Previous IRDL Scholars

  • 2019 IRDL Cohort

     Deb Baker is Library Director at Manchester Community College (NH). She earned her BA in English and Spanish from Goucher College and MLIS from University of Hawaii at Manoa. She’s a student in University of Edinburgh’s online MSc program in Science Communication and Public Engagement. She blogs about reading at bookconscious and librarianship at The Nocturnal Librarian. Her research interests include library impact on student success and information literacy as a catalyst for confidence.

     Kate Barron is the Data Services Librarian at San Jose State University. In this role, she works with faculty and students to discover, manage and analyze research data. Kate is also liaison to the Departments of Computer Science, Mathematics & Statistics, and Civil & Environmental Engineering. She received her BA in English from Rutgers University, and her MSI from the University of Michigan.

     Lisa Becksford is the Online and Graduate Engagement Librarian at Virginia Tech, where she also serves as the liaison to the School of Education and the Engineering Education program. She holds an MA in English as well as an MSLS, and prior to becoming a librarian, she taught college composition for five years. Her experiences as both a faculty member in a discipline and an instruction librarian inspired her interest in instruction librarians’ teacher identity.

     Gail Betz is the Research, Education and Outreach Librarian for the School of Social Work at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore. She earned her MLIS from Drexel University. She started her career as an academic librarian as the liaison to the School of Social Work at UMB, then moved for a few years to Oregon where she worked as a clinical librarian for Oregon Health & Science University before moving back to her original position at UMB. Her research interests include the intersection of libraries and disability, primarily how academic librarians navigate the workplace with disabilities.

     Trent Brager is the Education & Social Sciences Librarian at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, MN, where he works primarily with graduate students in Education and Counseling Psychology. With colleagues, Trent helped develop 23 Framework Things, an online professional development program which was recognized with the 2018 ACRL Instruction Section Innovation Award. Trent is a former high school math teacher with an MLIS from St. Catherine University.

     Heather Darnell is the Librarian for Dance, Film, and Multimedia Literacy at George Mason University. Her previous work focused on performing arts and audiovisual archives. She has a B.A. in music from Texas Tech University and a Master's of Library Science from the University of Maryland. Heather's research focuses on the role of information in the creative processes of performing artists.

     Tim Dolan is a reference and instruction librarian at Greenfield Community College in Western Massachusetts, where he also coordinates campus efforts related to open education and scholarly communication. He is the vice president of the GCC faculty-staff union chapter, serves on the college’s Curriculum and Academic Policy Committee, and is a member of ACRL’s Research and Scholarly Environment Committee. Tim holds an MA in ethnomusicology from Indiana University and an MSLIS from Simmons College.

     Kirstin Duffin is a reference and instruction librarian and liaison to the sciences at Eastern Illinois University. She serves as co-director of EIU iSTEM, a group committed to encouraging and empowering underrepresented students in the STEM fields. Her research interests include active learning and fostering inclusion in STEM education. She holds an MLIS from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and an MS in Biological Sciences from EIU.

     Jennifer Embree is a Subject Librarian for Psychology, Biology, Comparative Literature and Latin American & Caribbean Studies at Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York. She holds a MSLS from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill and BAs in English and Psychology from the University of Connecticut. Her current research interests include scholarly metrics, digital humanities, and the preservation of cultural heritage materials during times of conflict. In her free time she enjoys hiking, biking, and baking.

     Hailley Fargo is the Student Engagement Librarian at Penn State University, University Park campus. In this role, Hailley works to create an aligned approach to support student engagement experiences. Hailley’s research interests include the library’s role in student engagement, peer-to-peer services, and undergraduate research. She is also a co-founder of The Librarian Parlor (libparlor.com), a blog dedicated to building community around LIS research. Hailley received her MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

     Allison Gallaspy has been an academic librarian for 5 years with previous experience in cataloging and e-resources. Currently, Allison is a Business Librarian at Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business and works primarily with undergraduate business majors. She delivers high quality instruction and reference services to the students, faculty, and staff of the Freeman School. Allison holds an M.L.I.S. from the University of Pittsburgh, and a B.A. in history from Tulane.

     Amber Janssen is an Instruction & Assessment Librarian at California State University, Maritime Academy. She is the liaison to the School of Engineering. Her research interests are in the instruction and assessment of information fluency in undergraduate education and the information use behaviors of engineers. Prior to Cal Maritime, Ms. Janssen was a technical editor at an engineering firm. Ms. Janssen earned her MLIS from San Jose State University.

     Charissa Jefferson is Associate Business and Data Librarian at California State University, Northridge. Jefferson’s scholarship has appeared in Public Services Quarterly and Ticker: Business Librarianship Review. She has published lesson plans and book chapters and teaches library instruction sessions with data. Prior to joining the faculty at CSUN, she was the research librarian at the Milken Institute in Santa Monica where she assisted economists in finding data for their reports and publications.

     Samantha Kannegiser is the Student Success Librarian at Rutgers University-Camden. In this role, she forms partnerships with other campus departments to increase the library’s outreach to students. Her research interests include the ways librarians can use technology, such as virtual reference services, online instructional services, and emerging technologies such as augmented reality and virtual reality, to engage and teach students. She received her MLIS from Rutgers University in 2016.

     Stacy Katz is an Assistant Professor and Open Resources Librarian-STEM Liaison at Lehman College, CUNY. She initiated and developed the Open Educational Resources (OER) initiative, which she continues to lead. Her research focuses on the transformative potential of OER and open pedagogy, as well as how these innovations are perceived by students and faculty. Stacy earned an M.L.I.S. from Simmons College, and an M.Ed. from Framingham State University.

     Rosalinda Hernandez Linares is the Instruction and Reference Librarian at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Rosalinda earned a BA in Classical Civilizations from Wellesley College and an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh. Rosalinda’s primary research and pedagogical interests connect intersectionality, critical race theory and feminist theory with prominent concerns in librarianship concerning information literacy and student success.

     Melinda Malik is Head of Reference & Instructional Services at Saint Anselm College. She earned a B.A. in History from the University of New Hampshire, a M.S. in Library Science from Simmons College, and a M.Ed. in Higher Education from Merrimack College. Her research interests include incorporating adult learning theory in information literacy instruction and identifying ways that college and university libraries may best support students in their second year of college.

     Cathy Meals is the Reference & Assessment Librarian at the University of the District of Columbia. Prior to joining UDC, she worked at the DC Public Library and was a strategic researcher in the labor movement. She holds an MLIS from the University of Maryland and a BA from Swarthmore College. Cathy is a founding member of the Board of Instigators of the Diverse City Fund.

     Cal Murgu is from Windsor, Canada. He is the Research, Instruction, and Digital Humanities Librarian at the New College of Florida. At New College, Cal works with students and faculty on a range of digital and technology-oriented initiatives, including text and social network analysis, mapping, digital collections, and visualization projects. Cal received his MA in History from McGill University (Montreal) and his MLIS from Western University, London (Canada).

     Diana Park is a Science Librarian and Assistant Professor at Oregon State University where she is also coordinating the developing Carpentries program. Her research interests include access and affordability, Wikipedia, critical librarianship, and first-generation student success. Diana holds an MLIS from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a BA from Bryn Mawr College.

     Jessica Serrao is the Metadata Librarian for Digital Collections at Clemson University. Her research interests include equity, diversity, and inclusion in digital collections, and the application of ethics, empathy, and cultural competency in library and archival practices. She received an MSLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a concentration in archives and records management, an MA in Public History from North Carolina State University, and a BA in Anthropology from Binghamton University.

     Greta Valentine is a Data and Research Analyst at the University of Kansas Libraries. She oversees the collection and curation of internal assessment data, conducts assessment projects and usability studies, and assists with peer learning groups focused on automation and digital scholarship. Her research explores how to document and employ sound privacy practices, particularly regarding the protection of patrons' identifiable data. She holds an MLS degree from Emporia State University.

     Charles Yier is a Social Sciences & Humanities librarian at Iowa State University (ISU), a position he has held since July 2017. Prior to joining ISU, Charles was a Resident Librarian at the University of Iowa. His daily work routine includes offering different kinds of reference services, teaching Course-Related Instruction sessions, outreach and Collection Development & Management. Charles received his Masters of Library Science from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

  • 2018 IRDL Cohort

     Smita Avasthi is a Reference & Instruction Librarian at Santa Rosa Junior College, a position she has held for 6 years. Previously, she worked at Southwestern Oregon Community College, Seattle Public Library, and the University of Washington Libraries. Before becoming a librarian, she taught English at Portland Community College, Portland State University, and the University of Oregon. She has a particular interest in integrating information literacy instruction in acceleration programs.

     Megan Bell serves as Reference Librarian, Instructor and School of Health Professions’ Liaison at University of Alabama at Birmingham. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Xavier University of Louisiana and Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Louisiana State University. She enjoys hiking and photography; and, as a native of southern Louisiana, enjoys gumbo and jambalaya. Her research explores flipped classroom and active learning as tools for citation management software instruction.

     Sean Buckner is the Digital Preservation Librarian at Texas A&M University where he administers the digital preservation program. Sean attended the Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians and was an ALA Emerging Leader, and his research interests focus on diversity and inclusion in libraries. Sean received his MSI from the University of Michigan in 2012 and holds an MA in Linguistics. Sean is an Afghanistan War veteran and currently serves in the Army National Guard.

     Rosalind Bucy is a Research and Instruction Librarian in Research Services at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is a liaison to the Departments of History, Philosophy, Gender, Race, & Identity, and English, with a special focus on Core Writing in the first year. Rosalind is especially interested in empowering students to view themselves as interlocutors in scholarly conversations. She is a past chair of the New England Chapter of ASIS&T and is the co-author of “Giving Voice to Students: A Rhetorical Analysis of the Frameworks” in Rewired: Research-Writing Partnerships within the Frameworks.

     Sarah Christensen is the Visual Resources and Outreach Specialist at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests focus on the role of academic libraries in supporting the public engagement mission of land-grant universities. Sarah holds a B.A. in art history from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, an MLS from Simmons College in Boston, MA, and is currently in the graphic design program at the U of I.

     Jewel Davis is an Education Librarian in a PreK-12 Curriculum Materials Center at Appalachian State University’s Belk Library and Information Commons. She primarily works with pre-service teachers and education faculty on teaching with diverse youth literature, incorporating STEM and emerging technologies into classroom practice, and developing practitioner-based research skills. She received an MA in teaching from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MLIS from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

     Ariel Deardorff is the Data Services Librarian at the University of California, San Francisco Library. In her role at UCSF, Ariel teaches classes and offers consultations in data visualization and data management, with a particular focus on open science tools and reproducible workflows. Her research interests include data visualization, assessment, and reproducibility in the health sciences.

     Christopher Doll is the Assistant Director of Technical Services & Archivist at the University of Dubuque. Because his other Advanced Degree is in Korean Studies and he lived overseas for 12 years, his research interest focuses on how International students use American libraries and how American students use International materials. In his free time he enjoys racing trail ultra-marathons.

     Megan Goins-Diouf is the Reference Archivist at Bowling Green State University’s Center for Archival Collections. At present, her research interests include manuscript and archival appraisal processes and forums; collecting and collectors; as well as object-based inquiry and special collections journalism.

     Michelle Keba is the Reference Librarian for Education and Behavioral Studies at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida. Prior to joining PBA, Michelle served as the Distance and Instructional Services librarian to the Fischler College of Education at Nova Southeastern University and as an English language arts teacher in South Texas through the Teach for America program. She is particularly interested in studying the intersection of information literacy, intellectual curiosity, and distance education.

     Glenn Koelling is a learning services and English liaison librarian at the University of New Mexico. She holds an MA in English literature from Portland State University and an MLIS from the University of Denver. In her pre-library life, she taught English at a community college. She is interested in exploring how English studies can inform library studies and vice versa. Finally, she has a labradoodle who is a good boy.

     Christopher Marcum is the Access and Outreach Services Librarian at the University of San Diego’s Copley Library. He is responsible for daily supervision and management of Access Services staff and resources, as well as Copley’s outreach efforts. He holds an M.L.I.S. from the University of Arizona. He loves librarianship, cats, and college football.

     Rebecca Orozco is the Faculty Engagement Librarian for the Science and Engineering at the University of Kansas where she partners with faculty, staff, and students in science, engineering, technology, and math (STEM) to meet instruction and research needs. She holds a MS in biology from St. Joseph's University and a MLIS from St. Catherine University. Her research interests include capturing the experiences of STEM librarians of color and the incorporation of critical librarianship into science and engineering information literacy instruction.

     Angela Rathmel is the head of the Acquisitions & Resource Sharing department at the University of Kansas (KU) Libraries. Her professional interests include organizational responses to change, particularly with respect to organizational communication, information seeking, and knowledge management. She is a regular blogger for ACRLog.org. Her research explores the reference interview, traditionally used by public services, and how it may be applied in technical services and electronic resources troubleshooting.

     Eric Robinson is the Campus Librarian at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in San Marcos, California. There he provides reference assistance and instruction for faculty and students in the health sciences and liaises with program departments in Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy. He holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from San Jose State University. His research interests focus on the intersection of information literacy and scholarly communication.

     Sophie Rondeau serves as Technical Services Librarian at Virginia Wesleyan University. In this role, she manages electronic resources, acquisitions, digital collections, digital preservation, and cataloging. Sophie also leads several library teams including Diversity, Disaster Response, and Home Page Redesign, as well as serving on the Collection Development and Social Media teams. Sophie is a member of the Faculty Standards and Welfare Commission, the President's Environmental Issues Council, and VLA's Continuing Education Committee.

     Kortney Rupp is the Chemical Information Librarian and liaison to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley. Through research and instruction in chemical information Kortney hopes to understand the information seeking behavior of chemists and seeks to facilitate effective data management in academic laboratories in the physical sciences. Kortney obtained an MS in analytical chemistry from Purdue University and her MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

     Dana Statton is a research and instruction librarian at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky where she also serves as a liaison to the College of Business. She holds a MLIS, MA in Art History, and MFA in Studio Art from Louisiana State University and a BA in Journalism from Washington and Lee University. Her research interests include visual literacy, news literacy, and assessment.

     Joanna Thielen is an Assistant Professor in the Library at Oakland University in Rochester Hills, MI. She serves as Research Data Librarian, providing consultations and training on how to effectively store, organize and preserve research data. She is also Science Librarian for Biological Sciences, Chemistry, and Physics, providing reference, instruction, scholarly communication, and collection development services. She earned her MSI in 2016 and MS in chemistry in 2014, both from the University of Michigan.

     Mary Wahl is technical services librarian at Pasadena City College where she focuses on cataloging and metadata. Her professional interests include metadata wrangling, digital preservation, media collections and personal digital archives. In her spare hours, Mary enjoys Netflix-ing and editing Wikipedia. Mary holds an MLIS from San Jose State University and a BA in Film & Television from Chapman University.

     Susan Wengler is an Assistant Professor at Queensborough Community College, The City University of New York. Her research focuses on information literacy instruction and community college student information-seeking behaviors. Wengler holds an M.L.I.S. from Rutgers, The State University of NJ, an M.B.A from Columbia University, and a B.A. from Wellesley College. She also moderates Books, Bytes & Beyond’s “Conversations with Authors” series, interviewing such children’s literature luminaries as Julie Andrews, Laura Bush and Kelly Clarkson.

     Ning Zou is the Learning Design and Research Librarian at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She holds an MIS and MLS from Indiana University as well as an MBA from Dominican University. She has worked in five universities, providing information services, leading first-year initiatives, and serving as Instruction Coordinator. She has also been a teaching faculty member, academic advisor, and Director of the Study Abroad Program. Her research interests include adaptive learning, instruction design, user experience and human development.

  • 2017 IRDL Cohort

     Julie Adamo is a research and instruction librarian and an instructional technologist at Mount Holyoke College where she also serves as liaison to the departments of Anthropology, Africana Studies, Gender Studies, and Religion. Previously, she was a National Library of Medicine Associate Fellow. Julie holds a BA in literature from Antioch College, an MSLS from UNC-Chapel Hill, and is a current student in the Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing program at the University of Southern Maine.

     Steve Ammidown is the Manuscripts and Outreach Archivist for the Browne Popular Culture Library at Bowling Green State University. When he’s not leafing through movie posters or reading classic comic books, he thinks a lot about ways to make the library’s manuscript finding aids work better for its diverse audience of researchers. In his spare hours, Steve enjoys reading romance novels and spending time with his family.

     Catherine Baird is the Online and Outreach Services Librarian at Montclair State University, New Jersey, where she is also serves as the liaison librarian to education, counseling and modern languages. She holds an MLIS from the University of Western Ontario and an MA from the University of British Columbia. Catherine’s research interests include information literacy, information behavior, and online teaching and learning.

     Jill Barr-Walker is the Clinical Librarian at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, part of the University of California, San Francisco. Her research interests focus on the intersections of LIS and reproductive health, including health literacy among underserved populations and information-seeking behavior around abortion. Jill holds an MS(LIS) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MPH from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

     Jeannette Bruno is an Instructor Librarian and Library Department Chairperson at Wilbur Wright College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago. While completing her MLIS at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign she served as a Mix IT Up! Fellow working with youth at the Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School in Chicago. Her research interests include information literacy for community college students, information seeking as social justice, and empowering underrepresented students.

     Tina Chan is the Reference Services Program Manager & Social Sciences Librarian at MIT Libraries, where she coordinates reference services in four library locations. She also provides reference, instruction, outreach, and collection services, and she collaborates with colleagues in the interdisciplinary areas of energy and the environment. She is active with the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association and the American Library Association as a councilor-at-large.

     Merete Christianson is the Health Sciences Librarian at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota, where she provides liaison services and information literacy instruction to students and faculty in the College of Health Professions and the Health, Nutrition and Exercise Science department. She earned her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2013. Her research interests include ethics and collection development.

     Kristen Cooper is the Plant Sciences Librarian at the University of Minnesota, and is the liaison for the departments of Plant Pathology, Agronomy & Plant Genetics, and Plant & Microbial Biology.  She earned her BS in Marine Biology from Texas A&M University at Galveston in 2006 and her MLIS from St. Catherine University in 2015.

     Carla-Mae Crookendale is the Visual Arts Research Librarian at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. She holds an MLIS from Valdosta State University, and a BFA in Metals & Jewelry and MFA in Fashion from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

     Gabrielle M. Dudley is Instruction Archivist and QEP Librarian at the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library. She earned her M.A. in Public History and MLIS with a concentration in Archival Studies and Preservation Management from the University of South Carolina. She also holds a B.A. in History from the University of Montevallo. Dudley has co-authored two articles on instruction and was the co-organizer of the "Teaching with Primary Sources" pre-conference workshop at the 2016 Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting.

     Michael Flierl is an Assistant Professor of Library Science and Learning Design Specialist at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. In this position he aims to empower Purdue students in transition (e.g. first-year, international, transfer experience, etc.) to use information intentionally, critically, and creatively to learn. His research interests include informed learning, self-determination theory, and active learning.

     Andrea Hebert is the Human Sciences, Education, and Distance Learning Librarian at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.  Andrea received her MLIS from Louisiana State University in 2009. Her research interests include the information literacy skills of library science graduate students, library services to distance learners, and leveraging social capital to further library liaison outreach. She has also worked as a school librarian, copyeditor, and Latin teacher.

     Taryn Marks serves as the Faculty Services Librarian at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law’s Legal Information Center, where she teaches legal research and focuses on international and business law. Prior to joining UF in 2014, Taryn was the inaugural Judith M. Wright fellow at the University of Chicago. She earned her M.L.I.S. at the University of Washington, and both her J.D. and LL.M. in International Law from Duke University School of Law.

     Camille Mathieu is an Information Science Specialist with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's technical library section. Her work primarily focuses on metadata development and standardization, intranet search improvement, and internal information organization. Camille holds a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from UCLA's Department of Information Studies, and her undergraduate work was in literature with an emphasis on Romanticism.

     Michael Rodriguez is Licensing & Acquisitions Librarian at the University of Connecticut, where he spearheads contracts and procurement for UConn Library collections, manages system migrations, and optimizes workflows to reflect Henry David Thoreau’s aphorism: “Simplify, simplify.” Michael leverages these responsibilities to facilitate a more equitable and open scholarly communication ecosystem. He earned an MLIS from Florida State University in 2014. His research interests center on copyright and licensing, open access, and electronic resource management.

     Kai Alexis Smith is the Subject Librarian at Cal Poly Pomona and liaises to the College of Environmental Design, Ethnic and Women’s Studies and Foreign Languages. She was a 2014 ALA Emerging Leader and a 2013 Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Career Enhancement Program Fellow at the University of Michigan. In 2013, Kai was the Art Library Association of North America (ARLIS/NA) Wolfgang Freitag Internship Award winner, which she completed at the National Gallery of Art. Kai received her BFA in Writing for Publication and MSLIS in Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute.

     Jenna Stebbins has been a Reference & Instruction Librarian at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, CT since 2015. She participated in NVCC’s Assessment in Action project to study the effects of an FYE-Library partnership on student success, and with IRDL will be researching ways that the community college library can best serve second-year students. Jenna serves as liaison librarian to Arts & Humanities and on the Honors Institute Advisory Committee at NVCC.

     Ngoc-Yen "Yen" Tran is a science librarian at San Jose State University with academic liaison responsibilities for biological sciences, chemistry, physics & astronomy, geology, and meteorology. She received her MLIS from the University of Washington and her BAs in English and art history from Willamette University. Yen’s current research interest is mostly focused on how libraries can partner with other departments in order to employ high-impact educational practices to promote student learning and success.

     Rob Walsh never thought he’d grow up to be a librarian – but, he’s glad he did. After finishing his MA in African American Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and not wanting to be a hapless PhD candidate, he moved back East and eventually pursued his MLS at Southern Connecticut State University. For the past seven years, Rob has served as the Social Sciences Librarian at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. When not at the library, Rob can be found reading comix, making mixtapes, or racing bicycles competitively.

     Jingjing Wu began her path to librarianship as an assistant librarian at the Library of Chinese Academy of Sciences. She then switched her career towards technical communication. After years of experience in industry, she resumed her profession in academic libraries focusing on new technologies and data processing. Just prior to joining Texas Tech, she served as a Web Services Librarian for University of Mississippi Libraries.

  • 2016 IRDL Cohort

     Melissa Bauer is the Online Learning Librarian at Kent State University at Stark in North Canton, Ohio, where she works with faculty and students on supporting information literacy and online education. Her research project for IRDL explores the information seeking behavior of online students through ethnographic methods.

     Mohamed Berray is the Social Sciences Librarian and Coordinator for Government Information at Florida State University. He earned his MLIS Degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and his MA in Political Science from the American University in Cairo. He is a former Fulbright Scholar. Mohamed’s research interests are diversity in libraries; employability of early career librarians; and investigating the broader implications of e-books acquisitions in academic libraries.

     Courtney Block is Instruction, Reference, & User Engagement Librarian at IU Southeast in New Albany, Indiana. Prior to IU Southeast, Courtney was Public Services Manager at the Charlestown Clark-County Public Library. Courtney received her MLS from IU Bloomington in 2010. Courtney’s passions include library advocacy and user experience, and she firmly believes that focusing on the human experience happening inside the library is the best way to demonstrate library relevancy in an overwhelmingly digital age.

     Latrice Booker is the Coordinator of Library Instruction at Indiana University Northwest. She earned an MLS from Indiana University in Indianapolis in 2006 and MBA from Indiana University Northwest in 2012. She is very active in library associations, including serving as an American Library Association Councilor-at-Large, past co-chair of the ACRL Scholarships Committee and member for the ACRL Diversity Committee. She was a 2009 Emerging Leader. Her research interests include the correlation between information overload and information selection, personalized learning for information literacy and satisficing information behaviors within higher education.

     Jonathan Cain is the Librarian for Data Initiatives & Planning, Public Policy and Management at the University of Oregon. He delivers library services to the Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management and leads a Research Data Management team at the University of Oregon Libraries. Before coming to UO, Jonathan served as an Assistant Professor/Reference and Instruction Librarian at Hunter College - City University of New York. He holds a MSLIS from Pratt Institute, a MA in Africana Studies from New York University, and a BS in Anthropology from the College of Charleston.

     Dennis Christman is the the Technical Services Librarian at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, WA. He completed his MLS from Emporia State University in 2014 and a BS in Computer Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2006. He has worked in school, public, and academic libraries in the United States and China. His research interests include international programs, assessment, educational technologies, and mindfulness in the library.

     Emily Crist is a Research and Instruction Librarian at the University of Vermont where she works as the liaison librarian to Global Gateway, the international student bridging program. Her research interests include working with multilingual writers and information literacy instruction for English Language Learners. Emily holds an MLIS from McGill University and an MA in English from Ball State University.

     Electra Enslow is a Health Sciences Librarian at the Washington State University – Spokane Campus. Her current research interests are investigating equity of library services for on and off campus students and teaching evidence-based practice research skills to health sciences students so they are able to use these skills in a clinical setting. She earned an MA in Library and Information Studies from UW-Madison and a BA from The Evergreen State College.

     Anne Marie Gruber is the Instruction & Liaison Librarian at University of Northern Iowa. New to the tenure track, she researches the library’s role in academic service learning, particularly working to understand faculty perceptions of how information literacy instruction might influence students’ motivation and engagement with service learning projects. She is the married mother of a preschooler and is active with public health advocacy and STEAM education.

     Derrick Jefferson is the Communications Librarian at American University in Washington, DC. A California native, he received his MLIS from Louisiana State University as a Project Recovery scholar in New Orleans, a program established to rebuild libraries while educating LIS students after the storms of 2005. His research interests include information literacy, critical thinking, and diversity and inclusion issues in academic librarianship. He also enjoys collecting records, indulging in tacos, and short story collections.

     Savannah Kelly is a Research and Instruction Librarian at the University of Mississippi in Oxford where she is the liaison to the School of Education and Department of Psychology. After completing her MLIS in 2006, she worked as an inner city public librarian for two years, in special collections for a year, and then moved to Santa Barbara, California, where she worked in academia for six more years. Her research interests include first-year students’ postsecondary academic transitions, interdisciplinary teaching collaborations, effective assignment design, and the role of affect on students’ research processes.

     Kate Lambaria is the Fine Arts Librarian at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she is the liaison for Architecture, Art, Dance, Film, Music, and Theatre. She holds an MS in Library and Information Science and a BA in Ethnomusicology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests center on the relationship between scholarly communications issues and the fine arts.

     Adam H. Lisbon is the Japanese & Korean Studies Librarian at the University of Colorado Boulder. Before becoming a librarian, he was an English teacher in Japan and then San Francisco. After completing a library tech program at the City College of San Francisco, he pursued his MLS the University At Albany (SUNY) while also working part time at Albany Public Library. Now he spends his free time Hiking the Rocky Mountains and Exploring the American West.

     Chris Marino is the Reference and Outreach Archivist at the Environmental Design Archives at UC Berkeley. Before coming to Berkeley, she worked as a Project Archivist at the Architecture and Design Collection at UC Santa Barbara. Hailing originally from Los Angeles, Chris received her Masters of Library and Information Science degree with specialization in Archival Studies from UCLA. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from UC San Diego in Ethnic Studies. Chris brings her passion for architectural records, research, access, and education, as well as four years of experience processing collections, providing research assistance, and curating exhibitions.

     Leni Matthews is the User Experience Librarian at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). Five months fresh to academia, she is working on several projects at UTA including data collection of study room usage and wayfinding in the library. A former Chicago Public Schools teacher, Leni appreciates assessment in a different learning environment. Leni’s interest in study groups derived from her personal experience as a student and observations of study groups in the library. She received her MS in LIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

     Lauren Olewnik is an Instruction and Reference Librarian at Castleton University in Vermont. She serves as liaison to the Natural and Health Sciences, Psychology, Mathematics, Computer Information Systems, and Nursing departments. She collaborates with faculty to develop information literacy experiences for students in these majors. Connecting and building rapport with students is an important part of her professional practice, allowing her to contribute to the integrative learning and student-centered philosophy of Castleton. Lauren received her M.L.S. from the University at Buffalo. In addition to her library and campus responsibilities, she is also a volunteer coach for Girls on the Run, a national program dedicated to the supportive and healthy growth of young girls in grades 3-5. Her research interest for the IRDL program focuses on understanding how undergraduate research students create, use, and organize research data, as well as identifying how best to incorporate data information literacy in the undergraduate research experience at public liberal arts institutions.

     Raymond Pun is the first year student success librarian in California State University, Fresno. In this new role, he is charged to create and coordinate the first year library experience and information literacy program across campus. Prior to his appointment in Fresno, he has worked in New York University Shanghai and The New York Public Library: Stephen A. Schwarzman Building as a reference librarian. His IRDL project explores how first year students in communication studies can meet the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy and the National Communication Association's (NCA) learning outcomes.

     Lorelei Rutledge is a Faculty Services Librarian and the online reference coordinator for the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah. She has an MS in Information from the University of Michigan and an MA in Communication from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her interests include assessing reference services, especially online reference services, developing and improving online teaching and learning opportunities, and encouraging diversity and inclusion in libraries and higher education.

     Jordana Shane is the Instruction & Reference Services Coordinator at the D. Leonard Corgan Library, King’s College, in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. Prior to King’s, Jordana was the Coordinator of Information Literacy at Philadelphia University, and has also worked in public, school, and law libraries. Jordana’s research interests focus on the curricular integration and assessment of information literacy, faculty-librarian collaboration, and the contributions of academic libraries to student learning and retention. She holds an MSLIS from Drexel University, and an MS in Information Technology in Education, with a concentration in Instructional Design & Development, from Nova Southeastern University.

     Amanda Woodward is the User Engagement Library at Woodbury University in Burbank, CA where she is responsible for library outreach, marketing, and overall user experience. She is also the liaison and collection development specialists for the College of Transdisciplinarity, Psychology, and Fashion Design. Prior to Woodbury, Amanda was a corporate librarian at Disney Consumer Products in Glendale, CA. She holds a BA in English from the University of California, Berkeley and an MLIS from UCLA. Her research interests include student engagement and experience with the library, visual literacy instruction, and embedded librarianship.

     Desirae Zingarelli-Sweet is a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Loyola Marymount University’s William H. Hannon Library. She serves as liaison to the university's theological studies, philosophy, bioethics, and yoga studies programs. Desirae holds an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh, an MAR in New Testament Studies from Yale Divinity School, and a BA from Oberlin College in Classics and Religion. Her research interests include information literacy instruction for social justice and information-seeking, evaluation, and citation behaviors of student and faculty researchers in religious studies.

  • 2015 IRDL Cohort

     Melissa Burel is the Catalog Librarian at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). Her research interests include assessment, evidence-based decision making, innovative cataloging competencies, and the linked-data environment. Melissa has presented at the Southeastern Library Association Conference and the OLAC-MOUG Annual Conference. She co-authored the article “Graduate Conversations: Assessing the Space Needs of Graduate Students” which will be published in College & Research Libraries in the fall of 2015. Prior to working at SIUE, she was employed as a Library Specialist at Florida State University in the Complex Cataloging unit. Melissa is currently designing a study to understand the university and library experiences of international students at SIUE and has received a grant from the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) to support this research. She will be attending the 2015 Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL) sponsored by Loyola Marymount University to continue to develop her passion for assessment.

     Greg Carr completed his MLIS at the University of Alabama in 2010. Currently, he is an Undergraduate Learning Librarian at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada. He coordinates instruction for the STEM First Year Seminar and teach information literacy classes for many other programs. His research interests include improving the use of scholarly sources for new students, graphic novels, online social reference tools, library exhibits, and rare books and manuscripts in the classroom.

     Cindy Craig is the Psychology & Sociology Librarian at George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida. She holds an MLS in library science as well as an MS in art therapy from Emporia State University. Cindy has worked in public and academic libraries. Her main research interest is evaluating the effectiveness of video tutorials. She has also presented on using art making to help library employees deal with stress at work.

     Justin de la Cruz serves as Reference & Instruction Librarian and liaison to Psychology and Music departments at the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library. He is a graduate of Florida State University with the MLIS and degrees in Humanities (MA, BA) and Psychology (BS). His final year of studies took him to Florence, Italy to manage an academic library for international students. His research interests include perceptions of libraries, library anxiety, and critical information literacy.

     Kelsey Duinkerken is the Special Collections and Digitization Librarian at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, where she manages the Archives’ digital records, social media, oral history program, and institutional repository holdings. She has a BA in History and Anthropology and an MSI with a specialization in Archives and Records Management from the University of Michigan. Her research interests for the IRDL program focus on how users and potential users conceive of archives and archivists.

     Lisa Federer is a Research Data Informationist at the National Institutes of Health Library. She provides training and support in data management, organization, sharing, and re-use for researchers and staff at the NIH. Her research interests include data sharing and reuse practices and data literacy training needs of biomedical researchers. She holds an MLIS from the University of California-Los Angeles and an MA in English from the University of North Texas.

     Lee Ann Fullington is a reference and instruction librarian at Brooklyn College--City University of New York. She is the liaison for Health & Nutrition Sciences, Kinesiology, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, and Urban Sustainability. She holds an MSLIS from Pratt Institute and an MPhil in Popular Music Studies from the University of Liverpool. Her current research interests include the impact of mobile devices on scholarly pursuits and first generation student experiences--especially transfer students. She also researches independent record shop culture.

     Jamillah R. Gabriel is Librarian at the Black Cultural Center and Metadata Specialist at the University Libraries in a joint position at Purdue University. She received her MLIS from San Jose State University in 2011 and is currently pursuing a MA in Museum Studies at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. Jamillah's research interests include information literacy, multiliteracies, cultural heritage informatics, academic library services in Black cultural centers, and convergence of library, archival, and museum collections.

     Elizabeth Galoozis is Information Literacy and Educational Technology Librarian at University of Southern California Libraries, where she focuses on integrating and assessing information literacy throughout the curriculum. Before coming to USC, she worked at academic and special libraries in Massachusetts, Indiana, and Illinois. Elizabeth received a BA in English from Amherst College and an MLS from Simmons College. Her research interests include critical library instruction, cultural representations of information, and information literacy in academic and non-academic contexts.

     Andrew Horbal was recently named Head of Learning Commons at the University of Maryland University Libraries. His previous positions include Media Resources Librarian at the University of Maryland, Access Services Librarian at McDaniel College, and Media Resources Specialist at the University of Pittsburgh. His professional interests include emerging technologies, copyright and intellectual property issues, and creating library services around alternative literacies, such as media and digital literacy.

     Don Jason serves as the Clinical Informationist for the University of Cincinnati Health Sciences Library. In this role, he provides library resources to the UC Medical Center. Prior to joining the faculty at UC, Don completed the National Library of Medicine’s Associate Fellowship Program. Don’s research interests include: defining core competencies for health information outreach and measuring the impact of library instruction. Don earned his MLIS and MS in Health Informatics from Kent State University.

     Minh Le is an Information Science Specialist in the Library and Archives Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. She primarily provides information research and analysis services to the lab¹s science and engineering communities. Prior to this role, she was a Knowledge Management Specialist at JPL. Minh received her MLIS from UCLA in 2013.

     Leatha Miles-Edmonson is a Research and Instruction Librarian at Marquette University. She serves as a liaison to the College of Professional Studies, Political Science, Military Science, Peace Studies, and numerous academic support programs. She earned her Master of Library and Information Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; having first earned a Bachelor of Arts in English at Bennett College.

     Colleen Mullally is Assessment Librarian at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. She oversees the planning and managing of assessment projects for the Libraries relating to information literacy, collections, spaces, and services. She works with colleagues, faculty, and administration for data gathering and reporting and is developing a comprehensive assessment plan for the Libraries. Colleen came to Pepperdine in August 2014 and previously was Reference and Outreach Librarian at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. She received her MLS from Simmons College and her BA from Boston College and has worked in different capacities in the libraries at Boston College, Harvard University, and Pine Manor College. Colleen loves chatting about children's lit., running, hiking, tea, and life on the beach.

     Jeanette Norris serves as Metadata Management Librarian at Brown University. She holds a MS in Library and Information Science from Syracuse University and a MA in European and Russian Studies from Yale University. Jeanette’s research interests include improving information access by better understanding how people think about and identify information resources, and modelling and managing metadata to take full advantage of current technologies to meet users’ needs.

     Cynthia Mari Orozco is the Student Services Librarian at California State University, in which she liaises with the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), pre-baccalaureate services, transfer students, and new graduate students. Her research interests include the library experience of first-generation college students and diversity in librarianship.

     Abby Scheel is a Humanities Librarian at Florida State University Libraries where she serves as liaison to the Classics, English, Philosophy and Religion departments. She is currently interested in the research habits of graduate students and faculty, especially in the humanities where the growing influence of digital scholarship has created new challenges and opportunities. She received her MLIS and an MA in Classical Archaeology from FSU and a BA in Classics from Smith College.

     Carolyn Schubert is the Health Sciences and Nursing Librarian at James Madison University.  Carolyn received her Masters in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University.  Her current research interests include  examining the clinical and academic information environments, assessing undergraduate information literacy, and teaching health informatics.

     Eamon Tewell is a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Long Island University, Brooklyn, in New York City. He received his MLIS from Drexel University and is currently pursuing an MA in Media Arts at LIU Brooklyn. Eamon's current research interests are critical information literacy, popular media and active learning in library instruction, and televisual representations of libraries.

     Jenny Thoegersen, as Data Curation Librarian at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, consults with researchers on data management issues and contributes to the preservation of digital assets at UNL Libraries. She earned her MLIS through a joint program between Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus, Tallinna Ülikool, and Università degli Studi di Parma. In 2013, Thoegersen contributed to the open source digital library project Greenstone as part of a Fulbright fellowship at the University of Waikato.

     Angie Thorpe is the Digital User Experience Librarian at Indiana University Kokomo. She manages the entire lifecycle of the library’s electronic resources, as well as the library’s web presence. She holds an MLS from Indiana University Bloomington and a BA in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests include user behavior within discovery services, e-book collection development strategies, and assessment of the value of the academic library.

     Brandon West is the Online Instruction/Instructional Design Librarian at SUNY Oswego. He works on developing initiatives that support information literacy and online education, such as building learning objects and tutorials. His research interests include fostering librarians’ potential as teachers and finding new ways of infusing information literacy into the curricula. He earned his Master’s in Educational Technology from Grand Valley State University and his MLS from Texas Woman’s University. Follow him on Twitter @bwestlibrarian.

  • 2014 IRDL Cohort

     Frans Albarillo is a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Brooklyn College Library, and the subject specialist for Business, Sociology, and Linguistics. Frans holds and MLS in Library Science and an MA in Linguistics from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. His current research interest includes how immigrant students use academic libraries, and social science librarianship. In his spare time he like to play ukulele and run in the park. Frans's blog is at http://frans.commons.gc.cuny.edu/research/.

     Jaclyn Bedoya. I've lived and worked on three continents. I've been an ER/systems librarian in Edinburgh, Scotland, a Young Adult librarian in East LA, and before library school, an English teacher in Nagoya, Japan. Currently I'm an Electronic Resources Librarian at CSU Fullerton. It turns out that growing up in Southern California spoils you, and I'm happiest being back where there are 300 days of sunshine a year. Also Disneyland. (Photo by Karen Tapia/courtesy Cal State Fullerton Public Affairs)

     Allison Benedetti is Librarian for Advanced Research and Engagement at the UCLA Library.  She focuses on assessment of graduate student research needs and coordination of public services and outreach to the humanities and social sciences; she is also Librarian for Urban Planning. Allison received her MLIS from Simmons in 2008 and has held positions at MIT, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and with the Society of Architectural Historians’ SAHARA project.

     Daina Bouquin is the Data & Metadata Services Librarian at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University in NYC, and a recent graduate of Syracuse University’s MLIS program. While at SU, Daina also earned a CAS in Data Science with a focus on Data Analytics. Her research interests include data information literacy, scientific data management and curation, data visualization, medical informatics, data mining, translational science, and how these fields intersect with history and society.

     Nicole Branch is Librarian for Research and Digitization at Holy Names University in Oakland, California, where she serves as liaison to the Education, Arts and Humanities and Business departments.  A dedicated information literacy instructor, Nicole strives to bring creative, critical, and interactive approaches to program design and the classroom.  Nicole’s research interest includes information literacy and the academic success of diverse college student populations.

     Tatiana Bryant is an MPA candidate at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service concentrating in International Development and Arts and Cultural Policy. She holds a MS in Information and Library Science from Pratt Institute and a BA in History from Hampton University. Tatiana was awarded the IMLS MLEAD (Museum Library Education and Digitization) grant in 2010 to study in Florence, Italy and complete a practicum at the Brooklyn Museum. She has worked in academic and cultural institutions for over eight years and is currently an adjunct professor and academic librarian in New York City.

     Hilary Bussell. I am the eLearning Librarian and Liaison for Political Science and Public Administration at Ohio University Libraries in Athens, OH. I received my MSLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012. Prior to library school, I spent several years as a graduate student in philosophy at Loyola University Chicago. My research interests are critical information literacy and the use of emerging technologies in higher education. I enjoy running, cross stitch, and cats.

     Felipe Castillo is the Business Librarian and an Assistant Professor at New Mexico State University. He received his MLIS in 2012 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is currently in the MBA program at New Mexico State University. His research interests center on understanding the information literacy competencies that employers seek from recent college graduates.

     Lorna Dawes has been a reference librarian for 15 years, working first as an agriculture librarian, and then as a business college librarian in London England and later as High School Media specialist in South Carolina. She is now the First Year Experience and Learning Communities Librarian at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she works with teaching and library faculty to infuse information literacy instruction into the first year courses.

     Chris Eaker is excited to be a part of IRDL. As Data Curation Librarian at the University of Tennessee (UT) Libraries, he is interested in scientific data curation and in integrating sound data stewardship skills into science and engineering curricula. Chris helps UT’s researchers navigate federal requirements for data management and sharing. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Georgia Tech (2000) and master’s degree in information science from UT (2013).

     Rebecca Halpern is the librarian for the School of Social Work online program at the University of Southern California. Her primary responsibilities are embedding information literacy into the fabric of the MSW curriculum and providing instruction for faculty and students in the social work program.  She is interested in the intersection of adult learning theory, online pedagogy, critical librarianship, and reimagining what we mean when we say “information literacy instruction.”  Rebecca is a big fan of pub trivia, exploring Los Angeles by bike, and spending quality time with quality TV shows. She received a BA in Women’s Studies and Sociology from the University of Michigan and a MSIS from the UT Austin School of Information.

     Susan Hoang is a reference and instruction librarian for Languages and Cultures at Carleton College in Northfield, MN, where she works closely with faculty and students to integrate information literacy into their curriculum. She is currently on the User Needs Assessment and Outreach teams at Gould Library. Her research interests include transference of information literacy into “real world” contexts, power and privilege within academia, and community-library connections.

     John M. Jackson is the Reference & Instruction Librarian for Whittier College, a private liberal arts college outside Los Angeles. John began working for academic libraries in 2006 as a graduate assistant for the Piers Plowman Electronic Archive at the University of Virginia. He briefly sojourned as a cataloger for the University of Southern California while completing his MLIS at San Jose State University. John's research interests include information literacy, print and digital humanities, emerging technology trends in higher education, reference and instruction services for first year students, virtual library services, and personal information management. John is also an active member of the Association of College & Research Libraries, a 2012 ALA Emerging Leader, and an expatriated medievalist.

     Karen Jaskar joined the faculty of the University of Montana as the Social Science Librarian in August, 2013. A native of the Puget Sound, Karen spent the previous six years as the Information Literacy Librarian for Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, WA. Her professional interests include exploring the unique pedagogy of library instruction and the intersection of technology and contemplation in the modern academic library.

     Chan Li received her MLIS in 2006 from University of California Los Angeles. She is senior data analyst at the California Digital Library (CDL), where she manages all aspects of electronic resource analysis activities. In the recent years, Chan has been a key player in the development of CDL’s weighted value algorithm to assess the significance of UC systemwide electronic journals across disciplines.  Chan serves on NISO SUSHI (Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative) Standing Committee.

     Hannah Marshall recently took on the role of Metadata Librarian for Image Collections at Cornell University Library after serving as the Art History Image Cataloger since April 2013. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of California, Irvine in 2009 and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2012.

     Lindsey McLean is the Instructional Design Librarian at Loyola Marymount University’s William H. Hannon Library. She has built a number of digital learning objects for the library including the Lion’s Guide to Research and the Library; which was recently accepted as an ALA/ACRL Instruction Section’s PRIMO project. Lindsey received her MLIS in 2012 from UCLA where she focused her studies on human computer interaction, systems design, academic libraries, and information literacy instruction.

     Kimberly Miller is Research and Instruction Librarian for Emerging Technologies and Liaison to Psychology at Towson University’s Albert S. Cook Library. While providing day-to-day technology leadership within the context of Cook Library’s reference and instruction activities, she is interested in investigating the use of new technologies as tools to enhance teaching, learning, and user experiences related to information literacy development. She received her Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan.

     Kelly Riddle is Digital Initiatives Librarian at the University of San Diego. Her work at USD involves managing the institutional repository and leading scholarly communication education efforts on campus. Her research interests include library’s role in research and dissemination and in the education of disciplinary faculty. She has a background in collaborative digital projects, digitization, and archives and special collections and earned her MLIS from the University of South Carolina in 2011.

     Chelcie Juliet Rowell serves as Digital Initiatives Librarian at Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University. A member of the library's Digital Scholarship Unit, Chelcie oversees digitization of special collections and liaises with humanities faculty pursuing digital humanities research and pedagogy. Chelcie earned a B.A. in English from Oglethorpe University and an M.S. in Information Science from the School of Information & Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

     Jane Skoric received her MLIS from San José State University in San José, California. She is currently the Cataloging and Metadata Librarian at Santa Clara University. She previously worked as a metadata specialist at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, as a bibliographic services assistant at California State University, Monterey Bay, and as a member of the Library Task Force at UCLA.

     Rachel Keiko Stark was a 2011 American Library Association Spectrum Scholar, completed her Masters of Science in Library and Information Science from Drexel University in 2012 and currently works at the University of the Pacific as the Health Sciences Librarian. She is interested in improving Information Literacy among Allied Health students and promoting the Library as a physical, social, and virtual space.

     Elizabeth Surles is Archivist at the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University.  Prior to joining the Institute, she was Digitization Archivist and Library Director at the American Alpine Club Library.  She formerly worked at the Sousa Archives and Office of Collections at the University of Illinois, where she earned master’s degrees in musicology and library and information science and a certificate in special collections.  Before her time in Illinois, Elizabeth served as the Starr-Gennett Foundation’s Project Coordinator.

     Juleah Swanson is an Assistant Professor and Acquisitions Librarian for Electronic Resources at the Ohio State University Libraries where she began her librarian career as a Mary P. Key Diversity Resident. She received her MLIS from the University of Washington. Her research project for IRDL explores diversity in academic libraries, specifically looking at the experiences of academic librarians of color.

     Lisa Zilinski is an Assistant Professor of Library Science and Data Services Specialist at the Purdue University Libraries. As part of the Data & Metadata Unit, she works with faculty, staff, and students to identify data literacy opportunities, develop learning plans and tools for data education, and investigate and develop programmatic and sustainable data services for the Libraries.  Her research interests include data management principles, data education, data services assessment, and information dissemination/access practices.