Science and Technology Librarian
152 Parks Library
Gerry McKiernan, Associate Professor and Science and Technology Librarian, currently has primary responsibilities for Instruction, Reference and Research Services and Collection Development in Chemical and Biological Engineering; Civil, Contruction, and Environmental Engineering; Environment Sciences; Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering; and Mechanical Engineering.
He currently serves as a member of the editorial board and columnist for Science & Technology Libraries (Haworth) and has served as a contributing editor for Library Hi Tech News and the Journal of Internet Cataloging (Haworth). He has been a member of the editorial board of The Serials Librarian (Haworth) since Fall 2002.
He has delivered numerous presentations for local, state, national, and international conferences, programs, and workshops. These include meetings of the American Library Association, the Michigan Library Association, and the North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG); an Open Forum on Metadata Registries, WiLSWorld; as well as Internet Librarian 2003 and the Workshop on Peer Review in the Age of Open Archives (Trieste, Italy).
In 2005, McKiernan gave invited presentations at Digital Libraries à la Carte: Choices for the Future at Tilburg University, The Netherlands; and at The Role of Open Access Publishing in Science, the preconference held prior to Globalization of Information: Agriculture at the Crossroads, the XIth IAALD World Congress/USAIN Biennial Conference 2005, Lexington, Kentucky. 2005, McKiernan has also given selected presentations at the 12th ACRL National Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and at the LITA National Forum 2005, San Jose, California, and the LITA National Forum 2007, Denver, Colorado.
McKiernan has been employed by the Iowa State University Library since April 1987. Prior to joining ISU, McKiernan has served as the Museum Librarian at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, and as an Assistant Librarian with the Library of the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, his home town.
He received his Masters of Science degree in Library Science from the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign in 1975 and his undergraduate degree in Anthropology from Lehman College of the City University of New York, The Bronx.
McKiernan currently maintains several blogs relating to alternative energy, notably The Bioeconomy Blog [http://bioeconomyblog.blogspot.com/] and The Bioenergy Blog [http://thebioenergyblog.blogspot.com/].
In addition, he maintains Friends, a blog devoted to"social networking sites for engaged library services" [http://onlinesocialnetworks.blogspot.com/]
McKiernan and his wife of 26 years, Karen M. Anglin, are the parents of three daughters, Kate, Kristen, and Beth, and live in Ames, Iowa.