Stella Kaoru Ota

Physics Librarian

I am responsible for keeping Stanford researchers and students well-supported with information resources and research assistance in the subjects of physics, applied physics, and astronomy.


  • MLIS, Library & Information Science, San Jose State University
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, University of California at Irvine

Professional activities 

Chair, Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics Division, Special Libraries Association (2013)

Board of Directors, Asian Staff Forum, Stanford University (2008-present) (Chair, 2009-2012)

Library Advisory Board, American Institute of Physics (2015-present)

Library Advisory Board, World Scientific Publishing (2007-2012)

Board of Directors, School of Library and Information Science Alumni Association, San Jose State University (1997-2003) (President, 2000-2003)

Selected Publications 

Ota, S. (2006, November). Physics: Major journals and prices. Where do we publish? What do we cite? Are we supporting reasonably-priced publishing alternatives? A poster presented at the Scholarly Communication Colloquium held November 6, 2006 at Stanford, CA.

Ota, S., & Wedl, R. (2005, November 17). Physics Library’s "Campus Eateries" resource moves to the University’s Visitor & Neighbors site. SULAIR News. Retrieved from;.

More about me 

I joined the University Libraries in 1997 as the Reference & Instructional Services Librarian for the Science and Engineering Libraries. Prior to Stanford, I was in the Caltech libraries and even earlier, participated in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program.