The 2017 IRDL Scholars
Julie Adamo is a research and instruction librarian and an instructional technologist at Mount Holyoke College where she also serves as liaison to the departments of Anthropology, Africana Studies, Gender Studies, and Religion. Previously, she was a National Library of Medicine Associate Fellow. Julie holds a BA in literature from Antioch College, an MSLS from UNC-Chapel Hill, and is a current student in the Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing program at the University of Southern Maine.
Steve Ammidown is the Manuscripts and Outreach Archivist for the Browne Popular Culture Library at Bowling Green State University. When he’s not leafing through movie posters or reading classic comic books, he thinks a lot about ways to make the library’s manuscript finding aids work better for its diverse audience of researchers. In his spare hours, Steve enjoys reading romance novels and spending time with his family.
Catherine Baird is the Online and Outreach Services Librarian at Montclair State University, New Jersey, where she is also serves as the liaison librarian to education, counseling and modern languages. She holds an MLIS from the University of Western Ontario and an MA from the University of British Columbia. Catherine’s research interests include information literacy, information behavior, and online teaching and learning.
Jill Barr-Walker is the Clinical Librarian at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, part of the University of California, San Francisco. Her research interests focus on the intersections of LIS and reproductive health, including health literacy among underserved populations and information-seeking behavior around abortion. Jill holds an MS(LIS) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MPH from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
Jeannette Bruno is an Instructor Librarian and Library Department Chairperson at Wilbur Wright College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago. While completing her MLIS at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign she served as a Mix IT Up! Fellow working with youth at the Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School in Chicago. Her research interests include information literacy for community college students, information seeking as social justice, and empowering underrepresented students.
Tina Chan is the Reference Services Program Manager & Social Sciences Librarian at MIT Libraries, where she coordinates reference services in four library locations. She also provides reference, instruction, outreach, and collection services, and she collaborates with colleagues in the interdisciplinary areas of energy and the environment. She is active with the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association and the American Library Association as a councilor-at-large.
Merete Christianson is the Health Sciences Librarian at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota, where she provides liaison services and information literacy instruction to students and faculty in the College of Health Professions and the Health, Nutrition and Exercise Science department. She earned her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2013. Her research interests include ethics and collection development.
Kristen Cooper is the Plant Sciences Librarian at the University of Minnesota, and is the liaison for the departments of Plant Pathology, Agronomy & Plant Genetics, and Plant & Microbial Biology. She earned her BS in Marine Biology from Texas A&M University at Galveston in 2006 and her MLIS from St. Catherine University in 2015.
Gabrielle M. Dudley is Instruction Archivist and QEP Librarian at the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library. She earned her M.A. in Public History and MLIS with a concentration in Archival Studies and Preservation Management from the University of South Carolina. She also holds a B.A. in History from the University of Montevallo. Dudley has co-authored two articles on instruction and was the co-organizer of the "Teaching with Primary Sources" pre-conference workshop at the 2016 Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting.
Michael Flierl is an Assistant Professor of Library Science and Learning Design Specialist at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. In this position he aims to empower Purdue students in transition (e.g. first-year, international, transfer experience, etc.) to use information intentionally, critically, and creatively to learn. His research interests include informed learning, self-determination theory, and active learning.
Andrea Hebert is the Human Sciences, Education, and Distance Learning Librarian at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Andrea received her MLIS from Louisiana State University in 2009. Her research interests include the information literacy skills of library science graduate students, library services to distance learners, and leveraging social capital to further library liaison outreach. She has also worked as a school librarian, copyeditor, and Latin teacher.
Taryn Marks serves as the Faculty Services Librarian at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law’s Legal Information Center, where she teaches legal research and focuses on international and business law. Prior to joining UF in 2014, Taryn was the inaugural Judith M. Wright fellow at the University of Chicago. She earned her M.L.I.S. at the University of Washington, and both her J.D. and LL.M. in International Law from Duke University School of Law.
Camille Mathieu is an Information Science Specialist with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's technical library section. Her work primarily focuses on metadata development and standardization, intranet search improvement, and internal information organization. Camille holds a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from UCLA's Department of Information Studies, and her undergraduate work was in literature with an emphasis on Romanticism.
Michael Rodriguez is Licensing & Acquisitions Librarian at the University of Connecticut, where he spearheads contracts and procurement for UConn Library collections, manages system migrations, and optimizes workflows to reflect Henry David Thoreau’s aphorism: “Simplify, simplify.” Michael leverages these responsibilities to facilitate a more equitable and open scholarly communication ecosystem. He earned an MLIS from Florida State University in 2014. His research interests center on copyright and licensing, open access, and electronic resource management.
Kai Alexis Smith is the Subject Librarian at Cal Poly Pomona and liaises to the College of Environmental Design, Ethnic and Women’s Studies and Foreign Languages. She was a 2014 ALA Emerging Leader and a 2013 Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Career Enhancement Program Fellow at the University of Michigan. In 2013, Kai was the Art Library Association of North America (ARLIS/NA) Wolfgang Freitag Internship Award winner, which she completed at the National Gallery of Art. Kai received her BFA in Writing for Publication and MSLIS in Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute.
Jenna Stebbins has been a Reference & Instruction Librarian at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, CT since 2015. She participated in NVCC’s Assessment in Action project to study the effects of an FYE-Library partnership on student success, and with IRDL will be researching ways that the community college library can best serve second-year students. Jenna serves as liaison librarian to Arts & Humanities and on the Honors Institute Advisory Committee at NVCC.
Ngoc-Yen "Yen" Tran is a science librarian at San Jose State University with academic liaison responsibilities for biological sciences, chemistry, physics & astronomy, geology, and meteorology. She received her MLIS from the University of Washington and her BAs in English and art history from Willamette University. Yen’s current research interest is mostly focused on how libraries can partner with other departments in order to employ high-impact educational practices to promote student learning and success.
Rob Walsh never thought he’d grow up to be a librarian – but, he’s glad he did. After finishing his MA in African American Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and not wanting to be a hapless PhD candidate, he moved back East and eventually pursued his MLS at Southern Connecticut State University. For the past seven years, Rob has served as the Social Sciences Librarian at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. When not at the library, Rob can be found reading comix, making mixtapes, or racing bicycles competitively.
Jingjing Wu began her path to librarianship as an assistant librarian at the Library of Chinese Academy of Sciences. She then switched her career towards technical communication. After years of experience in industry, she resumed her profession in academic libraries focusing on new technologies and data processing. Just prior to joining Texas Tech, she served as a Web Services Librarian for University of Mississippi Libraries.