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 His free time is spent playing music, hiking in the Berkshires, and growing his personal collection of over 2500 unpublished recordings.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.