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Staff ProfileStaff Spotlight - Introducing Stacy Brody, Reference and Instructional Librarian

Learn more about Himmelfarb Library staff members. In this issue we learn more about Stacy Brody, Reference and Instructional Librarian.

Share your path to Himmelfarb Library.
My career path has been fairly nonlinear, so I’ll keep it brief. I earned an undergraduate degree in agriculture and plant science. I knew I wanted to work with people and be involved in research, but I didn’t want to work in a laboratory. After spending some time (and tasting some wine) in the hospitality industry, I returned to school to earn my Master of Information degree. Between earning my MI and starting at Himmelfarb Library, I completed the National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship program. I learned about medical librarianship and gained an insider’s perspective on NLM resources (translate: PubMed). I wanted to stay in the DC area and return to work in an academic setting – Himmelfarb seemed a perfect fit!

Tell us about your position at Himmelfarb and what you do.
I am a reference and instruction librarian. I provide assistance to students, faculty, and staff, and I look forward to providing instruction on using library resources, conducting searches, and evaluating results.

What do you enjoy most about your position?
I became a librarian because I couldn’t decide on one area of research. As a librarian, I learn a little bit about a lot. I am able to apply my skills to help researchers locate the materials they need to make critical advancements in the health sciences.

What’s been the biggest challenge?
I can’t say! Everyone at Himmelfarb has been so welcoming and supportive, even as we transitioned to teleworking.

What has been the best part of working at Himmelfarb?
My coworkers and our larger community of patrons. 😊

What jobs have you held previously that prepared you for your work at Himmelfarb?
Working in the wine industry, I learned a lot about hospitality and communication. I often find myself leaning on those skills, which may seem unrelated to medical librarianship. Additionally, as an undergraduate, I conducted scientific research, which involved searching the library databases, reading scientific journal articles, and planning and conducting experiments in the lab and in the field (i.e. farms). While I did not pursue a traditional MS or PhD in the sciences, I find I still identify with the culture of science (just don’t tell my professors I forgot the steps of the Krebs cycle).

What do you like to do in your time away from work?
I enjoy baking (and eating) sourdough bread.

Image of A Loaf of Sourdough Bread

Where are you from originally, and what brought you to the DC area?
I am originally from New Jersey (Central). I came to the DC area for the National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship.

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