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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)

Nicole Arnold


Nicole is a Reference and Instruction Graduate Assistant in the Odegaard Library and is a second-year student in the MLIS Program. She holds an MA in history and has previously worked as a high school history and geography teacher. As a native Southern Californian, Nicole loves to be in the sunshine when possible. She also loves playing/ watching sports, playing guitar, and reading historical nonfiction and sci-fi books.

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 an official degree-carrying 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 a member of the Libraries' citation tools team which helps support RefWorks, Zotero, and Mendeley, and she 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 cat 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.

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.

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.

Sarah Schroeder

Sarah is a Reference and Instruction Graduate Assistant in Odegaard and a 2nd-year student in the Master of Library and Information Science program. She studied English and history as a UW undergraduate and loves working with students of all ages on reading and writing skills. When not at work or school, she can be found hiking, running, volunteering, reading historical biographies, and playing board games.

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. 


Odegaard Research Help Service
Odegaard Writing & Research Ctr
Odegaard Library #121
(206) 543-2060

Mar. 27 - Mar. 31:
Sun, 1-8pm
Mon - Thu, 9am - 8pm
Fri, 9am-4:30pm
Sat, Closed

Apr. 1 - Jun. 7:
Sun, 1-8pm
Mon - Thu, 9am - 8pm
Fri, 9am-4:30pm
Sat, Closed
Closed holidays & interims
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