The 2015 IRDL Scholars
Melissa 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 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 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
Justin 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
Kelsey 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
Lisa 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 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
Jamillah 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
Elizabeth 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
Andrew 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
Don 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
Minh 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
Leatha 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
Colleen 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
Jeanette 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
Abby 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
Carolyn 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
Eamon 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
Jenny 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
Angie 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
Brandon 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
(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