Who We Are

Veronica Arellano-Douglas is a Research and Instruction Librarian at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She is the co-creator of Librarian Design Share, a blog and online repository of creative commons licensed library-related design. Her research interests include critical librarianship, information literacy, and pedagogy; graphic design and visual communication in libraries; and diversity, equity, and inclusion in LIS.

Quetzalli Barrientos is a resident librarian at American University. She does reference and instruction, but works on projects with other departments in the library. Her research interests include first year success, student retention, and improving reference services. As a resident librarian, she is excited about exploring the different parts of librarianship and learning as much as she can.

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 Collegeā€™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.”

Sarah Crissinger is an Information Literacy Librarian at Davidson College. As a new professional, recent LIS grad, and a transplant to the south, Sarah is constantly exploring and reflecting on many new experiences. Her research interests include service learning, OER, altmetrics, and improving services for first-generation and minority students. Sarah’s views don’t reflect her employer.

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.

Angela Rathmel is the head of Acquisitions & Resource Sharing at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. She has worked in the ‘technical services’ side of academic libraries since 2000 and has a passion for exploring and building connections between public and technical services in libraries. Angela’s research focuses on libraries’ organizational response to changes in scholarly publishing, acquisition, and access, particularly with respect to organizational communication, information seeking, and knowledge management. One example she is investigating is how the reference interview, traditionally used by public services, can be applied in technical services and electronic resources troubleshooting.

Maura Smale is Chief Librarian at New York City College of Technology (City Tech) of the City University of New York, and the blog coordinator for ACRLog. Before September 2014 she was the Coordinator of Library Instruction at City Tech. Her professional background includes a transition from archaeology to academic librarianship, with a sideline in online media. Her research interests include undergraduate academic culture, game-based learning, open access publishing, critical librarianship, and instructional technology.

Veronica A. Wells is the InformationĀ Services Coordinator/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.

7 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.

  2. I am gathering research as I debate pursuing a MLIS degree. I got the link to your site from a blog I stumbled across, The Academic Librarian by Wayne Bivens-Tatum. Your site is a wealth of information. I just wanted to say I look forward to exploring it and appreciate all of you sharing your knowledge.

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