Who We Are
Laura Braunstein is the English Language and Literature Librarian at Dartmouth College’s Baker-Berry Library. She has a doctorate in English from Northwestern University, where she taught writing and literature classes. She has worked as an index editor for the MLA International Bibliography, and serves as a consultant for the Schulz Library at the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont. Her research interests include collaborative learning, using archival materials in teaching, and the impact of the digital humanities on teaching and learning. She coproduced the ACRL Literatures in English Section promotional video, “Literature Librarians and Faculty: Partnering for Academic Success.”
Barbara Fister is an academic librarian at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, specializing in instruction. Her research interests include undergraduate research processes and the intersection of their reading, writing, and research practices. More recently, she has been investigating popular literacy as practiced in online communities, the rhetorical uses of anxiety in the framing of social issues, and the role research plays in creative work, as well as the role of the library in nurturing the social aspects of learning. She is the author of a book on third world women’s literatures, contributes to Bedford/St. Martin’s line of writing handbooks and, in her spare time, writes crime fiction.
Amy Fry is the Electronic Resources Coordinator at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and the instruction liaison for the Art Department. She has been a librarian at academic libraries in Missouri, Minnesota and California, working in reference, electronic resources management, and interlibrary loan. Her research interests include usage patterns, resource discovery and search behavior related to online resources, and she recently collaborated on a usability study and website redesign project at BGSU. She is also the chair of the ALA RUSA MARS Local Systems & Services Committee.
Marc Meola is Humanities Librarian at The College of New Jersey, the most competitive beautiful public college with the happiest students. When not helping students and faculty find and use information, he’s hard at work deleting spam and going to meetings. His librarianly interests include how to evaluate information and he’s currently working on an article on Wikipedia. Marc lives in Philadelphia with his wife and son and enjoys bicycling and swimming.
Maura Smale is the Information Literacy Librarian and Coordinator of Library Instruction at New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York. She is very much enjoying her first professional position as an academic librarian, after a successful transition from archaeology to librarianship (with a sideline in online media). Her research interests include undergraduate scholarly habits and information-seeking behavior, using games in teaching and learning, new models of scholarly communication, and emerging instructional technologies.
Veronica A. Wells is the Access Services/Music Librarian at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. She is currently in her first professional position after earning an MLIS and Master of Arts in Music from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Veronica’s research interests include assessment of music information literacy instruction, incorporating emerging technologies into library instruction in a meaningful way, and best practices for educating faculty and students on Copyright Law and intellectual property.
Kevin S. Clarke is the Digital Initiatives Librarian, Coordinator of Web Services at Belk Library and Information Commons at Appalachian State University. He has published, presented, and taught on library metadata and the Extensible Markup Language (XML). He contributes to ACRLog.org by managing the WordPress software on which the blog runs.