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Fred Stoss

Fred Stoss

Associate Librarian: Biological, Environmental Sciences & Mathematics

105 Lockwood Memorial Library
Science and Engineering Information Center
(716) 645-1337

Office Hours:

General: Mon-Tue & Thu-Fri, 10:00-12:00 noon, 1:00-3:00 pm, appointment preferred.

Mathematics, Mathematics Department Lounge: Mon & Thur, 3:00-4:30 pm

iCoach (Librarian Liaison to Student-Athletes), Academic and Student Development Services, Tue. 3:00-4:30 pm, Wed 10:00-11:00 am


M.L.S., School of Information Studies, Syracuse University, 1982
M.S., Zoology, State University of New York College at Brockport, 1974; Sigma Xi Award for Outstanding Graduate Research
B.A., Biology, Hartwick College, 1972, Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society

Non-degree studies: Environmental Engineering, University of Rochester; Environmental Geology, Syracuse University; Forest Zoology, SUNY College Environmental Science and Forestry

120+ Contact Hours training in NCBI Databases


Athletics Division

Department of Biological Sciences

Geology Department

Mathematics Department

Interdisciplinary Coverage for Ecology, Environmental Science/Studies, Wildlife and Wild Lands Conservation

As Subject Specialist and Reference Librarian (C&RL News. 74[6]:288-291) I have:

  • Knowledge about reference sources and their effective use
  • Knowledge about library procedures and resources
  • Deep and broad knowledge of subjects and terminology
  • Experience in topic development
  • Experience in doing research projects
  • Knowledge about people on campus
  • Ability to use synthesis to arrive at an answer
  • Skills in active listening and providing effective support

Therefore, as Subject Specialist and Reference Librarian I can:

  • Provide assistance with literature searches, including those for grants, dissertations, theses, papers, class assignments
  • Assist in all aspects of library research and instruction, and develop good library research and searching skills
  • Provide information consultations or library orientations
  • Assit in preparing for and planning conferences, workshops, symposiums, etc. by searching for appropriate researchers and educators, leaders in their disciplines, literature resources, professional organizations, Websites, and other resource.
  • Receive recommendations for books, journals, audio-visuals or databases to be added to the UB Libraries collections
  • Serve as a Guest Lecturer in your class, department meetings, laboratory or section meetings, journal club, student chapter of a honor society or professional association or society (e.g., data and inforamtion resources for climate change, sustainability, designing effective poster presentations)
  • Develop and teach new information-related classes based on your recommendations
  • Meet with you in person or over e-mail to discuss any of your information needs for you or your laboratory or research group


I serve primarily the faculties and students in the Departments of Biological Sciences, Geology and Mathematics Departments. I am responsible for collection development of print and electronic resources, general and specialized reference services, consultation with faculty and students, online searching, and library instruction for individuals and groups. I am also responsible for developing and maintaining networked information services for the biological sciences and mathematics and environmental related disciplines. My responsibilities include: provide reference desk services; participate with the SEL and ASL reference staff in the planning and implementation of user education programs; perform liaison work with the faculty, students, and staff. I am the librarian liaison to the UB Student Athletes, and assume the unofficial title as their iCoach (Information Coach).

Resources By Subject


Ecology & Environment



Subject / Course Guides

Biological Names

Biology (Resources by Subject)

Earth Day

Ecology & Environment (Resources by Subject)

Energy Information

Geology (Resources by Subject)

Mathematics (Resources by Subject)

Poster Presentations: Designing Effective Posters

Scientific Method



Curriculum Vitae / Bio

Frederick W. Stoss joined the faculty of the University Libraries in July 1996, after working for the Energy, Environment, and Resources Center at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville for six years, where he was assigned to the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He received tenure in the fall of 1998, effective January 1, 1999. He initially was the liaison and subject expert for the Department of Biological Sciences, and subsequently added the Geology and Mathematics Departments to his responsibilities. He is the librarian (iCoach) for student athletes in the University’s National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division I program, and is the Reference Coordinator for the Science and Engineering Information Center of the Arts &Sciences Libraries.

Fred’s BA degree in Biology is from Hartwick College, where he was a member of the Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society. He earned his MS degree in Zoology (aquatic ecology program) at the SUNY College at Brockport, where his research earned the Sigma Xi Outstanding Graduate Research Award. Fred earned his MLS degree from the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University, after an eight-year career as a Technical Research Associate in the Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology Laboratory of the Environmental Health Sciences Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center and at the Center for Chemical Hazard Assessment at the Syracuse Research Corporation. Fred’s training includes more than 120 contact hours in the use of NCBI genomic and biotechnology databases.

Fred designed and managed the Acid Rain Information Clearinghouse for the Center for Environmental Information (CEI), where he was the Director of Library and Information Services. He assisted in creating the current awareness publications, the Acid Precipitation Digest and the Global Climate Change Digest.

Fred is a past-Chair of the Special Libraries Association’s (SLA’s) Environmental Information Division (EID) and was instrumental in merging EID with SLA’s Natural Resources Division creating SLA’s Environment & Resource Management Division, from which he received the inaugural ERMD Outstanding Member Award. Fred also is a past-President of SLA’s Southern Appalachian Chapter. Fred is a past-Chair and Co-Chair of the American Library Association’s (ALA’s) Task Force on the Environment and past-Coordinator of ALA’s Social Responsibilities Round Table. He served as Chair of the Homeless and Poor sub-committee of the ALA Office of Literacy and Outreach Services Advisory Committee, and coordinated ALA’s first conference programs on ALA Policy 61, “Services for the Poor.” Fred is a past-Chair of the Sierra Club’s Environmental Education Committee.

His research interests include the cross-disciplinary exchange of environmental information and various metrics for studying access to environmental data and information resources. He wrote articles on “Environmental Information” and “World Data Centers” for the online edition of the Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science, and contributed to eight chapters (and four subsequent updates) to the third and fourth editions of Information Resources in Toxicology, and was an Associate Editor for the third edition. He was a co-editor of the three print editions of the CDIAC/ORNL document, TRENDS: A Compendium of Data on Global Change. Fred was trained by former Vice President Al Gore and The Climate Project to give Mr. Gore’s climate change presentations that served as the background of Mr. Gore’s award-winning book and documentary movie, An Inconvenient Truth, and presently serves as a Mentor of Mr. Gore’s nonprofit organization, The Climate Reality Project.

His interests with the topic of sustainability formally began while obtaining his MLS degree and his work at CEI and ORNL. This interest rose in importance through with work with the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table and Task Force on the Environment. This provided an opportunity to serve as a member of the team that designed and implemented the American Library Association’s Libraries Build Sustainable Communities Project (LBSC). He organized the breakout session, “Sharing Sustainability Data and Information: Role of Libraries and Library Networks,” featuring the LBSC program and its results, at the 2001 Annual Conference of the (U.S.) National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE), “Sustainable Communities: Science and Solutions.” He crafted, with Terry Link (Michigan State University), the breakout session’s summary into NCSE recommendations delivered by NCSE at the 2002 United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. These ALA and NCSE involvements appear in his 2002 article, “Libraries Build Sustainable Communities,” published in Reference and User Services Quarterly. Recently his work in sustainability continues and includes designing the Caribbean Energy, Environmental, and Sustainability Education program for the National Library of Aruba and working with the National Library in developing the Green Aruba Education Symposium Series.

Fred is the author or co-author of more than 100 professional publications, and he has delivered more than 120 professional presentations, including more than 25 keynotes, featured, or invited presentations. When not in a library setting, Fred is frequently found wading in a trout stream with fly rod in hand, kayaking flat waters, or hiking a wilderness trail with a camera.

His wife, Dottie, is a Registered Nurse (BS in Nursing, Hartwick College) in the Adult, Acute, In-Patient Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit at the University of Rochester Medical Center and Stong Memorial Hospital. They have one daughter, Kaeti, a science teacher (BA [Distinction] University of Rochester, BS [cum laude] SUNY College at Brockport, MS Geology Candidate at Mississippi State University).


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