Natural Resources Librarian

Natural Resources Library, 390A Hodson Hall


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 assessment, gaming and education, 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 & Grants

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

Selected Presentations & Publications

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.