Introducing Our New Writers!

Drum roll please! Here they are: HLS’s newest contributors. We can’t wait to hear how they will “hack” library school!

Sheila Rabun


Sheila Rabun has worked in the academic digital library realm since 2010, with experience managing digital collections and digital projects at the University of Oregon Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Center and facilitating collaboration and adoption of best practices as the former Community and Communications Officer for the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) Consortium ( With a BA in Communication from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, and an MA in Folklore from the University of Oregon, she is currently earning an MLIS as a part-time student in the University of Washington Information School online program. She is a certified “Scrum Master” and advocates for agile project management techniques in libraries. Her interests include cross-institutional knowledge management for open-source communities and communities of practice; curation and collection management for unique cultural heritage materials; and issues around diversity, inclusion, and imposter syndrome in academic libraries and the digital library sector.

Vince Garin

vince_garin.JPGVince Garin is an MLIS candidate at the University of Denver. He came to library school via academia. After teaching at the University of Colorado Boulder for two years and earning his MA in English, he decided that academic librarianship would be an ideal place for him. Vince is interested in digital humanities, intellectual freedom, and information literacy.  In his career, Vince hopes to be an English Literature subject specialist librarian, and to challenge fields of study with staunch ideological prejudices, like Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Studies. Currently he works as a reference and tech services assistant at a community college library, and loves it. In his free time, Vince enjoys video games, mostly RPGs. He lives in Denver with his wife, their dog, and their cat. Follow him on twitter @vincegarin

Samuel Hansen

samuel_hansen.jpgSamuel Hansen, who in previous lives has been a mathematician, a data analyst, and a barista, is currently a student at the University of Wisconsin, Madison iSchool with a goal of becoming an academic librarian focusing on mathematics, or STEM, collections. While completing their studies, Samuel also works as the database designer, back-end coder, and podcast producer for the PodcastRE ( database and archive. Samuel also hosts and produces the Relatively Prime: Stories from the Mathematical Domain podcast ( and somehow finds time to fit in bikes rides. You can find out more about Samuel by visiting or

Alice Law

Alice_LawAlice Law is a MLIS student at Wayne State University and a reference associate at a beautiful public library in Kalamazoo. Grew up in East Asia, she hopes to use her native languages to serve the public after graduate. When she is not working or studying, you can find her sewing, drawing, cooking, or doing genealogy work. Her favorite author is Yi Shu, an East Asia romance author.  Find her on LinkedIn, or her personal blog written in Chinese.

Laura Schmidt

LSchmidtLaura Schmidt is working towards a dual MA in library science and art history at the University of Wisconsin Madison. She is primarily interested in rare books, art librarianship, and public humanities. She works as a student supervisor at Wisconsin’s Special Collections and the Kohler Art Library. She is also a research assistant at the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture. After receiving her Bachelors in English and Digital Studies at Wisconsin, she decided to go to library school to fuel her passion for all things interdisciplinary. Her personal website is at and she is too active on Twitter (@lauraschhh).

Race MoChridhe

Race_mochridheRace MoChridhe is a full-time Master of Library and Information Science student at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, with a concentration in information technology. He also works full-time between two roles as a library assistant for Carver County Library (MN) and a student library worker for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, and parents full-time for an almost-four-year-old whose new favorite game is playing “librarians” at the family bookshelf. His principal LIS interests are in digital libraries, institutional repositories, scholarly communication, library publishing, and theological librarianship (building off a prior master’s in religious studies. The twenty minutes he gets each night between his kid falling asleep and losing consciousness himself see him writing for HLS and the LITA Blog (, maintaining his pet project—the Digital Library for Filianic Studies (—and doing all of his class reading, really.

Carrie Hanson

carrie_hansenCarrie is currently a Masters student at McGill University’s School of Information Studies in Montreal. She grew up in Minnesota, so the winters – while long – remind her of home. Carrie did her undergraduate degree in French and Francophone Studies at Carleton College, a small liberal arts college in rural Minnesota. It was there, during an internship with the Reference and Instruction Librarians, that she discovered that librarians are much more than she originally thought: they’re activists, teachers, detectives, and unfailingly kind humans. She spent an interim year after graduating in 2016 teaching English in southern France, and then moved to Montreal to make the most of that French major. Carrie works at a reference desk in a public library, and her career interests are now split between academic and public libraries. In her free time she loves to read (of course), watch too much Netflix, and find the best pastries in Montreal. You can find her on Twitter at @icarriebooks

Jodi Coalter

Coalter_Jodi_PhotoJodi is currently working toward a joint MLIS/MSIM degree at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. Her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies informs her work exploring data literacy and STEAM initiatives in academic communities. Living in Michigan with her partner and their dog, the trio often take vacations centered on citizen science initiatives and birding or botanical projects. Her previous work has appeared on The Earth Story blog, and in the Special Libraries Association Information Technology Division Blog.

Kait McClary

kait_mcclaryKait McClary is an MLIS candidate at Western University, in Ontario, Canada. A quintessential tea-drinking, book-reading, cardigan-wearing librarian, Kait’s the sort of person who bores everyone at Christmas dinner by rambling about increasing access to information with fine-free borrowing, complete with side-tangents on intellectual freedom and information literacy. Prior to her MLIS studies, she spent several years working in public libraries, providing customer service and developing children’s programs; currently, she is employed as a student library assistant with her faculty’s special library. When she’s not working or studying, Kait can be found reading, writing, drawing, netflixing, traveling, or dreaming about traveling. Follow her on Twitter or connect with her on LinkedIn!

Summer Shetenhelm

shetenhelm_faceSummer Shetenhelm is pursuing her MLIS at the University of Denver, following the Archives and Special Collections track. She became interested in information science after a stint volunteering in the archives of a local historic cemetery. Her current interests include government and cultural heritage archives, digital libraries, and linked data. When not working at the state archives, at her records management internship, or as a GA, she spends her time rock climbing and embroidering (but not at the same time).

Janette Ruiz

janette_ruizJanette is a MLIS candidate at the University of Denver focusing on a specialization in Academic Libraries. She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Liberal Arts and a Film Studies Minor. Janette currently holds positions at Regis University as a Cataloging Assistant and at the University of Denver as a Research Center Assistant. Her research interests include diversity/equity and outreach. Janette aspires to work as a Humanities librarian while traveling around the world during her free time.

Welcome new writers!

Categories: Hellos & Goodbyes

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