Aidy Silva-Ortiz is a second-year MSLIS student in the Florida State University’s distance learning program. Since 2004, she has worked in the public library system in various paraprofessional roles and in 2011, transitioned into a corporate library setting as a medical library technical assistant for the Orlando Health hospital system. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English/Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida and an Associates Degree in Sociology from Valencia College. Her current professional interests include: the evolving role of health librarianship, consumer health resources, and promoting more women leadership roles within libraries. You can reach out to her on Twitter by tweeting to @msbooksy.

Alan Munshower is a recent University of Maryland graduate, having received his MLS with a specialization in Archives, Records and Information Management in 2014.  His research interests include American music, digital file distribution models, and copyright.  He has worked at Maryland’s Performing Arts Special Collections, University of Baltimore’s film archive, and is currently interning in Special Collections at the Loyola Notre Dame Library in Baltimore.  His free time is spent playing music and growing his personal collection of over 2500 unpublished recordings.  You can read more about Alan at

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.

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.

Amy Wickner is working on an MLS in Archives and Digital Curation at the University of Maryland, and is the digital projects graduate assistant at the UMD libraries.  Absent a research agenda, per se, she closely follows what’s happening in preserving born-digital news, architecture data curation, spatial humanities, and digital scholarly publishing.  In her non-library life, she plays ultimate frisbee with DC Scandal — women’s national champs two years running! You can find her on Twitter (@amelish).  Book reviews are her focus at Hack Library School, so feel free to shout out ideas or titles worth a look.

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 She cares a lot about feminism and social justice, the semantic web, and her elderly cocker spaniel.

Annie Pho is an Academic Resident Librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she works in reference and instruction. In her position at UIC, she actively builds campus partnerships with the Asian American Resource and Cultural Center, the Asian American Studies Department, and the Gender and Women Studies Department, where she works with faculty and staff to investigate ways the library can best support their students. She is a 2014 ALA Emerging Leader, where her team’s project is to assist ALCTS in determining best practices for the division’s social media presence. 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. Her research interests include diversity and stereotypes in librarianship, playful design, and critical pedagogy in information literacy instruction. Hack Library School was the first library blog to make her realize that there was a place for her in the profession and has connected her to so many wonderful people. In her free time, she likes to hang out with her cats, ride her bike along Chicago’s many bike paths, and dream up ways to see the world. She can be found on twitter, and occasionally writes things on her blog.

Ashley Wescott graduated from the University of North Texas where she earned an MLIS. She now works as a PR and children’s librarian in the suburbs of Chicago. Ashley spends her spare time discovering great books, walking her rat terrier and seeing plays with her husband. Follow Ashley on Twitter @2TheLibrary and on her blog, which documents her journey through children’s literature and librarianship.

Brenna Murphy is currently an online MLIS student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She works as a library assistant at an academic library. Her professional interests include reference, collection development, and marketing/communications. Her non-library interests include cooking, biking, and cats of all shapes and sizes.

Brianna Marshall is the Digital Curation Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she manages the institutional repository and works with data management initiatives across campus. She graduated from Indiana University’s School of Informatics and Computing with a Master of Library Science and Master of Information Science in 2014. Brianna keeps a portfolio/ blog at and tweets occasionally @notsosternlib. She loves talking to grad students, so please reach out with questions or just to say a friendly hello!

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.

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.

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, Managing Editor, is the Visual Resources Curator at the University of Georgia. She is working on her MLIS from Valdosta State University and is focusing on archives, art librarianship, and academic libraries. She has undergraduate degrees in Classical Archaeology and Latin and focused on ancient art history. She serves on the 2014 Atlanta Emerging Librarians committee and is a discussion liaison for ArLiSNAP, a blog for students and new professionals in art librarianship. In her spare time, she enjoys visiting museums, hot yoga, ballroom and Latin dancing, and curling up with a good book and her husband, greyhound, and kitty. She blogs at Future Art Librarian and and can be found on Twitter @futartlibrarian.

Dylan Burns is a second year MSLIS student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He works as the Digital Projects Graduate Assistant at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at UIUC. He holds a Master of Arts in Humanities from New York University, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Southern Illinois University. His current interests are in archives, memory, trauma and nostalgia and he has written and presented on topics ranging from Chiquita Banana and the Latina Body, to the Country Music and the Apocalypse. 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.

Hailley Fargo is a second year MLIS student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She hopes to work in a public library and is getting a certificate in Community Informatics during her time in Illinois. During her first year in the program she had the chance to teach digital literacy  to elementary students at an after-school center in Urbana through a grant and in her second year, she will be supervising two residence hall libraries on campus. When Hailley finds spare time, she loves a good memoir, scribbling in notebooks, and creating to-do lists. She’s a big fan of her Twitter handle @hailthefargoats and working on her website — come say hello!

Heidi (Kittleson) Schutt graduated from the University of Washington’s Information School in Seattle, Washington and is now the Library Director at Muir Library in Winnebago, Minnesota. Her days now consist of program planning, shelving, talking to the community, finding books for people to read (usually in large print), collection development and (last but not least), everything else that needs to be done to keep a rural public library running smoothly. Her dream of riding a bike-bookmobile is coming true – as she has delivered 6 books via bike so far in her career. Heidi writes about stuff on WordPress and Twitter.

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.

Jay Granger is currently an online student in the MMLIS program at the University of Southern California. After earning undergraduate degrees in English and History from the University of California, Riverside, Jay spent ten years as a teacher. During that time, he earned a master’s degree in English from the University of California, Irvine as well as a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Brandman University. Crafting a career that will allow him to work from home as he cares for his family, Jay is interested in the digital version of librarianship. He enjoys long walks on the beach, good reads by the fire, and writing about himself in the third person. He tweets and twaddles @mjaygranger on Twitter and Medium.

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.

Julia Feerrar completed her MSLS at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2014. At UNC she worked as a graduate assistant in the House Undergraduate Library and Park Library. Her primary interests include academic librarianship, reference and instruction, and outreach. 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.

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.

Kevin Coleman graduated from the San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science in the Fall of 2012. He works as a librarian for the Alameda Free Library in Alameda, California.  He is the assistant editor for the ALA GLBTRT Reviews Blog, and he tweets occasionally. His interests include the future of public libraries, DIY media, and queer literature.

Laura Sanders is a graduate of McGill University’s MLIS program. She currently works as a school librarian at Selwyn House, a boys’ school in Montreal, Quebec. She enjoys finding middle school books aimed at boys, organizing Battle of the Books competitions, and overseeing chess matches during lunch hour. Her professional profile is available at

Lauren Dodd Hall 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. She currently holds the position of Access Services Librarian at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, where she drops info lit knowledge on unsuspecting cadets. Reach out to her any time via Twitter – @laurendodd – or through her website,

Lesley Looper is a part-time MLS student at the North Carolina Central University School of Library and Information Sciences in Durham, NC. She works full-time as the supervisor of Receipts Management Section in Cataloging & Metadata Services at Duke University Libraries.  Her professional interests include academic libraries, the library as place and community, nontraditional students, information literacy, and how libraries and librarians use social media. Lesley was an 2012 ALA Student-to-Staff Program volunteer for ALCTS at ALA Annual 2012. She’s looking forward to being part of the NMRT Student Reception Committee for planning the Student Reception at ALA Annual ’15 in San Francisco. In her free time, she enjoys reading, blogging, travel, digital photography, genealogy, and geocaching. Look for Lesley on Twitter @lllooper, LinkedIn, Goodreads, and Flickr. She blogs about her library school experience at Lesley’s Journey through Grad School.

Liz McGlynn graduated from the MSLS program at UNC Chapel Hill in May 2015. Her professional interests include innovative instruction, outreach, and portraying academic librarians as real people, which she gets to take part in as an Information Literacy Librarian at Western New England University. When she has a spare minute she likes to make and eat good food, read good books, and listen to good music. You can reach out to her on Twitter @thelizbrarian.

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.

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 Assistant Professor and eLearning Librarian at Hodges University, where he manages the website and vendor relations, implements instructional technologies, and promotes open access and information competency. He also reviews nonfiction for Library Journal, blogs for LITA, and publicizes DPLA. He is an August 2014 MLIS graduate of Florida State University’s iSchool and formerly worked at Collier County Public Library. In his rare hours of leisure, Michael kayaks the seas off southwest Florida, blogs at Shelver’s Cove, and keeps up with the LIS world on Twitter @topshelver and on LinkedIn @mrlibrarian. He is a proud bearded librarian.

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, Nicole has recently begun work as a Researcher in the Development group of a local university in the Boston area.  With the completion of her degree she hopes to become more involved with the local chapter of SLA.  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 writes about her experiences with library school, career change, and other personal adventures, and on Twitter.

Nicole Helregel completed her MSLIS in 2013 and Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in 2015 at the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library & Information Science. She works as a visiting reference and digital services hourly librarian at the University of Illinois. Find her on twitter (@nhelregel) and follow her blog here.

Paul Lai graduated from Saint Catherine University’s MLIS program in May 2013. Previously a college instructor of Asian American literature, he continues to research contemporary literature and posts online book reviews at Asian American Literature Fans. Paul teaches information literacy courses at Minneapolis Community and Technical College and covers reference shifts as a substitute librarian in the Ramsey County Library and Hennepin County Library systems. He has started a group blog with fellow SCU MLIS graduate Sara Zettervall on the intersection of librarianship and social work: Whole Person Librarianship. He also has a personal interest in the recent emergence of literacy dog programs and the longer history of dogs in libraries. He tweets occasionally @pylduck and posts pictures of his dog on his blog, ssqd. You can find him on LinkedIn.

Rebecca Halpern graduated from the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin.  She works as the Reference and Instruction Librarian at Antioch University Los Angeles where she continues to explore issues concerning information and technology literacy.  Rebecca is also interested in the evolution of information professionals and the future of libraries as physical spaces.  You can follow her on Twitter!

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 all of the library’s daily operational finances and also provides reference assistance.  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 in the Circulation and Stacks unit at AU Library.  Rose is a 2011 Society of American Archivists Mosaic Scholar, 2013 Association of Research Libraries CEP Fellow, and 2014 Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians participant.  She is a member of the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program Advisory Group and previously served as Managing Editor of Hack Library School. Rose likes listening to vinyl records and going to Disney World.  Follow her on Twitter: @roselovec.

Samantha Winn graduated from Drexel University in June 2014 with her MLIS and a concentration in archival studies. She currently works for the University of Texas at Tyler as the archives assistant. She hopes to pursue a career in humanitarian archives or scientific data preservation. Her interests include digital preservation, open access, digital literacy, human rights advocacy, and advancing the participation of women in STEM careers. Follow her on Twitter @sam_winn or check out her e-portfolio here.

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.

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 Lawton earned 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 at Multivariable Librarianship and on Twitter @HieAnon.

Turner Masland graduated from Emporia State University’s School of Library and Information Management (Portland Cohort) in 2012. He is currently the Resource Sharing Supervisor for Portland State University’s Millar Library.  If you would like to learn more about him, you can visit his web portfolio.

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