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.

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