Catherine Ryan helps a student with a Reference QuestionTitle:

Reference Librarian, Science Specialty

Areas of Specialty:

Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Neuroscience, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Environmental Studies and Sustainability, Public Health, Medical Humanities,

Surprising areas of interest:

Classical music, history, politics, math, birding, plant identification, biking, hiking, knitting, sewing.

Why did you become a librarian?

After working several years in a research lab at an area hospital, I was looking for a career change that would make good use of my background and interest in the sciences. Reference librarian with a specialty in the sciences was a perfect fit and I was lucky enough to land a job with a chemical company that supported my effort to obtain the appropriate MLS degree.

What are your five all time top library resources?

  • Merck Index
  • Kirk Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology
  • Biology Data Book (I wish FASEB would update it!)
  • CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States


Phone: x3483

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