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Mary Elizabeth Allen, Managing Editor, 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.

Lauren Bauer, Associate Editor, is a lifelong Los Angeleno and is in the first half of the all-online MLIS program at San José State University. She works with circulation, ILL, and course reserves at a community college library, and hopes to stay in the academic library world after graduation. Her academic focus is on instruction, information literacy, student worker management, resource sharing, and cataloging. Previously she worked as a page and public library assistant, wrote and edited for the LA Zoo magazine and website, and loaned people her corkscrew as an usher at the Hollywood Bowl. She likes Star Wars and indoor cycling, plays trombone in the Lancaster Community Orchestra, and posts rarely and mostly about movies on Twitter at @darthbookworm3.

Robin Gee, Community Manager, 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

Contributing Writers

Caroline Hron Weigle is a first year MLIS student in Wayne State University’s online program. She received Bachelors degrees in Arabic, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Comparative Cultures and Politics from Michigan State University. She has lived abroad in Morocco, and worked as a camp counselor, teacher, and barista. She is excited about the many possible applications of an MLIS degree, and hopes to use her time as a student to learn  as many new skills as possible. Currently, she lives in Connecticut. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, crafting, and spoiling her puppy. You can find her on Twitter at @hronweigle  and can find more of her writing on her personal blog, www.libraryschoolknockout.com

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. 

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.

Macy Davis was born and raised in a small town in Kansas. She is a 2019 graduate of Kansas State University with a BA in English literature and creative writing. She is currently a student in the MA Children’s Literature/MS Library and Information Science dual degree program at Simmons University in Boston. Macy’s career goal is to return to a rural area as a youth services librarian. Her professional interests include youth services librarianship, rural and small libraries, and representations of rural America in children’s literature. In addition to being a library student, Macy is a published poet and a budding embroidery artist. She’s obsessed with FieldNotes notebooks, a well-organized bookshelf, her kitten Zorro, and spending sunny Saturday afternoons in Boston’s Public Garden. You can find Macy on social media @bookishlybright.

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.