Micah Vandegrift completed his MLIS at Florida State University’s School of Library and Information Studies in the spring of 2011. He is currently working as a part-time Project Manager on a Scholarly Communications Task Force at FSUs Dirac Science Library. Micah is researching and writing a report on issues surrounding open access publishing, copyright concerns, and will be instrumental in implementing a Institutional Repository at FSU. He plans to continue his education by teaching himself some programming languages this summer (thanks Lifehacker!), and actually start reading books… for fun. Micah also volunteers his computer knowledge at Leon County Public Libraries. He often wears tank tops and flip flops these days. He continues to be interested in emerging technologies, digital humanities, contemporary culture and general rabble-rousing to redefine the information professions. Micah writes about stuff on WordPressTumblr and Posterous and attempts to be witty on Twitter.

Heidi (Kittleson) Schutt graduated from the University of Washington’s Information School in Seattle, Washington and is now the Library Director at Muir Library in Winnebago, Minnesota. Her days now consist of program planning, shelving, talking to the community, finding books for people to read (usually in large print), collection development and (last but not least), everything else that needs to be done to keep a rural public library running smoothly. Her dream of riding a bike-bookmobile is coming true – as she has delivered 6 books via bike so far in her career. Heidi writes about stuff on WordPress and Twitter. She’s serving as Hack Library School’s copy editor, so if you see a comma out of place, she’s the gal to blame!

Julia Skinner is beginning the doctoral program 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 in many areas, including library history, Open Access, and the psychology of loss and trauma. 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.

Nicole Fonsh completed her MLIS at Simmons College’s Graduate School of Library and Information Studies in the spring of 2011.  After working for a year+ as a Research Analyst at an investment firm, Nicole has recently begun work as a Researcher in the Development group of a local university in the Boston area.  With the completion of her degree she hopes to become more involved with the local chapter of SLA.  She continues to be interested in research, resources, social media, alternative careers in LIS, and the future and evolution of libraries.  You can find her on WordPress, where she writes about her experiences with library school, career change, and other personal adventures, and on Twitter.

Britt Foster graduated from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at UCLA  with her MLIS in June 2011, and remains in Los Angeles, working as a substitute librarian for Los Angeles Public Library.   She aspires to be a public children’s librarian, and is interested in creating programming and policy that allows children intellectual and civic agency in the library.  Britt is also concerned with advocacy for libraries, professionalism for public librarians, and progressive librarianship as it affects communities.  She writes about these issues and more on WordPress and Twitter.

Lauren Dodd completed her MLIS at the University of Alabama in May 2011. After finishing her SCEP (Student Career Experience Program) internship at an academic Air Force library, she was hired as a full-time librarian there. Lauren’s professional/research interests include (but are definitely not limited to) academic and special libraries, reference services, social media usage in libraries, emerging technologies, information literacy, transliteracy, and access to information for people of all abilities. She can be found at her blog,, and on Twitter - @laurendodd.

Turner Masland graduated from Emporia State University’s School of Library and Information Management (Portland Cohort) in 2012. He is currently the Resource Sharing Supervisor for Portland State University’s Millar Library.  If you would like to learn more about him, you can visit his web portfolio.

Annie Pho recently graduated from Indiana University-Indianapolis School of Library and Information Science. She currently works as a reference and instruction librarian at a community college part-time. Her interests are in academic librarianship, information literacy, digital preservation of culture, and contemplating how we relate to the world around us. She sometimes writes on her blog and is on Twitter.

Ashley Wescott graduated from the University of North Texas where she earned an MLIS. She now works as a PR and children’s librarian in the suburbs of Chicago. Ashley spends her spare time discovering great books, walking her rat terrier and seeing plays with her husband. Follow Ashley on Twitter @2TheLibrary and on her blog, which documents her journey through children’s literature and librarianship.

Rebecca Halpern graduated from the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin.  She works as the Reference and Instruction Librarian at Antioch University Los Angeles where she continues to explore issues concerning information and technology literacy.  Rebecca is also interested in the evolution of information professionals and the future of libraries as physical spaces.  You can follow her on Twitter!

Zachary Frazier graduated from the University of South Carolina’s School of Library and Information.  He’s originally from Seattle, WA and now lives in Columbia, SC.  In past lives he’s been a disk jockey, street team member, debater, and bookseller.  He’s on Twitter as @wildbookchase and blogs here.

Kevin Coleman graduated from the San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science in the Fall of 2012. He currently works as a Library Aide for the Oakland Public Library, and volunteers for the Center for Sex and Culture Library in San Francisco. He is an emerging party promoter, collaborating with two other recent graduates on the upcoming Que(e)ry SF parties which will bring together queer librarians and their friends to raise money for queer archives and libraries. His interests include public libraries, DIY media, and queer literature.

Laura Sanders is currently finishing her second year at the School of Information Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Prior to starting library school, she worked as a high school English Literature teacher at an international school in South Korea. Hoping to become a secondary teacher-librarian, Laura’s interests include the educational role of libraries, the integration of information literacy into school curricula, and librarianship in an international context. She works part time at the Jewish Public Library in Montreal. Follow Laura on Twitter here!

Rose L. Chou is in her last year at San Jose State University, where she is focusing on archives.  Originally from Greenville, SC, Rose lives in the Washington, DC area and works at American University in the History Department and as a Part-time Reference Librarian.  She previously worked as Reference Archivist at the National Anthropological Archives and Circulation Specialist at the American University Library.  LIS interests include archives of color, archival history, digital preservation, and diversity.  Rose tweets often as @roselovec and blogs infrequently at anthroarchivist.

Chris Eaker graduated from the School of Information Science at the University of Tennessee and where he was a a graduate research assistant in the Data Curation Education in Research Centers program.  He came to the field of librarianship after already having a successful career in engineering. He earned a bachelor of science degree in civil and environmental engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He brings to the field of library and information science expertise gained in dealing with scientific data, along with his engineering knowledge and experience. He has specialized in data curation and plans to become a data curation librarian in an academic library.

Emily Powers graduated from Simmons College GSLIS in Boston. Her areas of interest include web design and development, digital libraries, special libraries, research and journalism. She spends most of her time riding on trains, reading, and tweeting as @missempowers.

Madeleine Mitchell graduated from the SLIS program at San Jose State University in May 2013. Originally from San Francisco, she received her BA in English and an MA in Comparative Literature from San Francisco State University. She balances her LIS career goals, which include youth librarianship and collection management, with her work as a freelance writer. You can find book reviews, mutterings and random thoughts on her two stealthy, low-traffic blogs The Foggy Foot Review and Twisby Hall.

Paul Lai graduated from Saint Catherine University’s MLIS program in May 2013. Previously a college instructor of Asian American literature, he continues to research contemporary literature and posts online book reviews at Asian American Literature Fans. Paul is interested in exploring how libraries foster democratic citizenship and where libraries fit in the world of scholarly communications. He has started a group blog with fellow SCU MLIS graduate Sara Zettervall on the intersection of librarianship and social work: Information + Publics. He also has a personal interest in the recent emergence of literacy dog programs and the longer history of dogs in libraries. He tweets occasionally @pylduck and posts pictures of his dog on his blog, ssqd. You can find him on LinkedIn.

Chealsye Bowley completed her MLIS at Florida State University. She will be the Library Supervisor of the FSU Florence Study Center Library in Florence, Italy during the 2013 – 2014 school year. Following that position, she hopes to go into scholarly communications librarianship. You can follow her on Twitter @chealsye and read about her personal and professional adventures on her blog.

Amy Frazier is a second-year student at Emporia State University SLIM-Oregon in Portland. She spent a previous life in film and video production and media education, which eventually segued into librarianship. These days she works as a digital collections assistant in historical collections and archives at the Oregon Health and Science University medical library, interns at the Portland Art Museum, and serves as student liaison for the Oregon chapter of the Special Libraries Association.  She’s into digital collections and initiatives, copyright issues and activism, black humor, and playing her ukulele really, really badly. Find out more about Amy at her blog, Sidelong Citation.

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