Hack Library School writers

Steve Ammidown

Steve is a master’s student in the Archives, Records and Information Management specialization at the University of Maryland, College Park’s iSchool. His primary interest is increasing access to archives and examining the user experience and usability of archives in both digital and physical realms. Steve also harbors a soft spot for records management. He will graduate with his MLS in May 2014. He tweets @stegan and blogs at

Chealsye Bowley

Chealsye completed her MLIS at Florida State University. Her main interests are open access, digital rights, and the digital preservation of alternative media. She is the Library Supervisor of the FSU Florence Study Center Library in Florence, Italy for the 2013 – 2014 school year. Following that position, she hopes to go into scholarly communications librarianship. She tweets at @chealsye, and blogs about her personal and professional adventures at

Rose L. Chou

Rose is Budget Coordinator at the American University Library. She graduated with her MLIS from San Jose State University in 2013. Previously, she worked as Reference Archivist at the Smithsonian’s National Anthropological Archives and Circulation Specialist at the American University Library. Rose is a 2011 Society of American Archivists Mosaic Scholar and 2013 Association of Research Libraries CEP Fellow. She currently serves on the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program Advisory Group. You can find her on Twitter at @roselovec.

Kevin Coleman

Kevin received his MLIS from San Jose State University in 2012.  He is a librarian in the adult services department at the Alameda Free Library in Alameda, California.  His interests include community-run libraries, queer librarianship, and zines in libraries.

Chris Eaker

Christopher is Assistant Professor and Data Curation Librarian at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His main interests are data curation and how we can inject sound data management principles into science and engineering curricula. He has engaged widely with the profession through presenting posters and lightning talks at conferences in the USA and Europe, participating in panels, and contributing to online resources for librarians. He has published reviews of the book Managing Research Data for Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship and the DMPTool for Public Services Quarterly. He received his MSIS from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 2013, and blogs at

Julia Feerrar

Julia is a master’s student in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. She is currently a graduate assistant at the House Undergraduate Library and the Park Library at UNC. After completing her degree in May 2014, Julia hopes to work in reference and instruction at an academic library. She tweets @JuliaFeerrar.

Nicole Fonsh

Nicole is a Research Analyst in the Alumni Affairs and Development office at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA.  She is interested in how people can use the MLS degree in non-traditional employment settings.  She is also passionate about a librarian’s role in making information accessible to the community.  She graduated with her MLS from Simmons College in 2011. She tweets at @lhrtobos about all sorts of things.

Britt Foster

Britt is librarian at the V.E. Petrucci Library in the Department of Viticulture and Enology at California State University, Fresno.  Embedded within the wines and vines program, she provides library services to the Department, the community, and the grape, raisin, and wine industries. She is an activist for libraries, and is interested in partnering with diverse communities to provide innovative library and information services. Britt graduated with her MLIS from University of California, Los Angeles in 2011.

Zack Frazier

Zack graduated with a MLIS from the University of South Carolina, in 2012. He currently works as a freelance researcher and knowledge worker in Washington D.C. His interests include libraries, information architecture, design, programming, and startups. He can be found at @wildbookchase on twitter.

Alison Glass

Alison is finishing up her 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 blogs at Beyond the Bookshelves and tweets @alisonjane0306.

Lauren Dodd Hall

Lauren is a systems librarian at Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center on Maxwell Air Force Base. Though she currently works “in the back,” her passion is helping patrons; thus, she also spends time at the reference desk, hoping to help bridge the gap between systems and users. Lauren graduated with her MLIS from the University of Alabama in 2011. She enjoys having conversations on Twitter as @laurendodd.

Rebecca Halpern

Rebecca is a social work librarian at the University of Southern California.  She primarily works with online and distance students, and consequently is interested in improving distance library services through interesting uses of technology.  Rebecca is focused on transforming library instruction by reframing research as an act of discovery, exploration, and creativity. She earned her Master of Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012. She tweets at @beccakatharine.

Nicole Helregel

Nicole received her MLIS and Certificate in Special Collections from the University of Illinois in 2013. She is currently pursuing a Certificate of Advanced Studies at Illinois and is interested in library marketing & outreach, archives & special collections, and reference services. She works as a graduate assistant at the Funk ACES Library. She blogs at and tweets @nhelregel.

Joanna June

Joanna is completing the Master of Information Science Program at the Florida State University. After a year as the Librarian for FSU’s International Program in Florence, Italy, and a wanderer, wonderer and freelancer by nature she plans to continue working across the world in knowledge management, information organization and social media. She enjoys writing for, sharing photos at and condensing long thoughts into short @CoffeeBooksBeer tweets.

Paul Lai

Paul received an MLIS from Saint Catherine University in 2013. His library research interests include exploring the intersection of librarianship and social work, digital humanities work, the history of Japanese American internment libraries, and literacy and therapy dogs in libraries. Before turning to librarianship, he taught and researched literature. He continues to research and write on Asian American literature.

Topher Lawton

Topher recently finished his MSLIS at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies, where he continues to study for 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 Hack Library School, is a past contributor to Information Space, authors Multivariable Librarianship, and can be found on Twitter @hieanon.

Brianna Marshall

Brianna is a Master of Library Science and Master of Information Science student at Indiana University’s School of Informatics and Computing in Bloomington, Indiana. After graduating in May 2014, Brianna would like to work with digital projects at an academic library. She blogs at and tweets occasionally @notsosternlib.

Turner Masland

Turner is currently the Resource Sharing Supervisor for Portland State University’s Millar Library. He oversees Interlibrary Loan and the inter-consortial lending and borrowing for the university. He graduated from Emporia State University’s School of Library and Information Management in 2012 as a member of the Oregon Cohort. He can be found on twitter at @deweysnotdead.

Madeleine Mitchell

Madeleine received her MLIS from San Jose State University’s SLIS program in the Spring of 2013. As a recent graduate, she is currently working as a freelance writer / editor while engaging in the proverbial librarian  job search. Areas of particular interest are collection development, historical materials and information literacy instruction in academic and public libraries.

Annie Pho

Annie is a librarian in the research services and resources department at University of Illinois at Chicago. She’s interested in information literacy, and using technology in library instruction. She graduated with her MLS from Indiana University – Indianapolis in 2012. She tweets as @catladylib and writes occasionally on her blog.

Laura Sanders

Laura received her MLIS from McGill University in 2013 and is currently employed as a school librarian at Selwyn House School in Montreal, Quebec. She is interested in the role that school libraries play in supporting school curricula and teachers as well as serving as the social centre of a school. Laura blogs about reading, writing, and librarianship at

Heidi (Kittleson) Schutt

Heidi is the library director at  Muir Library in Winnebago, Minnesota. As a rural librarian, her everyday tasks include everything from changing the toilet paper roll to writing the annual report to updating the website and managing all aspects of the library’s collection. At the moment, Heidi is working on a long-term project involving family-centric summer reading programs. She graduated with her MLIS from the University of Washington in 2011. Heidi occasionally tweets at @hfkittle.

Teresa Silva

Teresa earned her MLIS degree from Pratt Institute’s School of Information and Library Science. Teresa is 2011 ALA Spectrum Scholar recipient as well as a 2012 Association of Research Libraries CEP Fellow. Her interests include open access, scholarly communication, digital humanities, and instructional technologies. She tweets @bibliotree.

Julia Skinner

Julia is a doctoral student at Florida State University’s School of Library & Information Studies. She has her Master’s in LIS and a graduate certificate in book art and book history from the University of Iowa. Julia has several different research streams, all of which focus on the intersection of individuals and changing information landscapes. She blogs at and is on Twitter as @BookishJulia.

Emily Powers Souza

Emily works in data management for Millenium: The Takeda Oncology Company in Cambridge, MA. She received a MLIS from Simmons College in Boston in 2013. Emily’s interests include digital libraries, special and corporate libraries, web development, and design. She tweets @missempowers.

Micah Vandegrift

Micah steals most of his “ideas” from the digital humanities community. He is interested in refreshing library science education, which led to the formation of a group blog called HackLibSchool. Micah is currently the Scholarly Communications Librarian at The Florida State University where he works on open access advocacy and anything related to digital scholarship. He writes periodically online and tweets incessantly at @micahvandegrift. Micah’s next project is whatever DH is doing now. He earned his MLIS at Florida State in 2011.

Ashley Wescott

Ashley earned her Master of Library and Information Science from the University of North Texas in 2012 and is currently the Manager of Children’s Services at River Forest (IL) Public Library. Before pursuing a career in libraries, Ashley worked for a sponsorship marketing consulting firm as a research analyst and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Roosevelt University.  She contributes book reviews to Catholic Library World, blogs at and tweets @2TheLibrary.

Guest authors

Lauren Bradley

Lauren is a 2011 graduate of the Pratt Institute’s School of Information and Library Science. She currently is a Systems Librarian at the Center for Jewish History in New York City. She tweets @BibliosaurusRex.

Justin de la Cruz

Justin received his MLIS from Florida State University in 2012 and now works as a Digital Literacy Specialist librarian in South Florida. His interests include finding out how people learn, use, and understand technology. In his free time he writes songs, builds websites, and accrues Klout points. Find out more at or @justindlc.

Anita R. Dryden

Anita is a 2009 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Information Sciences and was a 2012 ALA Emerging Leader. She is currently the Systems & Emerging Technologies Librarian at the University of Pennsylvania’s Biddle Law Library. She tweets @anitazavrrr.

Alex Harrington

Alex graduated from the University of Alabama’s School of Library and Information Studies in 2008. She is currently a librarian at Tidewater Community College in Virginia Beach and you can follow her on Twitter: @alexampersandra.

Alyssa Vincent

Alyssa Vincent graduated from Emporia State University’s School of Library and Information Management in Portland, Oregon. You can read her blog here: ex libris, et cetera, and be sure to follow her on Twitter: @vin_alyssa.


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