Carla Heister


Curriculum Vitae

Professional history


January 2003 – present, Yale University Library, Librarian for Forestry and Environmental Studies

  • Duties: reference; circulation; collection development; committee work; liaison with students, staff, and faculty in Forestry and Environmental Studies

June 1992 – December 2002, Utah State University, College of Natural Resources, Director of S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney Natural Resources Research Library

  • Duties: Founding director; developed library from its opening (October 1992); responsible for all aspects of library functioning; supervised two staff and 9 student assistants; wrote and administered grants; editorial director of publication series.

July 1982 – May 1992, Illinois Natural History Survey Library, a state agency library as well as a departmental library within the University of Illinois Library

  • Duties: circulation; collection development; reference; supervised one staff member



1989 – M.S. Biology, University of Illinois

1982 – M.A. Library Science, Northern Illinois University

1979 – B.S. Biology, Northern Illinois University

Workshops/Continuing Education Sessions

2004. Supervisory Skills Certificate Series – 13 sessions

2004. Measuring Library Service Quality – ARL online course July 5-August 13, 2004.

2003 – present. Various one-hour to one-day workshops on use of electronic resources, e.g. CSA, EBSCO, ISI/Thomson, LexisNexis, OVID, TOXNET(NLM).


1981 – 2011 Special Libraries Association

Environmental Information Division 1982-1989

Chair, Ad Hoc Merger Committee 1988-1989

Natural Resources Division 1982-1989

Environment and Resource Management Division 1989-2011

Division Chair-elect and Chair 1992-1994

Nominating Committee 1998-2002, 2007

ERMD Forestry Section

Section Chair 2004-2007

Natural History Caucus 1991-2011

Illinois Chapter 1981-1992

Rocky Mountain Chapter 1992-2002

Connecticut Valley Chapter 2003-2011

1993 – Present, Natural Resources Information Council

Conference co-planner 1995

Webmaster 1998-2002

2002 – Present, International Union of Forest Research Organizations

Division 6.03.00 – Information Services and knowledge organization
Deputy Coordinator 2005-2010

Division 9.01.01 - Library, information networks and terminology (reflects IUFRO reorganization)
Deputy Coordinator 2010-2015

Committee Work and Service to Yale

Standing Committee on Professional Awareness (SCOPA) 2004-2005
     Chair 2005

Preservation Committee 2004

Emergency Preparedness Task Force 2004
     Co-wrote first draft of manual

Education Committee of CDC 2004-2006

Security Group (University-Wide) 2005-2006
     Chaired Physical Security sub-group

Yale World Fellows Program 2004-present
     Library liaison for various fellows each year

Research4Life/Online Access to Resources on the Environment (OARE) 2006-present
     Provide subject indexing for journals

Forestry and Environmental Studies Library Advisory Committee 2003-2010

Forestry and Environmental Studies Professional Skills Modules
     Research Resources Module, 2004-present

Selected Publications

Heister, Carla G. 1995 – present. “Information Access: Books and Literature.” (quarterly column of new books and grey literature on wildlife management) in Journal of Wildlife Management (prior to 2007 in Wildlife Society Bulletin). (43 columns written to date)

Heister, Carla G. 2006. Providing Access to Information on a Small Budget. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship. Vol. 46. Suppl. Article 6.

Editor and Publisher, Natural Resources and Environmental Issues series 1993-2002. 8 volumes published.

Heister, Carla G., compiler. 1998. Proceedings of the Second Biennial Conference on University Education in Natural Resources. Natural Resources and Environmental Issues vol. 7. 251 pp.

Rasmussen, G. Allen, Carla Heister, and Robert Heister. 1997. Fire Effects on Rangelands in the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau Regions of Utah: An Annotated Bibliography. Utah State University Extension, Logan, UT. Publication NR 504. 8 p. report + 197 p. bibliography.

Neely, R. Dan and Carla G. Heister, compilers. 1987. The Natural Resources of Illinois: Introduction and Guide. Special Publication of the Illinois Natural History Survey, no. 6. 224 pp.



Presentations and Program Planning

IUFRO. 2014. 24th IUFRO World Congress: Sustaining Forests, Sustianing People, The Role of Research. Co-Moderator Session 209: From data to knowledge, geospatial tools and information access. October 5-11, 2014. Salt Lake City, UT.

IUFRO. 2014. 24th IUFRO World Congress: Sustaining Forests, Sustianing People, The Role of Research. Embed a Librarian in Your Research Group. Presentation in Session 209: From data to knowledge, geospatial tools and information access. October 5-11, 2014. Salt Lake City, UT.

IUFRO Division 6 Symposium: Integrative Science for Integrated Management. 2007. Institutional Repository – the new library? Presentation August 15, 2007, Saariselka, Finland.

SLA 2007. Moderator for ERMD Forestry Section session, U.S. and Canadian Forest Service Reorganizations. June 4, 2007, Denver CO.

Presentation to local women’s group. March 2007. Your Library Card is the Key to Information: Using ICONN to find information.

CVC SLA March 2006. Program planning for “RSS Feeds and Blogs” – Charles Greenberg, presenter.

SLA 2006. Moderator of ERMD Forestry Section session. Roundtable Discussion of the Changing Face of Forestry Information. June 12, 2006.

Frontiers in Forestry Information Conference. 2005. Providing Access to Information on a Small Budget. December 2005, Oxford, UK.

NRIC 2005. Seeing the Forest, and more… NRIC meeting August 2005, Boise, ID.

SLA 2005. Presenter for ERMD, Forestry Section session. Seeing the Forest. June, 2005, Annual SLA Conference, Toronto, ON, Canada.

SLA 2004. Moderator for ERMD, Forestry Section session, ‘Developing Science Web Content,’ June 8, 2004, Annual SLA Conference, Nashville, TN.

NRIC 2004. Taking Out the Trash: Evaluation of Websites. NRIC/ACI meeting July 14, 2004. New Orleans, LA.

NRIC 2001. Strategies for Promoting Library Services. Sept. 20, 2001.West Yellowstone, WY.

NRIC 1999. Today’s Best of the Web. July 8, 1999. Saskatoon, SK.

Second Biennial Conference on University Education in Natural Resources. 1998. Electronic Information in Natural Resource Education: Integrating Library Information into the Curriculum. March 8, 1998. Logan, UT.

NRIC 1997. Nineteenth Century Explorations of the American West. August 1997. Cascade Locks, OR.

NRIC 1996. Building a spatially-referenced Electronic Bibliography: The Mojave Desert Ecosystem Initiative. Charles Town, WV.

NRIC. 1994. Funding: The Challenge of External Support. Lincoln, NE.

Grants Funded

2005 - SCOPA grant co-PI. Providing Digital Access to the Doctor of Forestry Dissertations. $980. (withdrawn when co-PI left Yale).

2002. Galaxy II Abstracts of Proceedings. Publication contract. $28,500.

1997. BLM Grant. Fire Ecology: fire effects and fire rehabilitation. Report and database $20,000.

1995-1996. Mojave Ecoregion Geo-referenced Bibliography. $15,750.

1994-1995. NCASI grant co-PI. Silvicultural options for ecosystem management: literature review and synthesis. $16,968.