Who We Are

Steven Bell is the Associate University Librarian for Research and Instructional Services at Temple University in Philadelphia. He maintains a Web site and Weblog, Steven Bell’s Keeping Up Web Site and The Kept-Up Academic Librarian, that promote current awareness skills and resources. Steven is a co-founder of the Blended Librarian’s Online Learning Community on the Learning Times Network. He also contributes to the blog Designing Better Libraries. For additional information about Steven J. Bell or to find links to the various Web sites he publishes and maintains, point your browser to http://stevenbell.info

Laura Braunstein is the English Language and Literature Librarian at Dartmouth College‚Äôs 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.”

Sarah Crissinger is a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is completing her second year as a GSLIS student and plans to graduate in May 2015. Sarah holds assistantships in the Reference, Research, and Scholarly Services (RRSS) and Office of Information Literacy and Instruction departments within UIUC’s library system. Her research interests include serving underrepresented populations, new forms of scholarly communication and measuring impact, and user experience in academic libraries. Sarah hopes to provide the ACRLog with a LIS graduate student’s (and current job seeker’s!) perspective.

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.

Jennifer Jarson is the Information Literacy and Assessment Librarian and Social Sciences Subject Specialist at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. Her research interests include information literacy and student learning pedagogy and assessment, as well as issues regarding communication, collaboration, and leadership.

Marc Meola is Information Literacy Librarian at the Community College of Philadelphia. His previous positions include Humanities Librarian at The College of New Jersey and Reference Librarian at Temple University.

Maura Smale is Chief Librarian at New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York, and the blog coordinator for ACRLog. Her professional background includes a (thus far, successful!) transition from archaeology to academic librarianship, with a sideline in online media. Her research interests include undergraduate academic culture, scholarly habits and information-seeking behavior, using games in teaching and learning, open access publishing, critical librarianship, and instructional technology.

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.

5 thoughts on “Who We Are

  1. Hi Michael, this page is up to date, actually — not all of our bloggers post with the same frequency. You might be referring to our First Year Academic Librarian bloggers or guest bloggers. We haven’t included them on this page as they typically write only one or a set number of posts.

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