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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)

Amanda Chin

Amanda Chin is a second-year residential MLIS graduate student as well as a Research and Learning Specialist at Odegaard Library. She has moved around quite a bit, spending her formative years in the South and Midwest, and ending up in Hawaii for both her B.A. in Japanese and M.A. in Second Language Studies (language acquisition and pedagogy). She taught English language and literature courses for some time in Hawaii and Japan, before moving to Washington for more learning. Amanda is eager to grow in her teaching practice with a focus on information literacy and research skills. In her free time, she loves playing board games, reading contemporary sci-fi, and exploring new areas of Seattle through Pokemon Go.

Kathleen Collins

Kathleen is the coordinator for Research Help at Odegaard and also serves as the UW Libraries subject librarian for Sociology and Children's and YA Literature. Although her current position sees her wearing many hats, 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 an avid Zotero user, a collector of office fidget toys, a podcast junkie, and a fan of "The Great British Bake Off." 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 second-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. He graduated and worked a number of jobs before taking a volunteer position in the university library and ultimately cementing his course of study. Conor gets excited about libraries and ice hockey, and he looks forward to helping students as they pursue their educations. 

Carol Fisher

Carol is a Research and Learning Specialist at Odegaard Library and a first-year residential MLIS graduate student. Carol graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. She previously served in the US Navy where she worked in tropical meteorology and oceanography. When not working or studying, Carol enjoys drinking copious amounts of coffee, reading, perusing the internet, exploring Seattle and spending time with her wonderful puppy and husband.  

Riko Fluchel

Riko Fluchel is a Research and Learning Specialist, and a second-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 liaison to UW's Expository Writing Program and is a co-founder of the Odegaard Writing & Research Center, where he also tutors writing. He is particularly devoted to helping undergraduate students master the rich connections between thinking, research, and writing.  John has a B.A. in English Studies 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 Head of Undergraduate Student Success at UW Libraries. She 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 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.

Lauren Ray

Lauren has a split role as Open Education Librarian and Psychology Librarian. Prior to working in Odegaard, she lived in Berlin, Germany, where she provided online research and instructional support to students (at UW and international institutions) through our 24/7 chat service. She also led the opening and development of the UW Libraries Research Commons, on the ground floor of the Allen Library South. She has a strong interest in information equity, service design, libraries as organizations, and critical information literacy. Lauren has a Master of Library Science from North Carolina Central University, and a B.A. in History of Art and Feminist & Gender Studies from Bryn Mawr College. In her free time, she enjoys cooking with hard-to-find ingredients, creating music playlists, listening to interview podcasts and exploring the world on foot.  

Kate Roché-Sudar

Kate is a Research and Learning Specialist at Odegaard Library and a second-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.

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!  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 a Master of Library Science from SUNY Buffalo.  In her free time, Linda enjoys camping, cooking, cross-country skiing, and crosswords. 


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