Contributing Writers

Aidy Silva-Ortiz is a second-year MSLIS student in the Florida State University’s distance learning program. Since 2004, she has worked in the public library system in various paraprofessional roles and in 2011, transitioned into a corporate library setting as a medical library technical assistant for the Orlando Health hospital system. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English/Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida and an Associates Degree in Sociology from Valencia College. Her current professional interests include: the evolving role of health librarianship, consumer health resources, and promoting more women leadership roles within libraries. You can reach out to her on Twitter by tweeting to @msbooksy.

Ally Blumenfeld is a first-year MLIS student at Rutgers University in New Jersey. She also works full-time at the Paterson Free Public Library’s Reference Desk. For two years after graduating from Montclair State University, she served as an AmeriCorps Member in Paterson, NJ, teaching job readiness and computer skills to adults. Her professional interests include public libraries, reference and outreach services, and generally helping people. Most recently, she worked as a Metadata Archivist for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation’s 2014 Poetry Festival. When not falling madly in love with the library profession, Ally can be found reading Allen Ginsberg, eating vegetables, and going on adventures with her German Shepherd puppy. She’s somewhat of a Twitterphobe, but you can try to bolster her confidence by following her @allyblume.

Alan Munshower is a second-year MLS student, specializing in Archives, Records and Information Management at the University of Maryland.  His research interests include American music, digital file distribution models, and copyright.  He is currently engaged in a practicum in Special Collections at the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, at Maryland.  Having graduated from Goucher College in 2002 with a B.A. in Music, Alan has been a mainstay in the Baltimore creative music scene for the past 10 years.  He works for the dance departments at Goucher College and the Community College of Baltimore County, and continues to freelance on drums, percussion and acoustic bass.  The rest of his free time is spent maintaining and growing his personal collection of over 2500 unpublished recordings.  You can read more about Alan at alanmunshower.com.

Amanda Hope Davis is a second-year MLIS student in the Valdosta State University distance program. She is specializing in technology and hopes to graduate in December 2014. After experiencing a yearlong adventure as a GED teacher, she came to work as a reference assistant for the Chattahoochee Valley Library System in Columbus, Georgia. She is a 2012 ALA Spectrum Scholar, and her library interests include reference services, digital storytelling, transliteracy, and e-government accessibility. She is also quite fond of Goodreads, good reads, Miles Davis, and sandwiches. Follow her on Twitter @iamandahope.

Amy Wickner is working on an MLS in Archives and Digital Curation at the University of Maryland, and is the digital projects graduate assistant at the UMD libraries.  Absent a research agenda, per se, she closely follows what’s happening in preserving born-digital news, architecture data curation, spatial humanities, and digital scholarly publishing.  In her non-library life, she plays ultimate frisbee with DC Scandal — women’s national champs two years running! You can find her on Twitter (@amelish).  Book reviews are her focus at Hack Library School, so feel free to shout out ideas or titles worth a look.

Bill Edwards-Bodmer is in his first year of library school as a distance student at Florida State University. He currently works as the Reference Training & Technology Specialist at Old Dominion University’s Patricia W. & J. Douglas Perry Library in Norfolk, Virginia. Before coming to ODU, Bill worked as Assistant Archivist at The Mariners’ Museum Library.  He has also taught United States history at ODU and Tidewater Community College.  Bill received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees, both in History, from Old Dominion University.

Brenna Murphy is currently an online MLIS student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She works at the library at the University of Illinois at Chicago and also volunteers at the Pritzker Military Museum and Library. After graduation, She’d like to work in academic reference. Her non-library interests include cooking, knitting, biking, and cats of all shapes and sizes.

Christina Czuhajewski is a first-year MSI student at the University of Michigan School of Information. She is currently hacking (tailoring) a degree in library UX, educational technology, and data management. She works in the University of Michigan Libraries’ User Information and Discovery unit as a university library associate. Prior to grad school, Christina provided community outreach and instruction at public and academic libraries from California to Michigan. She loves library people–you should definitely say hi on Twitter @christinacz.

Dylan Burns is a first year MSLIS student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He works as the Digital Projects Graduate Assistant at the Rare Book and Manuscript
Library at UIUC. He holds a Master of Arts in Humanities from New York University, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Southern Illinois University. His current interests are in archives, memory, trauma and nostalgia and he has written and presented on topics ranging from Chiquita Banana and the Latina Body, to the Country Music and the Apocalypse. You can follow him on twitter @ForgetTheMaine.

Gennie Gebhart is a first-year online MLIS student at the University of Washington Information School. Prior to starting her degree, she researched public Internet accessibility and worked with
university libraries in Laos and Thailand. She also worked in academic, media, and medical libraries for three years as an undergraduate. Gennie is now pursuing research opportunities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her interests in LIS include digital divides and Internet inequalities, Open Access and other “open” movements, and international development. You can find Gennie on LinkedIn or contact her at gegebhart@gmail.com.

Jasmine Burns is in the trenches of her second and penultimate semester in the MLIS program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a concentration in Archive Studies. After earning a Bachelor’s in Art History and Spanish Literature from the University at Albany in 2011, she completed a Master’s in Art History from Binghamton University in 2013. Among her many positions throughout college and grad school, she has worked as a museum educator and assistant curator of visual resources, and recently completed a Junior Fellowship in the Prints and Photographs Division at the Library of Congress. She is currently working as a digitization assistant in UW-Milwaukee’s Digital Collections, and as an archival processing intern at Marquette University’s Archives. Building from her Master’s thesis work, which was published in Art Documentation, her current research interests are focused around visual and material literacy in the archive, as well as issues surrounding the digital representation of visual materials. She serves in leadership roles in both ARLIS/NA and VRA, and is the current intern for SAA’s Metadata and Digital Object Roundtable. On the rare occasion that she has some free time, she enjoys knitting and baking.

Kara MacKeil-Pepin is an online-cohort masters student at the University of Maryland, College Park.  She is interested in media/information literacy and information access.  She also works for the Association of Public Health Laboratories, where she supports a data-transmission improvement project for public health laboratories and writes occasional articles for APHL’s blog.  Kara received her BA in Political Science at Saint Michael’s College of Burlington, VT in 2009, and currently lives in Baltimore, MD.  She likes getting outside when she can, but also lurks at the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Central Branch.  You can follow her on Twitter @thelakemonster, and read her professional blog at karamackeil.com.

Lesley Looper is a part-time MLS student at the North Carolina Central University School of Library and Information Sciences in Durham, NC. She works full-time as the supervisor of Receipts Management Section in Cataloging & Metadata Services at Duke University Libraries.  Her professional interests include academic libraries, the library as place and community, nontraditional students, information literacy, and how libraries and librarians use social media. Lesley was an 2012 ALA Student-to-Staff Program volunteer for ALCTS at ALA Annual 2012. She’s looking forward to being part of the NMRT Student Reception Committee for planning the Student Reception at ALA Annual ’15 in San Francisco. In her free time, she enjoys reading, blogging, travel, digital photography, genealogy, and geocaching. Look for Lesley on Twitter @lllooper, LinkedIn, Goodreads, and Flickr. She blogs about her library school experience at Lesley’s Journey through Grad School.

Liz McGlynn is in her second year of the MSLS program at UNC Chapel Hill. Her professional interests include innovative modes of information literacy education, outreach, information access for underserved populations, and portraying academic librarians as real people. Fortunately she gets to work with many of these issues on a regular basis as a library assistant for the research & design department at UNC’s Undergraduate Library. She received a BA in English and psychology from the College of William and Mary in 2013 and continues to spend far too much time in overanalysis mode. When she has a spare minute she likes to make and eat good food, read good books, and listen to good music. You can reach out to her on Twitter @thelizbrarian.

Rebecca Katz is a student in the LIS program at Catholic University of America, specializing in law librarianship. She anticipates graduating in the spring of 2015. While not in school, Becky is an attorney for the D.C. Council. She has worked for the D.C. government in various capacities for almost seven years and has found herself, much to her surprise, to be somewhat of an expert regarding the District government’s information resources. Becky is a lover of all things grammar, a fierce advocate for the Oxford comma, and a consumer of vast quantities of caffeine. You can read her unfiltered thoughts on Twitter at @dcdotnerd.

Ryan P. Randall is a second-year MLS student at Indiana University—Bloomington, where his coursework focuses on academic libraries from information literacy instruction to digital humanities. His
student library positions span assessment, collection development, digitization of maps, instruction, and reference. Ryan pursues librarianship because libraries offer the most accessible and progressive version of the do-it-ourselves alternative spaces he researched while earning an MA in English and an MA in Visual and Cultural Studies. He’s constantly trying to make more time for yoga, running, and sound/music projects. You can get in touch with Ryan via Twitter @foureyedsoul, Tumblr, or his website.

Sarah Hume is a part-time student at University College London, studying for her MA in Library and Information Studies.  She is a part time library assistant at the Geological Society of London and at the London Library, one of the world’s largest independent lending libraries.  A fully paid up member of the Fawcett Society, her library interests include the representation of women in classification schemes (hopefully the subject of her dissertation), as well as rare books and special collections. An avid knitter and crocheter, when not studying or at work Sarah can usually be found working on one of her countless ongoing projects, drooling over wool she doesn’t need or asleep over her laptop.  She’s on LinkedIn, tweets @sarahfhume, can be found on Ravelry as Bubbles-McGee and sporadically blogs at datestampsandpapercuts.wordpress.com.

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