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Libraries welcome new chemistry & physics librarian

May 30, 2013
Laura Palumbo

The Rutgers University Libraries are pleased to welcome Laura B. Palumbo, the new chemistry and physics librarian on the New Brunswick campuses.

Laura is a recent graduate of the Rutgers School of Communication & Information, earning her MLIS with a digital libraries specialization. As a student, she was a research and instruction associate in the Library of Science and Medicine (LSM). For the last few months, Laura worked as a temporary science librarian at LSM providing reference and instruction, and supporting the acting chemistry and physics librarians. Laura also collaborated with Rutgers' faculty on the Excellence in Higher Education for Liberian Development grant, focusing on developing an organization and programs to support female engineering students.

Laura serves as assistant editor of Practical Academic Librarianship, an international journal published by the Special Libraries Association, and as a book reviewer for the Journal of Agriculture and Food Information.

Prior to attending library school, Laura had a successful career as a professional engineer and worked with the New Jersey Water Supply Authority, the USDA Soil Conservation Service, as well as private firms. She is a graduate of the Rutgers School of Engineering with a degree in agricultural engineering.

As chemistry and physics librarian, Laura will be responsible for engaging with faculty and students in the Rutgers chemistry and physics communities. In addition to developing collections and delivering services in support of their research and educational missions, Laura will also be developing services to access and preserve scientific data. She will also be developing her own research agenda, with an interest in women in STEM fields.

Laura can be reached at 848-445-3558 or Her office is located in the Library of Science and Medicine, on the Busch campus.