Sarah Oelker, RIS

Liaison to

  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Neuroscience and Behavior
  • Physics

Contact info

Can help with

  • Getting started on your research: finding sources, citing sources, choosing a topic
  • Moodle
  • Science databases such as Web of Knowledge, Biological Abstracts, Science Direct
  • RefWorks, including BibTex output for TeX users
  • Bioinformatics and NCBI databases
  • Classroom technologies such as interactive whiteboards, audience response systems (clickers), videoconferencing
  • Data management plans for NSF and other types of grants
  • Multidisciplinary projects involving any of my liaison areas
  • And more: just ask!

Services Include

  • Interactive and responsive instruction sessions customized for specific courses, including: introductions to library research at Mount Holyoke College, locating scholarly materials, evaluating sources, choosing and using databases for literature searching, effective web tools for research, citing and formatting, and appropriate use of sources.   
  • One on one consultations for faculty and for students on using technology in the classroom, on using ella and Moodle, on finding sources, and on planning for independent research.
  • Choosing new materials in Astronomy, Biological Sciences, Environmental Studies, and Physics, including responding to faculty requests.
  • Not sure who to ask? Start with me, I'll help you find out!


  • Masters in Library and Information Science, Rutgers University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, Yale University


  • Sarah has been the Science Librarian at Mount Holyoke since August 2005.  She is the eldest of four siblings, and she grew up on a dairy farm in eastern Ohio. Sarah came to Massachusetts after six years in Connecticut and four years in New Jersey (at Exit 9 and then Exit 14.)  She is sometimes seen knitting, gardening, crocheting, or singing in ensembles in the Five College Early Music Program. She lives in Holyoke near Ashley Reservoir with two cats, one of whom has a very active social media life