The LITA blog features writing by several groups of people: LITA members who contribute regular posts, LITA employees sharing news and updates, and LITA committee/interest group liaisons. Listed below are the writers who regularly contribute to the blog.
Stephen Bollinger has been working in information technology for twenty five years, including library technology in public and academic libraries for fifteen years total. Immediately after library school, he worked for five years as an information architect and consultant with clients including General Motors, Steelcase, and Borders Group. When he started working in libraries, he worked on catalog redesigns, deploying content management systems, and web services. His interests include user-centered design broadly applied to library services and providing powerful library technological solutions that are both accessible and usable. Since 2014, he has served as the head of library systems team at the F.D. Bluford Library at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. He is a graduate of the School of Information at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Kyle Breneman is the Integrated Digital Services Librarian at the University of Baltimore. He’s dabbled with code since high school and worked in libraries since 2008. Kyle is interested in library website design and UX, believes strongly in the importance of privacy in a world increasingly bent on surveillance, and is currently working towards a masters degree in cybersecurity. He takes every opportunity he can get to go out on quiet lakes in a kayak, and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Susan Casstevens serves as a doctoral research librarian at Dallas Baptist University. She also teaches English and Education classes as an adjunct professor. After earning her Master of Library Science degree from the University of North Texas, Susan worked as the library director of A.H. Meadows Public and High School Library in Midlothian, TX. This experience provided the data and narrative for Susan to complete her Doctorate of Education from Dallas Baptist University. Susan’s research on Joint Use Library Standards for Texas was published in the Teacher Librarian, The Texas Library Journal, and Knowledge Quest, the national publication of The American Association of School Librarians. Susan enjoys compiling the stories of her husband, David Casstevens, a retired sports columnist and newspaper feature writer, into ebook collections. Susan and David enjoy the company of their blended family of seven children and eight grandchildren.
Originally from Northern California farm country, Janet received a BA from the University of the Pacific and an MLS from the University of Washington. Since then, she has held positions in library technology, technical services, and administration in academic and medical libraries in four states and three time zones. She is currently Head, Content, Discovery, and Delivery Services at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, where she oversees library technology, acquisitions, cataloging, electronic resources, interlibrary loan/document delivery, and course reserves. Her recent projects include implementing a makerspace and 3D printing service and migrating to a new library services platform. In her off hours, Janet writes, reads, listens to 80s hair metal at ear-bleeding volume, and attempts to make plants grow in a volcano field full of grasshoppers at 7000 feet elevation. She tweets occasionally from @crumj and blogs even more occasionally at Gardening with Altitude and Attitude.
Tim is the Library Application Support Specialist for Rowan University Libraries where he manages their integrated library system and inter-library loan application. He has worked in libraries—public and academic—for twelve years, and has also worked in archives. He earned a BA in Philosophy from Rutgers-Camden, an MLIS from Drexel University, and is working on an MA in History at Rowan University. He is most passionate about learning new tools and technologies.
Karen Doster-Greenleaf serves as the student success librarian for Georgia State University Libraries. Doster-Greenleaf leads GSU Libraries’ instruction initiatives to support first and second year student success. She also serves as the liaison to the Dental Hygiene and Cultural & Behavioral Science department at the Dunwoody campus. Her current research interests are the impact of library services on undergraduate academic success and retention. She is an active member of ALA, ACRL, and the current Vice-President for the Atlanta Area Bibliographic Instruction Group.
Over the past decade Ashley has worked in both academic and public libraries, focusing on digital inclusion and providing access to scholarly content. She has completed her Masters in Library and Information Sciences through the University of Washington’s Information School. Currently, Ashley is an Associate Officer of Knowledge and Research Services at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In this capacity, she serves on the core Open Access team, focusing on the foundation’s Open Access Policy’s implementation. This includes the development of Chronos, a research management service for its grantees and staff, as well as, leading the implementation of Gates Open Research, a revolutionary publishing platform hosted by F1000. This work has sparked a passion for promoting open access, believing that freely accessible knowledge has the power to improve and save lives.
Kelsey George, Cataloging & Metadata Strategies Librarian at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, received her MLIS from Syracuse University. Kelsey serves as a member of ALA, LITA, ALCTS, and the Nevada Library Association. Before working at UNLV, Kelsey worked for five years as a paraprofessional in both public and academic libraries–at the circ desk, as a cataloger, children’s library assistant, and young adult services coordinator. She is passionate about issues regarding accessibility, representation, and metadata.
Michelle Ashley Gohr is a First Year Experience Librarian with Arizona State University where she teaches critical information literacy to first year students and provides research assistance to students and faculty in women and gender studies, social justice and human rights, and other subject areas. Her research primarily focuses on radical librarianship and decolonization of knowledge systems.
Olivia is the Systems Librarian at Jacksonville University. She was previously the Access Services Librarian at JU, and before that, she worked in youth and adult services in public libraries. She received her MLIS from Valdosta State University. Her professional interests include library marketing and outreach, user experience of the physical and electronic library space, and mentoring. Outside of the library, she is usually up to something fun with her husband and daughter. She also tweets at @LibrarianOlivia
Cinthya is the University Librarian and Director of the Auraria Library at University of Colorado Denver. Previously, she was the Associate Dean for Research and Learning Services at Oklahoma State University where she provides administrative leadership for the library’s academic liaison program as well as services for undergraduate and graduate students and community outreach. Other past work includes Head of Teaching and Learning Services at the University of Maryland where she was in charge of the spaces, services, and programming offered by the Terrapin Learning Commons in addition to coordinating the libraries’ First Year instruction program.
John is the Assistant Director of the Waukesha Public Library where one of his many hats is maintaining, upgrading, and innovating technology within the library. John edited and published the Hugo Award-winning genre zine Electric Velocipede from 2001 to 2013. The magazine was also a four-time nominee for the World Fantasy Award and its stories were placed on the Sturgeon and Tiptree Honor Lists. Additionally, he’s edited four critically acclaimed anthologies: Logorrhea, Happily Ever After, Glitter & Mayhem, and The Best of Electric Velocipede. When he is not conquering the world of indexing, John writes short stories and novels while wrangling the schedules of two kids who won’t stop growing.
Derek Malone is entering his fifth year at the University of North Alabama, where he is the Instructional Services & Interlibrary Loan, Scanning & Delivery Librarian. His first library job was over a decade ago as an overnight supervisor working the hours of midnight-8:30 a.m. At UNA, he works heavily with the first-year instruction sequence (FYE-EN 111-EN112). Professional and research interests include incorporating new and innovative technology into library instruction and services, reinvigorating information literacy instruction, and researching the role of logical fallacies and real-world apprehension in information literacy practices. Outside of libraries and information science, Derek enjoys the misery associated with being a Cincinnati Reds fan, and time with his family, which includes his wife, 1st grade son, and adventurous toddler twin daughters.
Dan Moore currently serves as the Systems and Collections Librarian at Edmonds Community College just north of Seattle, Washington. Originally a student of art history, his love of digital humanities and library services flourished early in his career. He is particularly interested in data sciences and library publishing, user experience and accessibility, and how to empower students today to engage with new technologies. Dan spends his leisure activities voraciously devouring all things science fiction.
Samantha Woodson O’Connor is the Public Services Librarian at Central Carolina Community College. In this role she collaborates with colleagues to develop and implement the growing online embedded librarian instructional program, and works with faculty to develop fully integrated, student centered information literacy modules for a wide variety of seated and online classes. Prior to coming to Central Carolina, she was the librarian for the American Institute for Economic Research in Great Barrington, MA. She received her MLIS from Dominican University in 2009.
Bobby Reed is an Emerging Technologies Librarian at The University of Oklahoma. Bobby is a member of the Oklahoma Library Association and ALA and is also board member for the Oklahoma City Literary Festival. He currently holds his Oklahoma State Teacher’s Certification. When Bobby isn’t busy with school or work, you can find him writing, making music, or spending time with his family, Kristen, Hazey, and Sophia.
Heather has worked in libraries for nearly a decade. She earned her MLIS from San Jose State University and is the Public Services Librarian at Mechanics’ Institute Library in San Francisco. Her professional interests include digital literacy and privacy, project management, statistical analysis, and adapting library services and spaces to emerging patron needs. Reach her via her portfolio site at hbterrell.com.
Jaci is an Assistant Professor and the Head of Discovery and User Experience at Indiana University Bloomington Libraries. She manage user research for IU Bloomington Libraries and her department is product owner of IUB’s Springshare applications (LibGuides, LibCal, etc.), the library website, IUCAT, and IUB’s discovery tool, OneSearch@IU (EBSCO Discovery Service). Jaci’s recent interests are in website management, user experience, service design, and equity in professional development.
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