Contributing Writers

2019-2020

Alyssa Key is a first year MLIS student at San Jose State University. After completing her undergraduate degree in Sociology at California State University, Northridge last May after seven years of continuous work, she took some time to figure out her next steps; which ultimately led her to SJSU. Having taken an interdisciplinary approach to her undergraduate studies, she loves how the MLIS curriculum draws from various subjects simultaneously and allows her to apply her wide-ranging academic interests to a fulfilling career path, like archives and records. Also, being the avid reader she is, books have always been a constant in her life. So, she is excited to pursue that love professionally. Outside of school and reading, she enjoys writing, photography, listening to and expanding her music library, watching television, spending time with her family, friends, and pets, traveling, and completing creative projects. HLS is her first contributing writer position.

Aubrey Young is an MLIS candidate at the School of Information at San Jose State University who aims to work in the public library sector and engage with feminist, queer, and other librarianship-oriented social justice pursuits. She received her Bachelors in English at UCLA, and in the past she has worked as a branch office assistant in finance, an interlibrary loan assistant at UCLA’s Young Research Library, and a freelance English tutor. When not doing schoolwork, she teaches a multitude of subjects at the K-12 levels, and in her spare time enjoys reading, writing, and cooking. Find out more about her academic pursuits at her blog, her more leisurely reading pursuits at her Goodreads Page, and her  tweets at @Waureich.

Conrrado Saldivar is an online MLIS student at the University of Washington. He currently works as an adult services specialist at the public library in his hometown of Casper, WY, where he teaches technology classes, staffs the reference desk, haphazardly develops the DVD and video game collections, and leads programs. His interests include EDI, library leadership, and emerging technologies in the public library world. When not stuck inside due to work, school, or the weather, Conrrado enjoys walking along the river, hiking on the mountain, and playing softball with his family.

Emily Wros is pursuing her MS/LIS at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her undergraduate degree is in History, and her career goal is to become a technical services librarian in a public library. Emily’s other, secret goal is to be recruited into a society of radical underground librarians who hold clandestine meetings at the British Museum. Emily spent several years organizing the backroom stock of a retail store, until one day she realized she could do that with books instead. When not studying or defending metadata standards, you can find Emily reading about the late nineteenth century and conducting amateur reviews of all the CSAs in town.

Jane Behre is an MLIS student at the University of Maryland. At UMD, she is the coordinator for the First Year Book Program and a member of the Research & Teaching Fellowship’s 2021 cohort. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from Barnard College, Columbia University, and worked professionally backstage for two years before deciding to make the switch to library science. Within the field, her interests include academic librarianship (with a focus on the performing arts), research & instruction, and information literacy. She aims to learn more about programming, metadata, and management throughout her degree. In her free time, she enjoys cooking for her friends and family, listening to podcasts, and, of course, going to the theater.

Kerri Milliken is pursuing her MLIS through Drexel University’s online program.  A part-time student, she fills her days serving as a staff trainer for her tri-county area, which consists of talking with library staff about eResource usage, patron instruction, and customer service. She came to the world of libraries after receiving a BSE in English Education. While she has an “approximate knowledge of many things,” to borrow from Adventure Time, her main interests revolve around online communities, information literacy, and experiential learning. When not nerding out about libraries, she’s probably hiking, engaging in citizen science research projects, or playing trivia with her friends. You can find her very occasionally on Twitter @klmillik.

Lauren Bourdages is a library technician at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario Canada, where, as the Copyright & Reserves Supervisor she handles copyright clearance requests, course reserves, and coursepack publication. She earned her BA at Laurier in ’09 and her BEd there in ’10. After that, she left Laurier for a few years to earn her Library Technician diploma at Conestoga College (’13) before getting hired by the Laurier Library as a Reserves & User Services Associate in 2014. Lauren starts her MLIS at the University of Alberta in the Fall 2019 semester, she’ll be doing the program online on a part-time basis while she continues working at her job. She plans to focus on copyright, open education, and electronic libraries. In her spare time she reads, a lot, plays video games, role plays, and does volunteer work here and there. You can learn more about Lauren by checking out her about.me page.

Lisa Ladd is an MSIS distance learner at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, who lives in Vermont. She has a bachelors degree in history and has worked in an academic library in a variety of positions since 1988.  Her area of study is Youth Librarianship with a goal of working in a public library, sharing her enthusiasm for research, graphic novels, and board games. When she is not studying or working, she enjoys road trips with her partner, knitting, walks with her dog, and family game nights.

Mary Elizabeth Allen is an MLIS student at San Jose State University. She holds a B.A. in Literature with an emphasis in Fiction Writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She also works at the University Library at UC Santa Cruz as the Circulation Student Manager. Her professional interests include the intersections between critical librarianship and social justice, the history of information sharing, and radical feminist scholarship. You can find more of Mary’s work at www.marylizallen.com or follow her on Twitter @marylizallen for a random collection of depressing thoughts and cat memes.

Nick Dean is a part-time Master of Library Science student at Emporia State University and a full-time Academic Advisor in the School of Medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Nick’s library science interests include readers’ advisory, diversity and equity, and urban librarianship. Outside of the stacks, Nick loves movies (non-English films and documentaries especially!), traveling (Montreal recently stole Nick’s heart), and finding the best cinnamon-free pastry possible! Nick holds a B.A. in History and an M.A. in Higher Education. Nick lives in the Kansas City metro area with Nick’s husband and their “old man” cat.

Sarah McKenna is an MLIS student at the University of Maryland – College Park. She completed her undergraduate degrees in History and Political Science at Penn State and earned Schreyer Honors Distinction with her History degree. Previously, she worked within the archives of several museums, including the Matson Museum of Anthropology and Gettysburg National Military Park. Currently, she works on the Historic Maryland Newspaper Project in addition to serving as a graduate assistant in
the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at UMD. Along with her broader interests in academic, government, and law libraries, Sarah also has an interest in access, digitization, and helping patrons with research. She also loves sharing her favorite ways to unwind and destress from school. Finally, her ultimate dream job is to work in the Supreme Court library! In her spare time, you can find her drinking a lot coffee, cheering for (or stressing over) Penn State and Philadelphia sports, tracing her family tree,
swimming, and cooking.

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