Meet the Staff

Meet the faculty & staff of Doherty library.

Doherty Welcomes Jesús Serrato

The newest member of the Doherty Library staff is Jesús N. Serrato, Technical Services Librarian. His responsibilities include maintaining the library’s catalog, cataloging new acquisitions and managing the various technical aspects of the library’s digital holdings.

Jesús received his BA in International Studies with a minor in Environmental Studies from UST. He went on to earn his Master in Library Science degree from the University of North Texas studying Information Organization. He has worked at Doherty Library since 2005 and professionally since 2009. Jesus states that he is “glad to be part of such a dynamic and innovative team here at Doherty Library.”

Away from the library Jesús has a variety of other interests. He is an avid cyclist and rides his bicycle to work every day. He is a devoted environmentalist and tries to take advantage of all the various green initiatives offered by the University and the surrounding community. Jesús will also begin work on an MLA degree this Fall semester. He plans to make the best out of the great diversity of course offerings as he continues with his professional development and academic aspirations here at UST.

Emily Couvillon joins the Doherty Library staff

The newest member of the Doherty Library staff is Emily Couvillon, Public Services Librarian. Her responsibilities include helping students with their research and library questions and teaching library instruction classes.

Emily was born and raised in Marksville, Louisiana, and she received her BA in English from Tulane University in New Orleans. She recently moved to Houston after obtaining her MSIS from the University of Texas at Austin. She is passionate about connecting people with information, and she is excited to have the opportunity to assist the students and faculty of UST with their academic pursuits.

In her spare time, Emily enjoys distance running and is eager to try some of the trails in Houston’s parks. After living in cities with an abundance of live music like New Orleans and Austin, Emily is happy to be in yet another city with a thriving music scene. She is highly anticipating the upcoming season of the Houston Grand Opera.

Emily is looking forward being a part of the UST community. Please feel free to stop by the reference desk with any questions you may have!

Collection Development Librarian Nicholas Kowalski

Doherty Library welcomes our newest staff member, Nicholas Kowalski, Collection Development/Reference Librarian.  Nick was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and attended John Carroll University where he received his BA in English with a minor in creative writing.   Influenced by the Jesuit commitment to service, Nick spent two years after graduate as a community organizer in Cleveland through the Americorp Vista program.  A continuing desire to serve, as well as an interest in an academic life, led Nick to choose to study librarianship, and he received his MLIS from Kent State University.  Nick came to Houston via a short detour in Las Vegas.

Nick’s favorite authors are Charles Portis and Alasdair Gray.  He’s currently reading How late it was, how late by James Kelman and Love, etc. by Julian Barnes. Nick is a big sci-fi fan, particularly the original series of Star Trek, Dr. Who, and Mystery Science Theater 3000. He enjoys the indie films at the Museum of Fine Arts and River Oaks Theatre, and he is looking forward to trying the new Sundance Cinema (although it’s rather expensive and their selection seems pretty commercial). As well as books and films, Nick enjoys live music and spent four years in undergrad as a college DJ (88.7, WJCU). Finally, he is a long suffering Cleveland Indians/Browns fan.

Circulation Supervisor Natalie Aquila

NatalieThe newest member of the Doherty Library staff is Circulation Supervisor, Natalie Aquila. Natalie moved to Houston two years ago after graduating from the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana. St. Francis is also a small, liberal arts school with a tight knit community, very much like UST, so Natalie naturally feels at home here. She’s the second child among eleven children in a very close family. Natalie moved here after graduation partly because her family had moved her six months earlier. (It didn’t hurt that Houston’s job market was much stronger than Fort Wayne’s.) Natalie spends as much of her time as she can with my family because, she says, “we have absurd amounts of fun together.” Two of her siblings attend UST and work in the library. Two younger sisters also spend much of their time at Doherty as well.

Cooking is a huge part of Natalie’s Italian-American heritage. She likes to cook and bake in her spare time — everything from apple pie to pasta fagioli. The whole family likes to cook. They’re all in the kitchen during family gatherings (often on major Feast Days), and since there’s music playing – they dance!
Some of Natalie’s many other interests include: walking, creative writing, jump roping, playing kickball, and spending time with friends. And, as might be expected for a library worker, Natalie says, “I love reading!” She studied literature and mathematics in college and especially enjoys 18th and 19th century British literature. Her favorite book as a child was The Witch of Blackbird Pond. As a young adult she read Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset and ever since it has been her favorite book. Natalie is currently reading Friday’s Child by Georgette Heyer (just for fun!).

Natalie’s been in Houston for two years now but still finds herself exploring the area. Her favorite place so far is Hermann Park, and all year long she looks forward to the Shakespeare Festival at Miller Outdoor Theater. In the future Natalie hopes to continue her education in nursing or speech pathology. Maybe she will be the first graduate of our new nursing program.

Loan Nguyen joins Doherty staff; Receives grant to help establish Vietnamese library in Houston

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Loan Nguyen, originally from Vietnam, joined the Doherty Library staff in November 2008 as a Periodicals/Reference Librarian in which she is responsible for managing the periodical collection in paper, electronic and microform formats. Loan also provides reference services and library instructional to faculty, staffs and students at UST. Loan loves to volunteer her services to maximize her God-given abilities. Ever since she decided to become a librarian, she has always dreamed of creating a Vietnamese Library in the United States, which would promote the heritage and culture of Vietnam. Her dream came true when she was asked by the Vietnamese Civic Center Board members to start up a Vietnamese library in their newly developed facility at 11360 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, Texas 77072. In March 2009, Loan was awarded a grant from the National Library of Medicine to purchase computers for the recently opened Vietnamese library.

Loan said she feels so at home at Doherty library. Her passions are volunteering her services and meeting people. Please do not hesitate to say “Hi” or ask question to Loan whenever you see her at the reference’s desk.

Goodbye, Lisa!

It is with tears and sadness that Doherty library announces the departure of Lisa McNamara, Reference and Instruction Librarian. Her last day is Wednesday, September 10. Lisa arrived the exact same day in 2001 as Rachel Matre who departed earlier this summer. We will miss greatly Lisa’s hard work and bubbling enthusiasm. Lisa could talk anyone into coming to use the library. She has been our most zealous advocate and marketer with her cheery conversation, her chatty personality and her eagerness to help. We wish her the very best in all her future endeavours.

New Doherty Faculty and Staff

Doherty Library welcomes our two newest members to the staff – David Noe, Technical Services Librarian and Ron Drees, Archivist.

David hails originally from Huntsville (that’s Alabama, not Texas) so he has a proper Southern attitude toward iced tea although his views on barbecue are a little suspect (he prefers pork to beef). David is in the process of switching his loyalties from Alabama football to Fighting Celts volleyball, soccer and basketball. David also enjoys photography. David received his undergraduate degree in American Studies from University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and his MLS from the same university. He has most recently worked for Sirsi-Dynix, which is the company that provides our library catalog system. As Technical Services Librarian, David is not only in charge of the catalog, he’s also in charge of all databases and off-campus access to them. So don’t hesitate to contact him at noed@stthom.edu or 713-525-2183 if you’re having technical problems. He’s happy to help!

Ron Drees comes to us from the Houston Public Library where he got to work as an archivist in the beautiful Julia Ideson building next to the Central Branch downtown. He received a MLA with an emphasis in history from UST. Then he moved from reading history to preserving it and earned his MSIS from the University of Texas with an emphasis in archival enterprises. Ron originally comes from Ohio where he got an MBA from Kent State. He received his undergraduate degree at Case Western Reserve University in an area originally settled by Revolutionary War veterans given land in the (then) wild west as their only form of pay for military service – that’s the kind of thing historians know off the top of their heads. Ron is the only working member of his household for he lives with his wife Lin and his sheltie Sarah – both retired. Lin does volunteer work at a Houston hospital, and Sarah keeps busy guarding the house and yard. When he’s not working, Ron enjoys reading history. Ron welcomes anyone with needs for information on the history of UST to contact Archives at 713-525-3895 or archives@stthom.edu

You can also meet David and Ron at the Reference Desk. They both enjoy working directly with students and faculty as well as in their respective specialties.

Mary

Goodbye Rachel

Everyone at Doherty Library wishes to extend our congratulations to Rachel Matre on the occasion of her marriage. Unfortunately, Rachel has decided to move to Alabama to be with her husband, and so leaves a hole in our staff and, more importantly, our hearts. Rachel has been reference librarian at UST for just over seven years and reference coordinator for four. We will miss her enthusiasm, her passion for research and her dogged determination to find the answer to any question. We also wish her the best as she begins this new phase in her life. (Oh, and Happy Birthday too, Rachel!)

Mary

Melissa Torres

Farewell Melissa

It is with mixed feelings of excitement, gratitude, and a little bit of sadness that we announce Melissa Torres’s exit from Doherty library on February 15, 2008. Excitement because she has accepted the Metadata Librarian position at Rice University, a job in which we know she will thrive professionally. Gratitude because we are thankful for the excellent work she has done in Cataloging and Automation here at Doherty. Sadness because we will miss her kind, lively and upbeat presence in our daily work environment. We wish you the best Melissa!

Rachel

Library Welcomes New Circulation Services Coordinator

Dale Stewart

We are happy to announce that Dale Stewart has joined the Doherty Library as the evening Circulation Services Coordinator. His primary responsibilities will involve supervision and management of the circulation department during evenings and nights, Monday-Friday. Dale’s previous library experience includes three years working in the preservation department of the Harvard Law Library. Dale is a graduate of the University of Texas Studio Arts program and he works on a variety of art projects in his studio at the Commerce Street Artist’s Warehouse. Please join us in welcoming Dale to UST!

Rachel

Catholic Fiction Blog

Doherty Librarian Dr. Mary Kelleher Moderates Catholic Fiction Blog

Looking for some new leisure reading? Or an online meeting place to discuss old favorites? Check out the Catholic Fiction Blog. On the site, Mary makes suggestions to anyone looking for something good to read. “Because little is written about “Catholic fiction” in other venues, I have chosen this as my theme.” Read the blog to see how she defines “Catholic fiction.” Anyone is welcome to comment on the page and make recommendations of their own favorites.

Mary

Best Wishes Dacia

Dacia Clay

September 6th marked Circulation Supervisor Dacia Clay’s last day at Doherty library.  Besides her good work and dedication to the library, we’ll miss her personal exuberance and fine sense of humor.  Dacia is leaving not to change careers but in fact to dedicate herself more fully to the library profession. This semester she begins her graduate study at the University of North Texas’s School of Library and Information Sciences.  And she’ll begin working part-time at the Houston Public Library as she tackles her graduate coursework.  Dacia said she’s really looking forward to exploring something new and being a student again.  However, while she’s anticipating new challenges and learning experiences, she says she’s really going to miss Doherty.  “I love this community. From the library staff, to the student workers, to the frequent patrons and the people in other departments that I’ve worked with closely, the people at UST are great. I feel so at home here. It is truly hard to leave a place so warm and friendly and familiar as this.” She promises to come back and visit… at the very least to work on her library homework!

Rachel