Stefanie Molinaro, Managing Editor, is entering the second year of her MLIS studies through Wayne State University’s distance program, with a focus on library services to children. She currently works at two public libraries in the suburbs of Chicago, in the children’s department of both, and is incredibly excited to be representing public libraries and youth services as the new Managing Editor of Hack Library School. 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 Stefanie is not working or studying, she enjoys volunteering at Liberation Library and hanging out with her cat, Lily. She is looking forward to serving on the leadership team over the next year, and is honored to be following in the footsteps of Kristina and all of her amazing contributions to the blog. Stefanie loves that HLS continually amplifies student voices and will keep working to provide opportunities for students to share their perspectives, experiences, and expertise. She also hopes to continue facilitating collaborations with other blogs, recruit some fantastic writers, and will ultimately strive to cultivate a compassionate community of library school hackers! You can find her on Twitter at @stefmolinaro.
Melissa DeWitt, Community Manager, is an MLIS student at the University of Denver and, currently, she works as a Graduate Assistant in Education and Outreach at Auraria Library and as a Marketing Assistant in athletic programs and events at the University of Denver. She previously worked in marketing and volunteered for a children’s literacy organization to tutor children reading below grade level. Melissa hopes to find a career in outreach after graduation, and one day, work in a tiny town in the mountains so that she has equal time for her career and skiing. You can follow her on Twitter @badgersssss.
Ian Harmon, Consulting Editor, 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 digital humanities and scholarly communication, specifically the ways in which technology impacts research and the dissemination of scholarship. He enjoys teaching, and hopes to work in an academic setting that will allow him to work directly with students and other researchers. Ian is also passionate about the role that libraries serve as central institutions of the public sphere and supporters of the common good.