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.

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  The rest of his free time is spent maintaining and growing his personal collection of over 2500 unpublished recordings.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.

Kara MacKeil 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 in Colchester, 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 @thelakemoster, 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 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 a 2012 ALA Student-to-Staff Program volunteer for ALCTS at ALA Annual 2012. She’s looking forward to being part of the planning committee for the NMRT 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 @lllooperLinkedInGoodreads, and Flickr. She blogs about her library school experience at Lesley’s Journey through Grad School.

Michael Rodriguez is an MLIS student at Florida State University’s iSchool. He works at Collier County Public Library and Hodges University Library, volunteers as a Community Rep for the Digital Public Library of America, edits Aquila: The FGCU Student Journal, serves on a couple of ALA and FLA committees, reviews nonfiction for Library Journal, does freelance research and teaching, and wears many other professional hats besides. He fully intends to become an academic reference and instruction librarian and is enthusiastic about open access, eLearning, pedagogy, information literacy, and digital scholarship. Michael graduated summa cum laude from Florida Gulf Coast University with a dual B.A. in English and history. When not charming the public or kayaking the seas off southwest Florida, he blogs on librarianship and literature at Shelver’s Cove and keeps up with the LIS world on Twitter @topshelver and on LinkedIn @mrlibrarian. He is a proud bearded librarian.

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.

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