Aidy Silva-Ortiz graduated from Florida State University’s distance learning program with a Master of Science in Library and Information Studies and an Information Architecture Certificate. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English/Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida and an Associate Degree in Sociology from Valencia College. Her current professional interests include: resource acquisitions, LibGuides, WorldShare Discovery, SharePoint, emerging library trends, and workforce innovation. You can reach out to her on Twitter by tweeting to @wonderbrarian.
Alan Munshower graduated from the University of Maryland in 2014, receiving his MLS with a specialization in Archives, Records and Information Management. He has worked on projects at Maryland’s Performing Arts Special Collections, University of Baltimore’s film archive, and Special Collections at the Loyola Notre Dame Library in Baltimore. His research interests include American music, digital file distribution models, and copyright. Currently, Alan works at the John P. Webster Library in West Hartford, CT, and lives in Sharon, CT where he is a Summer Camp Director. His free time is spent playing music, hiking in the Berkshires, and growing his personal collection of over 2500 unpublished recordings.
Alice 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.
Alison Glass is a first year grad student working toward an MSLIS with a school media specialization at Syracuse University. Because she is perpetually indecisive and persistently curious, this is her third round of graduate school. Alison was a teacher in a previous life, and is interested in all things education, including information literacy, social media in the classroom, censorship, and the future of school libraries. She is addicted to Pinterest and chocolate. Find her at her personal blog Beyond the Bookshelves and on Twitter @alisonjane0306.
Allison Jennings-Roche is an MLIS student at the University of Maryland. She is specializing in Diversity and Inclusion and also pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Critical Theory. 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!
Ally Blumenfeld is a first-year MLIS student at Rutgers University in New Jersey. She also works full-time at the Paterson Free Public Library’s Reference Desk. For two years after graduating from Montclair State University, she served as an AmeriCorps Member in Paterson, NJ, teaching job readiness and computer skills to adults. Her professional interests include public libraries, reference and outreach services, and generally helping people. Most recently, she worked as a Metadata Archivist for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation’s 2014 Poetry Festival. When not falling madly in love with the library profession, Ally can be found reading Allen Ginsberg, eating vegetables, and going on adventures with her German Shepherd puppy. She’s somewhat of a Twitterphobe, but you can try to bolster her confidence by following her @allyblume.
Amy Frazier is a second-year student at Emporia State University SLIM-Oregon in Portland. She spent a previous life in film and video production and media education, which eventually segued into librarianship. These days she works as a digital collections assistant in historical collections and archives at the Oregon Health and Science University medical library, interns at the Portland Art Museum, and serves as student liaison for the Oregon chapter of the Special Libraries Association. She’s into digital collections and initiatives, copyright issues and activism, black humor, and playing her ukulele really, really badly. Find out more about Amy at her blog, Sidelong Citation.
Anna-Sophia Zingarelli-Sweet is a special collections cataloger currently working in a museum library in Los Angeles. She was a Contributing Writer at HLS from Fall 2013 to Fall 2014. She holds an MLIS in Archives and Information Science from the iSchool at the University of Pittsburgh and an MA from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU. She tweets excessively @aszingarelli and tries to keep everything together in one place at azingarellisweet.info. She cares a lot about climate change, tacos, and her elderly cocker spaniel.
Annie Pho is the Inquiry and Instruction Librarian for Peer-to-Peer Services and Powell Public Programs at UCLA. She has a Bachelor’s in Art History from San Francisco State University and graduated from Indiana University – Indianapolis with her Master’s in Library Science. She serves on the editorial board for In the Library With the Lead Pipe, is co-editing the book Pushing the Margins: Women of Color and Intersectionality in LIS and is the co-editor of the Critical Race and Multiculturalism Series for Library Juice along with Rose Chou. Her research interests include intersectionality and women of color in LIS, student research behavior, and feminist pedagogy in information literacy instruction. In her free time, she likes to hang out with her cats, explore the city of Los Angeles, and spend way too much time reading comments on the internet. Follow her on Twitter!
Annie Tunnicliff is a student at the University of Iowa earning an MLIS and a certificate in Book Studies. In addition to traditional library coursework, she has spent the past year studying the art and craft of bookbinding at the UI Center for the Book. Before re-entering the school world, Annie worked as an archival technician at Augustana College, as a page at the Rock Island Public Library, and as an instructional library technician at Scott Community College. Currently, she is a graduate research assistant at the Iowa Women’s Archives, where she occasionally blogs about her work. Her interests include information literacy, outreach/programming, digital curation, book arts, and sharing archival materials with the world!
Ashley Wescott graduated from the University of North Texas where she earned an MLIS. She now works as a school librarian in Wichita, KS. She has previously worked in library PR, management and children’s services roles. In her spare time, Ashley loves to sew and read books with her family.
Ayoola White is in the history and archives management dual-degree program at Simmons College. She is interested in the application of social justice in the archives. Her professional interests include activist archiving and archives located within or alongside libraries, especially public libraries. Ayoola is originally from the Detroit area of Michigan enjoys traveling and cooking. Her favorite place that she’s been to so far has been Malaysia. I became interested in librarianship after learning about the field’s capacity for social justice, modeled by the example of the Ferguson Public Library.
Brenna Murphy is an Information and Reader Services Librarian at the Geneva Public Library in Geneva, IL. She spends her days maintaining several book and AV collections, providing reference services, hosting book clubs, and much more! She also spent several years working in access services for an academic library. She graduated from the iSchool at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016. Her non-library interests include cooking, hiking, and cats of all shapes and sizes.
Brianna Marshall is Director of Research Services at the University of California-Riverside. She was formerly Digital Curation Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She graduated from Indiana University’s School of Informatics and Computing with a Master of Library Science and Master of Information Science in 2014. Find her on twitter @notsosternlib.
Britt Foster graduated from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at UCLA with her MLIS in June 2011, and remains in Los Angeles, working as a substitute librarian for Los Angeles Public Library. She aspires to be a public children’s librarian, and is interested in creating programming and policy that allows children intellectual and civic agency in the library. Britt is also concerned with advocacy for libraries, professionalism for public librarians, and progressive librarianship as it affects communities. She writes about these issues and more on WordPress and Twitter.
Carissa Hansen is a student in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s distance LIS program. She’s a project archivist at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and lives in Minneapolis. She earned her BA at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities studying English and Family Social Science. Her professional interests include archival processing, public service, outreach and programming, digitization, and personal archiving. You can reach out to Carissa online via LinkedIn or Twitter @libchans.
Carrie Hanson 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.
Casey McCoy graduated from the University of Illinois in 2014 with her MSLIS focusing on Community Informatics. From 2014-2015 she worked as the Program Coordinator at Lincolnwood Public Library District (IL) before packing up and driving cross country to the Bay Area. As the first dedicated STEAM Librarian at San Jose Public Library, in 2016 Casey helped launch a teen makerspace and in 2017 will be seen driving a 39-ft mobile makerspace — coined the “Maker[Space]Ship” — to provide hands-on STEAM programming to low-access San Jose communities. Find her thoughts on teen services, innovation and attempts at adulting on Twitter @CayMcCoy or check out her ePortfolio.
Celia Dillon is a student at Queens College School of Library and Information Science, in Queens, New York.. She also teaches first grade and hopes to focus on School Media Studies in order to pursue a career as a school librarian. She is interested in technology and print literacy and how to give students in urban areas more access to both. She loves anything that has to do with reading and recommending the perfect book, whether it be to students, friends or family. You can follow here on twitter at cadill08.
Chealsye Bowley completed her MLIS at Florida State University. She will be the Library Supervisor of the FSU Florence Study Center Library in Florence, Italy during the 2013 – 2014 school year. Following that position, she hopes to go into scholarly communications librarianship. You can follow her on Twitter @chealsye and read about her personal and professional adventures on her blog.
Chezlani Casar, aspiring public librarian, lives in a rural small town on the north coast of Hawai’i Island (a.k.a. “The Big Island”). She is currently a homemaker with four children, while she tackles full-time library school, which is all done via distance learning from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. As a resident of the most isolated island chain on earth, she is concerned about sustainability and food security, and hopes to use her future position as a public librarian to influence her community in that direction. In her spare time (ha, ha!) she enjoys running, cycling, and going to the beach with her husband and kids.
Chloe Waryan is a MLIS candidate at University of Iowa. She entered into the library field by way of urban public libraries, as a patron, a volunteer, and eventually an employee. In her “spare time,” Chloe volunteers with the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History, and is a member of the group Librarians for Social Justice. In addition to her master’s degree, Chloe is working towards a certificate in the Digital Humanities with the hope of remaining somewhat relevant for a few years to come. Chloe’s professional interests include #critlib, digital preservation, and outreach. Like many great librarians before her, she loves her two cats.
Chris Eaker graduated from University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with his Master of Science in Information Science in 2013. He currently works at University of Tennessee Libraries as Data Curation Librarian. In this position, Chris helps UT’s researchers navigate federal requirements for data management and sharing. His research interests include scientific data curation and integrating sound data stewardship skills into science and engineering curricula. You can follow him on Twitter @chris_eaker.
Christina Czuhajewski is a first-year MSI student at the University of Michigan School of Information. She is currently hacking (tailoring) a degree in library UX, educational technology, and data management. She works in the University of Michigan Libraries’ User Information and Discovery unit as a university library associate. Prior to grad school, Christina provided community outreach and instruction at public and academic libraries from California to Michigan. She loves library people–you should definitely say hi on Twitter @christinacz.
Courtney Baron is the Teaching and Learning Librarian at Oxford College of Emory University. She leads the Research Practices team, coordinates the instruction program for the Oxford College Library, and heads the Instructor Development Community of Practice (ID-COP), a working group for teaching librarians at Emory. She received her Bachelor of Arts dual degree in Classical Archaeology and Latin from the University of Georgia in 2011 and a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Valdosta State University in 2015. While in library school, she served as the Managing Editor of Hack Library School. Baron currently serves as a member of the ACRL Instruction Section Research and Scholarship Committee, Co-Chair of the ARLIS/NA Archaeology & Classics SIG, and Co-Moderator of ArLiSNAP, the ARLIS/NA section for art librarian students and new professionals. Her research interests include critical librarianship, visual literacy, gamification, and providing library services to the arts and humanities.
Des Alaniz is working on a dual master’s degree in History and Archives Management at Simmons College in Boston, MA. In addition to her academics, Des volunteers as Underrepresented Communities Chair with Quist, an LGBT History app, and works as a Collections and Scanning Assistant at Harvard’s Schlesinger Library. Des is a queer, biracial latin@ and centers her work in social justice and anti-oppression in archival practices and academic theory. Other interests include archival outreach and education, digital archives, and social movement history. You can follow her in the twitterverse @littlegoldenage.
Dylan Burns graduated with his MSLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a focus on special collections in Spring 2016. He currently is the Digital Scholarship Librarian at Utah State University where he coordinates digitization, library publishing, and Digital Humanities efforts for the Merrill-Cazier Library. You can follow him on twitter @ForgetTheMaine.
Emily Powers Souza is a graduate of Simmons College GSLIS and currently works as a data steward for an oncology pharmaceutical company. She also moonlights as a freelance market research analyst and web designer, and enjoys spending time with her four year old daughter and her puppy Merlin. Find her on Twitter at @missempowers.
Georgina Rivas-Martinez is a library student at Long Island University Post in New York. This is her first year studying at Palmer School, which is the Library School at LIU Post, and her concentration is Public Librarianship. She obtained a B.S. in Childhood Spanish Education from Molloy College this past May. She has also been working at the Freeport Memorial Library for eight years and just loves libraries. She loves what they have to offer as far as literature and programs. She’s from a Hispanic household and is completely fluent in Spanish. As a minority she is interested in reaching out to the Hispanic populations and focusing on becoming a bilingual outreach librarian. She also works at LIU’s academic library and enjoys it a lot. She thinks in the future she’d like to venture and try academic librarianship as well. Out side of the library she enjoys going to Barnes and Nobles, going to museums, and visiting different libraries. She enjoys reading Young Adult literature and also loves to read literature in Spanish.
Hailley Fargo is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is currently working as a reference and instruction librarian the Penn State University. While she wasn’t expecting to end up in academia, she is really enjoying life in State College, PA and getting to know so many incredible undergraduates. She continues to be passionate about community engagement, digital literary, and information literacy. When Hailley has spare time, she enjoys catching up on a long list of TV shows, reading memoirs, and of course, creating to-do lists. She’s a big fan of her Twitter handle @hailthefargoats and working on her website — come say hello!
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.
Heidi (Kittleson) Schutt graduated from the University of Washington’s Information School in Seattle, in 2011 and is the Library Director at Muir Library in Winnebago, Minnesota. She enjoys being a small-town librarian in a community of big-readers and lifelong learners. Heidi encourages rural librarians to take that extra mile to travel (physically or virtually) to meet new colleagues and have good discussion; solo-librarian-ing is hard! Heidi writes about stuff on Twitter.
Ian Harmon is an MSLIS student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Graduate Assistant in the Scholarly Commons, the University Library’s digital scholarship center. Prior to entering library school, he earned a PhD in Philosophy at Illinois and taught philosophy at Rice University. Ian is interested in the ways that technology impacts research and the dissemination of scholarship, and hopes to work in digital humanities and scholarly communication. He is also passionate about the role that libraries serve as central institutions of the public sphere and supporters of the common good. In his spare time, Ian likes riding his bicycle, watching baseball, and listening to late night public radio.
Jasmine Burns is in the trenches of her second and penultimate semester in the MLIS program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a concentration in Archive Studies. After earning a Bachelor’s in Art History and Spanish Literature from the University at Albany in 2011, she completed a Master’s in Art History from Binghamton University in 2013. Among her many positions throughout college and grad school, she has worked as a museum educator and assistant curator of visual resources, and recently completed a Junior Fellowship in the Prints and Photographs Division at the Library of Congress. She is currently working as a digitization assistant in UW-Milwaukee’s Digital Collections, and as an archival processing intern at Marquette University’s Archives. Building from her Master’s thesis work, which was published in Art Documentation, her current research interests are focused around visual and material literacy in the archive, as well as issues surrounding the digital representation of visual materials. She serves in leadership roles in both ARLIS/NA and VRA, and is the current intern for SAA’s Metadata and Digital Object Roundtable. On the rare occasion that she has some free time, she enjoys knitting and baking.
Jennifer Eltringham is a second year MLIS student at the University of Denver, where she is torn between specializing in public libraries and archives – she hopes to find a way to reconcile the two. When not processing interlibrary loans and answering reference questions at the Pikes Peak Library District, she daydreams about traveling, knits socks, pretends that her work environment is like a public library version of The Office, and thinks about how intersections of race, gender, and class affect the way human beings exist in the world. You can connect with her on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, or her blog.
Jessica Colbert is a Master’s student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Despite all the strange looks from her colleagues and professors, she wants to be a cataloger. She is incredibly passionate about the ethics of information organization, and strives to make sure information is accessible and findable to all people, especially oppressed groups. In her free time, she watches a lot of movies. Like, probably too much. You can find her on twitter at @JessicaLColbert, where she tweets about film, The X-Files, library shenanigans, and pretentious tomfoolery. Also check out her website at www.jessicacolbert.com, where she has her research and course work portfolio.
Jessica Leonard is working on a MLIS at San Jose State University where she is finding that all of the specializations are interesting, and it is just too difficult to narrow it down. She studied English lit and writing as an undergrad, but then went on to finish her degree in psychology and neuroscience. She has a background in animal behavior, has owned a few businesses, and has worked more jobs than should conceivably fit into her time on earth. She spends most of her time in San Francisco with her missus and their three canine masters daydreaming plans for their queer, musician/artist/writer library-of-the-future, human/animal sanctuary-from-fascism in the Irish countryside.
Joanna June is in her last semester of an online MSIT through Florida State University. She just returned from working and studying abroad as the Student Supervising Librarian for FSU’s International Program Study Center in Florence Italy, and is currently freelancing and looking for her next post. A television editor for many years and a geek through and through, she is most interested in audio/visual archives, information workflow and knowledge management. She earned a technical certificate and keeps an eye on Internet innovation, digital intellectual freedom and international policy issues. She is experimenting with blogging and is (a little too frequently) @coffeebooksbeer on Twitter. She hopes to one day work with the Muppets.
Jodi Coalter 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.
Julia Feerrar is a teaching and learning librarian at Virginia Tech’s University Libraries, where she coordinates library engagement with first year writing. She completed her MS in Library Science at UNC Chapel Hill in May 2014. Her interests include supporting and collaborating with graduate teaching assistants, incorporating storytelling into teaching and learning design, and digital literacy. Find her on Twitter @JuliaFeerrar.
Julia Skinner, Senior Editor, is a doctoral student at Florida State University. She received her MLS and Center for the Book certificate from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, where she lived for ten years after moving away from her hometown of Boulder, Colorado. She does research on how libraries and individuals engage with changing situations, both through her research in library history and her research in social media. She’s hoping to get lots of teaching experience at FSU and to branch out into some new research areas, and is always looking for new friends to chat with about all the awesome and exciting things going on in LIS! Find her on Twitter (@BookishJulia) and follow her blog here.
Kait McClary graduated from Western University (Ontario, Canada) with her MLIS in the spring of 2019, and now works as a librarian for a large county system, planning and delivering programs and services to six regional libraries. While she sometimes misses research, she is passionate about serving the public and supporting lifelong learning and creativity through her work. She particular loves children’s services and finds her joy in singing Sleeping Bunnies with a crowd of rowdy three year olds. During the 2018-2019 academic year, Kait wrote for Hack Library School and acted as Community Manager. 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 Instagram or connect with her on LinkedIn!
Kara MacKeil-Pepin received her MLS from the University of Maryland in 2015. She is currently working as a librarian with LAC Federal, assigned to the NOAA Central Library in Silver Spring, MD where she works in government documents, cataloging, and reference. Her professional interests include open access, research support, metadata, and awesome fiction, and she lurks on Twitter as @thelakemonster. Out of the library she likes running, hiking, reading and cats.
Karina Hagelin is working on their master’s degree in Library and Information Science and certificate in Museum Scholarship and Material Culture at University of Maryland. Their background is in American and LGBT Studies. As an undergraduate, they managed the LGBT Equity Center’s resource library for four years before moving onto working in the Research and Learning Department of UMD Libraries. They currently work in digitization. Karina is a disabled, Swedish-American, (gender)queer femme interested in the complexities and challenges related to issues of diversity, inclusion, and accessibility as they apply to libraries, as well as the use of gossip as an information tool, source of productive power, and site of resistance for survivors. In their theoretical free-time, they enjoy spending time with their three rescue cats, writing zines about healing for survivors, baking vegan pastries, and occasionally tweeting as @femmelibrarian.
Katelyn Sabelko is a lifelong Wisconsinite and UW-Eau Claire alumna currently pursuing an MA in Library and Information Studies at UW-Madison. In addition to being a full-time student, Katelyn works in the beautiful Oscar Rennebohm Library at Edgewood College. Her professional interests circle around the wonderful world of academic libraries. She is enthusiastic about information literacy and instruction, working with undergraduate students, the evolving reference desk, and the experiences of first-generation college students.
Kathy Kosinski is a second year MSI student at the University of Michigan School of Information specializing in Library Information Science. When it comes to libraries, she focuses heavily on social justice and the implementation of user experience for both digital and physical library spaces. In her lifetime, she has worked in reference at University of Michigan, UX at Grand Valley State University, and circulation services at the University of Michigan Law Library. Her interests include dogs, reading, pictures of snakes wearing hats, and hearing about the latest library news. If you would like to talk libraries, or if you have a great picture of a dog or a snake wearing a hat, feel free to tweet her at @kkosinsk.
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 history. 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
Kendra Werst graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, joint specializing in Art Librarianship & Digital Libraries. She is currently working at Williams College as the Assistant Visual Resources Curator in the Art Department. While at IU, she worked as the Curatorial Assistant for the Visual Resource Center at IU’s Fine Arts Library and is a Catalog Specialist at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction Library and Archives. Kendra also held a leadership position in the Society of Art Librarianship Students – a special interest group for graduate students interested in the field of art librarianship, visual resources, and anything related. After being born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri she successfully received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture and Art History from the Kansas City Art Institute. Her interest in librarianship sparked in her final year of undergrad while working with art students at the Jannes Library and Learning Center. You can find her on twitter @werstgerl
Kevin Coleman graduated from the SJSU School of Library and Information Science in the Fall of 2012. He is a librarian at the Main Branch of the San Francisco Public Library where there is always something exciting going on. If he won the lottery, he would use the money to open a bookstore.
Kristina Williams is earning her MSLIS at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She works at the Undergraduate Library, providing reference and instruction support. Before library school, Kristina dabbled in teaching, publishing, and radio production. An AmeriCorps alum, Kristina believes deeply in the strength of character built by service to one’s community, and the enrichment made possible by civic engagement and getting to know your neighbors, both personally and professionally. Her non-library interests include running, listening to outlaw country, and expanding her repertoire of jokes.
Laura Sanders is a graduate of McGill University’s MLIS program. She is currently the Head Librarian at Lower Canada College, a private school in Montreal, Quebec. She enjoys promoting makerspaces and maker culture, planning library events, and ensuring that her students have solid research skills.
Laura 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 lauraschhh.com and she is too active on Twitter (@lauraschhh).
Lauren Dodd completed her MLIS at the University of Alabama in May 2011. After her paid student internship (they exist!) at an academic Air Force library became a full time position, she continued librarianing there for 3 years. Then, after 2 years as a reference and liaison librarian at the United States Military Academy, she packed her bags and moved across the ocean for her current position – Programming and Outreach Librarian for the U.S. Army community in Stuttgart, Germany. Reach out to her any time via Twitter – @laurendodd.
Lesley Looper graduated from the North Carolina Central University School of Library and Information Sciences in December 2014. She now works as Team Lead of the Shelf Preparation Section at Duke University Libraries. Lesley is the current Treasurer-Elect/Assistant Treasurer of ALA New Members Round Table, and a Director-at-Large in the NCLA Resources and Technical Services Section. In her free time, she enjoys reading, blogging, digital photography, genealogy, and geocaching. Look for Lesley on Twitter @lllooper, LinkedIn, Goodreads, and Flickr. Her professional blog is Lesley’s Librarian Adventures.
Lisa Donovan 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.
Liz McGlynn Bellamy graduated from the MSLS program at UNC Chapel Hill in May 2015. She currently works as an instruction librarian at Radford University, where she tries to convince students that research is awesome and gets to learn new things every day. When she has a spare minute she likes to hike the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, cook too much food, and tweet about librarianship (though not all at once). You can find her on Twitter @thelizbrarian.
M. Jay Granger is a graduate of the University of Southern California MMLIS Program currently working to turn financial data into strategic business intelligence for a private corporation. Data analysis by day; by night analysis of all other kinds: you can follow along with @mjaygranger on Medium and Twitter or subscribe to his occasional newsletter at mjaygranger.com.
Madeleine Mitchell graduated from the SLIS program at San Jose State University in May 2013. Originally from San Francisco, she received her BA in English and an MA in Comparative Literature from San Francisco State University. She balances her LIS career goals, which include youth librarianship and collection management, with her work as a freelance writer. You can find book reviews, mutterings and random thoughts on her two stealthy, low-traffic blogs The Foggy Foot Review and Twisby Hall.
Megan Keane is a longtime nonprofit techie, community builder, and yoga instructor turned librarian. After finishing her MLIS degree from San Jose State University, Megan currently works as a teen services librarian in the SF Bay Area. When not in the library, Megan can be found teaching or practicing yoga, hiking, or curled up with a good book, and is a self-professed penguin nutcaseenthusiast. Connect with her on Twitter: @penguinasana.
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 enrol 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
Melissa DeWitt is an MLIS student at the University of Denver and is currently deciding if she should pursue positions in an academic or public library, ideally doing outreach. Currently, she works as a Graduate Assistant at Auraria Library and as a Marketing Assistant in athletic programs and events at the University of Denver. One day, she hopes to work in a tiny town in the mountains so that she has equal time for her career and skiing. In her free time, Melissa enjoys hiking, climbing, backpacking, playing softball, talking about public land issues, and watching HGTV. You can follow her on Twitter @badgersssss.
Micah Vandegrift is Florida State University’s first Scholarly Communication Librarian. In that capacity, he manages the institutional repository, works with faculty and administrators on a variety of initiatives related to academic publishing, and does outreach on copyright and fair use, open access, the (current) future of academic publishing, and other related topics. Micah co-leads FSU’s Digital Scholars Discussion Group, serves as the Chair of Florida State University Libraries Copyright Committee, and is involved in no less than three campus-wide exploratory/working groups ranging from digital scholarship to the “research lifecycle.” He serves on the editorial board for In The Library with the Lead Pipe and the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, as a member of the first THATCamp Council, and is Florida State University Library’s liaison to the Library Publishing Coalition, and the Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions. Micah has yet to get over the rabble-rousing tendencies he learned from his days at Hack Library School, and he prefers it that way.
Michael Rodriguez is Licensing/Acquisitions Librarian at the University of Connecticut, where he leads contracts and procurement for library collections, manages system migrations and other projects, and optimizes workflows to reflect Henry David Thoreau’s aphorism: “Simplify, simplify.” Prior to joining UConn, Michael was E-Learning Librarian at Hodges University in Florida. Michael earned an MLIS from Florida State University in 2014. Michael is a 2015 Library Journal Reviewer of the Year, a 2016 IFLA-IMLS Fellow, and a 2017 Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL) Scholar. Find him on Twitter @topshelver and on LinkedIn @mrlibrarian.
Nicole Fonsh completed her MLIS at Simmons College’s Graduate School of Library and Information Studies in the spring of 2011. After working for a year+ as a Research Analyst at an investment firm, she fell in love with the field of Prospect Research. After a few years working at the Development office at Harvard, she fulfilled a lifelong dream of living in New York City and moved to take a role as Director of Development Research and Prospect Management at The New School. She continues to be interested in research, resources, social media, alternative careers in LIS, and the future and evolution of libraries. You can find her on WordPress, where she (used to) writes about her experiences with library school, career change, and other personal adventures, and on Twitter.
Nicole Helregel wrote for HLS from 2012-2015 while completing her MLIS and Certificate of Advanced Study at the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library & Information Science. She is now the Research Librarian for Science Teaching & Learning at University of California, Irvine. Find her on twitter (@nhelregel) and follow her blog here.
Nicole Weber is a Master’s student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign iSchool. In addition to pursuing her Masters, she works full-time as an Information Specialist in a corporate setting in Chicago, IL. She also holds a BA in History & Religious Studies from Beloit College. Her interests include political communication, information sharing practices on social media, information history, and privacy. Outside of her work, she loves trying new restaurants in Chicago, working out, and is an aspiring mixologist. She also almost always has a cup of coffee in hand. You can find her on twitter at @NicoleEWeber, where she tweets about politics, cocktails, and other musings. or find her on her website at www.nicoleweber.me.
Nisha Mody is getting her MLIS at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Previously, she was working as a speech-language pathologist, and prior to that, she worked as an IT consultant and IT recruiter managing to dabble in voiceover work as well. Currently, she works at the Communications Library at University of Illinois. Nisha is interested in critical librarianship (#critlib woot!), specifically with information literacy in reference and instruction. She also volunteers as a librarian at the Champaign County Jail for Urbana Champaign Books to Prisoners. She is also a co-founder of the Human Library Champaign-Urbana. Her dream is to apply social justice initiatives in the academic library. Nisha loves avocados, eggs, and bunnies (in no particular order). You can find her on twitter @nishamody.
Paul Lai graduated from Saint Catherine University’s MLIS program in May 2013. He works as a manager of website and information resources for Walden University’s Writing Center and as a substitute librarian at Ramsey County Library. With Sarah Park Dahlen, he is writing a book for librarians and educators on Asian Pacific American children’s and youth literature. In his spare time, he edits Kartika Review, posts book reviews on Asian American Literature Fans, wrangles his two large dogs Otis and Milo, and spends time lounging around the house with his partner. He tweets occasionally @pylduck, and you can find him on LinkedIn.
Race 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.
Rebecca Halpern is the Teaching and Learning Services Coordinator at the Claremont Colleges Library. Among her responsibilities is to create new ways to share information literacy across the curriculum, and help the instruction librarians develop their own pedagogies. Rebecca has published on critical information literacy assessment, nontraditional information literacy courses, applying the Framework to disciplinary instruction, active learning strategies for online classrooms, and adult learning theories for librarians. She is also an editor for Hybrid Pedagogy Journal and teaches a course on project management in the USC Master’s of Management in Library and Information Science program. Before working at the Claremont Colleges, Rebecca was the librarian for the online social work program at the University of Southern California and a reference and instruction librarian at Antioch University Los Angeles. Rebecca graduated with her MLIS from the University of Texas at Austin. Find her on Twitter @beccakatharine.
Rebecca Katz is a student in the LIS program at Catholic University of America, specializing in law librarianship. She anticipates graduating in the spring of 2015. While not in school, Becky is an attorney for the D.C. Council. She has worked for the D.C. government in various capacities for almost seven years and has found herself, much to her surprise, to be somewhat of an expert regarding the District government’s information resources. Becky is a lover of all things grammar, a fierce advocate for the Oxford comma, and a consumer of vast quantities of caffeine. You can read her unfiltered thoughts on Twitter at @dcdotnerd.
Rose L. Chou is Budget Coordinator at the American University Library, where she manages the library’s operational finances. She received her MLIS from San Jose State University and BA in Sociology from Boston College. Previously, Rose worked as Reference Archivist at the Smithsonian’s National Anthropological Archives and as a Reference Librarian and Circulation Specialist at AU Library. She is co-editor of the forthcoming book Pushing the Margins: Women of Color and Intersectionality in LIS (Library Juice Press). Her research interests include race, gender, and social justice in LIS. Follow her on Twitter: @roselovec.
Ryan P. Randall works as the Instruction and Outreach Librarian at the College of Western Idaho, a community college serving the Boise metropolitan area. He earned his MLS at Indiana University in Bloomington. He serves on the editorial board for In the Library with the Lead Pipe and as the chair of the Idaho Library Association’s Social Justice Committee. His research interests include how cultural works shape our understanding & experience of information, doing digital humanities in community college or lower-division settings, and working with non-librarian instructors to incorporate critical information literacy in their courses. You can find him on Twitter @foureyedsoul and, if you click around long enough, hear his grad school band on his website.
Samantha Winn graduated from Drexel University in June 2014 with her MLIS and a concentration in archival studies. She currently works for Virginia Tech as the Collections Archivist, working with traditionally marginalized communities in Southwest Virginia and the International Archive of Women in Architecture. Samantha writes and speaks on displaced archives, community archives, architectural and design records, humanitarian affairs, and labor equity in cultural heritage fields. Follow her on Twitter @sam_winn or check out her e-portfolio here.
Samuel 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 http://samuelhansen.com or http://acmescience.com.
Sarah Davis is a MLIS student at the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa, with an undergraduate degree in Children and Family Ministries from John Brown University. She currently works in the children’s department of a large public library in Oklahoma, leading English/Spanish Bilingual Storytime for children and providing customer service and other programming for children and families in a busy, diverse community. She is passionate about providing equitable service for marginalized communities, collaborating with local organizations for programming to share resources and audiences (particularly for families), and teaching people how to use the many resources available through the public library. When not working or studying, Sarah loves to read, spend time with friends and family, and dream about her next visit to the rural Oaxaca coast in Mexico, where she learned to speak Spanish.
Sarah Hume graduated from UCL (London) with her MA in Library and Information Studies in 2015. After a brief stint as a solo librarian she’s currently working as a museum librarian at the National Army Museum, spending her first few months wearing a hard hat to work during the final stages of a massive remodel. She presented her dissertation research – a feminist analysis of the Dewey Decimal Classification and Library of Congress Subject Headings – at the inaugural Library and Information Science Dissertations Conference (LISDIS 2015) before joining the organising committee to deliver LISDIS 2016 and beyond. She’s Secretary of SLA Europe, Student and New Professionals Officer for CILIP London Member Network and in what’s left of her spare time knits, crochets, and is learning to sew and embroider (first up: Mitch McConnell’s accidentally inspiring ‘Nevertheless, she persisted’ quote). She tweets @sarahfhume.
Sheila Rabun (https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1196-6279) has worked in the academic digital library realm since 2010, with experience managing digital collections and digital projects at the University of Oregon Libraries and facilitating collaboration and community building for the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) and the ORCID (Open Contributor & Researcher Identifier) US Community. Her interests include cross-institutional knowledge management for communities of practice; unique cultural heritage materials; and issues around diversity, inclusion, unconscious bias, and imposter syndrome in librarianship.
Stefanie Molinaro is a first year student pursuing her MLIS through Wayne State University’s distance program, with a focus on library services to children. She has been working in libraries for about two years, and currently works as a youth services assistant librarian at a public library in a northwestern suburb of Chicago. Before discovering her passion for library work, Stefanie studied english language arts in undergrad and completed some graduate work in the field of education. Stefanie is interested in the intersections between librarianship and social justice work, and some of her career goals include creating consciousness-raising programming for children and teens, and providing library services to incarcerated youth. When she’s not working or studying, she loves to volunteer in her community, hang out with her cat (the one true love of her life), and ponder ways to dismantle white supremacy. You can find her on Twitter at @stefmolinaro, or on her blog at radstorytime.blogspot.com.
Steve Ammidown is an Archivist-for-Hire living in College Park, MD. He received his MLS specializing in Archives, Information and Records Management from the University of Maryland’s iSchool in May 2014. Always an advocate for hidden and under appreciated collections, Steve has expanded his scope to include exploring the full user experience of the archives visitor, from the first website visit to stepping through the door. Lately, he blogs as The Unexpected Archivist and tweets about anything and everything as @stegan.
Summer 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).
Teresa Silva is currently packing up her belongings and getting ready for her cross county move from the west coast to the east coast, to start her first year at the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science in New York City. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California Berkeley in Ethnic Studies. It was while attending college and working at the university libraries that she became drawn to the library and information science field. Teresa is interested in learning the ins and outs of becoming an information professional, in particular museum librarianship and archiving. She looks forward to learning more about the challenges that confront LIS students and writing about them. She’ll be documenting her life as a student once again and living and new city on her blog. Follow her (brand new!) Twitter account @bibliotree.
Topher Lawtonearned his MSLIS from Syracuse in May, 2013, and followed that up with a certificate of advanced study in Data Science a year later. He’s now at Old Dominion University, hacking perceptions of reference librarianship as the Science Librarian there. Besides providing reference services to the science communities on campus, Topher is building new partnerships cross-campus, working with research data and RDM, and learning everything he can. His research interests still focus on information design and data visualization, and his writing mostly lives atMultivariable Librarianshipand on Twitter@HieAnon.
J. Turner Masland is the Access Services Assistant Manager for Portland State University’s Millar Library in Portland, Oregon. He manages the department’s student workforce and well as the resource sharing unit. He is a former member of the ALA Committee on Legislation and currently sits on the Subcommittee on Government Information. He is also a member of ALA’s New Member Round Table and the GLBT Round Table. His research interests include student worker management, assessing and improving access services for patrons, as well as diversity & representation in the library workforce. He earned his MLS from Emporia State University in 2012.
Vince Garin, former Managing Editor during the 2018-2018 academic year, earned his MLIS from the University of Denver in 2019. 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 information literacy, data science, library assessment, cataloging/classification, and collection development. He is the Access and Collection Services Librarian at the Maine Maritime Academy. In his free time, Vince enjoys video games, board games, and reading science fiction. He lives in Bangor, Maine with his wife, their dog, and their cat. Follow him on twitter @vincegarin.
Zachary Frazier, Senior Editor, graduated from the University of South Carolina’s School of Library and Information. He’s originally from Seattle, WA and now lives in Columbia, SC. In past lives he’s been a disk jockey, street team member, debater, and bookseller. He’s on Twitter as @wildbookchase and blogs here.
Zoë McLaughlin is a Master’s student at the University of Michigan’s School of Information. She plans to become an area studies librarian focused on Southeast Asia. Her main area of focus is Indonesia, though lately she spends a lot of her time cataloging Malay-language books. She is also working on learning Thai. In her spare time, she translates Indonesian fiction and poetry, writes fiction, reads everything she can get her hands on, and dances. Find her on Twitter, LinkedIn, or at her personal blog.
Zohra Saulat is a first year MLIS student at the iSchool at the University of Urbana-Champaign. Surprisingly, she did not realize how much she wanted to be a librarian until a few months before applying to the program. Although she got her start in a public library, Zohra would like to pursue a career in academic librarianship. She currently works at the Undergraduate Library providing instruction as well as research and reference assistance. Zohra is most passionate about information access, intellectual freedom, and social justice in the LIS profession and beyond. She also takes too many pictures and enjoys cooking as much as she loves eating. You can connect with her on Twitter at @zohrasaulat.