Lorraine J. Pellack (Knox)
Associate Professor (tenured)
Head, Science & Technology Department
150 Parks Library
Ames, IA 50011-2140
Master of Library Science, 1982. Emporia State University.
Bachelor of Science, 1981. Major: Biology. Upper Iowa University.
9/98 to present: Head, Science & Technology Department (tenured in 2005), University Library, Iowa State University of Science & Technology.
9/89 to 9/98: Assistant Science Librarian (tenured in 1994), Anschutz Science Library, University of Kansas.
1/86 to 9/89: Physical Science Bibliographer/Reference Librarian & Branch Library Coordinator, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota.
11/84 to 1/86: Life Science Bibliographer/Reference Librarian, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota.
Technically, I am the Head of the Science & Technology Department in the Parks Library. Loosely translated, this means that I supervise the science portion of library staff, collections, and services. I supervise 6 tenure-track science librarians (each with varying subject backgrounds and expertise who staff the Parks Library Help & Information Desk, teach library research skills, purchase materials for the collection, and conduct research in library science). I also currently serve as the subject specialist for two academic departments: Agronomy and Agricultural Education & Studies. I fill in for other science subject areas during staff vacancies. Like all ISU public services librarians, I rotate through teaching Lib160: Information Literacy (1 credit course required for all ISU undergraduate students). I usually teach 4 sections per year with 75 students in each section. I also teach library research sessions in a number of other science courses and workshops for graduate students and faculty. My time is roughly divided up as: 10% research & scholarship, 5% institutional service, and 85% professional practice. In the last 30+ years, I have become adept at working with research tools in almost every area of science & technology, including: locating some of the most bizarrely-cited references, teaching cited reference searching, tracking down elusive conference proceedings, and working with technical reports, patents, industry standards, and extension publications.
· Recruitment and training of science librarians
· Specialized research tools – making them easier to find and use
· Public service motivation
· Peer-review and alternative methods for showing research impact
Publications: (See also Google Scholar Citations Profile.)
Pellack, Lorraine J. 2013. “Rethinking Restroom Questions.” In: Whole Library Handbook 5: Current Data, Professional Advice, and Curiosa (ed. George M. Eberhart), Chicago: American Library Association, pp. 293-295. [Reprint of 2009 article in RUSQ.]
Pellack, Lorraine J. 2012. “Now Serving Customer 7,528,413.” Reference and User Services Quarterly, 51(4): 316-318. Available as PDF file.
Pellack, Lorraine J. and Kappmeyer, Lori Osmus. 2011. “The Ripple Effect of Women's Name Changes in Indexing, Citation, and Authority Control.” Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 62(3): 440-448. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/asi.21469 and at: http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/refinst_pubs/15
Pellack, Lorraine J. 2009. “First Impressions and Rethinking Restroom Questions.” [Guest editorial.] Reference and User Services Quarterly, 49(1): 4, 6. Available at: http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/refinst_pubs/27.
Pellack, Lorraine J. 2009. “Soil Surveys: They’re Not Just for Farmers.” [Tips from the Experts column.] Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship, no. 58 (Summer). Available online: http://www.istl.org/09-summer/tips.html
Pellack, Lorraine J. 2006. “Uncle Albert Needs You! Individual Recruiting Efforts are a Necessity and an Obligation.” Co-published simultaneously in Science & Technology Libraries, v. 27 (1/2): 55-70; and Recruiting, Training, and Retention of Science and Technology Librarians (ed. Patricia A. Kreitz and JoAnn DeVries), New York: Haworth Press, pp. 55-70. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1300/J122v27n01_05 and at: http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/refinst_pubs/13
Pellack, Lorraine J. 2005. “Industry Standards in ARL Libraries: Electronic and On-Demand,” Collection Building, v.24(1): 20-28. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/01604950510576092 and at: http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/refinst_pubs/12
Jackson, Rebecca and Pellack, Lorraine J. 2004. ““Internet Subject Guides in Academic Libraries: An Analysis of Contents, Practices, and Opinions,” Reference and User Services Quarterly, v. 43(4): 319-327. Available at: http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/refinst_pubs/14.
Pellack, Lorraine J. 2004. “American Journal of Botany at 90: A Librarian Perspective,” American Journal of Botany, v. 91(12): 1945-1948. Invited Special Paper. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3732/ajb.91.12.1945 and at: http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/refinst_pubs/1
Pellack, Lorraine J. 2003. “Interpersonal Skills in the Reference Workplace.” Co-published simultaneously in The Reference Librarian, no. 83/84: 57-70; and Cooperative Reference: Social Interaction in the Workplace (ed. Celia Hales Mabry), New York: Haworth Press, pp. 57-70. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1300/J120v40n83_06 and also at: http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/refinst_pubs/16
Llewellyn, Richard D., Pellack, Lorraine J., and Shonrock, Diana D. 2002. “The Use of Electronic-Only Journals in Scientific Research,” Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship no. 35 (Summer). Available online: http://www.istl.org/02-summer/refereed.html
Pellack, Lorraine J. 2002. “Materials Science Resources on the Web.” Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship no. 34 (Spring). Available online: http://www.istl.org/02-spring/internet.html
Knox, Lorraine J. 1995. "Aardvarks to Zoysia: A Primer on Species Resources for the Non-Scientist." RQ 34(3): 369-377. Available as PDF file.
Best Books for Academic Libraries – volume 1: “Science, Technology, Agriculture.” Temecula CA: Best Books, Inc., 2002.
Served as one of 12 Senior Advisors for volume 1.
Union List of Geologic Field Trip Guidebooks of North America. 6th ed. Compiled and edited by the Geoscience Information Society Guidebooks Committee, Richard Spohn, chair. Alexandria, Va.: American Geological Institute, in cooperation with the Geoscience Information Society, c1996.
I was one of 11 committee members, each representing a region of North America. I was also one of four committee members who constructed the geographic index for this edition of the Union List.
Selected Committee Activities:
ISU Librarian Assembly, Vice-chair/Chair-Elect, June 2011-May 2012, Chair, June 2012-May 2013 (elected by members)
ISU Library Sustainability Task Force, 2009-2010
ISU Library Promotion & Tenure Review Committee, May 2005 – April 2009 (2 year terms, elected by members of the ISU Library Faculty)
Geoscience Information Society, Guide Book Standards Committee, 1996-2002
ILA/ACRL Mentoring Committee, 2 terms (2008 and 2009)
Iowa Regents Institutions’ Interinstitutional Reference & Instruction Task Force, 1998-2010, 2013-2015; Chair, July 2004-June 2006
SLA/SciTech Division, Professional Development Committee, 2009-2011
TRAIL (Technical Report Archive & Image Library) Membership Recruitment Task Force member, 2011-2012; Membership Working Group Coordinator, 2013-2015
Noteworthy Grant Activities:
March 2003 --- Institute of Museum and Library Services grant for “Recruitment and Education of University Science and Health Sciences Librarians.” This was a 5-year project for $392,347 with an additional $151,687 in matching funds. The University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln joined together in this grant proposal. The grant was designed to provide work experience via 9 assistantships (3 at each institution) targeted to library science students with undergraduate and graduate degrees in the sciences. It is also designed to investigate alternative methods for recruiting new librarians in specialized subject areas such as science. The Principal Investigator was from the University of Iowa. I was listed as the library coordinator for the ISU Library portion of the project which involved supervising 3 student work experiences and working closely with librarians at the other 2 institutions to develop recruiting strategies. (Funded)
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