Science Libraries Welcome Two New Librarians: Renee Romero and Ibraheem Ali

The Science Libraries welcome two new librarians this week, Renee Romero and Ibraheem Ali!

Renee, our new Sciences Librarian, is joining us after working in Powell Library as the Instructional Design and Technology Consultant. While she was working full time, she also completed the MLIS program at UCLA. 

Ibraheem, our new Sciences Data Librarian, just wrapped up his post-doc at UCSF's Ott Lab working in the areas of transcription and virology. While working on his PhD and post-doc, Ibraheem also partnered with the UCSF Library to advocate on issues related to scholarly communication and Open Science. 

Read more about Renee and Ibraheem in their interviews below!


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What goals/hopes do you have for this year in your new role as Sciences Librarian?

I am excited to learn more about the vibrant Sciences community at UCLA, and really dig into the questions and challenges they are facing. I hope to come up with new and creative ways to meet their needs, and am looking forward to helping them explore their unique contributions to their respective fields and careers.

How has your prior experience prepared you for this role at the UCLA Library?

My prior experience has been one of inter-disciplinarity! In my time at UCLA as an undergraduate, graduate, and staff member, I have explored the humanities and arts, social sciences, and sciences, looking for interconnections between them and how they work together to strengthen each other. These explorations have led to an appreciation of how each discipline functions by itself and in conversation with the others. My personal experience at UCLA has shown me that it is sometimes difficult for each discipline to appreciate the other, and I am excited to help make those connections more apparent. 

What things will you be tackling first? 

I want to get an understanding of what our community partners are already doing to serve the sciences and how the library fits into the experience of science students and faculty in terms of research, space, and more.

What are you currently reading/watching/listening to? or What do you like to do outside of work?

I have not had much time for leisure activities, but am looking forward to diving back into hula hooping, reading, writing, and a host of other things (including sleeping :p).  I am finishing up a Young Adult Literature class and so have been reading a lot of YA Lit recently! I just finished Unwind by Neal Shusterman and started Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. 

What is your preferred name and what are your preferred pronouns?

she/her/hers 


https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/1033369005602623488/ovFV2tOm_400x400.jpgIbraheem Ali

What goals/hopes do you have for this year in our new role as Sciences Data Librarian?

Well I think my first overarching goal for the year is to establish two things: (1) to build a network of already available resources in the libraries relevant for handling an interdisciplinary array of sciences data sets and (2) to build relationships with researchers and educators on campus. As I get to know the folks in the library, the researchers and educators on campus; I hope to be able to identify needs and connect those needs with those who can help. Most useful and sustainable networks take time to develop, so if I can make progress on those two main goals over the course of my first year, I think it would be a good start for the position. 

How has your prior experience prepared you for this role at the UCLA Library?

I am a recent graduate from UCSF with a PhD in Biomedical Sciences. My focus was specifically in transcription (how cells initiate a response to a signal of stress or growth), and virology. Working on these topics over the last 6 years has been both a blessing and a curse. For example, different viruses hijack different cell systems in order to maintain their life-cycle and infection. So as a virologist I could not just learn about the virus, I had to learn techniques in biochemistry, molecular biology, drug development, infectious disease and cell biology. The study of transcription is similar, it is a field that touches developmental biology, cancer, infectious disease, pharmacology and bioinformatics. The curse is that I had to work on all these topics without ever feeling like an expert on any of them. The blessing for my role as a Sciences Data Librarian, is that I have worked with a diverse group of scientists with different ideas or cultures and have learned to interact efficiently with them. I hope to use these skills in my new role to help build networks that will be useful for research and education at UCLA.

What things will you be tackling first?

My first few steps will be to (1) get to know the current resources that are spread across the sciences libraries by first establishing relationships with the folks on the SUE team. I will (2) reach out to various research focused student groups to gauge where they find the help they need. I will (3) reach out to graduate program coordinators and leadership among the faculty and staff to figure out the most useful points of contact for different disciplines represented across campus.

What are you currently reading/watching/listening to? or What do you like to do outside of work?

My most consistent hobby is indoor rock climbing, but I also enjoy hiking and swimming. I am hoping to find an apartment in the Palms area and to start climbing at the Cliffs of ID when I make my move. I also collect music and do some graphic design and other types of art projects. For example, I have curated more than 15 one-hour playlists and each with their respective theme and associated cover art on Soundcloud. I have also produced a bit of music. I like funk, jazz, soul, hip-hop, Latin, African and Caribbean beats merged with unique electronic sounds. As a consequence I also love to dance and am considering finding a dance studio to occasionally join.

What is your preferred name and what are your preferred pronouns?

I usually go by Ibraheem or Ibs (pronounced eebz). My preferred pronouns are he/him/his.


Welcome Renee and Ibraheem!