The 2019 IRDL Scholars

BakerDeb Baker is Library Director at Manchester Community College (NH). She earned her BA in English and Spanish from Goucher College and MLIS from University of Hawaii at Manoa. She’s a student in University of Edinburgh’s online MSc program in Science Communication and Public Engagement. She blogs about reading at bookconscious and librarianship at The Nocturnal Librarian. Her research interests include library impact on student success and information literacy as a catalyst for confidence.

BarronKate Barron is the Data Services Librarian at San Jose State University. In this role, she works with faculty and students to discover, manage and analyze research data. Kate is also liaison to the Departments of Computer Science, Mathematics & Statistics, and Civil & Environmental Engineering. She received her BA in English from Rutgers University, and her MSI from the University of Michigan.

BecksfordLisa Becksford is the Online and Graduate Engagement Librarian at Virginia Tech, where she also serves as the liaison to the School of Education and the Engineering Education program. She holds an MA in English as well as an MSLS, and prior to becoming a librarian, she taught college composition for five years. Her experiences as both a faculty member in a discipline and an instruction librarian inspired her interest in instruction librarians’ teacher identity.

BetzGail Betz is the Research, Education and Outreach Librarian for the School of Social Work at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore. She earned her MLIS from Drexel University. She started her career as an academic librarian as the liaison to the School of Social Work at UMB, then moved for a few years to Oregon where she worked as a clinical librarian for Oregon Health & Science University before moving back to her original position at UMB. Her research interests include the intersection of libraries and disability, primarily how academic librarians navigate the workplace with disabilities.

BragerTrent Brager is the Education & Social Sciences Librarian at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, MN, where he works primarily with graduate students in Education and Counseling Psychology. With colleagues, Trent helped develop 23 Framework Things, an online professional development program which was recognized with the 2018 ACRL Instruction Section Innovation Award. Trent is a former high school math teacher with an MLIS from St. Catherine University.

DarnellHeather Darnell is the Librarian for Dance, Film, and Multimedia Literacy at George Mason University. Her previous work focused on performing arts and audiovisual archives. She has a B.A. in music from Texas Tech University and a Master's of Library Science from the University of Maryland. Heather's research focuses on the role of information in the creative processes of performing artists.

DolanTim Dolan is a reference and instruction librarian at Greenfield Community College in Western Massachusetts, where he also coordinates campus efforts related to open education and scholarly communication. He is the vice president of the GCC faculty-staff union chapter, serves on the college’s Curriculum and Academic Policy Committee, and is a member of ACRL’s Research and Scholarly Environment Committee. Tim holds an MA in ethnomusicology from Indiana University and an MSLIS from Simmons College.

DuffinKirstin Duffin is a reference and instruction librarian and liaison to the sciences at Eastern Illinois University. She serves as co-director of EIU iSTEM, a group committed to encouraging and empowering underrepresented students in the STEM fields. Her research interests include active learning and fostering inclusion in STEM education. She holds an MLIS from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and an MS in Biological Sciences from EIU.

EmbreeJennifer Embree is a Subject Librarian for Psychology, Biology, Comparative Literature and Latin American & Caribbean Studies at Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York. She holds a MSLS from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill and BAs in English and Psychology from the University of Connecticut. Her current research interests include scholarly metrics, digital humanities, and the preservation of cultural heritage materials during times of conflict. In her free time she enjoys hiking, biking, and baking.

FargoHailley Fargo is the Student Engagement Librarian at Penn State University, University Park campus. In this role, Hailley works to create an aligned approach to support student engagement experiences. Hailley’s research interests include the library’s role in student engagement, peer-to-peer services, and undergraduate research. She is also a co-founder of The Librarian Parlor (, a blog dedicated to building community around LIS research. Hailley received her MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

GallaspyAllison Gallaspy has been an academic librarian for 5 years with previous experience in cataloging and e-resources. Currently, Allison is a Business Librarian at Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business and works primarily with undergraduate business majors. She delivers high quality instruction and reference services to the students, faculty, and staff of the Freeman School. Allison holds an M.L.I.S. from the University of Pittsburgh, and a B.A. in history from Tulane.

JanssenAmber Janssen is an Instruction & Assessment Librarian at California State University, Maritime Academy. She is the liaison to the School of Engineering. Her research interests are in the instruction and assessment of information fluency in undergraduate education and the information use behaviors of engineers. Prior to Cal Maritime, Ms. Janssen was a technical editor at an engineering firm. Ms. Janssen earned her MLIS from San Jose State University.

JeffersonCharissa Jefferson is Associate Business and Data Librarian at California State University, Northridge. Jefferson’s scholarship has appeared in Public Services Quarterly and Ticker: Business Librarianship Review. She has published lesson plans and book chapters and teaches library instruction sessions with data. Prior to joining the faculty at CSUN, she was the research librarian at the Milken Institute in Santa Monica where she assisted economists in finding data for their reports and publications.


KannegiserSamantha Kannegiser is the Student Success Librarian at Rutgers University-Camden. In this role, she forms partnerships with other campus departments to increase the library’s outreach to students. Her research interests include the ways librarians can use technology, such as virtual reference services, online instructional services, and emerging technologies such as augmented reality and virtual reality, to engage and teach students. She received her MLIS from Rutgers University in 2016.

KatzStacy Katz is an Assistant Professor and Open Resources Librarian-STEM Liaison at Lehman College, CUNY. She initiated and developed the Open Educational Resources (OER) initiative, which she continues to lead. Her research focuses on the transformative potential of OER and open pedagogy, as well as how these innovations are perceived by students and faculty. Stacy earned an M.L.I.S. from Simmons College, and an M.Ed. from Framingham State University.

LinaresRosalinda Hernandez Linares is the Instruction and Reference Librarian at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Rosalinda earned a BA in Classical Civilizations from Wellesley College and an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh. Rosalinda’s primary research and pedagogical interests connect intersectionality, critical race theory and feminist theory with prominent concerns in librarianship concerning information literacy and student success.

MalikMelinda Malik is Head of Reference & Instructional Services at Saint Anselm College. She earned a B.A. in History from the University of New Hampshire, a M.S. in Library Science from Simmons College, and a M.Ed. in Higher Education from Merrimack College. Her research interests include incorporating adult learning theory in information literacy instruction and identifying ways that college and university libraries may best support students in their second year of college.

MealsCathy Meals is the Reference & Assessment Librarian at the University of the District of Columbia. Prior to joining UDC, she worked at the DC Public Library and was a strategic researcher in the labor movement. She holds an MLIS from the University of Maryland and a BA from Swarthmore College. Cathy is a founding member of the Board of Instigators of the Diverse City Fund.

MurguCal Murgu is from Windsor, Canada. He is the Research, Instruction, and Digital Humanities Librarian at the New College of Florida. At New College, Cal works with students and faculty on a range of digital and technology-oriented initiatives, including text and social network analysis, mapping, digital collections, and visualization projects. Cal received his MA in History from McGill University (Montreal) and his MLIS from Western University, London (Canada).

ParkDiana Park is a Science Librarian and Assistant Professor at Oregon State University where she is also coordinating the developing Carpentries program. Her research interests include access and affordability, Wikipedia, critical librarianship, and first-generation student success. Diana holds an MLIS from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a BA from Bryn Mawr College.

SerraoJessica Serrao is the Metadata Librarian for Digital Collections at Clemson University. Her research interests include equity, diversity, and inclusion in digital collections, and the application of ethics, empathy, and cultural competency in library and archival practices. She received an MSLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a concentration in archives and records management, an MA in Public History from North Carolina State University, and a BA in Anthropology from Binghamton University.

ValentineGreta Valentine is a Data and Research Analyst at the University of Kansas Libraries. She oversees the collection and curation of internal assessment data, conducts assessment projects and usability studies, and assists with peer learning groups focused on automation and digital scholarship. Her research explores how to document and employ sound privacy practices, particularly regarding the protection of patrons' identifiable data. She holds an MLS degree from Emporia State University.

YierCharles Yier is a Social Sciences & Humanities librarian at Iowa State University (ISU), a position he has held since July 2017. Prior to joining ISU, Charles was a Resident Librarian at the University of Iowa. His daily work routine includes offering different kinds of reference services, teaching Course-Related Instruction sessions, outreach and Collection Development & Management. Charles received his Masters of Library Science from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

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