Fred Stoss

Fred Stoss

Librarian: Biological, Environmental Sciences & Mathematics

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

Office Hours:



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 provide reference, research, and referral services, including evenings and weekends to UB constituents of the UB Libraries and the general public at reference desks, departmental locations, and through virtual and individual appointments.

Proactive management and assessment of library collections in Athletics, Biological Sciences, Geology, and Mathematics is one of my responsibilities that requires the systematic selection of materials in all print, online and digital formats, and in consultation with faculty on budgetary and collection changes in order to in collection funds efficiently, effectively, and in a timely manner.

Active engagement with faculty, staff, mentors and tutors, and teaching assistants as partners for programmatic integration of information literacy concepts, practices, and competencies into curricula and programs is accomplished through development and delivery of learning materials and instructional sessions. As part of this I maintain an up-to-date knowledge of curricular and program changes in the discipline to assure that my library services and outreach, collections, and instruction meet current needs. 

Seek opportunities to collaborate and establish partnerships within Athletics, Biological Sciences, Geology, and Mathematics programs, including the creation of digital content and services and the integration of library resources, expertise, and services into the research, teaching and learning milieu of the disciplines I serve, including the creation and maintenance of library web pages, subject guides, blogs and other communication vehicles related to research, resources, and current trends in Athletics, Biological Sciences, Geology, and Mathematics.

Scholarly communications continues to evolve in the academic library settings and plays an increasingly important role connecting faculty, students, and staff to scholarly data and information acquisition and dissemination, and in this light requires informing, communicating, and educating administrators, faculty, and students in Athletics, Biological Sciences, Geology, and Mathematics about scholarly communication issues. As part of this I work closely with faculty and students in their respective departments to understand changes in the workflows and patterns of scholarly communication, and maintain a current knowledge in scholarly communication.

It is my obligation to uphold the goals of the University Libraries with a disposition that is collegial, visionary, and providing in leadership, through participation in Libraries and University teams, task forces, working groups, committees, and in active participation in other projects as assigned according to institutional needs and individual interests, including attendance at meetings and in developing, delivering, and assessing group projects and initiatives.

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

Research / Service Area

Research Statement

My research and publications, as a research scientist and a librarian, have primarily focused on the effects of man-made changes to the environment, and their implications for human health, environmental quality, and sustainability. Research methodologies I have used encompass fieldwork, lab work, literature reviews, surveys, and meta-analyses.

Service Statement

I believe that a statement of service should reflect the philosophy of an individual's commitment to and motivation for providing service. My service to the university, the library profession, my community, and more broadly to society as a whole and the planet we live on has been guided by a deep commitment to education, equity, access, social justice, environmental responsibility, sustainability, and stewardship. As a librarian, I believe in equitable access to information to inform, educate, and empower others, and my goal is to pro-actively apply my service philosophy as well as my education, experience, and expertise to facilitate a better and positive outcome for others. The setting of an academic library in a major publicly funded research university has provided me with the opportunity to apply my philosophy of service. I have been intimately involved in research and higher education over the course of most of my professional career, especially in STEM (scientific, technical, engineering, and mathematical) settings. It is my mission as a member of the University at Buffalo and the University Libraries to contribute to the academic success and professional and personal growth of UB faculty, students, and staff in their pursuit of excellence in research, teaching, and learning. And I extend these aspirations to my professional peers, alumni, and members of the community at-large in the places where I live, work, and serve.


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