Sam Zelick

Sciences Librarian Sam Zelick, a white woman with glasses, brown hair, and a green blazer, smiles at the camera.
Sciences Librarian
Academic and Research Engagement
Department & Unit Liaison: 
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Computer Science
Data Science
Information Technology
Mathematics and Statistics
Physics and Physical Oceanography
Contact information
(910) 962-7807
Office Location: 

Schedule a chat with me or reach out by email: zelicks [at]

Research Interests

     Gamification and games-based learning in the classroom, particularly narrative role-playing games

      Embedded science librarianship

     Motivational psychology as applied to instructional design

     Librarian roles in promoting science communication and science literacies


MicroMaster's Certificate in Instructional Design and Technology, University of Maryland Global Campus (EdX) (in progress)

MLIS, University of Pittsburgh (2018)

BS Chemistry, University of Oregon (2015)

Selected Professional Experience

  • Public Services Librarian at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Utica NY & Albany NY (2019-2020)
    • Discovery, reference, outreach, and instruction for both campuses; liaison to the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering
  • Public library service work in Santa Fe Public Library and RCS Community Library, Santa Fe NM & Ravena NY (2017 & 2018)
    • Circulation desk, children's programs, and technical support
  • Assistant to the Director of Academic Residential and Research Programs in Residence Life, Eugene, OR (2012-2015)
    • Facilitating the Undergraduate Research Symposium; developing peer advising for Symposium presenters; serving as first preceptor for Reacting to the Past courses
  • Undergraduate Researcher at the Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry, Eugene, OR (2012-2014)
    • Creating, characterizing, and testing thin film lithium ion conductors from aqueous precursors