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Sarah E Lester

Engineering Librarian for Outreach, Instruction and Electronic Resources
Sarah Lester


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Sarah's role in the library

I am the liaison for the Computer Science, Bioengineering and Mechanical Engineering Departments.  I collect materials and provide research support for these departments and their related labs and research groups, in addition I maintain the library's collection of industry standards.  I provide instruction support for PWR courses and teach workshops on various topics at the Engineering Library. 

Course Guides by Sarah

Course number Term Guide Instructor
PWR 1RC Fall 2014 Domestication: How Humans Shape the Natural World Carpenter, R.
PWR 2SB Winter 2014 Writing 'Science': Fact, Fiction, and Everything Between Brawn, S.
ENGR 202W Autumn, Winter, Spring ENGR 202W: Technical writing Harrison, K
MATSCI-81N Fall MATSCI 81N: Bioengineering materials to heal the body Heilshorn, S.
ENGR 102M Spring 2013 Technical/Professional Writing for Mechanical Engineers McDevitt, M.
PWR 2RC Fall 2015 Red Pill or Blue Pill? : The Rhetoric of Drugs Carpenter, R
PWR1 GNV Winter 2014 Rhetoric of bioethics and biopolitics Varsava ,N
PWR 1TS Fall 2014 White Mice and White Coats: The Rhetoric of Biomedical Science Stan, T.
PWR 1 D Summer 2015 Writing Well: An Introduction to College Writing Carpenter, R.
PWR 1TS Fall 2015 Rhetoric of the Experiment Stan, T.
PWR 1MO Fall 2015 Imagining Technology: The Rhetoric of Humans and Machines Formato, M.

Professional activities

Member, American Society for Engineering Educators - Engineering Libraries Division (2008 - present)

Selected publications

Lester, S. (presenter), “The End User Experience;” Springer E-book Summit, San Diego, CA, January 7, 2011

Lester, S. (presenter), “Stanford Engineering Library —Envisioning an Evolving Facility;” American Society for Engineering Education, Engineering Libraries Division, June 22, 2010

Lester, S. (2009).  Using Serendipity to Navigate the Stacks. Ambidextrous, 11, 10-12.

More about Sarah

Prior to becoming a librarian I worked in a number of different positions doing web UI design and programming as well as graphic design. As the child of three generations of Engineers, I have an appreciation for the profession and the types of resources required for success.


MLIS, University of Washington, 2006
BA, Liberal Arts, The Evergreen State College, 1994