The 2014 IRDL Scholars

Albarillo, FransFrans Albarillo is a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Brooklyn College Library, and the subject specialist for Business, Sociology, and Linguistics. Frans holds and MLS in Library Science and an MA in Linguistics from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. His current research interest includes how immigrant students use academic libraries, and social science librarianship. In his spare time he like to play ukulele and run in the park. Frans's blog is at

BedoyaJaclyn Bedoya. I've lived and worked on three continents. I've been an ER/systems librarian in Edinburgh, Scotland, a Young Adult librarian in East LA, and before library school, an English teacher in Nagoya, Japan. Currently I'm an Electronic Resources Librarian at CSU Fullerton. It turns out that growing up in Southern California spoils you, and I'm happiest being back where there are 300 days of sunshine a year. Also Disneyland.
(Photo by Karen Tapia/courtesy Cal State Fullerton Public Affairs)

BenedettiAllison Benedetti is Librarian for Advanced Research and Engagement at the UCLA Library.  She focuses on assessment of graduate student research needs and coordination of public services and outreach to the humanities and social sciences; she is also Librarian for Urban Planning. Allison received her MLIS from Simmons in 2008 and has held positions at MIT, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and with the Society of Architectural Historians’ SAHARA project.

BouquinDaina Bouquin is the Data & Metadata Services Librarian at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University in NYC, and a recent graduate of Syracuse University’s MLIS program. While at SU, Daina also earned a CAS in Data Science with a focus on Data Analytics. Her research interests include data information literacy, scientific data management and curation, data visualization, medical informatics, data mining, translational science, and how these fields intersect with history and society.

BranchNicole Branch is Librarian for Research and Digitization at Holy Names University in Oakland, California, where she serves as liaison to the Education, Arts and Humanities and Business departments.  A dedicated information literacy instructor, Nicole strives to bring creative, critical, and interactive approaches to program design and the classroom.  Nicole’s research interest includes information literacy and the academic success of diverse college student populations.

BryantTatiana Bryant is an MPA candidate at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service concentrating in International Development and Arts and Cultural Policy. She holds a MS in Information and Library Science from Pratt Institute and a BA in History from Hampton University. Tatiana was awarded the IMLS MLEAD (Museum Library Education and Digitization) grant in 2010 to study in Florence, Italy and complete a practicum at the Brooklyn Museum. She has worked in academic and cultural institutions for over eight years and is currently an adjunct professor and academic librarian in New York City.

Bussell2Hilary Bussell. I am the eLearning Librarian and Liaison for Political Science and Public Administration at Ohio University Libraries in Athens, OH. I received my MSLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012. Prior to library school, I spent several years as a graduate student in philosophy at Loyola University Chicago. My research interests are critical information literacy and the use of emerging technologies in higher education. I enjoy running, cross stitch, and cats.

CastilloFelipe Castillo is the Business Librarian and an Assistant Professor at New Mexico State University. He received his MLIS in 2012 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is currently in the MBA program at New Mexico State University. His research interests center on understanding the information literacy competencies that employers seek from recent college graduates.

DawesLorna Dawes has been a reference librarian for 15 years, working first as an agriculture librarian, and then as a business college librarian in London England and later as High School Media specialist in South Carolina. She is now the First Year Experience and Learning Communities Librarian at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she works with teaching and library faculty to infuse information literacy instruction into the first year courses.

EakerChris Eaker is excited to be a part of IRDL. As Data Curation Librarian at the University of Tennessee (UT) Libraries, he is interested in scientific data curation and in integrating sound data stewardship skills into science and engineering curricula. Chris helps UT’s researchers navigate federal requirements for data management and sharing. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Georgia Tech (2000) and master’s degree in information science from UT (2013).

HalpernRebecca Halpern is the librarian for the School of Social Work online program at the University of Southern California. Her primary responsibilities are embedding information literacy into the fabric of the MSW curriculum and providing instruction for faculty and students in the social work program.  She is interested in the intersection of adult learning theory, online pedagogy, critical librarianship, and reimagining what we mean when we say “information literacy instruction.”  Rebecca is a big fan of pub trivia, exploring Los Angeles by bike, and spending quality time with quality TV shows. She received a BA in Women’s Studies and Sociology from the University of Michigan and a MSIS from the UT Austin School of Information.

HoangSusan Hoang is a reference and instruction librarian for Languages and Cultures at Carleton College in Northfield, MN, where she works closely with faculty and students to integrate information literacy into their curriculum. She is currently on the User Needs Assessment and Outreach teams at Gould Library. Her research interests include transference of information literacy into “real world” contexts, power and privilege within academia, and community-library connections.

JacksonJohn M. Jackson is the Reference & Instruction Librarian for Whittier College, a private liberal arts college outside Los Angeles. John began working for academic libraries in 2006 as a graduate assistant for the Piers Plowman Electronic Archive at the University of Virginia. He briefly sojourned as a cataloger for the University of Southern California while completing his MLIS at San Jose State University. John's research interests include information literacy, print and digital humanities, emerging technology trends in higher education, reference and instruction services for first year students, virtual library services, and personal information management. John is also an active member of the Association of College & Research Libraries, a 2012 ALA Emerging Leader, and an expatriated medievalist.

JaskarKaren Jaskar joined the faculty of the University of Montana as the Social Science Librarian in August, 2013. A native of the Puget Sound, Karen spent the previous six years as the Information Literacy Librarian for Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, WA. Her professional interests include exploring the unique pedagogy of library instruction and the intersection of technology and contemplation in the modern academic library.

LiChan Li received her MLIS in 2006 from University of California Los Angeles. She is senior data analyst at the California Digital Library (CDL), where she manages all aspects of electronic resource analysis activities. In the recent years, Chan has been a key player in the development of CDL’s weighted value algorithm to assess the significance of UC systemwide electronic journals across disciplines.  Chan serves on NISO SUSHI (Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative) Standing Committee.

MarshallHannah Marshall recently took on the role of Metadata Librarian for Image Collections at Cornell University Library after serving as the Art History Image Cataloger since April 2013. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of California, Irvine in 2009 and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2012.

McLeanLindsey McLean is the Instructional Design Librarian at Loyola Marymount University’s William H. Hannon Library. She has built a number of digital learning objects for the library including the Lion’s Guide to Research and the Library; which was recently accepted as an ALA/ACRL Instruction Section’s PRIMO project. Lindsey received her MLIS in 2012 from UCLA where she focused her studies on human computer interaction, systems design, academic libraries, and information literacy instruction.

MillerKimberly Miller is Research and Instruction Librarian for Emerging Technologies and Liaison to Psychology at Towson University’s Albert S. Cook Library. While providing day-to-day technology leadership within the context of Cook Library’s reference and instruction activities, she is interested in investigating the use of new technologies as tools to enhance teaching, learning, and user experiences related to information literacy development. She received her Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan.

RiddleKelly Riddle is Digital Initiatives Librarian at the University of San Diego. Her work at USD involves managing the institutional repository and leading scholarly communication education efforts on campus. Her research interests include library’s role in research and dissemination and in the education of disciplinary faculty. She has a background in collaborative digital projects, digitization, and archives and special collections and earned her MLIS from the University of South Carolina in 2011.

Chelcie Juliet Rowell serves as Digital Initiatives Librarian at Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University. A member of the library's Digital Scholarship Unit, Chelcie oversees digitization of special collections and liaises with humanities faculty pursuing digital humanities research and pedagogy. Chelcie earned a B.A. in English from Oglethorpe University and an M.S. in Information Science from the School of Information & Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

SkoricJane Skoric received her MLIS from San José State University in San José, California. She is currently the Cataloging and Metadata Librarian at Santa Clara University. She previously worked as a metadata specialist at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, as a bibliographic services assistant at California State University, Monterey Bay, and as a member of the Library Task Force at UCLA.

StarkRachel Keiko Stark was a 2011 American Library Association Spectrum Scholar, completed her Masters of Science in Library and Information Science from Drexel University in 2012 and currently works at the University of the Pacific as the Health Sciences Librarian. She is interested in improving Information Literacy among Allied Health students and promoting the Library as a physical, social, and virtual space.

SurlesElizabeth Surles is Archivist at the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University.  Prior to joining the Institute, she was Digitization Archivist and Library Director at the American Alpine Club Library.  She formerly worked at the Sousa Archives and Office of Collections at the University of Illinois, where she earned master’s degrees in musicology and library and information science and a certificate in special collections.  Before her time in Illinois, Elizabeth served as the Starr-Gennett Foundation’s Project Coordinator.

SwansonJuleah Swanson is an Assistant Professor and Acquisitions Librarian for Electronic Resources at the Ohio State University Libraries where she began her librarian career as a Mary P. Key Diversity Resident. She received her MLIS from the University of Washington. Her research project for IRDL explores diversity in academic libraries, specifically looking at the experiences of academic librarians of color.

ZilinskiLisa Zilinski is an Assistant Professor of Library Science and Data Services Specialist at the Purdue University Libraries. As part of the Data & Metadata Unit, she works with faculty, staff, and students to identify data literacy opportunities, develop learning plans and tools for data education, and investigate and develop programmatic and sustainable data services for the Libraries.  Her research interests include data management principles, data education, data services assessment, and information dissemination/access practices.

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