LMU receives IMLS grant to continue IRDL

We are pleased to have been awarded a 2016 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Continuing Education grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (the award announcement is at this URL: https://www.imls.gov/grants/awarded/re-40-16-0120-16). With this new grant we will continue to offer the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship in 2017, 2018, and 2019. During these three years we will be focusing on sustainability of the model so that IRDL can continue. Stay tuned for more details as we progress, and thank you for your support in helping us get to this point.

IRDL Scholars Respond to Orlando, Part 4

GruberI woke up to a barrage of Tweets about Orlando. It took me a few seconds to figure out why. Once I did, my first thought was, “Oh no. Not again.” Every mass shooting takes me right back to December 2012; my daughter was 6 months old when 20 children and 6 staff were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Prior to that, mass violence was something in the background that flashed on TV screens in waiting rooms or went viral on Facebook but never really hit home because I didn’t let it. After Sandy Hook, things changed and hurt, like I had been punched in the gut. How was I supposed to reconcile children being shot in their first-grade classroom with my new responsibility of caring for a tiny vulnerable child?

That is where my mind went when I heard about Orlando. To the victims and their families. To those in a place they thought was safe. To the perpetrator and his family. And inevitably, to the weapons. When will our leaders feel compelled to fix loopholes that allow easy access to weapons of unnecessary destruction? My cynical side thinks that if first-graders aren’t worth strong gun control laws, no one is. But will this be the time, after what some call the biggest mass shooting in the history of the U.S.? One journalist asked:  “Would these mass shootings and killings be any less serious or tragic if they weren’t the deadliest?” I say unequivocally, no. Every life matters and every individual is someone’s child, brother, sister, partner, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, co-worker, father, mother, friend.

I’ve only learned how to be an ally as an adult, or indeed what that even meant. I grew up in a conservative community with conservative schools that, even in 2016, have been accused of discrimination against those in the LGBTQ+ community. I think of our Muslim brothers and sisters, who are already victimized and face discrimination, even by those who claim to speak for the majority but fill their speech with vitriol, blatant lies, and calls for violence.

But as scary a place as this world is, I choose hope. As an academic librarian, I am surrounded by a profession focused on service, social justice, and equality. It is a privilege to work with college students every day who give me hope for the future. They are energetic and caring, and demonstrate an embrace of diversity that is improving our campuses and our communities every day. They are our future leaders, and indeed are showing us how to lead already.

At first I told my fellow IRDL scholars that I didn’t have anything to say online about the Orlando massacre. I just didn’t have the words. But I realized that if allies don’t speak out in support of all those who are vulnerable, who will?

Anne Marie Gruber
Instruction & Liaison Librarian
2016 IRDL Scholar

This blog post is part of a series of IRDL Scholar responses to the shooting in Orlando, FL, on 6/12/2016.

IRDL Scholars Respond to Orlando, Part 3

DerrickWhen we say your names, it will be loud and clear as a bell. There will be no wavering in our voices, for they will be steady and distinct. We do so in your honor and memory. We will grieve because loss is hard, but we will not surrender to it or actions born in hatred. We might feel compelled to give up and bite our lips but know that we will get through it.  We will do so because of you.

When we say your names, it will be with love. We have felt your anguish but we will not let it define us.  Each of you: unique, special, a gift, a dream. With our hearts heavy, our tears salty, we throw our heads back to the sky, shut our eyes tight and wonder Why? in your absence, but know this is fleeting. We will climb out and emerge from our chrysalises leaving our misery behind, then we will beat our wings and share our colors and fly and we will do so because of you.

When we say your names, and we will say them again and again, we will do so because we are connected, we are love, and we all shine despite the darkness of our pain.  We held your hands and rocked you in our arms in comfort and protection as your flame began to dim. But we never let you go. You are in our thoughts, and in our hearts, memorable and substantial and mighty as mountain ranges.  And we did this because of you.

You are not lost on us and when we find you again, we will take away the smooth, solid stones of our despair and put them away for good. Then we will smile and with it release the torment from our hearts. And it will resonate with you as we lock our fingers together in reunited glory. Our foreheads will touch; our cheeks hot and flush with joy and you will know we found a way to be triumphant through it all. Will we look into your eyes and nod our heads and be at ease and we will say your names.

Derrick Jefferson, Communication Librarian
American University

This blog post is part of a series of IRDL Scholar responses to the shooting in Orlando, FL, on 6/12/2016.

IRDL Scholars Respond to Orlando, Part 2

Rutledge“So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, ‘The good outnumber you, and we always will.’” (Patton Oswalt)

One of the traits I appreciate the most about the queer people and allies I know is our ability to bring people together; we create chosen families and kinship networks to support one another even if our families our communities are less supportive. Losing the beautiful people at the Pulse club feels like losing part of that family.

I also grieve for the loss of a safe place for queer people to be themselves unapologetically. I grew up in a conservative church that condemned homosexuality. When I left, I cut ties with many of the people in my support networks. My parents, although they eventually were quite supportive, were horrified to learn the truth. To survive emotionally, I took refuge with other queer people online and in clubs like this one. For some people in the community, a bar or nightclub is the only safe space they have.

As we learn more about the events at Pulse, it becomes clearer that this violence more directly affected queer and LGBT people of color, who already face additional challenges surviving in a country crippled by racism. My heart breaks for them and their families, as well as for the Muslim LGBTQ people and allies who will face additional scrutiny in the following months. I would like to ask other White people, in light of our privilege, to think deeply about how we can support people of color in these communities by providing both material resources as we are able and by doing our own work to embrace and promote anti-racism.

Although I feel afraid, disheartened, and lost in this moment, I also feel deeply held and witnessed by the other IRDL scholars in this community. Even though we have met each other so recently, I take solace in knowing that we have come together as a family of choice, and I am so grateful for all of the gentle hearts and fierce spirits here that are fighting against ignorance and hatred.

Lorelei Rutledge is a Faculty Services Librarian and the online reference coordinator for the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah.

This blog post is part of a series of IRDL Scholar responses to the shooting in Orlando, FL, on 6/12/2016.

IRDL Scholars Respond to Orlando

LisbonThere’s much to say about the shooting in Orlando. I’m the G in LGBT. I’m a librarian. I’m also honored to be part of the 2016 IRDL cohort. For this tragedy to happen at this precise moment gave me pause to think about the relationship between the LGBT community and librarianship. I think it is no surprise that many LGBT people find a home in our profession, and there are many straight allies who have stood by our side long before the national zeitgeist said it was okay to treat LGBT as equals who deserve dignity and love just like any other person.

When I read about the statistics of the Pulse club massacre: 49 dead, approximately 50 injured – I started to realize that it’s very likely one of these men or women would have become a librarian. The Daily Beast gave brief profiles of the victims.  Many were already living out their professional lives as business owners, IT specialists, financial aid officers…some were too young to know what career they would discover. We know that the path to our profession is often a winding one, and we will never get the chance to see what these people could have been.

I wonder what we as librarians should do next? I remember our core values – the Library Bill of Rights states “Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people…” [emphasis mine]. We help people question the status quo, we help our patrons think critically and not give in to easy to swallow bigoted narratives. We have the capacity to use our spaces for discussions, events, and displays – which make it clear that we support LGBT people and that Library spaces are for them. We will need to do the same for our Muslim friends and patrons as a new wave of Islamophobic rhetoric begins to grow.

I am far too much an optimist to end on dark notes. This tragedy makes many of us scared and sick to our stomachs, and dashes the hopes of many LGBT people who found new hope with the legalization of gay marriage a year ago, and we are reminded that we are still not equal. But so much has changed for the better – 20 years ago people may have tacitly accepted and even quietly praised the systematic slaughter of LGBT people, and we are a very long way from that dark past. Support for our community has been overwhelming – Communities are raising money for affected families, Airlines are offering free flights to victims’ families, The City of Orlando has set aside cemetery plots at no cost for any families who want to bury their loved ones there. OneBlood, and Orlando blood bank, was overwhelmed with donors looking to help, animal charities are making sure victim’s pets are safe and cared for.

On a final note – the IRDL is hosted at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. LMU is a Jesuit  and Marymount institution, and I’m sitting across from Christian iconography as I’m writing this. It is no secret that religious and LGBT communities have had a difficult relationship – and for LGBT people of faith it’s been an especially difficult journey to openness and acceptance. Today there will be a prayer vigil honoring the Pulse shooting victims, at the campus chapel. The flags of the campus are at half-mast. Our hosts have gone above and beyond to make us feel safe and accepted here.

There are many reasons to grieve, and it’s important to do so. But also remember, as Mr. Rogers reminded us, to look for the helpers in times of disaster. This time, there are so many helpers.

Adam H. Lisbon

Professor Adam H. Lisbon is the Japanese & Korean Studies Librarian at the University of Colorado Boulder and a member of the 2016 IRDL cohort.

This blog post is part of a series of IRDL Scholar responses to the shooting in Orlando, FL, on 6/12/2016.

The 2016 IRDL Scholars

MelissaMelissa Bauer is the Online Learning Librarian at Kent State University at Stark in North Canton, Ohio, where she works with faculty and students on supporting information literacy and online education. Her research project for IRDL explores the information seeking behavior of online students through ethnographic methods.

MohamedMohamed Berray is the Social Sciences Librarian and Coordinator for Government Information at Florida State University. He earned his MLIS Degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and his MA in Political Science from the American University in Cairo. He is a former Fulbright Scholar. Mohamed’s research interests are diversity in libraries; employability of early career librarians; and investigating the broader implications of e-books acquisitions in academic libraries.

CourtneyCourtney Block is Instruction, Reference, & User Engagement Librarian at IU Southeast in New Albany, Indiana. Prior to IU Southeast, Courtney was Public Services Manager at the Charlestown Clark-County Public Library. Courtney received her MLS from IU Bloomington in 2010. Courtney’s passions include library advocacy and user experience, and she firmly believes that focusing on the human experience happening inside the library is the best way to demonstrate library relevancy in an overwhelmingly digital age.

LatriceLatrice Booker is the Coordinator of Library Instruction at Indiana University Northwest. She earned an MLS from Indiana University in Indianapolis in 2006 and MBA from Indiana University Northwest in 2012. She is very active in library associations, including serving as an American Library Association Councilor-at-Large, past co-chair of the ACRL Scholarships Committee and member for the ACRL Diversity Committee. She was a 2009 Emerging Leader. Her research interests include the correlation between information overload and information selection, personalized learning for information literacy and satisficing information behaviors within higher education.

JonathanJonathan Cain is the Librarian for Data Initiatives & Planning, Public Policy and Management at the University of Oregon. He delivers library services to the Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management and leads a Research Data Management team at the University of Oregon Libraries. Before coming to UO, Jonathan served as an Assistant Professor/Reference and Instruction Librarian at Hunter College - City University of New York. He holds a MSLIS from Pratt Institute, a MA in Africana Studies from New York University, and a BS in Anthropology from the College of Charleston.

DennisDennis Christman is the the Technical Services Librarian at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, WA. He completed his MLS from Emporia State University in 2014 and a BS in Computer Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2006. He has worked in school, public, and academic libraries in the United States and China. His research interests include international programs, assessment, educational technologies, and mindfulness in the library.

EmilyEmily Crist is a Research and Instruction Librarian at the University of Vermont where she works as the liaison librarian to Global Gateway, the international student bridging program. Her research interests include working with multilingual writers and information literacy instruction for English Language Learners. Emily holds an MLIS from McGill University and an MA in English from Ball State University.

ElectraElectra Enslow is a Health Sciences Librarian at the Washington State University – Spokane Campus. Her current research interests are investigating equity of library services for on and off campus students and teaching evidence-based practice research skills to health sciences students so they are able to use these skills in a clinical setting. She earned an MA in Library and Information Studies from UW-Madison and a BA from The Evergreen State College.

Anne MarieAnne Marie Gruber is the Instruction & Liaison Librarian at University of Northern Iowa. New to the tenure track, she researches the library’s role in academic service learning, particularly working to understand faculty perceptions of how information literacy instruction might influence students’ motivation and engagement with service learning projects. She is the married mother of a preschooler and is active with public health advocacy and STEAM education.

DerrickDerrick Jefferson is the Communications Librarian at American University in Washington, DC. A California native, he received his MLIS from Louisiana State University as a Project Recovery scholar in New Orleans, a program established to rebuild libraries while educating LIS students after the storms of 2005. His research interests include information literacy, critical thinking, and diversity and inclusion issues in academic librarianship. He also enjoys collecting records, indulging in tacos, and short story collections.

SavannahSavannah Kelly is a Research and Instruction Librarian at the University of Mississippi in Oxford where she is the liaison to the School of Education and Department of Psychology. After completing her MLIS in 2006, she worked as an inner city public librarian for two years, in special collections for a year, and then moved to Santa Barbara, California, where she worked in academia for six more years. Her research interests include first-year students’ postsecondary academic transitions, interdisciplinary teaching collaborations, effective assignment design, and the role of affect on students’ research processes.

KateKate Lambaria is the Fine Arts Librarian at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she is the liaison for Architecture, Art, Dance, Film, Music, and Theatre. She holds an MS in Library and Information Science and a BA in Ethnomusicology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests center on the relationship between scholarly communications issues and the fine arts.

AdamAdam H. Lisbon is the Japanese & Korean Studies Librarian at the University of Colorado Boulder. Before becoming a librarian, he was an English teacher in Japan and then San Francisco. After completing a library tech program at the City College of San Francisco, he pursued his MLS the University At Albany (SUNY) while also working part time at Albany Public Library. Now he spends his free time Hiking the Rocky Mountains and Exploring the American West.

ChrisChris Marino is the Reference and Outreach Archivist at the Environmental Design Archives at UC Berkeley. Before coming to Berkeley, she worked as a Project Archivist at the Architecture and Design Collection at UC Santa Barbara. Hailing originally from Los Angeles, Chris received her Masters of Library and Information Science degree with specialization in Archival Studies from UCLA. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from UC San Diego in Ethnic Studies. Chris brings her passion for architectural records, research, access, and education, as well as four years of experience processing collections, providing research assistance, and curating exhibitions.

LeniLeni Matthews is the User Experience Librarian at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). Five months fresh to academia, she is working on several projects at UTA including data collection of study room usage and wayfinding in the library. A former Chicago Public Schools teacher, Leni appreciates assessment in a different learning environment. Leni’s interest in study groups derived from her personal experience as a student and observations of study groups in the library. She received her MS in LIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

LaurenLauren Olewnik is an Instruction and Reference Librarian at Castleton University in Vermont. She serves as liaison to the Natural and Health Sciences, Psychology, Mathematics, Computer Information Systems, and Nursing departments. She collaborates with faculty to develop information literacy experiences for students in these majors. Connecting and building rapport with students is an important part of her professional practice, allowing her to contribute to the integrative learning and student-centered philosophy of Castleton. Lauren received her M.L.S. from the University at Buffalo. In addition to her library and campus responsibilities, she is also a volunteer coach for Girls on the Run, a national program dedicated to the supportive and healthy growth of young girls in grades 3-5. Her research interest for the IRDL program focuses on understanding how undergraduate research students create, use, and organize research data, as well as identifying how best to incorporate data information literacy in the undergraduate research experience at public liberal arts institutions.

RaymondRaymond Pun is the first year student success librarian in California State University, Fresno. In this new role, he is charged to create and coordinate the first year library experience and information literacy program across campus. Prior to his appointment in Fresno, he has worked in New York University Shanghai and The New York Public Library: Stephen A. Schwarzman Building as a reference librarian. His IRDL project explores how first year students in communication studies can meet the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy and the National Communication Association's (NCA) learning outcomes.

LoreleiLorelei Rutledge is a Faculty Services Librarian and the online reference coordinator for the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah. She has an MS in Information from the University of Michigan and an MA in Communication from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her interests include assessing reference services, especially online reference services, developing and improving online teaching and learning opportunities, and encouraging diversity and inclusion in libraries and higher education.

JordanaJordana Shane is the Instruction & Reference Services Coordinator at the D. Leonard Corgan Library, King’s College, in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. Prior to King’s, Jordana was the Coordinator of Information Literacy at Philadelphia University, and has also worked in public, school, and law libraries. Jordana’s research interests focus on the curricular integration and assessment of information literacy, faculty-librarian collaboration, and the contributions of academic libraries to student learning and retention. She holds an MSLIS from Drexel University, and an MS in Information Technology in Education, with a concentration in Instructional Design & Development, from Nova Southeastern University.

AmandaAmanda Woodward is the User Engagement Library at Woodbury University in Burbank, CA where she is responsible for library outreach, marketing, and overall user experience. She is also the liaison and collection development specialists for the College of Transdisciplinarity, Psychology, and Fashion Design. Prior to Woodbury, Amanda was a corporate librarian at Disney Consumer Products in Glendale, CA. She holds a BA in English from the University of California, Berkeley and an MLIS from UCLA. Her research interests include student engagement and experience with the library, visual literacy instruction, and embedded librarianship.

DesiraeDesirae Zingarelli-Sweet is a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Loyola Marymount University’s William H. Hannon Library. She serves as liaison to the university's theological studies, philosophy, bioethics, and yoga studies programs. Desirae holds an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh, an MAR in New Testament Studies from Yale Divinity School, and a BA from Oberlin College in Classics and Religion. Her research interests include information literacy instruction for social justice and information-seeking, evaluation, and citation behaviors of student and faculty researchers in religious studies.

IRDL instructor spotlight: Emily Namey

Emily NameyEmily Namey is an applied anthropologist whose research career began in the corporate arena, with internships at Nike and Intel, before she focused on public health and medical anthropology while studying for her MA at Northern Arizona University. Her technical skills developed over the past 15 years include mixed methods research design, qualitative data collection and analysis, evaluation research, protocol and instrument development (and more!), while her topical areas of application have ranged from HIV prevention and reproductive health, to bioethics and genomics, to her current work on integrated development projects related to economic strengthening and child protection. Emily is also a “methods geek” by association, having worked and co-led trainings with Greg Guest for nearly a decade and having co-authored or –edited five textbooks on research methods. In a sense she “ghost-taught” the IRDL in past years as Greg’s “phantom colleague” – much referred to but never present – and she is very much looking forward to taking active part in “the best training ever!” herself this year. Outside of work, Emily enjoys hanging out with her family, planning new travel adventures, cheering for the Miami Hurricanes, and serving as a local coordinator for the CIEE high school exchange program.

Map of IRDL Scholars

Here’s a map of the home institutions of the IRDL Scholars from the 2014 and 2015 cohorts.

SAGE Publications, a 2016 IRDL sponsor

Thanks to SAGE Publications, each of the 2016 IRDL Scholars will have personal copies of the following four books:

Bernard, H.R. 2013. Social Research Methods: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches, 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Fink, A. 2013. How to Conduct Surveys: A Step-by-Step Guide, 5th ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Guest, G., K. MacQueen & E. Namey. 2012. Applied Thematic Analysis. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Guest, G., E. Namey & M. Mitchell. 2013. Collecting Qualitative Data: A Field Manual for Applied Research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

This is the second year SAGE Publications is sponsoring IRDL. Thank you for supporting our Scholars and their research efforts in this generous way.


The 2015 IRDL Scholars

MelissaMelissa Burel is the Catalog Librarian at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). Her research interests include assessment, evidence-based decision making, innovative cataloging competencies, and the linked-data environment. Melissa has presented at the Southeastern Library Association Conference and the OLAC-MOUG Annual Conference. She co-authored the article “Graduate Conversations: Assessing the Space Needs of Graduate Students” which will be published in College & Research Libraries in the fall of 2015. Prior to working at SIUE, she was employed as a Library Specialist at Florida State University in the Complex Cataloging unit. Melissa is currently designing a study to understand the university and library experiences of international students at SIUE and has received a grant from the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) to support this research. She will be attending the 2015 Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL) sponsored by Loyola Marymount University to continue to develop her passion for assessment.
Project title: Assessment of International Students: Their University and Library Experiences
Project keywords: International students; Academic libraries; Campus life; International education; Linguistic minorities

Greg CarrGreg Carr completed his MLIS at the University of Alabama in 2010. Currently, he is an Undergraduate Learning Librarian at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada. He coordinates instruction for the STEM First Year Seminar and teach information literacy classes for many other programs. His research interests include improving the use of scholarly sources for new students, graphic novels, online social reference tools, library exhibits, and rare books and manuscripts in the classroom.

Project title
: STEM Scholarly Resources and First-Year Students: Use and Synthesis
Project keywords: Bibliography analysis; Undergraduates; STEM resources; Instruction; First year seminars

Cindy CraigCindy Craig is the Psychology & Sociology Librarian at George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida. She holds an MLS in library science as well as an MS in art therapy from Emporia State University. Cindy has worked in public and academic libraries. Her main research interest is evaluating the effectiveness of video tutorials. She has also presented on using art making to help library employees deal with stress at work.
Project title: Vine Videos for Library Instruction: A Usability Study
Project keywords: Library instruction; Online learning; Learning theories; Video tutorials; Smart phones

JustinJustin de la Cruz serves as Reference & Instruction Librarian and liaison to Psychology and Music departments at the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library. He is a graduate of Florida State University with the MLIS and degrees in Humanities (MA, BA) and Psychology (BS). His final year of studies took him to Florence, Italy to manage an academic library for international students. His research interests include perceptions of libraries, library anxiety, and critical information literacy.
Project title: Historically Black College and Universities Students’ Perceptions of Libraries and Librarians
Project keywords: Library anxiety; Student perceptions; Academic librarians; Academic libraries; Librarian stereotypes

KelseyKelsey Duinkerken is the Special Collections and Digitization Librarian at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, where she manages the Archives’ digital records, social media, oral history program, and institutional repository holdings. She has a BA in History and Anthropology and an MSI with a specialization in Archives and Records Management from the University of Michigan. Her research interests for the IRDL program focus on how users and potential users conceive of archives and archivists.
Project title: Understanding (Mis)conceptions of Archives and Archivists
Project keywords: Archival Conceptions; Archives; Archivists; Universities; User studies

LisaLisa Federer is a Research Data Informationist at the National Institutes of Health Library. She provides training and support in data management, organization, sharing, and re-use for researchers and staff at the NIH. Her research interests include data sharing and reuse practices and data literacy training needs of biomedical researchers. She holds an MLIS from the University of California-Los Angeles and an MA in English from the University of North Texas.
Project title: Roles for Librarians in Facilitating Biomedical Research Data Reuse
Project keywords: Data sharing; Data reuse; Library training; Information literacy; Data literacy

Lee AnnLee Ann Fullington is a reference and instruction librarian at Brooklyn College--City University of New York. She is the liaison for Health & Nutrition Sciences, Kinesiology, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, and Urban Sustainability. She holds an MSLIS from Pratt Institute and an MPhil in Popular Music Studies from the University of Liverpool. Her current research interests include the impact of mobile devices on scholarly pursuits and first generation student experiences--especially transfer students. She also researches independent record shop culture.
Project title: Mobile Devices and Scholarly Practices: Investigating Faculty and Graduate Student Usage Behaviors
Project keywords: Mobile devices; Electronic books; E-books; Faculty; Graduate students

JamillahJamillah R. Gabriel is Librarian at the Black Cultural Center and Metadata Specialist at the University Libraries in a joint position at Purdue University. She received her MLIS from San Jose State University in 2011 and is currently pursuing a MA in Museum Studies at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. Jamillah's research interests include information literacy, multiliteracies, cultural heritage informatics, academic library services in Black cultural centers, and convergence of library, archival, and museum collections.
Project title: Multiliteracies: Incorporating Archival and Museum Literacy into Information Literacy Instruction
Project keywords: Multiliteracies; Multiple literacies; Information literacy; Artifactual literacy; Object literacy

ElizabethElizabeth Galoozis is Information Literacy and Educational Technology Librarian at University of Southern California Libraries, where she focuses on integrating and assessing information literacy throughout the curriculum. Before coming to USC, she worked at academic and special libraries in Massachusetts, Indiana, and Illinois. Elizabeth received a BA in English from Amherst College and an MLS from Simmons College. Her research interests include critical library instruction, cultural representations of information, and information literacy in academic and non-academic contexts.
Project title: What Causes Academic Librarians to Adopt New Instructional Practices?
Project keywords: Instructional practices; Academic librarians; Information literacy instruction; Pedagogy; Professional development

AndyAndrew Horbal was recently named Head of Learning Commons at the University of Maryland University Libraries. His previous positions include Media Resources Librarian at the University of Maryland, Access Services Librarian at McDaniel College, and Media Resources Specialist at the University of Pittsburgh. His professional interests include emerging technologies, copyright and intellectual property issues, and creating library services around alternative literacies, such as media and digital literacy.
Project title: Faculty Preferences for Streaming Video Resources
Project keywords: Streaming video; Collection development; Video; Media

DonDon Jason serves as the Clinical Informationist for the University of Cincinnati Health Sciences Library. In this role, he provides library resources to the UC Medical Center. Prior to joining the faculty at UC, Don completed the National Library of Medicine’s Associate Fellowship Program. Don’s research interests include: defining core competencies for health information outreach and measuring the impact of library instruction. Don earned his MLIS and MS in Health Informatics from Kent State University.
Project title: Measuring the Effect of Library Instruction on the Use of Library Resources
Project keywords: Assessment; Health sciences; Library; Instruction

MinhMinh Le is an Information Science Specialist in the Library and Archives Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. She primarily provides information research and analysis services to the lab¹s science and engineering communities. Prior to this role, she was a Knowledge Management Specialist at JPL. Minh received her MLIS from UCLA in 2013.
Project title: Jet Propulsion Laboratory Library Reference Services Assessment
Project keywords: Needs assessment; Reference services; Engineering and science; Special libraries; Qualitative research

LeathaLeatha Miles-Edmonson is a Research and Instruction Librarian at Marquette University. She serves as a liaison to the College of Professional Studies, Political Science, Military Science, Peace Studies, and numerous academic support programs. She earned her Master of Library and Information Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; having first earned a Bachelor of Arts in English at Bennett College.
Project title: The Academy and Information Literacy: Guiding Information Literacy Collaborations with Action Research
Project keywords: Information literacy; Collaborations; Instruction librarians; Teaching faculty; Generational divide

ColleenColleen Mullally is Assessment Librarian at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. She oversees the planning and managing of assessment projects for the Libraries relating to information literacy, collections, spaces, and services. She works with colleagues, faculty, and administration for data gathering and reporting and is developing a comprehensive assessment plan for the Libraries. Colleen came to Pepperdine in August 2014 and previously was Reference and Outreach Librarian at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. She received her MLS from Simmons College and her BA from Boston College and has worked in different capacities in the libraries at Boston College, Harvard University, and Pine Manor College. Colleen loves chatting about children's lit., running, hiking, tea, and life on the beach.
Project title: Reaching Student Athletes: What Information Literacy Approaches Work?
Project keywords: Student athletes; Information literacy; First year students; Student learning outcomes; Collaborative teaching

JeanetteJeanette Norris serves as Metadata Management Librarian at Brown University. She holds a MS in Library and Information Science from Syracuse University and a MA in European and Russian Studies from Yale University. Jeanette’s research interests include improving information access by better understanding how people think about and identify information resources, and modelling and managing metadata to take full advantage of current technologies to meet users’ needs.
Project title: Priorities in Resource Description: How do Catalogers and Students Differ?
Project keywords: Resource description; Cataloging; Information retrieval; Library users

Cynthia Mari Orozco
is the Student Services Librarian at California State University, in which she liaises with the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), pre-baccalaureate services, transfer students, and new graduate students. Her research interests include the library experience of first-generation college students and diversity in librarianship.
Project title: Understanding On-Campus Resources: First-Generation College Students and Library Anxiety
Project keywords: Library anxiety; First-generation college students; First-generation student success; Diversity

AbbyAbby Scheel is a Humanities Librarian at Florida State University Libraries where she serves as liaison to the Classics, English, Philosophy and Religion departments. She is currently interested in the research habits of graduate students and faculty, especially in the humanities where the growing influence of digital scholarship has created new challenges and opportunities. She received her MLIS and an MA in Classical Archaeology from FSU and a BA in Classics from Smith College.
Project title: Starting on the Right Foot: The Research Competency of New Humanities Graduate Students
Project keywords: Graduate students; Humanities; Information literacy

CarolynCarolyn Schubert is the Health Sciences and Nursing Librarian at James Madison University.  Carolyn received her Masters in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University.  Her current research interests include  examining the clinical and academic information environments, assessing undergraduate information literacy, and teaching health informatics.
Project title: Assessing Information Use in Clinical Education
Project keywords: Nursing education research; Information literacy; Informatics; Ecological momentary assessment; Experience sampling methodology

EamonEamon Tewell is a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Long Island University, Brooklyn, in New York City. He received his MLIS from Drexel University and is currently pursuing an MA in Media Arts at LIU Brooklyn. Eamon's current research interests are critical information literacy, popular media and active learning in library instruction, and televisual representations of libraries.
Project title: Critical Information Literacy in Practice: Librarians’ Involvement in Liberatory Instruction
Project keywords: Information literacy; Library instruction; Critical pedagogy; Professional attitudes; Critical theory

JennyJenny Thoegersen, as Data Curation Librarian at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, consults with researchers on data management issues and contributes to the preservation of digital assets at UNL Libraries. She earned her MLIS through a joint program between Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus, Tallinna Ülikool, and Università degli Studi di Parma. In 2013, Thoegersen contributed to the open source digital library project Greenstone as part of a Fulbright fellowship at the University of Waikato.
Project title: Examining Faculty Attitudes Towards and Competencies in Data Information Literacy
Project keywords: Digital humanities; Data management; Data information literacy

AngieAngie Thorpe is the Digital User Experience Librarian at Indiana University Kokomo. She manages the entire lifecycle of the library’s electronic resources, as well as the library’s web presence. She holds an MLS from Indiana University Bloomington and a BA in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests include user behavior within discovery services, e-book collection development strategies, and assessment of the value of the academic library.
Project title: Academic Library Impact on Student Success Metrics
Project keywords: Academic libraries; Assessment; Impact; Value; Student success

BrandonBrandon West is the Online Instruction/Instructional Design Librarian at SUNY Oswego. He works on developing initiatives that support information literacy and online education, such as building learning objects and tutorials. His research interests include fostering librarians’ potential as teachers and finding new ways of infusing information literacy into the curricula. He earned his Master’s in Educational Technology from Grand Valley State University and his MLS from Texas Woman’s University. Follow him on Twitter @bwestlibrarian.
Project title: Unearthing the Synergy between Librarians and Instructional Designers in Higher Education Settings
Project keywords: Collaboration; Instructional design; Instructional designers; Librarians; Higher education

Mohamed(Deferred until 2016) Mohamed Berray is a resident Social Sciences Librarian at the Pennsylvania State University Libraries. Before moving to Penn State, he was a Fulbright Scholar with the Department of Library and Information Science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), where he also studied his MLIS degree. Mohamed moved to the UNCG from Egypt where he was first Assistant Director, and later, Head of the Law Library at the American University in Cairo.
Project title: An Assessment of Library and Information Science Curricula in line with the Needs and Expectations of Early Career Academic Librarians in the United States
Project keywords: Employability; LIS curricula; Early career; Academic librarians; Library employers