Subject Specialists / Librarians

Service Description

Collection Development Subject Librarians

Building and preserving the Fondren Library collections involves a group of more than fifteen subject and area specialists. These librarian specialists, who serve as liaisons to each academic department on campus, are available by e-mail, phone or appointment to assist you.

  • Purchase materials upon your recommendation
  • Answer reference questions or refer you to someone who can (also see the library research guides)
  • Prepare printed and electronic library guides
  • Teach our students how to use various electronic media
  • Advise where and how to identify materials relevant to teaching and research
  • Attend departmental meetings to discuss library resources, services, and off-site selection guidelines for materials in your discipline
  • Librarian contacts for your research center or institute are listed after the academic departments.
SubjectLibrarianTelephoneAcademic Liaison
Anthropology Joe Goetz713-348-3892
Dominic Boyer
ArchitectureK. Sarah Ostrach713-348-8086Scott Colman
Art historyK. Sarah Ostrach713-348-8086
Olivia Young
Asian studiesAnna Shparberg713-348-3809Susan Huang
BiosciencesRobert Sabin713-348-4324
Charles Stewart
BioengineeringRobert Sabin713-348-4324
Rob Raphael
Business & ManagementNicolas Castellanos713-348-2573Stephen Zeff
Chemical engineeringRobert Sabin713-348-4324
Matteo Pasquali
ChemistryRobert Sabin713-348-4324
Dr. Matthew Jones
Civil engineering & environmental 
Jun Qian713-348-3802
Satish Nagarajaiah
ClassicsAnna Shparberg713-348-3809
Ted Somerville
Computational Applied Mathematics and Operations ResearchDebra Kolah713-348-2350
Illya V. Hicks
Computer scienceJun Qian713-348-3802
Moshe Vardi
Dramatic ArtsJoe Goetz713-348-3892TBD
Earth & Planetary sciencesJun Qian713-348-3802
Cin-Ty Lee
EconomicsNicolas Castellanos713-348-2573
Marc Dudey 
EducationSue Garrison713-348-2573Brenda Rangel
Electrical & Computer engineeringJun Qian713-348-3802TBD
EnglishJoe Goetz713-348-3892
Susan Lurie
French studiesJoe Goetz713-348-3892
Philip Wood
German studiesScott Vieira713-348-2621
Martin Blumenthal-Barby
Government InformationAnna Xiong713-348-6212N/A
History, AmericanScott Vieira713-348-2621Randal L. Hall
History, science, medicine & technologyScott Vieira713-348-2621 
History, WorldAnna Shparberg713-348-3809Randal L. Hall
Kinesiology / Sports ManagementRobert Sabin713-348-4324James Disch
Languages, Center for
Study of
Anna Shparberg713-348-3809N/A
Liberal studiesJoe Goetz713-348-3892
Library scienceJeanette Sewell713-348-8713
LinguisticsAnna Shparberg713-348-3809
Robert Englebretson
ManagementNicolas Castellanos713-348-2573Stephen A Zeff
MathematicsDebra Kolah713-348-2350
Frank Jones
Materials Science & NanoEngineeringJun Qian713-348-3802Ming Tang
Mechanical engineeringJun Qian713-348-3802
Ed Akin
MusicKeith Chapman713-348-3727
Greg Barnett
PhilosophyScott Vieira713-348-2621
Timothy Schroeder
PhysicsDebra Kolah713-348-2350
Karl Ecklund
Political scienceScott Vieira713-348-2621Richard (Ric) Stoll
PsychologyAmanda Thomas713-348-3771Fred Oswald
ReligionAnna Shparberg713-348-3809
David Cook
Slavic studiesAnna Shparberg713-348-3809N/A
SociologyAnna Xiong713-348-6212
Sergio Chavez
Spanish, Portuguese, & Latin American StudiesK. Sarah Ostrach713-348-8086Beatriz González-Stephan
StatisticsDebra Kolah713-348-2350
David Scott
Women & gender 
Scott Vieira713-348-2621Brian Riedel
Visual artsK. Sarah Ostrach713-348-8086
John Sparagana


Research Center or InstituteLibrarian

James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy

Scott Vieira

Biomaterials Center

BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC)

Boniuk Institute for the Study & Advancement of Religious Tolerance

Brine Chemistry Consortium

Center for African and African American StudiesScott Vieira

Center for Computational Finance & Economic Systems

Sue Garrison

Center for Education

Sue Garrison

Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy

Center for Multimedia Communication

Center for Plant Sciences

Center for Languages & Intercultural Communication

Center for Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment

Center for Theoretical Biological Physics

China-U.S. Center for Environmental Remediation & Sustainable Dev’t

Doerr Institute for New Leaders

Sue Garrison

Earth Science Center for Computing

Energy and Environment Initiative

Environmental Studies CenterJoe Goetz
Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC)Anna Xiong

Humanities Research Center

Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering

Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology

Kinder Institute for Urban Research

Anna Xiong

Laboratory for Nanophotonics

Medical Humanities ProgramJoe Goetz
Moody Center for the ArtsK. Sarah Ostrach

Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship


Rice Bioinformatics Group

Rice Center for Engineering Leadership

Rice Center for Neuroengineering

Rice Design Alliance

K. Sarah Ostrach

Rice Electron Microscopy Center

Rice Space Institute

Rice University Art Gallery

K. Sarah Ostrach

Rice 360º: Institute for Global Health

Richard Tapia Center for Excellence and Equity


Smalley-Curl Institute

Texas Policy LabDebra Kolah