Welcome 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!

Lisa Ladd

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Lisa Ladd is an MSIS distance learner at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, who lives in Vermont. She has a bachelors degree in history and has worked in an academic library in a variety of positions since 1988.  Her area of study is Youth Librarianship with a goal of working in a public library, sharing her enthusiasm for research, graphic novels, and board games. When she is not studying or working, she enjoys road trips with her partner, knitting, walks with her dog, and family game nights.

Megan Schwindler


Megan Schwindler is a full-time MLIS student at the University of Missouri. She also works full-time as a library aide for two elementary schools and as a part-time bookseller for an independent bookstore. After receiving her Bachelor’s in English Literature with a minor in Manuscript, Print Culture, and Editing she decided to pursue her passion and enroll in the Mizzou MLIS program. She is primarily interested in public and digital librarianship, literary publishing, and archiving and specials collections. She is a nap-enthusiast, feminist, and avid coffee drinker. You can follow her on goodreads and on instagram @megschwin.

Aubrey Young

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Aubrey Young is an MLIS candidate at the School of Information at San Jose State University who aims to work in the public library sector and engage with feminist, queer, and other librarianship-oriented social justice pursuits. She received her Bachelors in English at UCLA, and in the past she has worked as a branch office assistant in finance, an interlibrary loan assistant at UCLA’s Young Research Library, and a freelance English tutor. When not doing schoolwork, she teaches a multitude of subjects at the K-12 levels, and in her spare time enjoys reading, writing, and cooking. Find out more about her academic pursuits at her blog, her more leisurely reading pursuits at her Goodreads Page, and her  tweets at @Waureich.

Lauren Bourdages


Lauren Bourdages is a library technician at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario Canada, where, as the Copyright & Reserves Supervisor she handles copyright clearance requests, course reserves, and coursepack publication. She earned her BA at Laurier in ’09 and her BEd there in ’10. After that, she left Laurier for a few years to earn her Library Technician diploma at Conestoga College (’13) before getting hired by the Laurier Library as a Reserves & User Services Associate in 2014. Lauren starts her MLIS at the University of Alberta in the Fall 2019 semester, she’ll be doing the program online on a part-time basis while she continues working at her job. She plans to focus on copyright, open education, and electronic libraries. In her spare time she reads, a lot, plays video games, role plays, and does volunteer work here and there. You can learn more about Lauren by checking out her about.me page: https://about.me/laurenbourdages

Katelyn Sabelko

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I’m Katelyn Sabelko, a lifelong Wisconsinite and UW-Eau Claire alumna. I’m currently pursuing my MA in Library and Information Studies at UW-Madison. In addition to being a full-time student, I work in the beautiful Oscar Rennebohm Library at Edgewood College. My professional interests circle around the wonderful world of academic libraries. I’m enthusiastic about information literacy and instruction, working with undergraduate students, the evolving reference desk, and the experiences of first-generation college students. Fun facts: I’m a novelty-print aficionado, a huge Brontë fan (I recently published an article about Anne Brontë’s Tenant of Wildfell Hall), and have lately delved into the realm of herb gardening.

Alyssa Key

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Alyssa Key is a first year MLIS student at San Jose State University. After completing her undergraduate degree in Sociology at California State University, Northridge last May after seven years of continuous work, she took some time to figure out her next steps; which ultimately led her to SJSU. Having taken an interdisciplinary approach to her undergraduate studies, she loves how the MLIS curriculum draws from various subjects simultaneously and allows her to apply her wide-ranging academic interests to a fulfilling career path, like archives and records. Also, being the avid reader she is, books have always been a constant in her life. So, she is excited to pursue that love professionally. Outside of school and reading, she enjoys writing, photography, listening to and expanding her music library, watching television, spending time with her family, friends, and pets, traveling, and completing creative projects. HLS is her first contributing writer position.  

Kerri Milliken


Kerri Milliken is pursuing her MLIS through Drexel University’s online program.  A part-time student, she fills her days serving as a staff trainer for her tri-county area, which consists of talking with library staff about eResource usage, patron instruction, and customer service. She came to the world of libraries after receiving a BSE in English Education. While she has an “approximate knowledge of many things,” to borrow from Adventure Time, her main interests revolve around online communities, information literacy, and experiential learning. When not nerding out about libraries, she’s probably hiking, engaging in citizen science research projects, or playing trivia with her friends. You can find her very occasionally on Twitter @klmillik.

Hanna Roseen

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Hanna Roseen is an MLIS student at the University of Washington who is interested in public librarianship and open to archives and cataloguing. Hanna currently works at the Seattle Municipal Archives as an archival assistant and research aid on a grant project working with City Light photo slides. She began the program after earning a bachelor’s degree in gender studies from Seattle Pacific University (where she also worked in the library). This background in gender studies informs Hanna’s day-to-day life and how she wants to go about using her degree. When this Gryffindor is not working, doing homework, or in class, she likes taking pictures, petting stranger’s dogs, cooking, and doing yoga.

Nick Dean


Nick Dean is a part-time Master of Library Science student at Emporia State University and a full-time Academic Advisor in the School of Medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Nick’s library science interests include readers’ advisory, diversity and equity, and urban librarianship. Outside of the stacks, Nick loves movies (non-English films and documentaries especially!), traveling (Montreal recently stole Nick’s heart), and finding the best cinnamon-free pastry possible!

Nick holds a B.A. in History and an M.A. in Higher Education. Nick lives in the Kansas City metro area with Nick’s husband and their “old man” cat.

Conrrado Saldivar


Conrrado Saldivar is an online MLIS student at the University of Washington. He currently works as an adult services specialist at the public library in his hometown of Casper, WY, where he teaches technology classes, staffs the reference desk, haphazardly develops the DVD and video game collections, and leads programs. His interests include EDI, library leadership, and emerging technologies in the public library world. When not stuck inside due to work, school, or the weather, Conrrado enjoys walking along the river, hiking on the mountain, and playing softball with his family.

Kelli Yakabu

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Kelli Yakabu is an online, part-time MLIS candidate at the University of Washington. Her interests include academic and community archives, digital collections, identity (re)construction through archival instruction and outreach, and Asian American studies. She is particularly interested in connecting displaced and diasporic communities to their histories. While working towards her B.A. in English and American Ethnic Studies and a minor in French at UW, she decided to go to library school after becoming interested in archives through an undergraduate project where she created a digital archive focused on pre-WWII Seattle Japanese Americans. Kelli is the Pacific Northwest Collection Accessioning Assistant at UW Special Collections, a graduate writing tutor, and an archives volunteer at the Seattle Municipal Archives and Densho. You can find her on Twitter @kelliyakabu and on Linkedin.

Emily Wros


Emily Wros is pursuing her MS/LIS at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her undergraduate degree is in History, and her career goal is to become a reference librarian in a public library. Emily’s other, secret goal is to be recruited into a society of radical underground librarians who hold clandestine meetings at the British Museum. Emily spent several years organizing the backroom stock of a retail store, until one day she realized she could do that with books instead. When not studying or defending the Dewey Decimal System, you can find Emily reading about the late nineteenth century and conducting amateur reviews of all the bakeries in town.

Allison Jennings-Roche


Allison is an MLIS student at the University of Maryland, specializing in Diversity and Inclusion. Allison is a staff member in the Reference and Instruction department of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Library. She has a BA in English Literature and Political Science, and an MA in Legal and Ethical Studies; as well as previous work experience in higher ed and public libraries.  Allison is passionate about interdisciplinarity, information literacy, equity, and critical pedagogy. When she’s not geeking out over all things library, Allison teaches yoga, enjoys rock climbing, tends a small flock of chickens in her urban backyard, and spends enormous amounts of time creating a life with her 4 children under the age of 7.

Connect with her on Twitter or Linkedin!  

Renee Lam


I am in the business of creating order from chaos.  With over a decade of experience in the technology industry, I am currently a data manager at Verizon, organizing digital information to solve human resource, operations, sales, and marketing problems.  One of my favorite aspects of my job is working with people – understanding user needs, bridging technical and business teams, and providing training. I am a prospective MLIS student and am hoping to increase expertise in the areas of knowledge management, information consulting, digital asset management, and master data management.  I practice yoga, dance, and do art projects for fun.

Lisa Donovan


Lisa is a MLIS student at the University of Denver. She currently works as a Graduate Assistant at Auraria Library in Education and Outreach, while also maintaining internships in preservation at Norlin Library, and information curation with UC Denver’s Urban Planning and Architecture program. Her research interests include information literacy, libraries as community spaces, and archives and preservation. Her career goals include any position where she can advocate for disenfranchised peoples, and challenge areas of librarianship that have been historically off limits. In her free time she is knees in the dirt, transforming her former parking lot into a garden.

Take some time to say hi to our new writers! We are all very excited for them to join our team!

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