In September 2013, Vassar College Libraries welcomed a new librarian, Rachelle Ramer.
Q. What work do you do at Vassar College Libraries?
A. I am the Research Librarian for the Sciences, which means I am the liaison to Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Earth Science, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, Neuroscience & Behavior, Physics, and Psychology, and the Program for Science, Technology and Society. As a liaison I work with students and faculty to find, access and use information resources within the discipline, and to strengthen their skills in doing so. Additionally, I am responsible for developing Vassar’s collection in my liaison areas.
Q. Have you worked at other libraries before coming to Vassar?
A. Before coming to Vassar, I was working at the Grainger Engineering Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Q. What did you do there, and how is it different from your work here?
A. My work there was similar, but here I have greater responsibilities, work with all the sciences, and I get to work more with students and classes on information literacy skills.
Q. Why do you like (or not like) working in libraries?
A. I love that I never know what questions I’ll get to help answer each day; I’m always learning new things. I’m also passionate about working with scientific information to support research and education.
Q. What are your interests outside of work?
A. I enjoy traveling, visiting aquariums, and learning and trying new things. Since coming to Poughkeepsie, I’ve been experimenting with cooking using locally grown food. I’m proud to be a nerd and particularly enjoy playing all types of games. I also love puzzles and theater, books, and movies.
Please join us in welcoming Rachelle to the Vassar College Libraries!