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3rd Personal Librarian and First Year Experience Library Conference: Presenters

Maureen Barry, First Year Experience Librarian, Wright State University

Beyond the Academy: The Academic Librarian’s Role in the Transition to College

Maureen Barry is First Year Experience Librarian at Wright State University in Dayton, OH, where she has worked for nearly 13 years. A 2005 graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science, Maureen’s research interests include first-year student support and success and service-learning and community engagement as they relate to academic libraries and information literacy.

  

LuAnn Boris, Director of Library Services, Walsh University

It’s a Paint Party! How to Engage Students and Bring Color to Your Library During a Construction Project

LuAnn Boris is the Director of Library Services at Walsh University and has worked for 17 years in academic libraries. She received her MSLS degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania as a member of their first totally online cohort.

Angela Clark, Academic Integrity Facilitator, Sheridan College

Promoting and Supporting Academic Integrity at Sheridan College

Angela Clark works within Sheridan College’s newly-created Academic Integrity Office situated in Library and Learning Services.  As the Academic Integrity Facilitator, Angela’s role involves providing education, resources and support to faculty, staff and students in order to foster the understanding and practice of academic integrity throughout the college. Angela works with several Student Academic Integrity Ambassadors who promote the principles of academic integrity to fellow Sheridan students through the development of outreach material and participation in peer education initiatives. Prior to this role, Angela taught courses in English as a Second Language (ESL) at Sheridan College, Communications at George Brown College and worked within Seneca College’s Leadership & Employee Development department. Angela holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, a Bachelor of Education degree in Adult Education, a post-graduate certificate in Instructional Design and a Master of Arts degree in Applied Linguistics.

 

Melissa Engleman, Assistant Director for Education & Research, Denison University

Second Time's a Charm: Building Campus Relationships to (Re)Launch a Personal Librarian Program

Melissa's career in academic libraries has focused primarily on information literacy instruction and working with undergraduate students.  She has an interest in threshold concepts, assessment, and the scholarship of teaching and learning as avenues to improve information literacy efforts.  Building a Personal Librarian program at Denison has been a great opportunity to focus on first year students and to build a solid base for student/librarian interactions going forward. 

Jamie Goodfellow, First Year Academic Skills Librarian, Sheridan College

Promoting and Supporting Academic Integrity at Sheridan College

Jamie Goodfellow is the First Year Academic Skills Librarian at Sheridan College. This role works closely with liaison librarians to support and develop first year instruction and actively engages in outreach to faculties, departments and units that support first year students. Since the inception of this role in 2014, Jamie has focused on a number of priorities including: developing cross-departmental partnerships, developing engaging programming for first year students, supporting academic-skills development beyond information literacy and supporting a culture of academic integrity throughout the College. Prior to this role, Jamie worked as a liaison librarian at Western University and supported a number of programs in the Social Sciences, Health Sciences and Engineering Faculties. She holds an Honours Bachelor degree in History from the University of Guelph and a Library and Information Science degree from Western University.

  

Katie Hutchison, Student Engagement & Archival Services Librarian, Walsh University; LuAnn Boris, Director of Library Services, Walsh University

It’s a Paint Party! How to Engage Students and Bring Color to Your Library During a Construction Project

Katie Hutchison is the Student Engagement & Archival Services Librarian at Walsh University and is always looking for new ways to engage students with the Library.  Katie earned her Master’s in Library and Information Science from Kent State University and her Bachelor of Arts in History from Walsh University. 

Jim Kinnie, Humanities Reference Librarian, University of Rhode Island

Measuring Success One Writing One-Shot at a Time

Jim Kinnie is the Humanities Reference Librarian at the University of Rhode Island where he teaches credit courses in information literacy in the classroom and online, instructs many one shot sessions for humanities courses, and coordinates library instruction for the URI Department of Writing and Rhetoric. His service to the University has included serving on the Subcommittee on Assessment of General Education, Learning Outcomes Oversight Committee, and chairing the General Education during the University’s implementation of a new outcomes-based General Education program.

 

Edwin Mayes, Director of First Year Experience and Family Programs, Case Western Reserve University
 
Supporting Underrepresented Minority (URM) Transition with Peer Mentors During the First Year
 
Edwin is responsible for leadership and vision of all new student, parent and family programs as well as working with enrollment management, and on-campus and off-campus partners to coordinate strategies and programs that support students' successful transition from high school through their first year at the university. He joined Case Western Reserve from Wright State University, where he serves as the first director of First Year Experience and Family programs. He previously served in administrative roles at Earlham College, the University of Colorado-Boulder, Wittenberg University and the University of Michigan. Edwin has developed and implemented programs to improve student retention and meet the needs of students in transition. He has been a regular presenter on these topics at a number of national conferences.
 

Anna Michelle Martinez-Montavon, Instructional Design Librarian, University of Notre Dame

It Isn’t “Giving Up” Class Time: Meaningful Library Instruction in Writing and Rhetoric

As the Instructional Design Librarian for the Hesburgh Libraries, Anna collaborates with other librarians, faculty, and staff to develop in-person and online educational learning and engagement opportunities that enhance student research and critical thinking skills. She is interested in critical approaches to information literacy instruction and education technology.

Kathy Petras, Associate Director for First-Year Experience and Family Programs and the Director of Orientation, Case Western Reserve University
 
Supporting Underrepresented Minority (URM) Transition with Peer Mentors During the First Year
 
Kathy Petras has worked with first-year students and orientation for the nearly ten years and has additional knowledge and experiences in the leadership development, fraternity and sorority life, and community engagement/service.  A native Clevelander, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Baldwin Wallace University and a Master of Education in Adult Learning in Development from Cleveland State University.  
 

Charissa Powell, Student Success Librarian, University of Tennessee 

Perceptions of First-year Students: How to Be Better Advocates

Charissa Powell is a Student Success Librarian who works with first-year students to support their acclimation and success in college. Charissa is also a co-founder and editor of the Librarian Parlor (#libparlor), a community for research librarians. Her research interests include impostor phenomenon, perceptions of first-year and undergraduate students, and #critlib instruction. Charissa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies and a Master of Library Science both from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Allison Rand, Research Assistant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Information Literacy Misconceptions and Librarian Perceptions

Allison Rand is a masters student at the iSchool at the University of Illinois where she focuses on information literacy and first year instruction in academic librarianship and will graduate in May 2018.

Ian Singer, Credo Reference

Information literacy Misconceptions and Librarian Perceptions

Ian Singer is the General Manager of Credo Reference.

 

Rob Snyder, First Year Experience Coordinator, Bowling Green State University

Beyond the Academy: The Academic Librarian’s Role in the Transition to College

Rob Snyder is the First Year Experience Coordinator at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH. A graduate of San Jose State University’s School of Information, Rob’s research interests include the role of the academic library in first year initiatives and outreach to first-year students and students in transition.

Elizabeth Stephan, Student Engagement Librarian, Western Washington University

Increasing Student Engagement and Agency: One Libraries Effort to Increase Retention for At-Risk Students

Elizabeth is the Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington where she is the Learning Commons Librarian for Student Engagement as well as the subject librarian for the College of Business and Economics. As the Student Engagement Librarian, she is committed to helping students from under-represented populations succeed and graduate and is involved with both library and campus efforts to improve the undergraduate experience. In addition to her work as a librarian, Elizabeth is a knitter, a cat lady, collects tattoos, and is committed to reaching the full librarian stereotype by the time she retires.

      

Jason Snyder, Librarian/Manager of Communications and Outreach, Bucknell; Benjamin Hoover, Evening Library Services Specialist, Bucknell

Partnering with Student Affairs:  A Roadmap for Orientation, First-Year Success, and Beyond 

Jason Snyder is Librarian/Manager of Communications and Outreach at Bucknell University's Bertrand Library.  He holds an MLS from University of Maryland, and a BA/MA in English from Bucknell University.  Before returning to Bucknell, Jason was Electronic Resources/Reference Librarian at Middlebury College.  Jason's responsibilities include communications, outreach, and he is the liaison/instruction librarian for English, Languages/Cultures/Linguistics, and Film/Media Studies.

Denise A. Wetzel, Assistant Librarian and STEM Research & Learning Librarian, Florida State University

It’s in the Game: Using Sports to Teach the ACRL Frameworks to First Semester Students

Denise A. Wetzel joined FSU’s Dirac Science Library as an Assistant University Librarian and a STEM Research & Learning Librarian in January 2018. Previously, she served as Mississippi State University’s Extension & Instruction Librarian. Denise’s research interests include information literacy for undergraduates, first year experience, and resource availability for students in the STEM fields.

 

Susan Wengler, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Information Literacy, Queensborough Community College of The City University of New York

Next Level Learning: Using Pedagogically-Designed Research Guides in Information Literacy Instruction

Susan Wengler is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Information Literacy at Queensborough Community College, The City University of New York. Her research activity focuses on information literacy instruction and the information-seeking behaviors of community college students. Wengler holds an M.L.I.S. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, an M.B.A from Columbia University, and a B.A. in English from Wellesley College. Wengler is also moderator of the Books, Bytes & Beyond “Conversations with Authors” series and has interviewed such children’s literature luminaries as Julie Andrews, Laura Bush, and Kelly Clarkson.

Liz Bernal, Library Assessment Officer, Case Western Reserve University

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes: Using Assessment Data to Make a PL Program More Efficient and Effective

Liz Bernal is the Library Assessment Officer of Kelvin Smith Library (KSL). Since starting in June 2015, she took on the management of the library's strategic plan as well as the development of the library assessment program and processes throughout the library.  Her focus in the recent year has included international research impact of faculty at Case Western Reserve University and KSL's interaction with this area.  She has been heavily active on committees in ALA, ACRL and LLAMA since 2009.

Callie Wiygul Branstiter, Undergraduate Engagement Librarian, University of Kansas

Perceptions of First-year Students: How to Be Better Advocates

Callie Wiygul Branstiter is the Undergraduate Engagement Librarian at the University of Kansas. Her research interests include librarian perceptions of undergraduate students, media literacy for undergraduate students, and critical information literacy. She co-authored the chapter "But How Do I Know It's a Good Source: Authority is Constructed in Social Work Practice" in Disciplinary Application of Information Literacy Threshold Concepts, an ACRL publication. She graduated with a MLIS from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2014 and previously worked as a liaison librarian at the University of Southern California.

Jillian Collier, Research Assistant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Information Literacy Misconceptions and Librarian Perceptions

Jillian Collier is a recent graduate of iSchool at the University of Illinois, where she focused on reference services and academic librarianship and is looking forward to starting a position as a reference/instruction librarian.

Melody Dale, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Old Main Academic Center/Education Librarian, Mississippi State University

It’s in the Game: Using Sports to Teach the ACRL Frameworks to First Semester Students

Melody Dale is the Coordinator of Old Main Academic Center and Education Librarian at Mississippi State University Libraries. She received her MLIS from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2012. She currently chairs NASIG’s Evaluation and Assessment committee and serves as a member of Mississippi Library Association’s Author Awards committee. Her research interests include the library’s role in first year experience, open access, information literacy, and cataloging. Prior to her current position, she served as a serials cataloger at Mississippi State University Libraries.

  

Hailley Fargo, Student Engagement Librarian, Penn State University Libraries

Escape Rooms and Pop-Up Libraries: Innovative Summer Programming for First-Year Students

Hailley Fargo is the Student Engagement Librarian at the Penn State University Libraries. In this role, Hailley is a liaison with non-academic units on campus (Student Affairs, undergraduate research, common reading program, etc); collaborates with Penn State librarians across the Commonwealth to help create networks of support and aligned approaches to student engagement; and works closely with student employees in the library to ensure the work they do is meaningful. In her spare time, Hailley enjoys drinking coffee, reading memoirs, biking, and watching the TV show, Brooklyn 99. 

Melissa Harden, First Year Experience Librarian, University of Notre Dame

It Isn’t “Giving Up” Class Time: Meaningful Library Instruction in Writing and Rhetoric

As the First Year Experience Librarian, Melissa focuses on connecting first-year students to the resources and services available at the Hesburgh Libraries. As an instructor, Melissa develops learner-centered information literacy sessions for students in Writing and Rhetoric classes and other courses for first-year students. Melissa has always been passionate about teaching and learning. Prior to becoming a librarian, she taught fourth grade for four years. 

Justin Kani, Assistant Librarian and Business/SPEA Librarian, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis 

It’s in the Game: Using Sports to Teach the ACRL Frameworks to First Semester Students

Justin Kani joined IUPUI’s University Library as an Assistant Librarian for Business/SPEA in July 2017. He most recently served as Mississippi State University’s Business Librarian. Prior to working at MSU, he served as a reference and information literacy librarian in Albany, NY. Justin’s research interests include information literacy, first year experience, and research consultations.

Sheryl Kron Larson-Rhodes, First Year Experience Librarian, SUNY Geneseo

"Forget Boring, Get to Exploring": Collaboration Workshops With High School Staff & Academic Librarians

Sherry Larson-Rhodes holds an MLS from the State University of New York at Buffalo, an MA in organizational communication from Ohio University, and a BS in geography with a minor in French from Penn State. She currently works at SUNY Geneseo’s Milne Library as the First Year Experience Librarian, collaborating with Milne Library staff and other campus organizations to provide first-year-experience-related workshops and events, and providing research skills instruction to many of the first-year writing seminar classes as well as to students from local high schools visiting Milne Library. In addition to her FYE responsibilities she draws on 25 years of experience to provide editing expertise to staff, faculty, and students.

Kevin Moore, Research & Instruction Librarian, Gettysburg College

Connecting Over Coffee: Extending Library Services for Students Through New Campus Partnerships

Kevin Moore is a Research & Instruction Librarian at Musselman Library, Gettysburg College. He is the liaison librarian to the Biology and Psychology departments. He earned his MSLIS from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2017 and also holds a BA in Biology from Whitman College.

Kate Otto, Assistant Librarian, Marquette University

Improving Community and Undergraduate Academic Success through Peer-to-Peer Mentoring

Kate is a Research and Instructional Services Librarian at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. Her work and presentations stem from her professional experiences at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, K-State University Polytechnic, Indiana University Bloomington, and Marquette University where she’s supervised student employees, and worked with diverse student populations in outreach, research, and instruction roles.

   

Rachel Sanders, First Year Instruction and Social Sciences Librarian, UNC Greensboro

Librarians in the Lead: Redesigning the First Year Experience Curriculum from Scratch at a Liberal Arts College​

Rachel Sanders is currently the First Year Instruction and Social Sciences Librarian at UNC Greensboro, which is located in Greensboro, NC. Her professional interests include information literacy instruction, researching library anxiety among students, educational technologies, first-year experiences, and furthering professional networks among academic librarians. Her personal interests include cooking, travelling, and keeping up with her partner and their two dogs.

Bethany Spieth, Instruction and Access Services Librarian, Heterick Memorial Library, Ohio Northern University

Encouraging Regular Library Use: The Frequent Visitor Pass Program

Bethany Spieth is the Instruction and Access Services Librarian at Heterick Memorial Library, Ohio Northern University. She also serves as the co-chair of the library's Marketing Committee and the liaison to several academic departments.

Jen Starkey, Research Services Librarian, Case Western Reserve University

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes: Using Assessment Data to Make a PL Program More Efficient and Effective

Jen Starkey is a Research Services Librarian for Social Sciences and Humanities at Kelvin Smith Library and joined the KSL staff in 2017.  Jen manages the daily operations of the Personal Librarian Program and works with Residential Life staff as key partners.  Jen also focuses on the first year experience and KSL's library instruction program, as well as reference services and collection development and management.  She serves in the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) and writes database reviews for the Charleston Advisor. 

Marian Traynor, Manager, Library User Services, Sheridan College

Promoting and Supporting Academic Integrity at Sheridan College

Marian Traynor is the Manager, Library User Services at Sheridan College. Sheridan College has three campuses located in the Toronto region and an FTE of 22,000+ students. Sheridan College is distinguished by its Creative Campus philosophy – a cross-curricular approach with a strong focus on innovation, experiential learning and faculty with strong industry experience. Sheridan Library focuses on scaffolding of skills throughout the curriculum, with a first year librarian program to support both research skill development and the building of a culture of academic integrity across the College. In addition to managing the information literacy program, Marian is responsible for access and research services as well as space planning and use. Prior to Sheridan, Marian worked as a part-time faculty librarian at George Brown College and a research specialist at the Toronto Star newspaper. She holds an Honours Bachelor degree in French Language and Literature, an Honours Diploma in History, and a Masters degree in Library Science from Western University.

Teresa Williams, Business Librarian, Butler University

Partnering with Student Employees for First Year Instruction Success

Teresa Williams is the Business Librarian at Butler University.  As Liaison to the Butler University Lacy School of Business (LSB), she provides instructional and research support to LSB students, faculty, and staff.  Teresa received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and a Master of Library Science degree from Indiana University, and a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from The Ohio State University.  Her research interests include embedded librarianship, faculty-librarian collaboration, and business information literacy skills in the workplace.

Suchi Mohanty, Head of the R.B. House Undergraduate Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Making Lemonade from Lemons: Unexpected Benefits of a Personal Librarian Program

Suchi Mohanty has worked at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 2002, and has been the Head of the R.B. House Undergraduate Library since 2012. She leads a dynamic library offering 24-hour service, student-centered learning spaces, information and digital literacy programs, and print and media collections. Her professional interests include developing formal and informal learning spaces, supporting student success efforts via campus partnerships, and mentoring new library professionals. Suchi has a BA from University of Mary Washington and a MSLS from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Yuening Zhang, Research Services Librarian, Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University

Working with Freshmen International Students: Helping Them Explore Research Topics and Learn How to Use the Library with Active Learning Method

Yuening Zhang is the Research Services Librarian for chemistry, physics and mathematics/statistics in the Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) of Case Western Reserve University. She came to the United States from China to pursue a graduate degree in chemistry, and obtained her MLS degree with Chemical Information Specialization from Indiana University Bloomington. She has been working in KSL since 2011 and has been actively involved in working with international students both academically and outside the classroom.

Christopher Younkin, First Year Experience Instruction, The Ohio State University

Thriving Gamefully: Teaching First-year Students Game-based Strategies for Goal Setting and Social Connectedness

Christopher Younkin works in the Teaching & Learning department of The Ohio State University Libraries providing library orientation and instruction for undergraduates (mostly first-year students). He holds a Masters of Library and Information Science from Kent State University (2015), a Masters of Arts in Creative Writing from Miami University (2013), and a Bachelors of English from The Ohio State University (2010). Major research interests include Information Literacy Instruction, Game-Based Learning, gamification, student thriving, and motivation. He has played games his whole life, and most enjoys board games and video games.

Elizabeth "Beth" L. Black, Undergraduate Engagement Librarian, Associate Professor, Ohio State University

Engaging Second-year Students in Transformational Learning Experiences

Elizabeth “Beth” L. Black, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Engagement Librarian at the Ohio State University Libraries, works directly with undergraduates and as liaison to the units on campus that directly support undergraduates, with an emphasis on first- and second-year students. Her teaching takes place online and through co-curricular programs, including Ohio State’s First-Year Success Series and award-winning Second-year Transformation Experience Program (STEP). Black’s research explores integrating information resources into online educational settings and the library’s contribution to student success.  She has a masters in library science from Kent State University, a bachelors of arts in history and bachelors of science in education from Miami University.

Lindsay Inge Carpenter, First Year Experience Librarian, University of Maryland

Perceptions of First-year Students: How to Be Better Advocates

Lindsay Inge Carpenter is the First Year Experience Librarian at the University of Maryland, where she also serves as the Assistant Director of the UMD Libraries Research & Teaching Fellowship, a training program for MLIS students interested in careers in academic librarianship. Lindsay is passionate about working with undergraduate students, particularly first year students and international students. Her research interests include information literacy instruction, critical pedagogy, assessment, student development, and the history of cultural and educational institutions.

Amy Elliott, Humanities Liaison Librarian, Denison University

Second Time's a Charm: Building Campus Relationships to (Re)Launch a Personal Librarian Program

Amy's current professional and research interests focus on compassionate library leadership and management, EQ, and mindfulness. She's radically and endlessly curious as evidenced by some of her past interests and experience, which have included: reference, instruction, collection management, scholarly communication, electronic resources, software development, and project management. Her personal interests include mental and physical health and wellness as well as self-improvement.  

Elise Ferer, Librarian for Undergraduate Learning, Drexel University

From Personal Librarian to Undergraduate Experience: History and Evolution of Personal Librarian at a Large Private University

Elise is the librarian for undergraduate learning at Drexel University and works with campus partners to integrate the library and information literacy into the undergraduate experience. She works closely with the Freshman English sequence and orientation as well as other units on campus that support undergraduates.

 

      

Benjamin Hoover, Evening Library Services Specialist, Bucknell

Partnering with Student Affairs:  A Roadmap for Orientation, First-Year Success, and Beyond 

Benjamin Hoover is the Evening Library Services Specialist at Bucknell University's Bertrand Library.  After obtaining an M.S.Ed. in College Student Personnel, he worked for several years in student affairs before joining the library staff at his alma mater.  Benjamin's responsibilities include student outreach, library orientations, and reference services.

Mary Hricko, Library Director, Professor, University Libraries, Kent State University, Geauga Campus

Library Integration with FYE Faculty

Dr. Mary Hricko is a Professor of University Libraries at Kent State University where she serves as the Library Director at Kent's Geauga Campus and Regional Academic Center. She serves as one of OhioLINK's system leaders for Affordable Learning and the Coordinator of the Lake-Geauga Funding Information Network. She has published numerous articles and books on topic related to online teaching and learning.

  

Katy Kelly, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Marketing and Engagement, University of Dayton

Opening Act: Putting on a Music Festival-Themed Student Orientation​

Katy promotes library services and resources by planning, developing, and assessing programs, activities, and publications for the university community. She manages Roesch Library's social media accounts and chairs the Libraries Marketing and Outreach Team. She also provides reference support and participates in library instruction. She is president of the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) and editor of Public Services Quarterly's marketing column.

John Killings, Associate Director of Multicultural Leadership & Programming, Case Western Reserve University
 
Supporting Underrepresented Minority (URM) Transition with Peer Mentors During the First Year
 
John is a native of Cleveland, Ohio.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Black World Studies from Miami University of Ohio and a Master of Arts degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University (Ohio). John’s  role in CWRU OMA is assisting multicultural student organizations with finances and programming, advising the Undergraduate Diversity Collaborative, and facilitating Diversity 360 and Sustained Dialogue. I also serve as the OMA representative on the Bias Reporting System, DOSA Professional Development Committee, and DOSA Assessment Advisory Group. 
 

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Information Literacy Misconceptions and Librarian Perceptions

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe is Professor/Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Elizabeth Marcus, Undergraduate Experience Librarian, Western Carolina University

You Can Win ‘Em All: Library Instruction Services for Small ESL Programs

Elizabeth Marcus is the Undergraduate Experience Librarian at Western Carolina University.  She coordinates information literacy instruction for the Writing, Rhetoric, and Critical Studies (WRCS) program and serves as liaison to first-year, transfer, and international students, as well as WCU’s Honors College and Writing and Learning Commons.

Danielle Palombi, Manager, Centre of Student Academic Excellence, Sheridan College

Promoting and Supporting Academic Integrity at Sheridan College

Manager of the Centre of Student Academic Excellence within Library and Learning Services at Sheridan College, Danielle oversees student academic supports including the Tutoring Centres and Academic Integrity Offices.  Approximately 23,000 full-time and 18,500 continuing and part-time students study at Sheridan across three campuses.  Danielle manages Staff Tutoring, modified Supplemental Instruction and Peer Tutoring programs.  She also manages Sheridan’s Academic Integrity Office, which employs Sheridan’s Academic Integrity Facilitator and Student Academic Integrity Ambassadors.  Prior to Sheridan, Danielle worked as a teacher in an aboriginal youth rehabilitation centre in Newfoundland Labrador, and as an instructor for Humber College.  Danielle holds an Honours Bachelor degree in Rhetoric and Professional Writing with minors in Speech Communication and Canadian History, a Bachelor of Education as an Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT), and a Masters degree in Rhetoric and Communication Design.  Danielle is passionate about delivering purposeful, inclusive, quality-based academic supports.

Tim Schlak, Dean, University Library, Robert Morris University

It Only Takes a Spark – Scaffolding Up to an Information Literacy Program from a Personal Librarian Program 

Tim Schlak is the Dean of the Robert Morris University Library. He is currently the Vice-President of the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI) Board of Directors and serves on a number of ACRL College Library Sections committees, including the Executive Committee. Prior to his appointment in 2014 at RMU, he served as Director of the DeWitt Library at Northwestern College in Orange City, IA. At Northwestern, Dr. Schlak spearheaded the DeWitt Learning Commons project, a 58,000 square foot, $13.5 million state-of-the-art learning facility. He also served as Chair and Vice-Chair of the Iowa Private Academic Libraries (IPAL) consortium. He earned his Ph.D. and MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Information Sciences as well as an MA from the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. His research interests pertain to the social future of academic libraries and intellectual capital in academic libraries. 

Meggan Smith, Research & Instruction Librarian, Gettysburg College

Connecting Over Coffee: Extending Library Services for Students Through New Campus Partnerships

Meggan Smith is a Research & Instruction Librarian at Musselman Library, Gettysburg College. She is the coordinator of Reference Services, co-coordinator of Musselman Library's Peer Research Mentor program, and liaison librarian to the Education and Health Sciences departments. She earned her MLIS from University of Pittsburgh in 2007 and also holds a BA in History from Gettysburg College.

Amanda Starkel, Information Commons Librarian, Butler University

Partnering with Student Employees for First Year Instruction Success

Amanda Starkel is the Information Commons Librarian at Butler University. In this position, she manages the staff and student employees who run the single service point for the main campus library. Additionally, she engages in reference and instruction with her liaison assignments, including several areas of the core curriculum. Before Butler, Amanda served as Instruction Librarian and Interim Library Director at Defiance College.  She completed her Master of Library Science degree from Indiana University (Bloomington) in 2009.

Shannon Tennant, Coordinator of Library Collections, Elon University

Catalogers can be Personal Librarians too! : Recruiting Technical Services Staff as Personal Librarians

Shannon Tennant is the Coordinator of Library Collections at Elon University’s Belk Library in Elon, NC.  She received both her BA and her MLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and then worked at a public library in New Hampshire before coming to Elon in 2000.  Shannon performs original cataloging in all formats and is also a liaison to the World Languages and Philosophy departments. She is active in the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), where she serves on the executive board as well as teaching an online class about the fundamentals of cataloging.

Elizabeth Yates, Liaison/Scholarly Communication Librarian, Brock University

Personal Librarians: Can We Help with Student Retention?

Elizabeth Yates is a Liaison and Scholarly Communication Librarian at James A. Gibson Library, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON, Canada. Elizabeth has led the Personal Librarian team at Brock since 2014. Her interests include student engagement, scholarly publishing, and open access.

Christal Young, Reference & Instruction Librarian and Leavey Library First Year Experience Coordinator, University of Southern California

First Year X: Intersectionality and the First Year College Student

Christal has been a Reference & Instruction Librarian at the University of Southern California for 4 years.  Her subject areas include US, British, & Canadian History and American Studies & Ethnicity. Christal is heavily involved in the USC Libraries’ Undergraduate Orientation Group, Reference Taskforce, and Peer Steering Committee. Additionally, she currently serves as the library liaison to the University’s Committee to Eliminate Homelessness as well as the USC First Generation Taskforce.  She is also the 2018 chair of the California Academic Reference Librarians Discussion Interest Group-South (CARLDIG-S).  Christal is in the process of co-authoring 2 ACRL book chapters on Library Outreach and Outreach to International Students.