Sarah Oelker

Science Librarian

Division: Research & Instructional Support

Department: Digital Pedagogy

Williston 432


Sarah Oelker is the Science Librarian at Mount Holyoke College. Sarah consults with student and faculty researchers on the selection, handling, and preservation of all kinds of research data. They demystify science and scientific careers for students, regardless of background and experience, and help every student develop a critical understanding of science.


MLIS Library and Information Science, Rutgers, 2003
BA Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, Yale College, 1999

LITS liaison areas

Biological Sciences
Computer Science
Neuroscience and Behavior

Students, I can help you with:

Getting started on your research
Finding sources and data
Citing sources and managing bibliographies
Choosing and refining a topic

Faculty, I can help you with:


  • Moodle 
  • Classroom technologies (PollEverywhere, videoconferencing, scientific software, etc)
  • Providing appropriate research skills instruction in your courses and to your independent study students, including in-class library instruction, research guides, and one-on-one research consultations. 
  • Data science skills such as data cleanup, programming skills for your research workflow, and version control
  • Data management plans for research grants and planning for the preservation of research data.