This past January, Catherine Vu — Senior Assistant Librarian — joined Cal State Fullerton and the Pollak Library as our new science librarian.
For those students and faculty who haven’t yet met and worked with her in an instruction session or at the reference desk, here is a chance to to learn more about Cathy.
Pollak Library Work
In what section or unit of the Pollak Library do you work?
Instruction & Information Services (I & IS), Reference & Instruction.
What is your job in a nutshell so far?
Providing reference and teaching library instruction sessions to science students.
What are you working on right now?
Lately, I’ve been focusing on my teaching and applying new teaching models.
Prior Work Experience
Would you like to share a bit about your previous work experience?
I was an analytical chemist for a few years prior to attending library school. During graduate school, I interned at NASA Ames Library and Mission College Library.
What motivated you to become a librarian or to work in libraries?
I first became interested in working as a science librarian during my undergraduate studies at USF. I was involved in undergraduate research with my chemistry professors, and I would often spend a lot of time in the library doing literature research. After I graduated, I decided to work as a chemist. Although I enjoyed my work as a chemist, I wanted to be in a profession where I interacted more with people. I enjoy servicing others and finding information, so becoming a science librarian seemed like a perfect fit for me.
Would you like to share a bit about your educational background?
BS in Chemistry, University of San Francisco. MLIS, San Jose State University.
What are your passions or interests outside of work?
I really enjoy baking. I particularly enjoy making cookies, coffee cakes, and cheesecakes. I recently started getting into cooking.
What is a website, database or digital tool that you recently discovered and recommend?
I just discovered XCITR (Explore Chemical Information Teaching Resources), a repository for chemical information teaching materials.
Find Out More
If you’d like to find out more about Cathy’s professional work or research, you can connect with her on LinkedIn, or read her undergraduate publications.
Castro, C., Karney, W. L., Valencia, M. A., Vu, C. M., & Pemberton, R. P. (2005). Mobius aromaticity in annulene: Cis-trans isomerization via twist-coupled bond shifting. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 127(27), 9704-5.
Castro, C., Karney, W. L., Vu, C. M., Burkhardt, S. E., & Valencia, M. A. (2005). Computational evaluation of the evidence for tri-trans-annulene. Journal of Organic Chemistry. 70(9), 3602-9.