The 2018 IRDL Scholars

Smita AvasthiSmita Avasthi is a Reference & Instruction Librarian at Santa Rosa Junior College, a position she has held for 6 years. Previously, she worked at Southwestern Oregon Community College, Seattle Public Library, and the University of Washington Libraries. Before becoming a librarian, she taught English at Portland Community College, Portland State University, and the University of Oregon. She has a particular interest in integrating information literacy instruction in acceleration programs.

Megan BellMegan Bell serves as Reference Librarian, Instructor and School of Health Professions’ Liaison at University of Alabama at Birmingham. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Xavier University of Louisiana and Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Louisiana State University. She enjoys hiking and photography; and, as a native of southern Louisiana, enjoys gumbo and jambalaya. Her research explores flipped classroom and active learning as tools for citation management software instruction.

Sean BucknerSean Buckner is the Digital Preservation Librarian at Texas A&M University where he administers the digital preservation program. Sean attended the Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians and was an ALA Emerging Leader, and his research interests focus on diversity and inclusion in libraries. Sean received his MSI from the University of Michigan in 2012 and holds an MA in Linguistics. Sean is an Afghanistan War veteran and currently serves in the Army National Guard.

Rosalind BucyRosalind Bucy is a Research and Instruction Librarian in Research Services at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is a liaison to the Departments of History, Philosophy, Gender, Race, & Identity, and English, with a special focus on Core Writing in the first year. Rosalind is especially interested in empowering students to view themselves as interlocutors in scholarly conversations. She is a past chair of the New England Chapter of ASIS&T and is the co-author of “Giving Voice to Students: A Rhetorical Analysis of the Frameworks” in Rewired: Research-Writing Partnerships within the Frameworks.

Sarah ChristensenSarah Christensen is the Visual Resources and Outreach Specialist at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests focus on the role of academic libraries in supporting the public engagement mission of land-grant universities. Sarah holds a B.A. in art history from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, an MLS from Simmons College in Boston, MA, and is currently in the graphic design program at the U of I.

Jewel DavisJewel Davis is an Education Librarian in a PreK-12 Curriculum Materials Center at Appalachian State University’s Belk Library and Information Commons. She primarily works with pre-service teachers and education faculty on teaching with diverse youth literature, incorporating STEM and emerging technologies into classroom practice, and developing practitioner-based research skills. She received an MA in teaching from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MLIS from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Ariel DeardorffAriel Deardorff is the Data Services Librarian at the University of California, San Francisco Library. In her role at UCSF, Ariel teaches classes and offers consultations in data visualization and data management, with a particular focus on open science tools and reproducible workflows. Her research interests include data visualization, assessment, and reproducibility in the health sciences.

Christopher DollChristopher Doll is the Assistant Director of Technical Services & Archivist at the University of Dubuque. Because his other Advanced Degree is in Korean Studies and he lived overseas for 12 years, his research interest focuses on how International students use American libraries and how American students use International materials. In his free time he enjoys racing trail ultra-marathons.

Megan Goins-DioufMegan Goins-Diouf is the Reference Archivist at Bowling Green State University’s Center for Archival Collections. At present, her research interests include manuscript and archival appraisal processes and forums; collecting and collectors; as well as object-based inquiry and special collections journalism.

Michelle KebaMichelle Keba is the Reference Librarian for Education and Behavioral Studies at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida. Prior to joining PBA, Michelle served as the Distance and Instructional Services librarian to the Fischler College of Education at Nova Southeastern University and as an English language arts teacher in South Texas through the Teach for America program. She is particularly interested in studying the intersection of information literacy, intellectual curiosity, and distance education.

Glenn KoellingGlenn Koelling is a learning services and English liaison librarian at the University of New Mexico. She holds an MA in English literature from Portland State University and an MLIS from the University of Denver. In her pre-library life, she taught English at a community college. She is interested in exploring how English studies can inform library studies and vice versa. Finally, she has a labradoodle who is a good boy.

Christopher MarcumChristopher Marcum is the Access and Outreach Services Librarian at the University of San Diego’s Copley Library. He is responsible for daily supervision and management of Access Services staff and resources, as well as Copley’s outreach efforts. He holds an M.L.I.S. from the University of Arizona. He loves librarianship, cats, and college football.

Rebecca OrozcoRebecca Orozco is the Faculty Engagement Librarian for the Science and Engineering at the University of Kansas where she partners with faculty, staff, and students in science, engineering, technology, and math (STEM) to meet instruction and research needs. She holds a MS in biology from St. Joseph's University and a MLIS from St. Catherine University. Her research interests include capturing the experiences of STEM librarians of color and the incorporation of critical librarianship into science and engineering information literacy instruction.

Angela RathmelAngela Rathmel is the head of the Acquisitions & Resource Sharing department at the University of Kansas (KU) Libraries. Her professional interests include organizational responses to change, particularly with respect to organizational communication, information seeking, and knowledge management. She is a regular blogger for Her research explores the reference interview, traditionally used by public services, and how it may be applied in technical services and electronic resources troubleshooting.


Eric RobinsonEric Robinson is the Campus Librarian at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in San Marcos, California. There he provides reference assistance and instruction for faculty and students in the health sciences and liaises with program departments in Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy. He holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from San Jose State University. His research interests focus on the intersection of information literacy and scholarly communication.

Sophie RondeauSophie Rondeau serves as Technical Services Librarian at Virginia Wesleyan University. In this role, she manages electronic resources, acquisitions, digital collections, digital preservation, and cataloging. Sophie also leads several library teams including Diversity, Disaster Response, and Home Page Redesign, as well as serving on the Collection Development and Social Media teams. Sophie is a member of the Faculty Standards and Welfare Commission, the President's Environmental Issues Council, and VLA's Continuing Education Committee.

Kortney RuppKortney Rupp is the Chemical Information Librarian and liaison to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley. Through research and instruction in chemical information Kortney hopes to understand the information seeking behavior of chemists and seeks to facilitate effective data management in academic laboratories in the physical sciences. Kortney obtained an MS in analytical chemistry from Purdue University and her MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dana StattonDana Statton is a research and instruction librarian at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky where she also serves as a liaison to the College of Business. She holds a MLIS, MA in Art History, and MFA in Studio Art from Louisiana State University and a BA in Journalism from Washington and Lee University. Her research interests include visual literacy, news literacy, and assessment.

Joanna ThielenJoanna Thielen is an Assistant Professor in the Library at Oakland University in Rochester Hills, MI. She serves as Research Data Librarian, providing consultations and training on how to effectively store, organize and preserve research data. She is also Science Librarian for Biological Sciences, Chemistry, and Physics, providing reference, instruction, scholarly communication, and collection development services. She earned her MSI in 2016 and MS in chemistry in 2014, both from the University of Michigan.

Mary WahlMary Wahl is technical services librarian at Pasadena City College where she focuses on cataloging and metadata. Her professional interests include metadata wrangling, digital preservation, media collections and personal digital archives. In her spare hours, Mary enjoys Netflix-ing and editing Wikipedia. Mary holds an MLIS from San Jose State University and a BA in Film & Television from Chapman University.

Susan WenglerSusan Wengler is an Assistant Professor at Queensborough Community College, The City University of New York. Her research focuses on information literacy instruction and community college student information-seeking behaviors. Wengler holds an M.L.I.S. from Rutgers, The State University of NJ, an M.B.A from Columbia University, and a B.A. from Wellesley College. She also moderates Books, Bytes & Beyond’s “Conversations with Authors” series, interviewing such children’s literature luminaries as Julie Andrews, Laura Bush and Kelly Clarkson.

Ning ZouNing Zou is the Learning Design and Research Librarian at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She holds an MIS and MLS from Indiana University as well as an MBA from Dominican University. She has worked in five universities, providing information services, leading first-year initiatives, and serving as Instruction Coordinator. She has also been a teaching faculty member, academic advisor, and Director of the Study Abroad Program. Her research interests include adaptive learning, instruction design, user experience and human development.

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