Kristina Williams, Managing Editor, 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.
Carissa Hansen, Community Manager, is a student in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s distance LIS program. She currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota and works full-time as the archives assistant in the Special Collections, Preservation and Digitization department of the Hennepin County Library system. She developed a love for digitization and archival work while working as an archives assistant at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where she earned her BA studying English and Family Social Science. In the past, she’s also worked in the Fargo Public Library system. Her professional interests include archival processing, archival metadata, public service, outreach and programming, digitization, information literacy, and the history of librarianship. You can reach out to Carissa online via LinkedIn or Twitter @libchans.
Nisha Mody, Consulting Editor, 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.