Research & Instructional Support provides guidance and support for the academic use of library and technology resources and the production of digital media.

We collaborate with faculty on solutions to their instructional needs, participate in campus-wide discussions on instructional technology and research support, and provide programs and services electronically and in-person in the Clapp, Art, Music and Science libraries, the Knapp Media & Technology Center and the PNE Social Science Center, and oversee the circulation of research materials and multimedia equipment.

Find a librarian or instructional technologist by subject specialty

Heather Woods, Director - x3175

Research Services - Elliot Brandow, Assistant Director - x3512

   Sarah Barbrow - x3426
   Emily Belanger - x3372
   Susan Alden (Spring 2016) - x3021
   Laura O'Brien - x3497
   Laura Reiner - x2108

Instructional Technology - Rebecca Darling, Assistant Director - x2882
   Carolin Ferwerda - x2386
   Mac Stewart - x2906
   Jordan Tynes - x2938

Public Services - Laura Sherriff, Manager - x3758

Digital Scholarship Initiatives - Jenifer Bartle, Manager - x3757

Quantiative Analysis Institute - Casey Pattanayak, Director - x3435

Blended Learning InitiativeDavid O'Steen, Associate Director, and Senior Instructional Technologist - x3322

All phone numbers are 781-283-xxxx

RIS Staff

  • Sarah Barbrow

    Sarah Barbrow

    Research & Instruction Librarian

    Research & Instruction Librarian for Anthropology, Cognitive & Linguistic Sciences, Environmental Studies, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.


  • Jenifer Bartle

    Manager, Digital Scholarship Initiatives

    I manage the Digital Scholarship Initiatives (DSI) program, working with faculty to support their research and teaching using digital scholarship tools and methods.


  • Emily Belanger

    Research & Instruction Librarian

    I work with AMST, CAMS, EDUC, WGST, and WRIT to seamlessly incorporate information literacy learning into the student experience.


  • Elliot Brandow

    Elliot Brandow

    Asst Director, Research Services

    I lead the team of fantastic R&I Librarians at the Clapp and Science Libraries. I also support Philosophy and Economics research and teaching at Wellesley.


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    Rebecca Darling

    Asst Director, Instructional Technology

    Instructional Technology subject specialist for the humanities. A good generalist. It's not about the tools. It's about pedagogy & learning.


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    Carolin Ferwerda

    Instructional Technologist for GIS & Statistics

    Resident map geek, specializing in GIS and statistics.  Available for individual consultations, workshops, office hours, and in-class instruction.


  • Laura O'Brien

    Laura M. O'Brien

    Research and Instruction Librarian

    Provides research and instructional support for students and faculty in English, Comparative Literature, French, Italian, German, Russian, Theater, Classics, and Medieval and Renaissance Studies.



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    David O'Steen

    Senior Instructional Technologist and Associate Director of the Blended Learning Initiative

    Provides technology support for teaching, learning, and research.


  • Laura Reiner

    Laura Reiner

    Research & Instruction Librarian

    Laura Reiner, research librarian


  • Laura Sherriff

    Laura Sherriff

    Manager, Public Services

    Clapp and Science Library Service Desks and Course Reserves


  • MacKenzie "Mac" Stewart

    Instructional Technologist

    B.A., State University of New York at Oswego; M.S.I.T., Southern New Hampshire University

    I assist faculty and students with technology for teaching and learning, and provide support for educational technology.


  • Jordan Tynes

    Instructional Technologist


  • Heather Woods

    Director of Research & Instructional Support

    Director,  LTS-Research & Instructional Support