Janet Ewing, RIS

*Serving as Interim Director of Research & Instructional Support*

Liaison areas - assumed by Amber Welch

  • Philosophy
  • Religion
  • Jewish Studies

Contact info

Can help with

  • library research and collections
  • ella & Moodle
  • library databases
  • RefWorks
  • webpages
  • EZProxy (remote access)
  • MHC Blogs
  • and more!

Services Include

  • Custom instruction classes in library research including introduction to library research at Mount Holyoke, locating scholarly materials, evaluating sources, using specialized databases, effective web tools for research
  • Discipline oriented or course-specific library web pages to aide your students' research projects, for example:  Philosophy; Religion 332.
  • One on one consultations to develop and support the research projects and/or  the use of technology tools (including ella) in courses
  • Development of the library's collection in liaison areas: select materials and receive requests
  • Connections to other LITS services, as needed


  • M.L.S.: Masters of Library Science, University of Maryland, 1987
  • B.A.:  in History, Bucknell University, 1981


  • Note: For the 2013-2014 academic year, Janet is serving as Interim Director of Research & Instructional Support.  Her liaison role has been assumed by Amber Welch for the duration.
  • Janet has been a Reference Librarian at Mount Holyoke since 1994 and recently added to her duties and her title to become Reference & Integrated Technologies Librarian.  Starting from June 1, 2013, she is also serving as the Interim Director of the Research & Instructional Support team.  She was previously a research librarian at the National Research Council (National Academy of Sciences/National Academy of Engineering/Institute of Medicine) in Washington, DC.  She spent part of her youth growing up in South Hadley and ultimately working at a few different jobs here at MHC before heading off to graduate school.   She returned to the area, and the college, after tiring of the traffic and the hyper-politics of our otherwise lovely nation's capitol.   She currently lives in Sunderland with her partner, Alice, who is a managing editor for the Northeast Foundation for Children & Responsive Classroom.  She maintains an interest - if not much activity - in horses, especially dressage and eventing.   When time & funds allow, Janet enjoys travelling and has at least touched foot in 48 states and a few Canadian provinces, as well as caught a glimpse of England, France, Italy, Japan (Okinawa), China, Tibet, and Taiwan.