Stephen H. Cox , Jr.

Branch Librarian, NZP & SCBI

I serve as the branch librarian for the Smithsonian's National Zoological Park & Conservation Biology Institute, collection librarian for the Mineral Sciences department at the National Museum of Natural History, and reference librarian at the National Museum of Natural History Library. 

I earned a Bachelor of Science in English Literature from Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) and a Master in Library and Information Science from Kent State University (Kent, OH), where I focused on digital preservation.  As a professional, I have worked in the public, private, university, and government spheres, providing research support, instruction, and even copy-editing services to my patrons.  I have research and collections development experience in biomedicine, occupational health, biology, and zoology.

I became a librarian because I innately enjoy helping others.  I strive to find the "question behind the question," to more effectively and efficiently serve the needs of my patron populations.  No request is ever too small! 

I enjoy crosswording, role-playing games, British sci-fi and mysteries, going to the movies, fantasy novels, anime, baseball history, attending sporting events, and traveling.  And obviously, I have cats.