Education and Experience
I first began working part-time at the John Cotton Dana Library as an undergraduate student at Rutgers University where I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations and Biological Sciences. After graduating, I then spent the next 15 years working as an information scientist at Merial and at Merck & Co where I served in various capacities assisting scientists locate and access published research. I later managed internal company records along with various information systems in support of research, business, clinical, regulatory and legal clients. I earned my Master of Science degree in Library and Information Science during this time and had the opportunity to learn and incorporate theory while practicing in a pharmaceutical research setting. I am continuously learning new things and recently was awarded a Master of Science degree in Pure and Applied Mathematics at Montclair State University. As a graduate assistant at Montclair's Red Hawk Math Learning Center, I had the opportunity to lead focus groups, teach classes, and tutor undergraduates on a variety of math related topics.
Currently, as your Research and User Services Librarian, I actively engage with students and faculty in exploring research questions and fostering critical thinking, thus helping better prepare students for life-long learning. At NJIT, I am also the liaison librarian to the following departments:
You may see me at NJIT sponsored events promoting the library and resources available to help faculty and students. I am actively involved in the Open and Affordable Textbook Initiative on campus. In addition, you might encounter me at the reference desk or in one of your courses as the embedded librarian!
Contact me if you need any help with your research topic, project or assignment. If you are a first time library user, I can bring you up to speed with all our available resources and services as well as guide you on how to better perform research. I am available to meet with you in person, as well as virtually on WebEx (or Zoom), online chat, telephone and email.
Vasquez, R. (2020). Application of the Discrete Dipole Approximation (DDA) to simulate the optical properties of gold nanoparticles for breast cancer detection and treatment. (unpublished research paper). Montclair State University, College of Science and Mathematics. Montclair, NJ.
Workshops and Presentations
Dera, J., Mercuri, J., Scharf, D., Vasquez, R. (2019). We ditched the lecture: They weren’t listening! VALE Annual Conference, January 2019. Piscataway, NJ. (peer-reviewed).
Dera, J., Mercuri, J., Scharf, D., Vasquez, R. (2019). Pop-Goes-The-Library! Using a Pop-Up Library to Innovate Outreach to Science and Engineering Students. VALE Annual Conference, January 2019. Piscataway, NJ. (peer-reviewed).
Vasquez, R., (2018). OER: What’s on the Horizon. ITE Workshop (New Jersey Institute of Technology), August 2018. Newark, NJ,
Vasquez, R, Mercuri, J. (2018). Savvy Researcher: Create and Manage Your Online Scholarly Presence. ITE Workshop (New Jersey Institute of Technology). January 2018, Newark, NJ.
Vasquez, R. (2017). Intro to OER: Using Open Educational Resources @ NJIT, ITE Workshop (New Jersey Institute of Technology), October 2017. Newark, NJ.