University of Oregon

Barbara A. Butler

Professor and Science Librarian


M.L.I.S., University of California Berkeley, 1990
M.S. in Range Management, University of California Davis, 1983
B.S. in Biology, University of California Davis, 198


Mail:   Loyd and Dorothy Rippey Library
Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB)
P.O. Box 5389
Charleston, OR 97420
Phone:   (541) 888-2581, ex. 219
Fax:   (541) 888-3391

Selected Publications

2010 forward:

Webster, J. and B. Butler.  2013.  Marine Science and Technology.  In: Katz, B. and LaGuardia, C., editors.  Magazines for Libraries. 21st ed. New York: Bowker. [Forthcoming].

Butler, B. and K. Bankole. 2013.  If a picture is worth a thousand words, shouldn’t we address our image scanning standards? Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve, 23:1-15.

Schmitt, J. and B. Butler. 2012. Creating a geo-referenced bibliography with Google Earth and GeoCommons: the Coos Bay Bibliography.  Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship. [Accessed 9/19/13].

Butler, B.  2012.  Coos Bay Bibliography: a Geo-referenced Bibliography.  Poster Presentation: IAMSLIC West Coast Regional Group (Cyamus) Annual Meeting.  October 2012. Anchorage, AK. [Accessed 10/31/2012].

J. Webster and B. Butler.  2012.  Show us the databases: rethinking access to marine science information.  Proc. 38th Ann. IAMSLIC Conf., Anchorage, Alaska, Oct. 2012. [Accessed 9/19/13].

J. Webster and B. Butler.  2011.  Marine Science and Technology.  In: Katz, B. and LaGuardia, C., editors.  Magazines for Libraries. 19th ed. New York: Bowker.  p.582-591. [Accessed 10/5/2011].

Butler, B. and J. Webster.  2011.  Core journals: fact or fiction?  Proc. 36th Ann. IAMSLIC Conf., Mar del Plata, Argentina , Oct. 2010. p. 15-26. [Accessed 10/5/2011].

Butler, B., J. Webster, M. Nolan and P. Brueggeman.  2011.  Future of the Branch Library.  Panel Presentation for the IAMSLIC West Coast Regional Group (Cyamus) Annual Meeting.  March 2011. Newport, Oregon.

Webster, J. and B. Butler.  2010.  Shared collections: lessons learned in kindergarten resurface at the university.  IAMSLIC West Coast Regional Group (Cyamus) Annual Meeting. Bamfield, Canada. http://hdl/ [Accessed 10/5/2011].



Professional Experience

OIMB Science Librarian (University of Oregon): 1992 to present.
I am the subject specialist for Marine Biology, work 70% time and am the sole staff member of the OIMB Library.

Coordinator, Biodiversity Resource Center (California Academy of Sciences): 1991-1992.

Current Professional Associations

  • International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers (IAMSLIC)
  • CYAMUS (Pacific Regional Group of IAMSLIC)
  • Oregon Library Association


  • Nominated to Sigma Xi, scientific research society, for undergraduate research experience.
  • 2005 recipient of the Richard and Mary Corrigan Solari Library Faculty Fellowship Award.
  • Recipient of the “McBarfur” trophy for sea-sickness aboard the NOAA Research Vessel McArthur (1996).

 Research Interests

My research interests involve issues of concern to one-person and remotely located libraries, resource sharing among international libraries, the scholarly publishing process in the sciences and the digitization and preservation of gray literature.

Current Volunteer Activities

Coos County Library Board (District 9 Elected Member, 2005 to present): This committee advises the County Commissioners regarding disbursements of funds (including tax levies) to the various public libraries within the county.

Coos Bay Public Library Foundation Board (Member 2003 to present, President 2006-2008):  The Foundation exists to raise money for the development of services, facilities and collections for the library.  In addition to our annual campaign we are launching a capital campaign to expand the library.  Additionally, I raised books for audio book purchases and established the “Coos Bay Audio Book Club” as a forum for audio book listeners to share their opinions and reviews.