Presenters

Abby Kasowitz-Scheer, Syracuse University Libraries

Abby Kasowitz-Scheer is a librarian in the Learning and Academic Engagement Department at Syracuse University Libraries. She provides reference, instruction, and outreach services. Abby holds an MLS and an MS in Instructional Design, Development, and Evaluation from Syracuse University as well as a BA from Brandeis University.

Aditi Bandyopadhyay, Adelphi University

Dr. Aditi Bandyopadhyay is a Full Professor at Adelphi University. She teaches library instruction classes for science students and is responsible for collection development in sciences and technology. She has authored articles in the areas of library and information science and biological sciences and has presented at various professional meetings.

Alan Witt, SUNY Geneseo

Alan Witt got his MLS and his MA in History at the University of Rhode Island and is currently working on an MBA from SUNY Polytechnic. He has been at SUNY Geneseo for four years and specializes in working with History, Political Science, and Business students.

Alessandra Otero-Ramos, SUNY Geneseo

Alessandra Otero-Ramos is the Arts and Humanities Librarian at SUNY Geneseo. She is the chair and founder of the library’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Antiracism (IDEA) committee and is also the co-chair of the library’s Social Media Committee. Her research interests include library instruction, arts and humanities librarianship, library outreach, visual literacy, emotional intelligence, and marketing and promotion in libraries.

Alyssa Koclanes, Eckerd College

Alyssa Koclanes received her MLS from the University of South Florida in 2009 and is an Associate Professor and Technical Services and Instruction Librarian at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. She has presented numerous times both locally and nationally (ACRL and ALA) in the areas of outreach, marketing, and technical services.

Amanda Lowe, University at Albany

Amanda Lowe is the Outreach and Marketing Librarian at the University at Albany. She has an MLS from the University at Buffalo and a BS in English from SUNY Oneonta. Her research focuses on library marketing and outreach with a concentration on social media, reference services, and library programming.

Amanda McCormick, University at Buffalo

Amanda McCormick is a member of the Science and Engineering Library Services team at the University at Buffalo, where she serves as the Chemistry and Physics Librarian. She holds an MLS and a JD from the University at Buffalo, as well as a BS degree in Biology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Amy VanScoy, University at Buffalo

Dr. Amy VanScoy is an Associate Professor at the University at Buffalo. Her research explores professional work and practitioner thinking in library and information science—particularly in the area of reference and information service. Amy is interested in how practitioners’ thoughts, beliefs, and values shape their practice.

Angela Rhodes

Bio coming soon!

Anita Kuiken, Syracuse University

Anita Kuiken is a liaison librarian in the Department of Research and Scholarship and the Research Impact Team at Syracuse University. She provides research and bibliometric support, instruction, and outreach for Falk College of Sport & Human Dynamics. Anita holds a BS from Northeastern University and an MLIS from Drexel University.

April Davies

Bio coming soon!

Becky Leathersich, SUNY Geneseo

Becky Leathersich is a Research Instruction Librarian and liaison to the School of Education and the Department of Psychology at SUNY Geneseo. She is a member of the library’s and campus’s diversity committees. Prior to working at SUNY Geneseo, she was a school librarian. Becky is an alumna of SUNY Geneseo and Syracuse University.

Beth Caruso, University of North Carolina

Beth Caruso is the Digital Pedagogy & Emerging Technologies Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Atkins Library. She provides consultation, support, instruction, and training to those using the library’s innovation spaces (Area 49). She coordinates the purchase and use of video games and systems and provides consultation for classroom game use.

Brandon West, SUNY Geneseo

Brandon K. West is the Head of Research Instruction Services and liaison to Anthropology and Sociology at SUNY Geneseo. His research interests include examining the intersections of information literacy and online learning, applying instructional design principles to enhance student learning, and addressing LGBTQ+ issues in libraries. He has published two books through ACRL Publications, most recently Creative Instructional Design: Practical Applications for Librarians, an edited volume.

Carli Spina, Fashion Institute of Technology

Carli Spina is an Associate Professor and the Head of Research and Instructional Services at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She is a co-chair of the SUNY Library Accessibility Cohort.

Carol Anne Germain, University at Albany

Dr. Carol Anne Germain is an Associate Professor at the University at Albany, where she teaches graduate courses for future librarians and information specialists in the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity.

Carrie Fishner, SUNY Delhi

Carrie Fishner is the Director of the Resnick Library at SUNY Delhi. She is heavily involved in SUNYLA, currently serving as the 2nd Vice President/Conference Chair and Chair of the Promotion and Tenure Ad Hoc Committee. Carrie is also a past president and past secretary of the organization, as well as current Board Member of the SUNY Libraries Consortium. She believes strongly in the power of collaboration, within the field and across campus.

Caryl Ward, Binghamton University

Caryl Ward is the Head of Acquisitions at Binghamton University. With a background in technical services, she has also served as subject librarian for several areas including Romance Languages, Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies, and Comparative Literature. Her current interests include streaming video and library administration.

Casey Koons, SUNY ESF

Casey Koons is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at SUNY ESF.

Caterina Reed, Stony Brook University Libraries

Caterina Reed is the Instructional Support Associate for Content Acquisitions and Services at Stony Brook University Libraries. She holds an MS in Information and Library Science and an MA in English. Her interests include database management, accessibility, equity and inclusion, and building a culture of trust.

Cathy Austin, Mississippi State University Campus in Starkville

Cathy Austin is the Acquisitions Coordinator in the Collection Management Services Department at Mitchell Memorial Library, on the Mississippi State University Campus in Starkville, Mississippi. She manages the ordering of monographic materials, as well as ebooks and streaming videos.

Christin Lampkowski, University of North Carolina

Christin Lampkowski works with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Atkins Library’s innovative technology spaces (Area 49), institutional repository, and digital publishing services. She focuses on cross-disciplinary use of technology spaces and their potential for learning through experimentation, promotion of open access publishing, and creating inclusive and accessible library spaces and collections.

Christine Faraday, SUNY Nassau Community College

Christine Faraday is an Associate Professor and the Library Chairperson at SUNY Nassau Community College. As the Campus Open Educational Resources (OER) Coordinator, she works with faculty and librarians to support the discovery, adoption, evaluation, creation, and use of OER. Christine was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship in 2017–2018. Her research interests include library leadership, management, and assessment in higher education, and the role libraries play in supporting a sustainable OER culture.

Claire Ehrlich, Mohawk Valley Community College

Claire Ehrlich has been the Reference and Instruction Librarian at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica since the fall of 2019. Prior to that, she held a similar position at Carl Sandburg College in Illinois.

Claire Payne, Stony Brook University

Claire Payne (she/her/hers) is the Web Services and Data Librarian at Stony Brook University. She holds an MS in Information Science and an MA in Art History, both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her interests include accessibility, content strategy, and visual culture.

Courtney Eger, Temple University

Courtney Eger is the Learning and Engagement Librarian at Ginsburg Health Sciences Library at Temple University. In this role, Courtney develops, coordinates, and teaches drop-in workshops for faculty, hospital staff, and students. She also organizes outreach efforts for health sciences students by planning special events and managing the library’s social media accounts.

Dan Harms, Stony Brook University

Dana Reijerkerk Dana Reijerkerk is the Knowledge Management and Digital Assets Librarian at Stony Brook University Libraries. Her interests include UX design, Indigenous information privacy, and digital asset management.

Danielle S. Apfelbaum, Farmingdale State College

Danielle S. Apfelbaum is a member of the library faculty at Farmingdale State College, where she serves as the Scholarly Communication Librarian.

Daniene Byrne, Stony Brook University

Daniene Byrne is a PhD candidate in Technology, Policy, and Innovation at Stony Brook University. She studies intersections of technology and regulatory governance. She is also a Scholarly Communication Intern at Stony Brook University Libraries.

Deanna Roberts, Columbia University

Deanna Roberts Deanna Roberts (she/her/hers), MDiv/MILS, is the Circulation and Reserves Assistant at the Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University Libraries, and is a recent graduate of the University at Buffalo MILS program. She is interested in the intersection of ethics and academic librarianship, information literacy, scholarly communications, and the pipeline from paraprofessional to professional librarian roles within academic libraries. She has found a home working in the area of theological librarianship, is an active member of the American Theological Libraries Association, has a rescue dog named Bella, and is a lifelong figure skater.

Diana Hurlburt, Siena College

Diana Hurlburt is the Circulation Supervisor at Siena College’s Standish Library. When not working with student employees, she helps patrons find unicorn books at East Greenbush Community Library. A Floridian in upstate New York, she received her MLIS from the University of South Florida and has 10 years of library experience.

Don Simmons Jr., SUNY Westchester Community College

Don Simmons Jr. is the Information Literacy Librarian at SUNY Westchester Community College. Prior to working at Westchester Community College, he served as the Community Engagement Librarian at the White Plains Public Library. Don attended Syracuse University as a scholarship athlete, playing football from 2011 to 2016.

Elin O’Hara-Gonya, SUNY Plattsburgh

Elin O’Hara-Gonya is an Associate Librarian at SUNY Plattsburgh. She is an adjunct lecturer in the Social Work, Human Development, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs. Elin received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship in 2015. Her research focuses on topics related to the intersection of librarianship and student mental health. She holds an MS in Library Science and an MS in Mental Health Counseling.

Emily Underwood, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Emily Underwood is a Research and Instruction Librarian at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. Teaching information literacy is one of her passions. She is also interested in health literacy and doing what she can to help dismantle the stigma surrounding mental health. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to leadership, personal finance, and popular psychology books (audiobooks are the best), as well as taking her dog on long walks.

Erin Rowley, University at Buffalo

Erin Rowley is the Head of Science and Engineering Library Services at the University at Buffalo and serves as the Engineering Librarian. She holds an MLS from the University at Buffalo and a BA in Communication from SUNY Geneseo.

Fatoma Rad, Farmingdale State College

Fatoma Rad is the Acquisitions Librarian at Farmingdale State College. She oversees the Library Liaison Program, is the head of the Collection Development Committee, and manages the library’s social media accounts.

Heather D. Freeman, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Heather D. Freeman is a Professor of Art (Digital Media) in the Department of Art & Art History and the Codirector of D+ARTS (College of Arts & Architecture’s Digital Arts Center) at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her award-winning artworks in print, animation, film, and mobile applications have appeared nationally and internationally.

Heather Stalter, SUNY Oneonta

Heather Stalter is an Associate Librarian at SUNY Oneonta. As part of the Reference and Instruction Department, she is the liaison for Africana and Latinx Studies, the Cooperstown Graduate Program, and Music. Heather also oversees the Archives and Special Collections.

Hilary Wong, SUNY Cortland

Hilary Wong is an Instructional Services Librarian and liaison to Geology, Biology, Physics, and Chemistry at SUNY Cortland. She previously worked in interlibrary loan at Wells College and Ithaca College, and as Reference Coordinator at Cornell’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections. Hilary earned an MSLIS from Syracuse University and an MA from Cornell University.

Holly Kuhl, Cayuga Community College

Holly Kuhl is the Instruction and Assessment Librarian at Cayuga Community College in Auburn, NY. She coordinates the library’s information literacy program, is the library’s liaison to the Office of Distance Learning, and is leading an initiative to assess information literacy skills acquisition across all college programs. Holly completed her MLIS at McGill University’s School of Information Studies and is currently pursuing her PhD in History at Syracuse University, where her research focuses on knowledge and information politics in eighteenth-century France.

Jacqueline Coffey Scott, SUNY Erie Community College

Jacqueline (Jackie) Coffey Scott is a College Librarian at SUNY Erie Community College, North Campus, and serves as an embedded librarian and instructor of library resources. She earned her MLS from the University at Buffalo. Jackie achieved a SUNY Teaching and Learning Certificate in May 2020.

Jamia Williams,

Jamia Williams is a Health Sciences Librarian at SUNY Brockport’s Drake Memorial Library. She serves as the liaison to the following academic programs: African and African-American Studies, Biology, Health Science/Healthcare Studies, the McNair Program, and Nursing.

Jane Verostek, SUNY ESF

Jane Verostek is an Associate Librarian at SUNY ESF. In 2014, Jane reopened the college’s archives and special collections after it had been closed for three years. Jane has written and received grants to help with digitizing materials in the SUNY ESF archives and special collections to ensure the items are digitally preserved and to ensure the materials are available for free to students, faculty, researchers, etc.

Janelle Jacobson

Bio coming soon!

Jean-Paul Orgeron, SUNY Oneonta

Jean-Paul Orgeron is a Senior Assistant Librarian at SUNY Oneonta with responsibilities in reference and instruction in addition to acquisitions and collections.

Jenica Ibarra, Eckerd College

Jenica Ibarra serves as a Visiting Instruction and Outreach Librarian at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. Her areas of interest include marketing and outreach and equity in higher education. She received her MLIS from the University of South Florida in 2012.

Jenica Rogers, SUNY Potsdam

Jenica Rogers, MLIS, is the Dorf Endowed Director for Applied Learning and the Executive Director of the Lougheed Learning Commons at SUNY Potsdam. Jenica’s pre-leadership background is in librarianship, and her current research is focused on high-impact practices and student retention.

Jenifer Sigafoes Phelan, SUNY Cortland

Jenifer Sigafoes Phelan has an MLS from the University at Albany and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Teaching and Learning from Seattle Pacific University. She is an Assistant Librarian at SUNY Cortland’s Memorial Library. Her research interests include information literacy instruction and student engagement.

Jennifer DeVito

Bio coming soon!

Jennifer Embree, Binghamton University

Jennifer K. Embree is an Assistant Librarian at Binghamton University, where she serves as the subject librarian for Biology, Psychology, Comparative Literature, Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies, and Translation Research. She graduated with her MSLS from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill in 2018.

Jennifer Jeffery, SUNY Potsdam

Jennifer Jeffery is the Access and Reference Services and Distance Education Outreach librarian at SUNY Potsdam. Jennifer served in the US Coast Guard for seven years and is active in organizations that work with veterans and military families, such as the Syracuse University Moral Injury Project.

Jennifer Kronenbitter, SUNY Cortland

Jennifer Kronenbitter has been the Director of Libraries at SUNY Cortland since 2018. During her career, she previously held multiple roles in the areas of systems, technical services, collection development, and administration. She has an MS in Geoenvironmental Science from Shippensburg University and an MLS from Southern Connecticut State University.

Jennifer Loubriel, Columbia University

Jennifer Loubriel (she/her/hers) is a Library Assistant in the Reserves Department at Butler Library, Columbia University Libraries. She is currently working towards her MLIS at St. John’s University. She was a 2019 Spectrum Scholar and the first recipient of the Virginia Proctor Powell Florence Class of 1919 Friends of the Oberlin College Libraries Graduate Library School Scholarship. Her personal and professional interests center activism and community within the Black and Latinx diaspora(s). As someone committed to critical librarianship, she plans to focus on the ways in which libraries are sites of social justice, history reclamation, and creative community centers.

Jesus Alonso-Regalado,

Jesús Alonso-Regalado is the subject librarian for Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies; History; and Romance Languages (French, Italian, and Spanish) at the University at Albany. His areas of expertise are collection development, specialized reference, and information literacy for Hispanic and Latin American Studies.

Jewel De La Rosa, SUNY Erie Community College

Jewel De La Rosa is the outgoing Chair at SUNY Erie Community College’s North Campus. She is the lead on the embedded librarian program and the Virtual Information Literacy Task Force, coordinating new online initiatives in creating video tutorials and online library instruction, and creating partnerships with faculty and students within their online class environment of Blackboard.

Jill Locascio, SUNY College of Optometry

Jill Locascio (she/her/hers) is the Associate Librarian for Systems, Digital & Technical Services at the SUNY College of Optometry. Her primary library interests include troubleshooting library system problems, learning about user information-seeking behavior, and designing creative solutions to bridge the gap between library users and library systems.

Jillian Sandy, SUNY Corning Community College

Jillian Sandy is a Librarian at SUNY Corning Community College. Her interests include library instruction, programming and outreach, and student employee development. She has previously worked for St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the University of Dayton, and several public library systems in the Dayton, OH, area.

Johanna MacKay,

Johanna MacKay is the Instructional Design Librarian at Skidmore College. Johanna develops new pedagogical approaches for both in-person and online instruction and also heads the marketing and outreach initiatives for the library.

John Cosgrove, Skidmore College

John Cosgrove is the Resource Management, Outreach & Humanities Librarian at Skidmore College. He has a keen interest in using popular culture as a gateway into academic research topics.

John Raymond

John Raymond began working in libraries at the turn of the millennium and enjoys the company of mountains, rivers, and wild forests.

Joseph Anderson, Fashion Institute of Technology

Joseph Anderson is an Assistant Professor and the Digital Initiatives Librarian for the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Gladys Marcus Library. He holds an MLIS from Dominican University (IL). Joseph has presented widely, offered many innovative workshops, and recently co-wrote with co-presenter Miyo Sandlin the article entitled “Fashion for All: Using Augmented Reality to Explore Digital Archives,” published in Online Searcher (2021).

Julio César Bahamón, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Julio César Bahamón was born in Bogotá, Colombia. He received a PhD in Computer Science from North Carolina State University in 2016. Julio’s research focuses on artificial intelligence, serious games, and computer science education. He is the Director of the Game Design and Development Graduate Certificate Program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Dr. Karen Caldwell, SUNY Potsdam

Dr. Karen Caldwell of the School of Education & Professional Studies at SUNY Potsdam is a training, development, and adult learning specialist. Karen collaborates with faculty and academic staff to design and develop applied learning experiences for students. Using digital media, Karen and colleagues engage students in building career readiness competencies and mindsets.

Karen Trivette, Fashion Institute of Technology

Karen Trivette is an Associate Professor and the Head of Special Collections and College Archives for the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Gladys Marcus Library. She holds an MLS degree from the University at Albany and is pursuing her Doctorate of Archival Sciences at the Alma Mater Europaea University in Maribor, Slovenia. Karen has published widely and presents regularly both nationally and internationally.

Keri Thomas-Whiteside

Bio coming soon!

Kevin Adams, Alfred University

Kevin Adams is the Information Literacy Librarian at Alfred University. He is interested in social justice and critical information literacy. Recently, he has been working with Samantha Dannick, the Scholarly Communications Librarian at Alfred University, to explore the social justice possibilities of open pedagogy.

Kim McCoy Coleman, SUNY Plattsburgh

Kim McCoy Coleman is an Assistant Professor in the Social Work program at SUNY Plattsburgh. She also serves as a social worker and art therapist. Her research and practice are focused on art and trauma.

Laura Haynes, Binghamton University

Laura Haynes is the Catalog and Metadata Management Librarian at Binghamton University. She earned her MSLIS from Pratt Institute and has research interests in cataloging ethics and music collections.

Laura J. Harris, SUNY Oswego

Laura J. Harris (she/her/hers) is the Distance and Open Education Librarian at SUNY Oswego. She holds an MSI with a specialization in library and information services, and an MS in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology. In addition to supporting online and distance learning, Laura is also an advocate for open educational resources and accessibility.

Lauren deLaubell, SUNY Cortland

Lauren deLaubell is the Information Literacy/Instruction Coordinator at SUNY Cortland’s Memorial Library. She was awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship in 2018. Lauren received her MS in Information Science from the University at Albany. Her research interests include information literacy instruction, assessment, and gamification.

Lily Wadsworth, Mohawk Valley Community College

Lily Wadsworth is the Technology and Access Services Librarian at Mohawk Valley Community College. In this position, she oversees circulation functions for two campus libraries in addition to providing reference services and instruction to students.

Lisa Czirr, SUNY Cortland

Lisa Czirr is an Associate Librarian at SUNY Cortland’s Memorial Library. She is the Education liaison and manages the curriculum collection, the Teaching Materials Center. Lisa received her MLS from the University at Buffalo. Her research interests include creative pedagogies and topics combining information literacy with teacher education or literacy.

Logan Rath, SUNY Brockport

Logan Rath is a Research and Instruction Librarian at SUNY Brockport as well as a doctoral candidate at the University at Buffalo.

Madeline Ruggiero, Queensborough Community College

Madeline Ruggiero is an Assistant Professor and a Collection Development Librarian at Queensborough Community College. She holds a BA in Art History from Syracuse University, an MA in Art History from Stony Brook University, and an MLS from Pratt Institute.

Maria Cabaniss, Lake University

Maria Cabaniss is the Director of the Library at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. Maria holds a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of North Texas and a Master of Theological Studies from Emory University.

Maria McLane, SUNY Cortland

Maria McLane is an Assistant Librarian at SUNY Cortland’s Memorial Library. She received an MLIS from Syracuse University and went on to provide reference and technical assistance in public libraries before coming to SUNY Cortland. Her research interests include reference services and health-related concerns for campus communities during the pandemic.

Marianne Hanley, Syracuse University

Marianne S. Hanley is a Preservation Librarian for Syracuse University Libraries. She manages the essential work of the Preservation Unit, serves as Principal Investigator for the NYS Conservation/Preservation Grant, and co-manages the Disaster Recovery Operations and Emergency Preparedness Program. Marianne holds a BA from Canisius College and an MLS from Syracuse University.

Mary Catherine Collins, SUNY Potsdam

Mary Catherine Collins is a SUNY Potsdam graduate student pursuing their MS in Training and Human Capital Development and will complete their degree in May 2021. Mary Catherine is an intern in the SUNY Potsdam Registrar’s Office and works as a graduate assistant in the school’s Writers’ Block.

Matthew Smith, SUNY ESF

Matthew Smith is the Director of College Libraries at SUNY ESF.

Mechele Romanchock, Alfred University

Mechele Romanchock is the Director of Libraries at Alfred University and the Public Services team leader. She started her library career as an undergraduate student worker and has worked in public, school, and academic libraries for almost 20 years. She obtained her MLS from Clarion University in 2010. Her home, office, and yard are full of plants.

Megan Benson, Binghamton University

Megan Benson is the Lead Instruction and Outreach Librarian at Binghamton University, where she manages @bingulibraries. She also has a master’s degree in history from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Prior to becoming a librarian, Megan taught Western Civilizations I and II at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida.

Melissa Netzband, SUNY Potsdam

Melissa Netzband is the Information Literacy and Instruction Librarian for SUNY Potsdam. Melissa’s other responsibilities on campus include the general education committee, library social media, campus research promotion, and outreach.

Michelle Eichelberger, SUNY Library Services

Michelle Eichelberger is the SLS Discovery and E-resources Program Manager at SUNY Library Services. Her work includes helping to support accessibility initiatives for SUNY.

Miyo Sandlin, Fashion Institute of Technology

Miyo Sandlin is a Research and Instructional Services Librarian at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She has previously worked at St. Francis College, the Art Institute of Washington, and the Library of Congress. Miyo received her MLS from the University of Maryland and her BA in History from Vassar College. She recently co-wrote with co-presenter Joseph Anderson the article entitled “Fashion for All: Using Augmented Reality to Explore Digital Archives,” published in Online Searcher (2021).

Mona Ramonetti, Stony Brook University

Mona Ramonetti is the Head of Scholarly Communication at Stony Brook University Libraries. She is also the campus OER lead for Stony Brook University. Mona is the liaison to the Life Sciences and Biomedical Engineering departments. She also serves as the chair of the Stony Brook University Libraries’ Anti-racism Task Force.

Nancy Schuler, Eckerd College

Nancy Schuler is the E-resources, Collection Development, and Instructional Services Librarian at Eckerd College. Her areas of interest include library spaces, unique collections, and co-curricular library programming. She received her MLS in 2008 from the University of Washington.

Nazely Kurkjian, SUNY Administration

Nazely Kurkjian (she/her/hers) is the Coordinator of Disability & Nontraditional Student Services and the SUNY System EIT Accessibility Officer. She engages in state-level and system-wide committees and outreach activities to advance accessibility and inclusion for minoritized students pursuing higher education. Prior to her role at SUNY Administration, Nazely was the Adaptive Technology Specialist in the Services for Students with Disabilities Office at Binghamton University. Through this experience, and as a liaison to the SUNY Student Disability Services professionals, Nazely progressed a comprehensive Electronic and Information Technologies (EIT) Accessibility policy to accelerate digital equality. A proud product of SUNY, from Hudson Valley Community College to traditional and post-traditional experiences at Binghamton University, Nazely truly understands the SUNY education journey.

Neyda Gilman, Binghamton University

Neyda V. Gilman is a Senior Assistant Librarian at Binghamton University. She is the subject librarian for the Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences and the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Nicole Helregel, Purchase College

Nicole Helregel is the Student Success Librarian at Purchase College. She serves as the liaison to Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, History, and Political Science. Her research interests include OER, data literacy, library marketing and outreach, and usability/UX.

Nicole Simon, Nassau Community College

Nicole Simon, PhD, teaches General Science Studies courses in the Engineering/Physics/Technology Department at Nassau Community College. She holds a doctorate in Educational Technology Management and Instructional Design. Her research has focused on the uses of technology within the scientific disciplines and the use of virtual experimentation in laboratory settings. Nicole has authored several articles on science and technology. She also is an avid user of e-portfolios in her courses for projects and assessment of capstones for program assessment. Nicole additionally is an Assessment Fellow who routinely publishes on the use of technology for assessment and critical thinking both in the STEM areas and through international education. She is most proud of transitioning all her courses to fully OER materials. Although this was a large undertaking, Nicole feels that this is most equitable for her students and allows them to be part of the creation of new course materials.

Paulina Borrego, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Paulina Borrego is the liaison to Environmental Conservation, Food Science, and Veterinary & Animal Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is the Patent & Trademark Resource Center Librarian, as well as a co-founder of the Mass Aggie Seed Library. An avid gardener, she loves educating patrons about gardening issues, from plant patents to open-pollinated seeds.

Raphael Apeaning, Stony Brook University

Raphael Apeaning is a postdoctoral research fellow at Stony Brook University and is working on modeling energy and climate technology systems with the Institute of Carbon Removal Policy and Law.

Rebecca Oling, Purchase College

Rebecca Oling is an Associate Librarian at Purchase College, where she has worked for two decades. Currently Interim Director of Digital Accessibility, she uses her knowledge of library collections to inform and influence universal design and accessibility training with faculty. She co-chairs the SUNY Library Accessibility Cohort.

Ryan King, Columbia University

Ryan King recently graduated from Queens College’s Dual Degree MLS/MA in History Program and holds a Certificate in Archives and Preservation of Cultural Materials. He works as a Library Assistant IV at Columbia University’s C.V. Starr East Asian Library. His professional interests include comics in museums, archives, and academia.

Samantha Dannick, Alfred University

Samantha Dannick is the Engineering & Scholarly Communications Librarian at Alfred University.

Sarah Jones, Temple University

Sarah Jones is a Science and Engineering Librarian at Temple University. She holds an MSLIS from Long Island University and an MA from New York University.

Sarah Rhodes, SUNY Oneonta

Sarah Rhodes is a Reference and Instruction Senior Assistant Librarian at SUNY Oneonta. She is the chair of the library’s Sustainability Team and a member of the college’s Presidential Advisory Council on Sustainability. Sarah is a liaison for the Geography and Environmental Sustainability Department and all three Education departments.

Sharell Walker, Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY

Sharell Walker is the Student Outreach and Instruction Librarian at Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY. While there she has a spearheaded a number of new outreach initiatives designed to engage students on multiple levels and to advocate for the library as a space of safety, intellectuality, and creation.

Stephanie Evers Ard, University of South Alabama

Stephanie Evers Ard is the Social Sciences Librarian at the University of South Alabama’s Marx Library. She holds an MLIS from the University of Alabama and an MA in English from the University of South Alabama. Her research interests include academic integrity, student engagement and outreach, and the perception and roles of academic support services.

Tiffany Davis, University of North Carolina

Tiffany Davis is the Digital Scholarship Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Atkins Library. She has an MLIS from Florida State University and a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies/African-American Studies from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. She works with outreach and marketing for the institutional repository, Niner Commons, and on Area 49 projects.

Tim Saka, SUNY Onondaga Community College

Timur (Tim) Saka is the Instructional Technology Librarian at the Coulter Library at SUNY Onondaga Community College (OCC). He is also the chair of the Outreach Committee within the Council for Diversity and Inclusion at OCC. Tim was born and raised in Turkey. He received his MA degree in Informational Technology and Library Media at the University of Colorado at Denver. Then he worked as a teacher and a school administrator for 10 years within the K–12 public school system. Tim is also the board president of the nonprofit CNY RISE Center.

Tricia McEldowney, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Tricia McEldowney is the College Archivist at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. She enjoys making HWS history relevant and exciting for current students. Interacting with myriad campus constituents, she strives to keep valuable history in the forefront of current decision-making and thought processes. Her background in graphic design has proved an unexpected asset to the library. Tricia is a fervent fan of the Cleveland Browns and all things Harry Potter.

Twanna Hodge, University of Florida

Twanna Hodge is the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Librarian at the University of Florida Libraries. Her professional interests include diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility issues and efforts in the LIS curriculum and workplace, and the retention of BIPOC library staff in librarianship. She is a 2018 ALA Emerging Leader.