Writing and Research Center (OWRC)

Tom Bolling

With a background in Philosophy, Tom arrived at UW in 1970 as a research librarian, and has been extremely happy here ever since. He loves the Great Game of Research... empowering for lifelong learning in the vast world of information and stored experiences and adventures of the mind. His other passionate love is the Great Game of Kendo, the Way of the Sword... learning to sense The Force flowing through us and a life played for keeps. Find him at info desks in Odegaard or in his office, Odegaard 240E. He is continually energized by working daily with students and supporting them in their research and information needs.

Kathleen Collins

Kathleen has worked in libraries since she was 13 years old, became a librarian after obtaining her Master's in Library and Information Studies from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and has been 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 has B.A in history from the University of Maine at Farmington and is currently the UW Libraries subject librarian for Sociology and Children's and YA Literature. She is an avid Zotero user and considers the humble footnote to be a thing of grace and beauty. 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 importunate cats and the piles of unfolded laundry accumulating on the couch.

Anne Marie Davis

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. Learn more about Anne's work on her LibGuides profile.

Conor Doyle

Conor is a first-year MLIS graduate student and a Research and Learning Specialist at Odegaard Library. Originally from Boulder, he studied English literature at the University of Colorado before volunteering in the library and ultimately cementing his course of study. He believes in the democratizing power of information and is excited to help students as they pursue their educations. His free time is spent playing Rocket League, making plans to see shows at El Corazon, or having his heart broken by the Colorado Avalanche.

Riko Fluchel

Riko Fluchel is a Research and Learning Specialist, and a first year graduate student in the MLIS program. He grew up in the Southern Central Appalachians. He received his BA from Hampshire College in 2013, where he concentrated in Queer Studies, Filipino American Studies, and Creative Writing. He cares deeply for social justice, student-led education, and empowerment. In his free time, he enjoys horror movies, video games, poetry, astrology, and any body of water. 


John Holmes

John is the Psychology Librarian at the UW, coordinates Access Services for Odegaard Library, and serves as a writing tutor in the Writing & Research Center. He has been professionally active in the area of information literacy (the ability to interact effectively with information from defining needs and finding relevant sources to the use and management of sources.)  He is a co-founder of the Writing & Research Center and is particularly devoted to helping undergraduate students master the rich connections between thinking, research, and writing. John has a B.A. in English from Michigan State University and an M.L.S. in Information Science from Wayne State University and his extracurricular interests include film, popular music, and baseball history.

Amanda Hornby

Amanda is the Libraries' Teaching and Learning Program Libraian. She coordinates the Odegaard Undergraduate Library education program and loves working to teach research skills and resources to students. She graduated with a B.A. from Lewis and Clark College, which included a year-long study abroad program in France, and has her Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington. In her free time, she enjoys 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, her husband, and her beautiful son.

Harry Murphy

Harry is UW's African Studies, American Ethnic Studies, and American Indian Studies Librarian. He is also a member of Odegaard Undergraduate Library's top-notch research librarian team. A Florida native, Harry received his Master of Science in Library Service from 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), hiking, theater, all music, cycling, and stepping out on the court every now and then. He bleeds Yankee pinstripes, Seahawk blue, and FAMU orange and green.

Anna Nakano-Baker

Anna is a Learning and Research Specialist at Odegaard Library and a graduate student in the Library and Information Science program. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Ethnic Studies and Spanish from the University of Oregon. She is passionate about social justice, and has previously worked at the United Way of the Columbia-Willamette and the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon. In her free time, Anna enjoys reading, drawing, and hiking with her dog.

Kate Roché-Sudar

Kate is a Research and Learning Specialist at Odegaard Library and a first-year online MLIS grad student. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Marlboro College in Vermont, where she double-majored in literature and dance, but mostly read a lot of fairy tales. Kate also completed a cosmetology degree in 2015, at the Gary Manuel Aveda Institute in Seattle. Kate and her twin sister have gone to Emerald City Comic-Con every year since moving to Seattle, and just got their tickets for 2018! In her free time, she does a lot of yoga, dances, reads, studies Latin, drinks way too much coffee, and hangs out with her dog, Arte.

Deborah Pierce

Deborah is UW's Subject Librarian for Education. Her background includes a BMEMM in Musicology and a MS in Information Science along with over 25 years as a music information specialist and educator. She is also a certified master Neurolinguistic Programming Practitioner and has taught in K-12, community adult education, and higher education.  She believes that life is a path of ongoing inquiry and learning, and that research and writing are important skills to develop in our quest for understanding ourselves and others.  She has been a writing tutor in the OWRC since 2009 and enjoys helping students understand the link between research and writing.  She would love to help you find resources to support your coursework and your own learning.

Her own research, teaching, and writings are in the areas of information literacy, adult education, musician wellness and education, social artistry and human potentials.  Deborah's true loves are singing, composing, cooking vegan delights, playing tai chi in nature, and hanging out with canine friends. See more about Deborah's research, teaching, and writing on her LibGuide profile.

Emilie Vrbancic

Emilie is the Undergraduate Experience Librarian at Odegaard and works to design and deliver services and programs that connect to the academic success of undergraduate students. A Chicago native, Emilie received her Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana and Champaign and a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology and International Relations from Lake Forest College. In typical librarian fashion, Emilie is usually reading or listening to a book and enjoys getting lost in other people's worlds. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Seattle’s neighborhoods, hiking and camping with her wife, and cooking for family and friends.

Linda Whang

Linda is the First Year Experience Librarian at Odegaard Library and her job is to make sure that all new students know how great the UW Libraries are!  Linda is the co-chair of the Libraries Student Advisory Committee, a great group of undergraduates who advise the libraries on ways to improve library services, resources, and spaces.  Prior to this position, she was a librarian at the UW’s Engineering Library.  An upstate New York native, Linda has a BS in Biology from Cornell University and an MLS in Library Science from SUNY Buffalo.  In her free time, Linda enjoys cooking, running, learning about nutrition, and solving New York Times crossword puzzles. 


Lauren Wittek

Lauren is a Research and Learning Specialist at Odegaard, and a third year student in the Master of Library and Information Science program here at the UW. She has a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Maryland and has worked in higher education for over a decade. Her favorite hobbies include reading true crime books, roller skating, and hanging out with her two dogs. 

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