Shannon Farrell, she/her/hers Natural Resources Librarian

Position title
Natural Resources Librarian
Libraries department
Sciences, Agriculture and Engineering
Subject Librarian for
Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology
Applied Economics


I am the subject librarian for the Departments of Entomology, Forest Resources, and Fisheries, Wildlife & Conservation Biology. As liaison to these departments, I provide assistance with accessing databases, finding and evaluating resources, and helping with any kind of library-related research. As I am also responsible for purchasing new materials for the above subject areas, any new requests should be sent to me. Finally, I am available to speak with classes about the library and library research and can offer consultations on library-related assignments. Particular interests of mine include: open access policies, library outreach and assessment, grey literature, and data management and data sharing. (Researchers: I would love to talk to you about your research and your data management needs.) If you would like to schedule a consultation, please send me an email. 


MS Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign

MS Environmental Studies, University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland)

BS Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Awards and grants

Principal Investigator for “A Web-Enabled Videogame Collection Companion.” Funded by American Library Association Carnegie-Whitney Grant. 2011-2013.

Selected presentations and publications

Farrell, Shannon L., Hendrickson, Lois G., Mastel, Kristen L. and Kelly, Julia A. (2020). Historical scientific analog data: Life sciences faculty’s perspectives on management, reuse and preservation. Data Science Journal 19: 51, pp. 1-10. doi: 10.5334/dsj-2020-051

Marsolek, Wanda, Cooper, Kristen, Riegelman, Amy, Farrell, Shannon L., Kelly, Julia A. (2020). Faculty perceptions of grey literature: A qualitative analysis of faculty interviews. The Grey Journal. 16(3).

Cooper, Kristen, Marsolek, Wanda, Riegelman, Amy, Farrell, Shannon L. and Kelly, Julia A. (2019). Grey literature: Use, creation, and citing habits of faculty researchers across disciplines. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication. 

Farrell, Shannon L. and Kelly, Julia A. (2018). Identifying potential solutions to increase discoverability and reuse of analog datasets on campus. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship. 18 (winter). doi: 10.5062/F4PC30NR. 

Marsolek, Wanda, Cooper, Kristen, Farrell, Shannon L., and Kelly, Julia A. (2018). The types, frequencies, and findability of disciplinary grey literature within prominent subject databases and academic institutional repositories. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication. 6. doi: 10.7710/2162-3309.2200.

LeMire, Sarah, Graves, Stephanie J., Farrell, Shannon L. and Mastel, Kristen L. (2018). Outreach and Engagement. SPEC Kit 361. Washington, DC: Association of Research Libraries. 198pp. Available at:

Farrell, Shannon L., Neeser, Amy E., and Bishoff, Carolyn. (2017). Academic uses of video games: A qualitative assessment of research and teaching needs at a large research university. College & Research Libraries. 78(5) pp. 676-705. 

Farrell, Shannon L. and Kristen Mastel. (2016). Considering outreach assessment: Strategies, sample scenarios, and a call to action. In the Library with the Lead Pipe.