Drum roll please! Here they are: HLS’s newest contributors. We can’t wait to hear how they will “hack” library school!
Erika Whinihan is an online MLIS student at the University of Washington and will be entering her third and final year in the Fall of 2021. She currently works at Microsoft as a Business Manager in Litigation but is in library school to pursue her dream of becoming a librarian and is looking forward to changing career trajectories. Her interests include data curation, digital literacy, knowledge organization and hopes to work in special libraries after graduation. When not stuck behind a computer screen she enjoys spending time with her family, especially riding bikes and reading with her daughter, and is an avid marathon runner and loves reading political non-fiction.
Melissa Grasso is starting her MLIS at Simmons University in Fall 2021. Previously, she studied Classics at Boston College and Vanderbilt University and then taught Latin for four years in Ohio. More recently, she moved back to her home state of Massachusetts and began working as a law library assistant, where she is responsible for course reserves, copy cataloguing, and social media management. Her professional interests are outreach and education and she’s eager to help libraries anticipate and adapt to the changes precipitated by the pandemic. When not working, she enjoys practicing languages, doing yoga, and listening to Last Podcast on the Left. You can find her Twitter at @grassbro or LinkedIn.
Paige Szmodis is a second-year, online MLIS student at Simmons University, pursuing a concentration in Cultural Heritage Informatics. Her interests in library and information science span digital collections management, metadata/cataloging, preservation, and curation. At Ursinus College, she majored in English and Gender and Women’s Studies. Since graduating in 2018, she has worked as a writer, editor, and social media manager. She lives in Pennsylvania and enjoys walking and hiking with her dog Oscar and, of course, reading. You can find her on Twitter at @Paige_Szmodis.
Robin Gee is pursuing their MLIS at the University of Wisconsin Madison, focusing on academic librarianship and user experience. They hold an Associate’s degree in Graphic Design and Illustration from Madison Area Technical College, and a B.A. in Web Design and Development from Edgewood College. They currently work as a graduate assistant at Edgewood College’s library, fulfilling ILLs and assisting in web services. Their professional interests include LGBT+ representation, accessibility and UX, research, and information literacy. Outside of libraries, they enjoy making comics and zines, playing D&D, and vintage dance. You can find them on twitter at @robinmgee
Take some time to say hi to our new writers! We are all very excited for them to join our team!