Contributing Writers

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 Cross-Menzies has worked in libraries for about eight years, currently as a Library Assistant for an academic library in the North West UK. She has studied philosophy at bachelors and masters level and part of a PhD (now on long term hold!). She is about to start a distance learning MLIS in Digital Library and Information Services at the University of Borås, Sweden. She’s interested in the ethics of librarianship, creative cpd on a budget, and balancing work and family life. She also likes longboarding and amigurumi and occasionally tweet as @amycrossmenzies.

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.

Carissa Hansen is a student in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s distance LIS program. She currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota and works full-time as an Office Specialist in the Special Collections, Preservation and Digitization department of the Hennepin County Library system. She developed a love for digitization and archival work while working as an archives assistant at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where she earned her BA studying English and Family Social Science. In the past, she’s also worked in the Fargo Public Library system. Her professional interests include public service, outreach and programming, archives/special collections, digitization, metadata, literacy/information literacy, and the history of librarianship. You can reach out to Carissa online via LinkedIn.

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.

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.

Hailley Fargo is a second year MLIS student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She hopes to work in a public library and is getting a certificate in Community Informatics during her time in Illinois. During her first year in the program she had the chance to teach digital literacy  to elementary students at an after-school center in Urbana through a grant and in her second year, she will be supervising two residence hall libraries on campus. When Hailley finds spare time, she loves a good memoir, scribbling in notebooks, and creating to-do lists. She’s a big fan of her Twitter handle @hailthefargoats and working on her website — come say hello!

Jay Granger is currently an online student in the MMLIS program at the University of Southern California. After earning undergraduate degrees in English and History from the University of California, Riverside, Jay spent ten years as a teacher. During that time, he earned a master’s degree in English from the University of California, Irvine as well as a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Brandman University. Crafting a career that will allow him to work from home as he cares for his family, Jay is interested in the digital version of librarianship. He enjoys long walks on the beach, good reads by the fire, and writing about himself in the third person. He tweets and twaddles @mjaygranger on Twitter and Medium.

Jennifer Eltringham is a first year MLIS student at the University of Denver, where she is torn between specializing in public libraries and archives – she hopes to find a way to reconcile the two. When not processing interlibrary loans and answering reference questions at the Pikes Peak Library District, she daydreams about traveling, knits socks, pretends that her work environment is like a public library version of The Office, and thinks about how intersections of race, gender, and class affect the way human beings exist in the world. You can find her at her blog, tumblr, and instagram.

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.

Kathy Kosinski is a second year MSI student at the University of Michigan School of Information specializing in Library Information Science. When it comes to libraries, she focuses heavily on social justice and the implementation of user experience for both digital and physical library spaces. In her lifetime, she has worked in reference at University of Michigan, UX at Grand Valley State University, and circulation services at the University of Michigan Law Library. Her interests include dogs, reading, pictures of snakes wearing hats, and hearing about the latest library news. If you would like to talk libraries, or if you have a great picture of a dog or a snake wearing a hat, feel free to tweet her at @kkosinsk.

Lauren Hester is currently pursuing an MSLIS at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She worked as a library assistant at the Grinnell College Libraries as a student in the audiovisual/media and cataloging departments, and as a staff member in serials and circulation before moving to northern Virginia. She currently works for the Arlington County Public Libraries as a library assistant. Her professional interests lie in technology programming for adults, digital libraries, and cultural history and archives. In her spare time, she enjoys running, kickboxing, creative writing, and snuggling with her dogs. You can find her online at her blog, livingabooklife.com.

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.

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.

Samantha Abrams Forever a Midwesterner, Samantha moved to Madison, Wisconsin in 2013 to pursue her Master’s in Library and Information Studies. After being born in Miami, spending her childhood in Chicago and Baltimore, attending high school in Saint Louis, earning her English degree in Iowa City, and working for a tiny publishing company in San Francisco, she can confirm that the Midwest is indeed the best. Currently, Samantha works as a cataloger for Internet Scout, as a project assistant at the Wisconsin Historical Society, and as the very first archivist at Culver’s – where she can be found, quite often, sampling custard. Samantha is also a cyclist and a reader.

Samantha Belmont Sawyer is a first-year MLIS student specializing in youth services librarianship at Louisiana State University School of Library and Information Science. Beginning in late August 2015, she will be working in the Interlibrary Loan Services Department in Middleton Library as a full-time graduate assistant. Although the Fall 2015 semester will be her first at the School of Library and Information Science, this year will be her second as a graduate student at Louisiana State University. Samantha attended the university during the 2014-2015 academic year as an MA candidate in the Department of French Studies (in which she worked as graduate research assistant) and a PhD candidate in the Comparative Literature Department before transferring to obtain her MLIS. Prior to relocating to Louisiana for graduate school, she earned a BA in English, as well as a BA in French with a double major in Theatre Arts, from East Carolina University. Her professional interests include underserved populations, bilingualism, storytelling, and collaboration between public and school libraries.

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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