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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)

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.

Pronouns: she, her

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.

Taylor Healey-Brooks

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 Taylor Healey-Brooks is a Research and Learning Specialist at Odegaard Undergraduate Library  and a first-year residential MILS graduate student. She has a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Georgia 's School of Public and International Affairs. Her non-library interests include coffee, nature walks, true crime and befriending all the dogs!

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.  

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. 


Nardose Hailu (Peer Research Consultant)


Nardose is a junior currently pursuing a degree in Business Administration. Born and raised in Ethiopia, she moved to Seattle over five years ago. In her free time, she likes to watch foreign films, read books, go to art museums, and play bass.

Eva Haynes Kiehn (Peer Research Consultant)

Eva is a freshman currently studying as a pre-anthropology student. She is rom Woodinville, Washington and she loves everything to do with nature and the Pacific Northwest. She is an avid opera fan and has been attending the Seattle Opera for over three years! She loves trying new coffee shops and going for walks with her dog.

Anusha Nasrulai (Peer Research Consultant)


Anusha is in her 3rd year studying Law, Societies, and Justice and Informatics. Outside of school, she enjoys reading, making art, and hiking.

Pronouns: she, her

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