Biography

Oliver Obst, Ph.D.
Library Director

Branch Medical Library
University and Regional Library Münster
University of Münster
Albert-Schweitzer-Campus 1, Geb. A11, D-48149 Münster, Germany
Tel.: +49 251 83 58550 / Fax: +49 251 83 52583

1958 Born in Mönchengladbach, Germany, as son of Renate Obst b. Dietzler, Librarian at the Public Library Mönchengladbach, and great grandchild of Fritz Kerlé, President of the German Association of Catholic Booksellers [VKB/KM] (so my profession was kind of predestined).

1977 Graduation from High School (Abitur) at Cusanus Gymnasium Erkelenz

1977-1984 Study of Biology at the RWTH Aachen University and the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg. Diploma in the subject areas animal physiology, plant physiology, virology, and computer science.

1984 Diploma thesis at the Institut of Biology III / Plant Physiology on the Host-Parasite-Interaction in the Wheat-Rust Fungus-Model

1985-1986 Civil Service at the Special School for the Physically and Mentally Handicapped, Aachen

1987-1991 Doctoral thesis (Dr.rer.nat.) at the Institute of Physiology of the Medical Faculty of the RWTH Aachen on the Pathophysiological effect of the stress hormones epinephrine und norepinephrine. Assistant Lecturer in Cardiology.

1988-1993 Organisation and handling of clinical studies phase III and IV at the Center of Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Cardiovascular Diseases, Aachen

1991-1993 Traineeship in Library and Information Science at the Polytechnical University for Library Science and Documentation (FHBD) at Cologne. Thesis on the information needs of medical professionals: Medizinische Bibliotheken im elektronischen Zeitalter: Informationsbedürfnisse von „medical professionals“ und ihre Befriedigung

1993-1996 Subject specialist at the University and Regional Library Münster for informatics and chemistry

1996- Director of the Branch Library of Medicine of the ULB Münster. Projects in publishing, marketing, open access, express document delivery, e-books, social media, iPads in education, and the future of the library resp. emerging challenges in librarianship.