Carter named Research Librarian for the Physical Sciences

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Alexa Carter to the position of Research Librarian for the Physical Sciences effective June 1, 2019.

In this role, Carter will serve as liaison to the College of Sciences and other affinity science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) departments, planning and delivering innovative, responsive library services to faculty and students in those disciplines. She will provide expert services and consultation across the research lifecycle, including information discovery, data curation, visualization, research computing, and scholarly communication. She will lead the Research Engagement department’s services to graduate students, working closely with the Graduate School, and will co-lead the Libraries’ Peer Scholars Program. Carter will provide instruction on research skills and data literacy to students in the sciences and will design and teach specialized workshops on topics including current and emerging research and collaboration tools, data analysis and management, and visualization. Additionally, she will collaborate with Collections & Research Strategy librarians in collection development and assessment activities and contribute to a variety of library-wide projects and initiatives.

Carter came to the Libraries as part of the 2018-2020 class of Libraries Fellows. As the Lois Madden Todd Library Fellow, she joined Research Engagement as her home department, and her initiative in User Experience was “Listening to our Users and their Data.”

Previously, Carter has been a Research Library Intern at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, providing a full range of services to scientists and researchers, and has served as a Practicum Assessment Researcher in the Core Science, Analytics, Synthesis, and Libraries Division of the U.S. Geological Survey. She was selected as a Diversity Scholar in the Association of Research Libraries’ Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce and as an American Library Association Spectrum Scholar. 

She holds the MS in Information Sciences from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, along with a BS in Chemistry.