SUNYLA Presenters

Abby Smith is the Discovery Metadata Librarian at SUNY Potsdam’s Crumb Library.

Alex Rudshteyn is the Director of Library Entrepreneurship, Systems, and Network Support at Brooklyn College, and has held various technical positions in the Library since 1998. He holds an MSc in Computer & Information Science from Brooklyn College, as well as an MSc and BSc in Mechanical Engineering from institutions in Belarus.

Alexandra Rojas is the Coordinator of Reference and Instruction Librarian at LaGuardia Community College. She has taught the Library’s three-credit course, “Information Strategies” (LRC 102) and its one-credit course on “Internet Research Strategies” (LRC 103). She is a member of the College’s Academic Standing Committee.

Allen Foresta is a Senior Librarian at Teachers College, Columbia University who provides in-class library information sessions, research consultation, and email/in-person reference service. He develops research guides specific to the College’s departments and programs for the Learning at the Library blog – supporting and promoting research mastery (a few steps beyond “information literacy”).

Amy Stempler is the Coordinator of Library Instruction at the College of Staten Island (CSI), CUNY, and has served as co-chair of CUNY’s Library Information Literacy Advisory Committee (LILAC) since 2012. Her current research involves the use of academic archival collections.

Amy Levine is a Senior Account Executive at EBSCO Information Services.

Andrew Lyons has worked at the University at Albany in ITS-Client Support Services since 2010 and in support of educational use of technology since 2004. He manages the ITS Tech Consultants who provide tier one support at the HelpDesk and in the Information Commons computing areas.

Angela M. Rhodes is the Systems & Electronic Resources Librarian for Morrisville State College. She is also a member of the Cataloging and Authorities Task Force.

Anne Larrivee is the Anthropology, Africana Studies, Human Development, and Social Work Subject Librarian at Binghamton University. She earned her M.A. in Library and Information Science in Spring 2010 from the University of South Florida. Her interests include visual literacy, the study of space utilization, and a broad range of sociocultural topics related to libraries. She values collaborative projects and believes they can provide an abundance of enriching opportunities. With her pursuit toward an M.A. in Anthropology she looks forward to integrating her anthropological knowledge toward her profession in librarianship.

Brandon West is the Online Instruction/Instructional Design Librarian at the State University of New York at Oswego. In addition to his reference and teaching responsibilities, Brandon facilitates the growth and development of initiatives to ensure a prominent library presence in online courses.

Brenda Hazard is Library Director at Hudson Valley Community College.

Carleen Huxley is an Assistant Librarian for SUNY Jefferson. She is responsible for managing reference services and coordinating the information literacy program. Her general area of interest focuses on teaching and assessing information literacy skills in community college settings. She is particularly interested in the use of emerging technologies to enhance the instructional experience. In December of 2013 she completed a Post-Masters certification in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University with a focus on the use of Digital Services and Emerging Technologies in libraries. She is currently serving as the Chair for the WGIL General Education task force.

Carlos Arguelles is an Assistant Professor at Kingsborough Community College of CUNY where he is a Reader Service Librarian and an information literacy instructor. He participates in the website, system and assessment committees. He graduated from CW Post with a Masters in Information Science, and from NYIT with an M.B.A. After graduation he worked as a medical librarian at North Shore-LIJ Health System.

Carol Anderson (M.A.L.S., M.S., Ed. Psy.) is an Associate Librarian, Reference at the University Library, University at Albany and is collaborating with Kessler on the reference collection review.

Carrie Cuinn is an author, editor, bibliophile, modernist, and geek. Her work often references and subverts classic science fiction, blending SF tropes with feminism, anti-colonialism, hard science, myth, magic, and other forms of literature. Recent stories can be found at Daily Science Fiction, Akashic Books, Chaosium, and in her latest collection, Women and Other Constructs (June 2013). She founded Dagan Books in 2010, publishing SF/F anthologies, novellas, andLakeside Circus, a quarterly magazine of very short fiction.

Carrie Fishner has been working in higher education for over decade, first in Residence Life for many years before making the switch to librarianship. Carrie is enjoying the continued contact with students, while sharing her knowledge of student life and growth gained through her previous experiences.

Charles Keyes is an Instructional Services Librarian with 30 years of teaching and curriculum development experience in the fields of adult literacy, TESOL, communication studies, and research. He has been the Coordinator of LaGuardia’s International Studies Option and, as Chair of the Colleges Senate, is currently LaGuardia’s faculty governance leader.  

Chris Parana is a developer for Buffalo State, unifying the library’s assets into a single, coherent resource, but he’s not your typical code wrangler. With a degree in music and time at Apple, Parana believes that design is more than veneer and software with visceral elements works better.

Christine Pawleski is an Adjunct Associate Professor (Health and Behavior Studies) and Project Director, Child Abuse & Disabilities Website/Training Projects (Center for Opportunities & Outcomes for People with Disabilities) at Teachers College, Columbia University. Chris led a one-day conference in Spring, 2014, “Creating a Better Future for ALL: Doing My Part”.

Chuck Rothmanwrites science fiction and fantasy, with stories in various locations and is the author of two published novels, Staroamer’s Fate and Syron’s Fate which are both available at Praise for Staroamer’s Fate includes: “Worth passing on— Rothman brings to his novel a certain freshness and vigor which makes Staroamer’s Fate anything but hackneyed. Very little is dull here” —Dan Chow, Locus and “One of the unique heroines to come along— This is the sort of action/adventure story that can be enjoyed on several levels, and by people who are not necessarily hard-core SF fans. Definitely a good read” —Roberta Rogow, Voya.

Cyril Oberlander is the Director of Milne Library at SUNY Geneseo since January 2011, and is the Principal Investigator for the Open SUNY Textbook Project. Previously, Oberlander held the positions of the Associate Director of Milne Library and prior to that, the Director of Interlibrary Services at the University of Virginia Library from 2005-2008.

David Mitchell, Curator pro bono, Miriam Snow Mathes Historical Children’s Literature Collection, Special Collections and Archives at UAlbany, has filled that post since retiring from the Library School faculty in 1991, where he’d taught, among other courses, The History of Children’s Literature, Reference, Bibliography, and The Book in America.  

Delia Sherman is a fantasy writer and editor. Her novel The Porcelain Dove won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award. Her most recent novel is The Freedom Maze (2011). Set in Louisiana in the 1960—and 1860—it is a fantasy novel that uses the device of time-travel to explore the themes of slavery, courage, womanhood, and family ties. Though ostensibly aimed at young-adult readers, the historical research underpinning the novel makes it accessible to anyone with an interest in US history. The novel won the 2012 Prometheus Award and the Andre Norton Award.

Dr. Howard Spivak is the Director of Academic IT at Brooklyn College, a position he has held for over 25 years, through various changes of unit title. He holds a PhD in Psychology (Statistics and Evaluation) from Columbia University.

Dr. Kelly Wissman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Reading at the University at Albany where she teaches courses in children’s literature and sociocultural approaches to teaching and learning. She is a recipient of the Excellence in Full-Time Teaching Award given by UAlbany’s School of Education.

Dr. Ray L. Morrison has been the Coordinator of Access Services at SUNY Oswego for the past five years. Prior to that, he was the Library Director at MidAmerica Nazarene University (Olalthe, KS) for 23 years, Library Instruction Librarian at Pittsburg State University (Pittsburg, KS) and Reference Librarian at Olivet Nazarene University (Kankakee, IL).

William Gunn is the Head of Academic Outreach for Mendeley, a research management tool for collaboration and discovery. Dr. Gunn attended Tulane University as a Louisiana Board of Regents Fellow, receiving his PhD in Biomedical Science from the Center for Gene Therapy at Tulane University in 2008. His research involved dissecting the molecular mechanism of bone metastasis in multiple myeloma and resulted in a novel treatment approach employing mesenchymal stem cells, the body’s own reparative forces. Frustrated with the inefficiencies of the modern research process, he left academia and established the biology program at Genalyte, a novel diagnostics startup. At Mendeley, he works to make research more impactful and reproducible and is an expert on altmetrics, reproducibility, and open access.

Elizabeth Andrews is the User Services Librarian at SUNY Potsdam, where her main duties include instruction and student outreach. She has an M.L.I.S. from the University of Illinois and is also a graduate of the ACRL Immersion program. Hobbies include cooking, eating, reading, laughing, and singing.

Elizabeth Tompkins is an assistant professor and reader services librarian at Kingsborough Community College/CUNY located in Brooklyn, NY. Elizabeth has varied responsibilities, including managing the reference desk, acquiring electronic resources, and conducting library instruction. She earned her Masters in Library Science from Pratt Institute and has an M.S. in Business from Pace University.

Ellen Kushner is an American writer of fantasy novels. From 1996 until 2010, she was the host of the radio program Sound & Spirit, produced by WGBH in Boston and distributed by Public Radio International. Kushner’s novel, Thomas the Rhymer, won the World Fantasy Award and the Mythopoeic Award. She has also published short stories and poetry in various anthologies, including The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and The Borderland Series of urban fantasy anthologies for teenage readers.

Emily Mitchell is the webmaster for SUNY Oswego’s Penfield Library. Prior to that she was the Educational Technologies Librarian at Ferris State University. She enjoys bossing computers around, messing with yarn, and playing outside.

Emily Thompson became a librarian after trying costume design and teaching English in Asia. A graduate of the University of Michigan School of Information, she started working at Penfield in October 2011. As Learning Technologies Librarian, she seeks out new technologies and teaches students how to use them.

Eugene J. Harvey is the Assessment Librarian at SUNY Buffalo State. Eugene has published on user experience, learning spaces, and classroom furniture, and he has presented nationally and internationally, including the 5th QQML Conference, Rome, Italy, the 2012 and 2013 Educause Conferences, and the 2010 Library Assessment Conference. He is a former Ph.D. candidate in Social Welfare at Case Western Reserve University and holds an M.L.S. from the University at Buffalo and an M.S.W. from CWRU.

Galina Letnikova is the Coordinator of Library Instruction. She has 35 years of teaching experience including Library courses at LaGuardia and Queens College’s Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. She received an M.A. in Education from Moscow State Linguistic University and is a fluent French speaker.

Glen Bogardus has eight years of experience in academic Interlibrary Loan, and is currently the Interlibrary Loan Specialist for both the SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam college libraries.

Gregory M. Toth’s responsibilities at Brockport include reference, instruction, and management of online databases. His prior interest in Sketchup© in the instruction/orientation environment was revived by the potential for its use in creating 3D models.

Gregory Maguire is a best-selling Albany-born author and University at Albany graduate. He is best-known for Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (1995), which was adapted as a Tony Award winning Broadway musical. Maguire’s other fairy tale “revisions” include Son of a Witch (2005), an Oz sequel; Mirror, Mirror (2003), based on Snow White; and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (1999), a Cinderella tale. His work as a consultant in creative writing for children has taken him to speaking engagements nationally and internationally. He is also a founder and codirector of Children’s Literature New England, Inc., a non-profit educational charity.

Heather Shalhoub has been working with Empire State College’s online library since 2008. She previously worked at University at Albany’s Dewey Graduate Library, SCCC’s Begley Library and FMCC’s Evans Library. When not at the library, you can find her making art, baking vegan treats, quilting, and being a Madison Handbags design consultant.

Hong Cheng is an instruction librarian at the LaGuardia Community College. Prior to this position, she served as the instruction/reference librarian at Indiana University Southeast. She earned her Masters of Library Science from Indiana University Bloomington. Her research interests include assessment, open access, and business reference and services.

Jane Kessler is Reference Librarian/Bibliographer at the University Library, University at Albany. Her responsibilities include providing reference services and reference collection development. She holds a B.S. in Business & Economics from Lehigh University, an M.B.A. from Rutgers University, and an M.L.S. from the University at Albany.

Jane Verostek is currently an Associate Librarian at Moon Library at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Jane has worked at SUNY ESF’s Moon Library as a librarian since June 1998. Prior to SUNY ESF she held positions at the Onondaga County Public Library System, the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC), Gaylord/Polaris and the S.U. Law Library. Jane received a B.S. in Environmental Science from SUNY ESF in 1992, a Masters in Library Science from Syracuse University in 1996 and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Digital Libraries from Syracuse University in 2008.

Jason Torre is an Associate Librarian at Stony Brook University, and chair of the Appendix 48 Advisory Committee on Librarian Issues.

Jeffrey Berman is a Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Albany. He received his Ph.D. in English from Cornell University in 1971. He is the author of 13 books including, Death Education in the Writing Classroom, Cutting and the Pedagogy of Self-Disclosure, and Risky Writing: Self-Disclosure and Self-Transformation in the Classroom.

Jennifer Govan is a Senior Librarian with broad experience in diverse areas of library work – research and information, collection management, K-12 curriculum, archives, and educational outreach. She enjoys questing for research to strengthen the academic community, while developing the highly collaborative Gottesman Libraries Education Program at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Jennifer Kegler is a Reference Librarian and the Library Instruction Coordinator at the College at Brockport (SUNY). She enjoys assisting students and faculty with information needs, whether through informal one-on-one interactions, formal class instruction, or in learning management systems. She has published several peer-reviewed articles, a book chapter, and book reviews on the topics of cognitive learning theories, information literacy, and e-books.

Jessica Ernye is a monographic copy cataloger at UAlbany since 2007. Ms. Ernye specializes in cataloging e-resources, dissertations and theses, and historical children’s books. She has worked with the children’s collection Curator and the Miriam Snow Mathes Historical Children’s Literature Collection since 2010.

Jesus Alonso-Regalado is the bibliographer and outreach librarian for History, Latin American Studies, and Romance Languages at the University at Albany. He has been involved in the plan for implementing the information literacy competency in the Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies major at the University at Albany. One of his interests includes the integration of foreign resources in information literacy for international and interdisciplinary academic programs, emphasizing the importance of using resources created in other countries to create well-rounded research that integrates different points of view.

Jesus E. Sanabria is an Assistant Professor- Librarian at the Bronx Community College Library. His current research interests are scaffolding reference services, advocacy on the use of reference materials for developing students, and information literacy collaborations with faculty.

Jill Dixon currently serves as the Director of Public Services at Binghamton University Libraries. Ms. Dixon oversees the development and implementation of innovative library services and programs for Public Services. Her previous positions at Binghamton were Science Library Coordinator and Engineering Librarian.

Jim Kropelin is the Regional Sales Manager for New York Academics and has been with EBSCO Information Services for 12 years.

John Hammond is the Executive Director of the Northern New York Library Network.

John Myers is a 1995 M.L.I.S. graduate of the University of South Carolina. After developing his cataloging skills in both public and academic libraries, he was hired as Catalog Librarian at Union College in 2001, where he oversees the activities of the cataloging unit and continues to produce original cataloging. He has provided cataloging training across New York State and also several update forums on RDA for NYLA’s Annual Conference. He has been a member of ALA’s Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access (CC:DA) since 2005, during which the drafts and revisions to RDA were reviewed.

John Schumacher is Electronic Resources Coordinator in the Office of Library and Information Services SUNY, and founding chair of the Appendix 48 Committee on Librarian Issues.

Jonathan Cope is a Reference/Instruction Librarian at the College of Staten Island (CSI), CUNY. Cope’s current research is focused on the ways in which library and information literacy work is situated within specific social, cultural, economic, and disciplinary contexts.

Joseph A. Williams is the Assistant Director and Head of Technical Services at SUNY Maritime College. Active in the fields of librarianship and history, his works include journal literature, chapters in anthologies, and monographs.

Julia Furay is a Reference/Instruction Librarian and Archivist at Kingsborough Community College, CUNY. Her current research interests include information literacy, theatre, and archives.

Julie Wang is the Area Studies Librarian for Asian and Asian American Studies at Binghamton University. She works as bibliographer for the CJK collection development as well as materials in English and other languages. She also provides general reference and instructional services. She received a B.A. in Chinese Language & Literature, Beijing Normal University, China and M.L.S. from Southern Connecticut State University.

Kabel Stanwicks is the Head of Access Services for the University Libraries at the University at Albany. In this position, he oversees interlibrary loan, reserves, circulation services, collection maintenance, document delivery, circulation billing, periodicals, and extended hours. He previously held positions at the University of Connecticut and Yale University.

Karen Trivette Cannell is the current Head of Special Collections and FIT Archives at the Fashion Institute of Technology; she has held this position since 2008. She holds a Masters of Library Science degree with a concentration in Archives and Records Management from the University at Albany (NY) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from UNC-Chapel Hill. She has worked primarily in art libraries and art archives except for an over three-year post at the New York State Archives where she advised practitioners on archives and records management matters.

Kate Pitcher is the Head of Technical Services and Collection Development at SUNY Geneseo since 2008. Previously, she served as a reference librarian from 2002-2008, and had prior experience working at the New York Public Library and the Rochester Public Library.

Kathryn Frederick is the Systems Librarian at Skidmore College. She has been working with library technology since 2002.

Katherine Bertel serves as Outreach & Engagement Librarian at Buffalo State. Katie works on innovative ways to visually market library services and communicate value to various campus populations. Her marketing and outreach specialties include social media, brand development, patron behavior and insight, and strategic market segmentation.

Katie Jezik is the Cataloging/Systems Librarian at Hudson Valley Community College.

Katrina Frazier is an Associate Professor and Cataloging Librarian at the A. Holly Patterson Library, Nassau Community College in Garden City, New York. She has been with the Library since 2000 and has served as the Unit Head of the Library’s Cataloging Division since 2007. She currently serves in the capacity as METRO Liaison and Co-Chair of the Professional Development Committee for the SUNY Librarians Association. Katrina holds a B.A. in Psychology from Hofstra University and an M.L.S. from CW Post, Long Island University.

Kenneth R. Wierzbowski is the Systems and Assessment Librarian at Brockport’s Drake Memorial Library and enthusiastically jumped at the opportunity to work with the 3D printer. Added to the unique duties of his title, he also provides reference and instruction services, and works closely with mobile technology, graphic design projects, and webcasting.

Kevin J. Cappallo has been with The New York Times for over 27 years. He has been involved in The Times Education Program to varying degrees during that entire time. In 1998, he moved into The Times education segment full time and was named National Director, Education in 1999 when he started a dedicated education team.

Kevin McCoy is a Professor of Library Technical Services at Suffolk Community College. He has B.A. in History and Masters in Technological Systems Management from Stony Brook University and an M.L.S. from Queens College.  Kevin is responsible for the implementation and delivery of electronic library services at Suffolk Community College.

Kim Myers is the Digital Repository Specialist, and Manager of Digital Commons@Brockport. In an alternate universe she is the leader for a 4H STEM club, and therefore interested in “All things MakerSpace”.

Krista Gruber is an Associate Professor and Reader Services Librarian at Suffolk County Community College’s Ammerman Campus. She regularly teaches information literacy, serves as a liaison to the Social Sciences, Business, and Music departments, and partners with the campus Writing Center to provide students with research and citation assistance. Krista also serves as a volunteer literacy tutor for the Literacy Suffolk organization.

Kristy Lee is the Systems Librarian at Sojourner Truth Library at New Paltz.

Laura Anne Gilman is the author of the popular Cosa Nostradamus novels, the Nebula award-nominated The Vineart War trilogy, and the Portals duology, in addition to short fiction from many fine publishers. Her next project is the weird west/divergent history fantasy Silver on the Road, coming from Simon & Schuster/Saga Press in 2015. She has dipped her pen into the mystery field as well, writing the Gin & Tonic series as L.A. Kornetsky.

Laura Osterhout is the Member Services Librarian at the Rochester Regional Library Council. She oversees continuing education and digital projects for the Council, and contributes to various statewide projects of the NY 3Rs, Association, Inc.

Lauren Marcus is a Reference, Instruction, and Interlibrary Loan Librarian at Sojourner Truth Library at SUNY New Paltz.

Lee A. Cummings is the Subject Librarian for Engineering at Binghamton University. He obtained his M.L.I.S. from Wayne State University, and also has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toledo. His research interests include print vs. electronic book usage and service to distance learners.

Leslie Vega is the Visual Arts Librarian at Binghamton University. As the bibliographer for the Art, Art History, and Music Departments, she is responsible for reference, instruction, and collections management, as well as close collaboration with colleagues in Special Collections and Visual Resources. She earned her Masters in Art History, and Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute in 2009, and has a background in Fine Arts, Art History, museum collections, and archives.

Lisa Errico is an Assistant Professor at Nassau Community College’s A. Holly Patterson Library. As a Technical Services Librarian, her position combines both Cataloging and Acquisitions responsibilities. She received her M.L.S. from Queens College, CUNY and has been with the Library since 1994.

Logan Rath is an Instruction and Resource Sharing Librarian at the College at Brockport. In addition to running ILL, he has a strong interest in the intersection of emerging technologies and online instruction. Logan is a past-president of SUNYLA and is currently your FACT2 council representative.

Madeline Veitch is a Cataloging and Metadata Librarian at SUNY New Paltz. She also works half-time in Reference and Instruction, serving as library liaison to Theatre Arts and Environmental Studies. She received her M.S.L.S. from UNC Chapel Hill in 2012. Recently, she’s been fired up about library zine collections.

Maggie Horn has been with OLIS as Library Data and Systems Analyst (title varies) since August 2000. In this capacity she has developed and/or presented training in cataloging, serials, indexing, and data checking. Prior to her OLIS stint, she held cataloging positions at UAlbany, Northern Arizona University, University of California, Davis, and Brown University. At all five of these institutions, she has exercised her prerogative to seek out and correct messy data.

Marianne Foley is the coordinator for Interlibrary Loan at SUNY Buffalo State. Prior to this, she served as the ANGEL Database Administrator at Buffalo State, Systems Librarian at E. H. Butler Library, biostatistician at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and military radar systems engineer. She received an M.A. in Statistics and M.L.S. from the University at Buffalo, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, and a B.S. in Mathematics from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Marianne Hebert (SUNY Potsdam) is currently the ALEPH Systems Manager and Collection Development Coordinator at SUNY Potsdam. Her background includes cataloging, acquisitions, reference, and library technology. She enjoys making pie charts in Excel spreadsheet, hiking in the Adirondacks, and extreme gardening.

Mary Anne Waltz is project manager and instructor for the NYLA Digital Literacy project. She has been involved in digital literacy training since the days of transition from a card to online catalog. Her current interests, in addition to digital literacy, include the role and potential of technology in the delivery of library services.

As Director of Environmental Sustainability, Mary Ellen Mallia supports UAlbany’s sustainability efforts, including its “UAlbany Green Scene” initiative, environmental education, and policies. Mallia works to advance strategic planning initiatives related to campus environmental issues and also works with various academic departments and student groups to develop, implement, and coordinate environmental initiatives such as UAlbany’s recycling and energy conservation programs. She holds a doctorate in ecological economics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Mary Van Ullen is the Associate Director for Collections at the University at Albany. Previously, she served as the Bibliographer for Business, Economics, and Geography and Planning. Prior to coming to the University at Albany, she was employed as a special librarian in the electronics, materials and biotechnology fields, where she specialized in business intelligence, technical information, and intellectual property.

Mary-Carol Lindbloom is the Executive Director of the South Central Regional Library Council. She holds an M.L.S. from Syracuse University and B.A. in anthropology. Ms. Lindbloom has worked in several library settings: university, public, museum, and hospital. She serves on three school library system advisory councils, administers a nationwide text reference service, and leads the NY3Rs connecting library services to student and patron outcomes and assessment initiative.

Maureen Lindstrom is the Associate Director for Information Commons at E. H. Butler Library, SUNY Buffalo State. She is the recipient of the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship. Maureen received her undergraduate degree from Binghamton University and her M.L.S. from the University at Buffalo.

Maureen Sullivan is a past President of the American Library Association (2012-2013) and past President of the Association for College and Research Libraries (1998-1999). She has more than twenty-five years of experience as a consultant on organization development, leadership development, strategic planning, organizational change, staff development, and diversity.

Maureen Zajkowski works for the SUNY Office of Library and Information Services as the SUNYConnect Program Manager. While her primary responsibility is the coordination of activities related to Aleph500, Maureen also works on projects that serve the resource needs of the libraries of the State University of New York.

Megan Coder joined the SUNY New Paltz library faculty in 2005 and has been a cataloging librarian since 2011. Megan is the library liaison to the Asian Studies and Psychology departments. She received her M.L.I.S. from Kent State University, and is a proud bunny mom of her Holland Lop, Snoopy.

Michelle Bishop is SUNY Oswego’s First-Year Experience Librarian. She instructs information literacy concepts specific to the unique needs of first-year students.   She actively pursues opportunities for instructional outreach like leading research workshops in the residence halls. And as a new live-in faculty mentor she is beginning to build more personal connections with students.

Michelle Toth is an instruction librarian and the LIB Course Coordinator at SUNY Plattsburgh. She loathed group work as a student but has successfully transitioned to facilitating group work in instruction sessions that most students actually seem to enjoy.

Mike Buschman is the co-founder of Plum Analytics. Before founding Plum Analytics, Mike was the Director of Product Management for ProQuest’s Summon Discovery Service. Previously Mike was a Client Services Manager for the IEEE, and prior to that was Program Manager and Technical Evangelist for Microsoft’s Academic and Book Search products. Mike was also the Collections Management Librarian at the Microsoft corporate library for 5 years. He currently lives in Seattle.

Mike Magilligan is the Digital Technologies and Learning Librarian for SUNY Canton. His focus at Canton is to instruct innovative research techniques that blend digital and traditional resources. By encouraging creative thinking as an integral part of the research process, Mike aims to provide a user ended experience that fosters individual growth as part of the scholarly process.

Missy Harvey has been serving in her current position for the past 3 years. Previously, she spent 16 years as the Computer Science Librarian for Carnegie Mellon University. She started a corporate library for Sun Microsystems, once worked for Peterson’s Guides, among other interesting positions. She’s served as an adjunct instructor for 3 library schools for about 18 years, most recently for Drexel University, receiving an Award for Teaching Excellence.

Nan Frost is the Account Executive/Academic Research GALE Cengage Learning. She is responsible for increasing market share in academic library markets in the Northeast area. She works to improve relationships with faculty, librarians, directors, and consortia through frequent travel, meetings, trade shows and presentations, and develops strategic sales and marketing plans.

Nancy Abashian has served Binghamton University Libraries for 8 years, most recently as the Head of Reader Services. Prior to her current position, Ms. Abashian held positions at Binghamton including Gifts and Acquisitions Assistant, Coordinator of Physical Facilities, and Information Service Desk Coordinator for the Science Library.

Nancy Poehlmann is Head of Cataloging Services at the University at Albany. She has held positions at the University of Florida, Notre Dame, University of Washington, Indiana University, and University of Chicago. Nancy has a B.A. in French and English from Agnes Scott College, an M.A. in comparative literature and an M.L.S., both from Indiana University.

Okey Ndibe is a novelist, political columnist, and essayist. He is the author of Arrows of Rain, a critically acclaimed novel published in 2000. He relocated to the United States in 1988 to serve as founding editor of African Commentary, a magazine described as “award-winning and widely acclaimed.” Ndibe’s essay, “My Biafran Eyes,” about his childhood experience of war, is published in the Dzanc Best of the Web 2008. He teaches fiction and African literature at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. His poetry is published in New West African Poets, edited by the Gambian writer, Tijan Sallah. Ndibe has taught at Simon’s Rock of Bard College in Great Barrington, MA, Connecticut College, New London, CT, and the University of Lagos (as a Fulbright scholar). He currently finished working on a new novel titled foreign gods, incorporated.

Patricia Pinho is an Associate Professor and Undergraduate Studies Director at the Department of Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latino Studies (LACS) at the University at Albany. She has been the coordinator of the plan for implementing the new competencies (information literacy, advanced writing, oral discourse, and critical thinking) of the University at Albany’s General Education Program into the LACS major. Her research and teaching focuses on the topics of blackness, whiteness, racism, and forms of resistance to racism in Brazil, and more broadly in Latin America.

Patrick Patterson is the Web Services Librarian for the SUNY Potsdam College Libraries. Along with working at the college, Patterson work as an Adjunct Instructor for the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in the Web Design and Multimedia Department.

Dr. Paul Toscano received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, then completed his post-doctoral work at Northwestern.  He came to the University at Albany in 1985.  He is currently Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Chemistry Department.  He has been an author or co-author on 100 scientific papers. 

Ray Morrison is the Coordinator of Access Services Librarian at SUNY Oswego.  Prior to that, he served as a Library Director for 23 years as well as a Reference Librarian, and Library Instruction Librarian at three other academic libraries.  Ray has an MLS from San Jose State University, CAS in Librarianship from the University of Illinois and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Arkansas.

Rebecca Hyams is the Cataloging, Metadata, and Systems Librarian at SUNY Maritime. She has an M.A. in Music Theory and an M.L.S. from Queens College (CUNY), and is interested in the impact of technology and design on the use of library services.

Rebecca L. Mugridge is the Associate Director for Technical Services and Library Systems at the University at Albany. She has held positions at the Pennsylvania State University, Yale University, Robert Morris University, and the University of Pittsburgh. Rebecca has a B.A. in history from Penn State, an M.L.S. from the University of Pittsburgh, and an M.B.A. from Robert Morris University.

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, M.L.S. is the Coordinator for Library Sustainability at the Mid-Hudson Library System. A certified Sustainable Building Advisor (NaSBA) and Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP), Rebekkah was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2010. Rebekkah is a frequent presenter at libraries and conferences around the US.

Roger Lipera is a certified Web site designer who works in the Interactive Media Center (IMC) as a training specialist. He creates professional Web sites and teaches a variety of classes, ranging from Web site design to photo editing. Lipera has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pacific Lutheran University, a Masters from Illinois State University, and a certificate in Web development.

Sara Hull has been with Empire State College since May 2007. Previously, she worked at Bay Path College, Siena College, and the Corinth Free Library. On the side, she dabbles in voice-overs, writing, singing, ukulele, guitar, mountain dulcimer, and removing mountains of pink floral wallpaper from her pre-Civil-War-era home.

Shannon Pritting is currently the Access & Resource Sharing Librarian at Syracuse University, where he oversees all circulation, reserves, and resource sharing functions as well as services at the newly renovated Carnegie Library. He is also the current Technology Development Team Chair for the IDS Project.

Stacey Knibloe is Senior Customer Education Specialist for Cengage Learning. She received a Masters of Library Science from the University of Buffalo and began her Gale career in 1999. She offers on-site resource training with coverage of K-12, academic, and public libraries across the mid-Atlantic and northeastern United States and the eastern Canadian provinces. She loves that “Aha!” moment when she gets her students to the moment of training where instruction meets inspiration. She works to ensure that library staff members are completely comfortable using Gale eResources and can integrate them into everyday research.

Stephanie Walker is the Chief Librarian and Executive Director of Academic Information Technologies at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. She has previously worked at Harvard University Libraries and the University of Toronto Libraries, and has a longstanding interest in innovation and entrepreneurship in libraries and technology. She holds an M.L.S. from the University of Toronto, and an M.A. from the University of Waterloo.

Stephen Weiter has been the Director of College Libraries at SUNY ESF since 2009. Prior to his current assignment, he was at the NY State Appellate Division Law Library in Rochester NY as the Systems Librarian and Head of Technical Services (1997-2009). He is an alum and an adjunct faculty member of Mary Annthe iSchool at Syracuse University.

Susan D’Entremont received her MA in Library and Information Studies from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to going to library school, she was an archivist at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston. In Madison, she was a Collection Development Archivist at the Wisconsin Historical Society. She is currently both the Documentary Heritage Program Regional Archivist and the Digital Project Manager at the Capital District Library Council in Albany.

Susan Lieberthal is a native of South Africa. She has been campus head librarian at the Ammerman Campus of Suffolk County Community College for the past 4 years. Susan is interested in management, technology in higher education, and providing cutting edge services to Suffolk’s students.

Tina Chan is the Assistant Coordinator of Reference at SUNY Oswego.  She writes book reviews for Choice, Library Journal, and Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database.  She has also written reviews for ARLIS/NA Reviews, NMRT Footnotes, and the Asian American Studies section of Resources for College Libraries as a peer reviewer.

Trudi Jacobson is the Head of the Information Literacy Department at the University at Albany. She has been heavily involved in changes to the campus’s General Education program. Her interests include metaliteracy and the potential for competency-based educational endeavors. She co-chairs the ACRL Task Force that is rethinking the Information Literacy Standards.

Valerie Mittenberg is the Head of Reference Services at Sojourner Truth Library at SUNY New Paltz.

Wendy Prince is currently the Evening Library Supervisor. She works with student staff maintaining a welcoming library environment. Wendy’s grant writing has led to providing a variety of programming. Recently, she supplied programming for the NEH’s Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys book discussion series.  

Wendy West is the Head of Catalog Management Services at University at Albany. She has worked at the University at Albany since 1987. West holds an M.L.S. from University at Albany and a B.A. in Anthropology from Franklin Pierce University.

Yu-Hui Chen is the Bibliographer and Outreach Librarian for Education at the University at Albany. Her research interests include information architecture, human-computer interaction, Web usability, and user studies. In 2012, she received her doctoral degree in Information Science.


Empire 2014 Presenters

Lisa Czirr is the Teaching Materials Center (TMC) Librarian at Memorial Library, SUNY Cortland, providing instruction and serving as the liaison to SUNY Cortland’s Education departments. The TMC is devoted to PreK-12 services and materials, allowing pre-teacher students to gain experience with various resources. Lisa has also established an online TMC presence through LibGuides and social media. She has also started a hands-on “Inspiration Station” within the center, a space devoted to classroom project creation. The connection between curriculum centers like the TMC and school libraries is an area that she’s especially interested in exploring further. She worked in the public library field prior to academic in varying roles, some of which include young adult programming, technology training and reference.

Kathleen Fear is the Data Librarian at the University of Rochester’s River Campus Libraries. She holds a PhD in information from the University of Michigan, where her research focused on how to foster data sharing and reuse; how to make research data accessible to potential reusers; and how to quantify the scholarly impact of data reuse.

Kate Gerson As a former high school English teacher, New York City principal, leadership coach and program lead, Kate Gerson brings years of practical field experience to her role as Sr Fellow for Educator Engagement & the Common Core in New York State. Previously, she served as the Executive Director of Academic Programs at New Leaders where she led integrated program design and implementation in principal recruitment, selection, assessment, and training. Before serving on the staff of New Leaders, Kate had been their first principal in New York City. There, she designed, launched and successfully led South Brooklyn Community High School, a model transfer school for over-aged-under-credited students which was later duplicated throughout the city. She has consulted with non- profit organizations and urban school districts and schools across the country.

Mary-Carol Lindbloom is South Central Regional Library Council’s Executive Director. She has worked in a variety of library settings: university, public, museum, hospital, and library system. She serves on three school library system advisory councils and is currently leading the NY3Rs work group connecting library services to student and patron outcomes and assessment.

Pamela Whiteley McLaughlin, Director of Communications and External Relations Syracuse University Libraries

Emer O’Keeffe is the high school librarian with Schalmont CSD, having come to library science after many years in the fields of history and publishing. A 2003 graduate of SUNY Albany (MSIS-School Media), she has worked in public schools since then with one exception: 2012-2013 she was the project manager on a SUNY IIT metaliteracy grant with Trudi Jacobson of SUNY Albany. An Irish native, she has lived and traveled in Europe, Asia, and Australasia. Publication credits include the eight-volume Search for Missing Friends series (New England Historic Genealogical Society)

Lee Rainie, Director of Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project has studied the social impact of digital technologies since 2000. Lee presents several dozen speeches each year to government officials, media leaders, scholars and students, technology executives, librarians, and non-profit groups about the changing media ecosystem. He is regularly interviewed by major news organizations regarding technology trends. Lee co-authored Networked: The New Social Operating System and five books about the future of the Internet that are drawn from Pew Internet research. Prior to launching the Pew Internet Project, he was managing editor of U.S. News & World Report. He is a graduate of Harvard University and has a master’s degree in political science from Long Island University. He blogs at

James Schneider is a school librarian with the Schenectady City School District (Schenectady, NY), having served at Oneida Middle School and now Schenectady High School. Prior to his career as a school librarian, Jim has more than 25 years experience in bookselling and publishing. At Schenectady High School, in addition to being a school librarian, Jim is the CAS Coordinator of the International Baccalaureate Program (IB) and a member of the IB leadership team. A graduate of the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Teacher Institute, Jim has learned to love primary source information resources.

Wendy Shook is the science data librarian at Middlebury College. Prior to that, she was a data analysis specialist, data archivist, and observation and operations specialist at the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy – Gemini Observatory, Hawai’i. She also served as a volunteer librarian at a grade school in Hawai’i. She holds a Master of Information Studies from Charles Sturt University in Australia (2011), and a Bachelor of Science, Physics Cooperative Program, from University of Victoria (1996).

Barbara Stripling was inaugurated as president at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Dr. Stripling holds the position of assistant professor of practice at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.  She previously served seven years as the director of School Library Services for the New York City Department of Education.  A member of ALA since 1977, she has served as a member-at-large of ALA Council from 1992–1996 and 1998-present. She also served on the ALA Executive Board (2001–2005) and is past president (1996–1997) of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Dr. Stripling received a B.A. in speech and drama from Stanford University (1968), an M.A. in Communication and Theatre from the University of Colorado (1974), an M.Ed. in Instructional Resources from the University of Arkansas (1991), an Ed.S. in Educational Administration from the University of Arkansas (2003), and a Doctorate of Professional Studies, Information Management from Syracuse University (2011).

Karin Wikoff, Electronic and Technical Services Librarian, Ithaca College Library

Kerri Willette, Digital Services Manager at Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO)