Atmospheric Science Librarianship 101

Save the Dates!

June 28 and 29, ASLI will present Atmospheric Science Librarianship 101, free and fully online learning experience for practitioners and students interested in all aspects of atmosphere sciences and climate change. This year we delve deeper into the specialty fields that are a part of atmospheric sciences.

Learning opportunities include

  • NOAA Central Library: Atmospheric Science and Climate Change
  • Common Questions About Scientific Data Management
  • Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing in Atmospheric Science
  • Open Education Resources in Atmospheric Science

Sessions begin at 1:30 pm EDT and end at 4:30 pm EDT
Registration information coming soon!

Two new ASLI Leaders

Ashley Orehek has been elected vice chair for 2022. She will be chair of the ASLI annual conference 2023 program committee.

Denise Wetzel has volunteered to chair our ASLI Choice Book Awards committee. If you have any recommendations for the award committee, please let Denise know!

Ashley Orehek is an instructional librarian at Lindsey Wilson College in Kentucky. If you wonder why she is your new ASLI vice-chair, it is because she aspires to be an atmospheric science — or general science — librarian. Ashley has a B.S. in meteorology with an emphasis in emergency management and GIS from Millersville University. After taking some time off working and volunteering, she went back for her M.S. in information sciences from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, participating in research relating to job analyses of science liaison librarians (see the research here: Ashley continues to actively participate in AMS activities, like serving as a Student Conference Planning Committee member (2020-2022). Lindsey Wilson College is her first job as a librarian.
Ashley Orehek

Statement: I’m very excited to get involved with and represent this community! It was inspirational to me as a graduating meteorology senior several years ago to learn that I could marry my coursework with a profession I enjoyed. I hope to provide a similar influence on the next generation of atmospheric science students, to be creative and innovative in finding your professional calling in life.

Denise A. Wetzel is a Science & Engineering Librarian at Pennsylvania State University Libraries. She holds a Masters in Library and Information Studies from the University of Alabama, a Masters in Aquatic Environmental Science from Florida State University, and a B.H. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the Pennsylvania State University. Before joining PSU, Denise worked for Florida State University Libraries, Mississippi State University Libraries, and as a teacher.

Support for Ukraine

The Atmospheric Science Librarians International extends our support for our affected library colleagues during the current military strife in Ukraine. We applaud their fortitude and courage in difficult circumstances. Freedom of expression and access to information is an essential human right, as described in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.

Seeking New NWC Librarian

Job Description:
The College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences (A&GS) seeks a dynamic, innovative, collaborative and highly motivated individual to serve as National Weather Center (NWC) Librarian.  The NWC provides a one-of-kind collaborative work environment for its federal, state, and academic tenants.  The mission of A&GS  is to provide a world-class academic experience that promotes convergent, innovative, and inclusive education and research at the intersections of weather, climate, and sustainability.
This position will serve as manager of the NWC library which is a joint venture of the University of Oklahoma and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and facilitates access to both educational and federal resources.  The library also serves as a learning and education space for A&GS members, NWC tenants, and the public and is used as an OU Accessibility and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) testing location within the NWC.

The ideal candidate will develop and maintain positive working relationships with faculty, students, staff, and scholars as well as other NWC and OU constituencies to offer an attractive research and learning infrastructure. The NWC Librarian must be self-directed and take initiative to develop and manage virtual and physical collections of the NWC library; offer information literacy training; provide on-site and virtual assistance, training, and consultations for faculty, scientists, and students; and participate in library-related public programming. The position partners with OU library specialists to support the learning and research needs of A&GS members and NWC tenants. Expertise in digitization of special collection materials is preferred and innovative approaches to promote the library’s collection to other libraries and schools are desired.


  • Understanding of the academic library’s role in research, teaching and learning, and of current and emerging trends/issues related to scholarly communication, open access, open educational resources, information and data literacy, research data management, impact metrics, and digital scholarship.
  • Understanding of the professional literature, research and data life cycles, research trends/methodologies/processes within atmospheric and geographic disciplines, and the ability to use this understanding to serve faculty, scientists, and students in the NWC library setting.

Link to the full job description and online application:

Accolades for an outstanding colleague

Long-time ASLI member and long-time AMS member Julia H. Triplehorn was awarded the Roger W Smith Lifetime Achievement Award at University of Alaska – Fairbanks on April 30, 2021. Judie is one of the founding members of Atmospheric Science Librarians International (ASLI). She is currently Librarian Emeritus at the Geophysical Institute at University of Alaska – Fairbanks. We would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Judie for this honor.