Drum roll please! Here they are: HLS’s newest contributors. We can’t wait to hear how they will “hack” library school!
Jane Behre is an MLIS student at the University of Maryland. At UMD, she is the coordinator for the First Year Book Program and a member of the Research & Teaching Fellowship’s 2021 cohort. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from Barnard College, Columbia University, and worked professionally backstage for two years before deciding to make the switch to library science. Within the field, her interests include academic librarianship (with a focus on the performing arts), research & instruction, and information literacy. She aims to learn more about programming, metadata, and management throughout her degree. In her free time, she enjoys cooking for her friends and family, listening to podcasts, and, of course, going to the theater.
Kristy Lueshen is an online MLIS student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She currently works as the Reserves Coordinator at DePaul University Rinn Law Library and recently completed her master’s degree in History with a focus on social movements, radical feminism, and American politics. She intends to become an archivist and academic librarian with an interest in radicalizing the field to incorporate a more diverse understanding of knowledge(s), historical remembering, and the the archive. She can be found reading essays under a willow tree in northwest Chicago.
Mary Elizabeth Allen
Mary Elizabeth Allen is an MLIS student at San Jose State University. She holds a B.A. in Literature with an emphasis in Fiction Writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She also works at the University Library at UC Santa Cruz as the Circulation Student Manager. Her professional interests include the intersections between critical librarianship and social justice, the history of information sharing, and radical feminist scholarship. You can find more of Mary’s work at www.marylizallen.com or follow her on Twitter @marylizallen for a random collection of depressing thoughts and cat memes.
Sarah McKenna is an MLIS student at the University of Maryland – College Park. She completed her undergraduate degrees in History and Political Science at Penn State and earned Schreyer Honors Distinction with her History degree. Previously, she worked within the archives of several museums, including the Matson Museum of Anthropology and Gettysburg National Military Park. Currently, she works on the Historic Maryland Newspaper Project in addition to serving as a graduate assistant in
the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at UMD. Along with her broader interests in academic, government, and law libraries, Sarah also has an interest in access, digitization, and helping patrons with research. She also loves sharing her favorite ways to unwind and destress from school. Finally, her ultimate dream job is to work in the Supreme Court library! In her spare time, you can find her drinking a lot coffee, cheering for (or stressing over) Penn State and Philadelphia sports, tracing her family tree,
swimming, and cooking.
Take some time to say hi to our new writers! We are all very excited for them to join our team!