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Contributing Writers

Aidy Silva-Ortiz is a second-year MSLIS student in the Florida State University’s distance learning program. Since 2004, she has worked in the public library system in various paraprofessional roles and in 2011, transitioned into a corporate library setting as a medical library technical assistant for the Orlando Health hospital system. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English/Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida and an Associates Degree in Sociology from Valencia College. Her current professional interests include: the evolving role of health librarianship, consumer health resources, and promoting more women leadership roles within libraries. You can reach out to her on Twitter by tweeting to @msbooksy.

Alan Munshower is a second-year MLS student, specializing in Archives, Records and Information Management at the University of Maryland.  His research interests include American music, digital file distribution models, and copyright.  He is currently engaged in a practicum in Special Collections at the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, at Maryland.  Having graduated from Goucher College in 2002 with a B.A. in Music, Alan has been a mainstay in the Baltimore creative music scene for the past 10 years.  He works for the dance departments at Goucher College and the Community College of Baltimore County, and continues to freelance on drums, percussion and acoustic bass.  The rest of his free time is spent maintaining and growing his personal collection of over 2500 unpublished recordings.  You can read more about Alan at alanmunshower.com.

Alison Glass is a first year grad student working toward an MSLIS with a school media specialization at Syracuse University.  Because she is perpetually indecisive and persistently curious, this is her third round of graduate school.  Alison was a teacher in a previous life, and is interested in all things education, including information literacy, social media in the classroom, censorship, and the future of school libraries.  She is addicted to Pinterest and chocolate.  Find her at her personal blog Beyond the Bookshelves and on Twitter @alisonjane0306.

Amanda Hope Davis is a second-year MLIS student in the Valdosta State University distance program. She is specializing in technology and hopes to graduate in December 2014. After experiencing a yearlong adventure as a GED teacher, she came to work as a reference assistant for the Chattahoochee Valley Library System in Columbus, Georgia. She is a 2012 ALA Spectrum Scholar, and her library interests include reference services, digital storytelling, transliteracy, and e-government accessibility. She is also quite fond of Goodreads, good reads, Miles Davis, and sandwiches. Follow her on Twitter @iamandahope.

Anna-Sophia Zingarelli-Sweet is an MLIS student at the University of Pittsburgh’s iSchool specializing in Archives and Information Science. Her prior misadventures include an MA in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, experience in various museum and library departments, volunteer management, supporting faculty and independent scholars, and making shave ice in the park. She is currently a 2013-2014 HASTAC scholar, the student groups liaison for ArLiSNAP, and an intern at the Frick Fine Arts Library. She also tweets excessively @aszingarelli, tries to keep everything together in one place at annasophiazingarelli.com, and dotes on her elderly cocker spaniel.

Brianna Marshall is a third year dual-degree Master of Library Science/Master of Information Science student at Indiana University’s School of Informatics and Computing in Bloomington, IN. She currently works for the IU Libraries as the Avalon Media System Project Assistant, Digital Library Research Assistant, and Scientific Data Curation Assistant. She was a 2012-2013 HASTAC scholar. After graduating in May 2014, Brianna would like to work with digital projects at an academic library. She blogs at www.briannamarshall.com and tweets occasionally @notsosternlib.

Casey McCoy is a master’s student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science with a Community Informatics specialization. Currently Casey works as the Patron Services graduate assistant at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and volunteers in the teen OpenLab at Urbana Free Library. Her main interests involve youth services, community engagement, technology and all things Illini. Upon her May 2014 graduation, Casey plans on harnessing these interests into a life-long career in public libraries (and forever wearing orange and blue). Find her online at caymccoy.tumblr.com and @CayMcCoy.

Celia Dillon is a student at Queens College School of Library and Information Science, in Queens, New York.. She also teaches first grade and hopes to focus on School Media Studies in order to pursue a career as a school librarian. She is interested in technology and print literacy and how to give students in urban areas more access to both. She loves anything that has to do with reading and recommending the perfect book, whether it be to students, friends or family. You can follow here on twitter at cadill08.

Courtney Baron is working on her MLIS from Valdosta State University and is focusing on archives, art librarianship, and cataloging. She has undergraduate degrees in Classical Archaeology and Latin and worked in the editorial office of the American Journal of Archaeology. She currently works with graduate students at an art school but has various library volunteer gigs, including working virtual reference shifts and serving as the Head Editor for Georgia at INALJ and as a discussion liaison for ArLiSNAP. In her spare time, she enjoys visiting museums and curling up with a good book and her husband, greyhound, and three cats. She blogs at Future Art Librarian and and can be found on Twitter @futartlibrarian.

Joanna June is in her last semester of an online MSIT through Florida State University. She just returned from working and studying abroad as the Student Supervising Librarian for FSU’s International Program Study Center in Florence Italy, and is currently freelancing and looking for her next post. A television editor for many years and a geek through and through, she is most interested in audio/visual archives, information workflow and knowledge management. She earned a technical certificate and keeps an eye on Internet innovation, digital intellectual freedom and international policy issues. She is experimenting with blogging and is (a little too frequently) @coffeebooksbeer on Twitter. She hopes to one day work with the Muppets.

Julia Feerrar is a second-year master’s student at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. She currently works as a graduate assistant in the House Undergraduate Library and Park Library. Her primary interests include academic librarianship, reference and instruction, outreach, and collection development. She is an advocate for handwritten letters, but you can correspond with her on Twitter as well (@JuliaFeerrar).

Julia Skinner is a doctoral student at Florida State University. She received her MLS and Center for the Book certificate from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, where she lived for ten years after moving away from her hometown of Boulder, Colorado. She does research on how libraries and individuals engage with changing situations, both through her research in library history and her research in social media. She’s hoping to get lots of teaching experience at FSU and to branch out into some new research areas, and is always looking for new friends to chat with about all the awesome and exciting things going on in LIS! Find her on Twitter (@BookishJulia) and follow her blog here.

Kara MacKeil is an online-cohort masters student at the University of Maryland, College Park.  She is interested in media/information literacy and information access.  She also works for the Association of Public Health Laboratories, where she supports a data-transmission improvement project for public health laboratories and writes occasional articles for APHL’s blog.  Kara received her BA in Political Science at Saint Michael’s College of Burlington, VT in 2009, and currently lives in Baltimore, MD.  She likes getting outside when she can, but also lurks at the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Central Branch.  You can follow her on Twitter @thelakemoster, and read her professional blog at karamackeil.com

Lesley Looper is a part-time MLS student at the North Carolina Central University School of Library and Information Sciences in Durham, NC, where she is president of the ALA Student Chapter. She works full-time as the supervisor of Receipts Management Section in Cataloging & Metadata Services at Duke University Libraries.  Her professional interests include academic libraries, the library as place and community, nontraditional students, information literacy, and how libraries and librarians use social media. Lesley was an 2012 ALA Student-to-Staff Program volunteer for ALCTS. at ALA Annual 2012. In her free time, she enjoys reading, blogging, travel, digital photography, genealogy, and geocaching. Look for Lesley on Twitter @lllooper, LinkedIn, Goodreads, and Flickr. She blogs about her library school experience at Lesley’s Journey through Grad School.

Michael Rodriguez is a first-year MLIS student at Florida State University’s iSchool. He works at the Collier County Public Library and the Hodges University Library, does freelance research and editing, and aspires to become an academic reference and instruction librarian. Michael graduated summa cum laude from Florida Gulf Coast University with a dual B.A. in English and history. When not charming the public or kayaking the seas off southwest Florida, he blogs on librarianship and classic literature at Shelver’s Cove and keeps up with the LIS world on Twitter @topshelver. He is a proud bearded librarian.

Nicole Helregel is a second-year master’s student at the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library & Information Science. She works as a graduate assistant at the Funk ACES Library doing reference and instruction, web design, exhibits, and special projects. Her main academic interests are reference & instruction, digital tools & resources, archives & special collections, and library marketing & promotion. She hopes to one day become a reference or outreach librarian at an academic library. Find her on twitter (@nhelregel) and follow her blog here.

Rebecca Katz is a second year student in the LIS program at Catholic University of America, specializing in law librarianship. She anticipates graduating in the summer of 2014. While not in school, Becky is an attorney for the D.C. Council. She has worked for the D.C. government in various capacities for almost seven years and has found herself, much to her surprise, to be somewhat of an expert regarding the District government’s information resources. Becky is a lover of all things grammar, a fierce advocate for the Oxford comma, and a consumer of vast quantities of caffeine. You can read her unfiltered thoughts on Twitter at @dcdotnerd.

Samantha Winn is a second year grad student working towards an MSLIS with concentrations in digital libraries and archives at Drexel University. She currently works for the University of Texas at Tyler as the archives assistant. After graduating in December 2014, Samantha plans to pursue a career in humanitarian or performing arts archives. Her interests include digital preservation, open access, digital literacy, human rights advocacy, and advancing the participation of women in STEM careers. Follow her on Twitter @sam_winn or check out her blog here.

Steve Ammidown is a first year masters student in the iSchool at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is part of the Archives, Information and Records Management specialization, which he hopes will lead to a career in government records management.  He is always looking for ways to create interest in underappreciated collections. As an undergrad, Steve worked in Special Collections at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he became a bit of an expert on their comic book collection. He tweets about anything and everything under the name @stegan.

Teresa Silva is currently packing up her belongings and getting ready for her cross county move from the west coast to the east coast, to start her first year at the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science in New York City. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California Berkeley in Ethnic Studies. It was while attending college and working at the university libraries that she became drawn to the library and information science field. Teresa is interested in learning the ins and outs of becoming an information professional, in particular museum librarianship and archiving. She looks forward to learning more about the challenges that confront LIS students and writing about them. She’ll be documenting her life as a student once again and living and new city on her blog. Follow her (brand new!) Twitter account @bibliotree.

Topher Lawton is coming up on his final semester with Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies, working toward an MS-LIS & a certificate of advanced study in Data Science. His interests include information design and architecture, taxonomy, and the idea that librarianship goes well beyond the library. He sees the MLIS as an amplifying degree, and plans to use his growing skill set to translate information from specialized content areas into a form understandable by everyone. Topher’s undergraduate background in Music, English, and Biology forever forces him to stay interdisciplinary, a quirk he greatly enjoys. He contributes regularly to Information Space, authors Multivariable Librarianship, and can be found on Twitter @hieanon.


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