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Owen Science and Engineering Library Employee Directory

Joel Cummings

Librarian III
Head of Collection Development & Collection Manager for the Sciences
Owen Science & Engineering Library #139

I administer and approve the collections budgets for the WSU Libraries. I license the Libraries electronic materials and Oversee serials cancellation and selection projects as necessary. I am the Chair of the Collections Management Working Group the oversight committee for collection development and Serve as the WSU Collection Development Representative to Library Consortia. I serve as the book and journal selector for almost all areas of Science, Engineering and Agriculture. I serve as chair of the Cataloging Advisory Working Group and as a member of the WSU Contracts Processing Committee.

Betty Galbraith

Librarian IV/Full Professor
Owen Science & Engineering Library #119

I am subject librarian for the following subject areas: General Biological Sciences, Botany, Cell Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Molecular Biosciences, Molecular plant sciences, Zoology, Geology, Environmental Sciences and Regional Management, and Natural Resource Sciences. This involves liaison work with the faculty and teaching information literacy sessions in their courses. Other areas of special subject expertise are arctic research, and history of the Alaska natural gas pipeline.

I am currently interim liaison to agricultural sciences, animal sciences, crop and soil sciences, entomology, food science, horticulture, integrated plant sciences, plant pathology, viticulture and enology.

Library instruction is a major aspect of my responsibilities. I teach subject information literacy classes in my liaison areas, English class sessions, and orientation sessions for new graduates in my liaison areas and other special constituencies. I teach MBios 580, and co-teach MBios 320. In addition I create online lectures and help documents for specific courses in my liaison areas.

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R.J. Hart

Library & Archives Paraprofessional V
Circulation, Owen Science & Engineering Library

My team and I manage the day to day operations of the Owen Science and Engineering Library.  This includes interlibrary loan and document delivery fulfillment, in-house information assistance, circulation, stack maintenance, and limited preservation and marking tasks.  Together, we provide and facilitate access to library collections and maintain the security and safety of the building.

Michael Landers

Library & Archives Paraprofessional II
Circulation, Owen Science & Engineering Library

I work half-time at Owen where my primary responsibility is the assistance of our patrons at the circulation desk. This work ranges from clerical to reference. I check out books to patrons, help them with their Copicards and our card readers, give them directions, and assist them with our equipment including copiers and microfilm. I provide instruction in the use of our digital collections and our materials access services such as Summit and ILLiad I explain library policies and procedures to our patrons. When the fulfillment of a patron’s needs is beyond my expertise or the scope of my position, I refer them to somebody who can help them.

My primary internal responsibilities include the processing of the Science Library reserves and electronic reserves. I train the new student employees in general front desk circulation duties. I search for missing items. I order our unit’s office supplies and maintain our paper inventory. I receive our new books and keep our new books shelf looking pretty and well stocked.

Chelsea Leachman

Librarian II
Owen Science & Engineering Library

I am the subject librarian for the following subject areas: Biological Systems Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, and Mechanical Engineering and Materials Engineering. This involves being a liaison with the faculty, students and researchers by providing instruction and reference.

Library instruction is also a major aspect of my responsibilities. I teach information literacy classes in my liaison areas, English class sessions, and orientation sessions for new graduates in my liaison areas and other special constituencies.

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