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Stella Kaoru Ota

Physics Librarian
Stella Ota


  • (650) 723-9763

Stella's role in the library

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.

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, World Scientific Publishing (2007-present)

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 Stella

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.


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