Think of them as research accelerators,
personal coaches …
… we call them “subject librarians.”
Today’s subject librarian—Science Librarian Alfred Fry
What’s new this year?
AF—We don’t have any new science resources this year, but the Library just hired a new director. I expect there will be a lot of changes.
What are the challenges for science students who want to use the Library?
AF—Our databases, particularly in chemistry, are very powerful. Although it is very easy to do simple searches, it can be challenging to discover all the advanced features without instruction. Also, many students are familiar with just one database and are unaware of others that would be more appropriate in some situations.
What resources does the Library offer to help science students overcome those challenges?
AF—Me. I’m happy to teach classes or provide individual or small group instruction.
What do you wish science students knew about you, about the Library?
AF—I majored in chemistry. Many students know about the subject guides, but I wish more did.
What do you like best about being a librarian?
AF—Helping students and faculty in all areas, but particularly in science and engineering.
What do you like best about working with Villanova students?
AF—Villanova students tend to be more patient than students at other places I’ve worked. So, I can take the time to demonstrate the most effective techniques for getting the best results. There are also a few people from the wider Villanova community who have asked very interesting questions.
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