Who We Are

ACRLog Coordinators

Administrative Coordinator and Interim Guest Post Coordinator: Jen Jarson has been the Head Librarian at Penn State University, Lehigh Valley campus since August 2017. Previously, she worked at Muhlenberg College as the Information Literacy and Assessment Librarian, Social Sciences Subject Specialist, and Head of Public Outreach and Information Literacy Services. Her research interests include information literacy teaching and learning, undergraduate research, and peer-to-peer learning. Contact Jen at jmj12 [at] psu [dot] edu.

Technical Coordinator and Interim First Year Academic Librarian Experience Coordinator: Hailley Fargo is the Head of Education & Outreach Services at Northern Kentucky University. She is also a co-founder of The Librarian Parlor, another blog for learning and sharing experiences around LIS research. Hailley’s research interests include student engagement in higher education, peer-to-peer services in the library, undergraduate research, information and digital literacy, and reference services.

ACRLog Contributors

Jade E. Davis is Director of Educational Technology & Learning Management at the University of Pennsylvania Library. She leads a team committed to strategic technological innovation in library spaces, student engagement, play, teaching, research, and learning support. She was previously the inaugural Director of Digital Project Management and Columbia University Libraries. She has a PhD in Communication studies with a focus in media, technology and culture from UNC Chapel Hill. Her research looks at new modes of knowledge production, how digital information complicates information literacy, the ethics of digital knowledge production, digital media & learning, and empathy culture.  Prior to earning her PhD she worked in digital project management and production, a digital humanities lab, and HASTAC.

Justin Fuhr is a Science librarian at the University of Manitoba. His professional interests include reflective practice, librarian philosophies, organizational culture and community, and support for early-career librarians such as mentorship. His current research assesses researcher profile library workshops and profile usage at his institution, as well as a project on relational practice in Canadian academic librarianship.

Cynthia Mari Orozco is the Equity + OER Librarian at East Los Angeles College and PhD Candidate in Information Studies at UCLA. She is a former resident librarian at Loyola Marymount University and tenure-track librarian at California State University Long Beach before moving into community college librarianship. Her interests include OER and open pedagogy, information literacy, and scholarly communications in community colleges.

Stephanie Sendaula is an On-Call Reference Librarian at Mercer County Community College, West Windsor campus. Her professional background includes a transition from librarianship to publishing and back again, with a sideline in freelance writing. Her research interests include outreach, instruction, and information literacy.

Maura Smale is Chief Librarian at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. A longtime resident of the CUNYverse, she previously worked as Coordinator of Library Instruction then Chief Librarian at New York City College of Technology. Her professional background includes a transition from archaeology to academic librarianship, with a sideline in online media and publishing. Her research interests include undergraduate academic culture, game-based learning, open access publishing, critical librarianship, and instructional technology.

Emily Zerrenner is a Research and Instructional Services librarian at Salisbury University in Maryland. She is the liaison to subjects like Public Health, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, and Exercise Science. She has a lot of interests – that’s why she’s a librarian – but some that she has been researching lately include physical data visualization, data humanism, ChatGPT and AI, reference services, and the role of library student workers.

ACRLogger Alumni

Veronica Arellano-Douglas is the Instruction Coordinator at the University of Houston Libraries. 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 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.”

Dylan Burns is the Arts and Humanities Librarian at the University of Washington. He serves as a liaison to the Cinema and Media Studies Program and the School of Music. His research centers around emotions and librarianship, digital humanities, scholarly communications, open access, and streaming media in libraries.

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.

Emily Hampton Haynes is a Public Services Librarian at Carroll Community College of Maryland. Previously she served as Reference and Education Services librarian at Hood College. Her research interests include information literacy, pedagogy, outreach, and mindfulness in higher education.

Alex Harrington was the Access Services & Instruction Librarian at the Harrell Health Sciences Library at Penn State University, Hershey campus. Previously, she worked at the Joint-Use Library on the Virginia Beach campus of Tidewater Community College. Her research interests include promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in libraries of all kinds, effective use of library spaces, and open access.

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 professional interests include libraries’ organizational response to change, particularly with respect to organizational communication, information seeking, and knowledge management. Her current research explores the reference interview, traditionally used by public services, and how it can be applied in technical services and electronic resources troubleshooting.

Veronica A. Wells is the Information 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.

8 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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