Presenter Biographies

Raymundo Andrade

As Loyola Marymount University’s Student Engagement Librarian, Ray Andrade coordinates library orientations and tours, develops programs and special events, and promotes the library’s central role in supporting student success. Ray especially supports historically under-represented populations, including first-generation, Asian-American, Black, Latinx, LGBTQ, international, transfer students and athletes. He collaborates with many departments, including the Academic Resource Center, Athletics, Ethnic & Intercultural Services, the Office of International Students, the Office of Student Success, the Office of First Year Experience and more. He also serves as Librarian Liaison to the department of Chicanx-Latinx Studies and is a long-time advocate in LMU’s Latinx Staff Association.

Adrian Applin

Adrian Applin is a current graduate student in the University of Washington’s MLIS program, with an area focus in the intersections between libraries and archives, technology, and social justice. In addition to his interests in LIS, he is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who plays the piano, guitar, and ukulele. From 2016-2018, he played the lead in Octavia of Earth, a biographical musical about the life of science fiction writer Octavia Butler. He is currently the artist-in-residence for Uncaged Library Productions, continuing further development on Octavia of Earth and also working on a solo album.

DeeDee Baldwin

DeeDee Baldwin is the history research librarian and liaison to the Shackouls Honors College for Mississippi State University Libraries. Prior to accepting her faculty position, she worked for ten years in the library’s manuscripts division. She is a past president of the Society of Mississippi Archivists.

Amanda Beltran

Amanda Beltran is the Director of Student Activities at CUNY School of Law, where she manages student groups and leads diversity and equity initiatives such as creating the first non-student run food pantry in a Law School. She also developed digital competencies initiatives for students, faculty, and staff, and co-contributed to the NYSBA Cybersecurity Hygiene Checklist.
She earned a BA in Sociology from The George Washington University, an MA in Sociology and Education from Teachers College, and is currently pursuing an EdD in Educational Leadership at Saint Peter’s University. Amanda’s research focuses on the integration of technology and digital literacies in law school curricula and preparing legal professionals for the AI revolution.

Araceli Benítez-Arzate

My name is Araceli Benítez-Arzate, I live in Mexicali B.C., Mexico. I did a doctorate in education at the Xochicalco University, a master’s degree in education at CETYS University and a bachelor degree in Computer science at the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC). I have worked for 17 years in the library, mainly in the reference area. My experience as a teacher is from 2010, teaching classes and courses on information literacy, databases, search strategies, style formats. The lines of research are mainly in Information culture and technology in academic libraries.

Oumaima Benyahya

Oumaima Benyahya, a Chief Film Editor, is a sophomore at Bard HS Early College Queens (BHSECQ).

Monica Berger

Monica Berger is Associate Professor, Instruction and Scholarly Communications Librarian, at New York City College of Technology, City University of New York. Becoming an instruction librarian at mid-career, she appreciates increased connection with students and colleagues. She also supports faculty scholarship through workshops and consultations, managing Academic Works for NYCCT, and providing workshops for undergraduate researchers. She has published and presented on predatory publishing, the institutional repository, and open access. Her recent article in Development and Change argues that bibliodiversity and non-commercial open access are necessary for the Global South to decolonize and reclaim open access.

Regina Carra

Regina Carra is the Rapaport Archivist at the American Folk Art Museum (AFAM), where she manages over 700 linear feet of archival material representing nearly 250 years of folk art and self-taught art history. She is an active member of her professional community and is currently serving on the ArchivesSpace User Advisory Council. She holds a MLS and MA in History from Queens College — CUNY.

Jill Cirasella

Jill Cirasella is Associate Librarian for Scholarly Communication at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where she is also the librarian for audiology and speech-language-hearing sciences, among other subjects. Her research focus is scholarly communication, very broadly construed: recent projects examine anxieties surrounding open access dissertations, attitudes about practice-based library literature, and the professional experiences of hard of hearing librarians. She is committed to advancing ethical, community-led open access initiatives and currently serves as the Chair of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

Victoria Cornejo

Victoria Cornejo is the Chief Film Editor for the Guest Writers course at BHSECQ. She has an interest in queer stories and and filmmaking and plans to pursue them further at Wesleyan University next year

Jeff Corrigan

Jeff Corrigan is the Science Librarian and the library’s first Outreach Coordinator at CSUMB. Jeff’s outreach coordinator role began in August 2019 and he had to adapt and move outreach online in March 2020 with the pandemic. Corrigan has dabbled in art for many years and has taught and helped facilitate several activities in the library’s makerspace.

John DeLooper

John DeLooper is Web Services – Online Learning Librarian (Assistant Professor) at Lehman College – CUNY, where he has worked since 2018. His library experience includes technology, reference, instruction, and administration, and his research focuses on libraries and technology. He has also written on topics such as opera and children’s literature, and access service. He earned his M.L.I.S. from Rutgers University in 2010 and his M.S. in Information Systems from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business in 2017.

William Denton

William Denton is the scholarly analytics librarian at York University (Toronto, Canada), where he has worked since 2007. His work involves using data science to understand the users and usage of the library’s resources, collections and services. His current research is focused on data science, sonification and anthropocene and performance librarianship, and his artistic practice draws on his library work.

Junli Diao

Junli Diao is an Assistant Professor/Head of Cataloging and Serials at York College Library, CUNY. He also equally participates in public and instructional services. His current research interests focus on emerging issues in academic librarianship, such as academic identity construction and information literacy pedagogy and innovations.

Ashley Dirzis

Ashley Dirzis (she/her) is a MLIS student at Pratt Institute’s iSchool. Her research is focused on improving library accessibility to college students through critical cataloging with a disability theory and queer theory lens. She aims to evaluate how certain metadata and cataloging practices affect both the access and accessibility of library materials. Ashley is the Treasurer of Pratt’s ALA student organization (PALA) and a remote intern for Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis’ (IUPUI) University Library.

Dhy Edwardsberry

Dhy Edwardsberry joined the Goizueta Business Library at Emory University in January of 2020. Previously, she worked as an Access Services Coordinator at Baker Library at Harvard Business School. She received her M.L.S. from Simmons University (formerly Simmons College), and her B.M. in Music Business/Management from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. As a graduate student, she was a recipient of the Association of Research Libraries/Music Librarian Association Diversity and Inclusion Initiative Fellow as well as an American Librarian Association Spectrum Scholar. Dhy recently relocated from Boston to Atlanta. She is an active musician, foodie, and cat mom.

Isabel Espinal

Isabel Espinal is the librarian for African Studies, Afro American Studies, Latin American, Caribbean & Latinx Studies, Native American & Indigenous Studies, and Spanish & Portuguese at the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Lisa Finder

Lisa Finder is the Electronic Resources Librarian at Hunter College. Prior to Hunter she was the Serials Librarian at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. She received an MLS from Columbia University, a MALS from CUNY’s Graduate Center, and a BA in Russian language and literature from Wesleyan University. She is liaison to a few departments including Africana and Russian. Her research is on liaison work in academic libraries.

Iris Finkel

Iris Finkel is an assistant professor and the web and digital initiatives librarian at Hunter College where she also teaches a semester long information literacy and research course. She earned a master’s of science in information and library science from Pratt Institute and a master’s of arts in liberal studies with a focus on digital humanities from The Graduate Center. Her research pursuits include digital pedagogy.

Melissa Fraser-Arnott

Melissa Fraser-Arnott is the Chief, Integrated Reference Services at the Library of Parliament in Ottawa Canada and a member of the San José State University School of Information’s CIRI International Advisory Board and Leadership and Management Program Advisory Committee. She holds a PhD from Queensland University of Technology, an MLIS from the University of Western Ontario, and an MBA from the Australian Institute of Business (AIB). She has 15 years of special library experience and her research interests include professional identity, competency development, library marketing, and library management.

Kate Freedman

Kate Freedman is the librarian for History and Graduate Student Services at the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst. They hold an MLIS from the University of Rhode Island and a PhD in History from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Jennifer Friedman

Jennifer Friedman is the Head of Research Services, Interim Associate Dean for Research and Learning, and the Librarian for Art at the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Lee Ann Fullington

Lee Ann Fullington is a reference and instruction librarian at Brooklyn College, CUNY. She is a co-editor of the book Reflections on Practitioner Research: A Practical Guide for Information Professionals (ACRL Publications, 2020).

William Gargan

William Gargan, a past-president of LACUNY (1983-84), served as the Language & Literature Librarian at Brooklyn College for nearly 40 years until his retirement in 2018. The founder and moderator of Beat-l, the first listserv devoted to the Beat Generation, he has written numerous articles on Beat-related topics. He is also co-author (with Sue Sharma) of Find That Tune: An Index to Rock, Folk-Rock, Disco & Soul Music in Collections (Neal-Schuman, 1988). He continues to review books in the fields of English & American literature for Library Journal and Choice.

Rachell Hester

Rachell Hester is an artist, maker, and educator. She currently facilitates hands-on educational opportunities as the CSUMB Library Makerspace Coordinator, which she helped build from scratch. Hester is an alumni of CSUMB’s Visual and Public Art program with an emphasis in large scale painting and murals.

Jess deCourcy Hinds

Jess deCourcy Hinds, is the founding Library Director of Bard HS Early College Queens, where she teaches the Guest Writers course and accompanying author series. She and her students presented at the 2018 ACRL “Libraries in Direct Action” Conference and were also interviewed on NPR’s WBEZ Chicago station for their radical revision of parts of Dewey Decimal system. A Pushcart Prize nominee for fiction, Hinds’ writing has appeared in School Library Journal, the New York Times, Ms., Newsweek and literary journals such as Quarterly West, Monkeybicycle and Brain, Child.

Kathia Ibacache

Kathia Ibacache is the Romance Languages Librarian at the University of Colorado, Boulder. After working for six years in public libraries building youth collections and creating programs in Spanish and music, Kathia understands the importance of advocacy, collaboration, and outreach. As a subject specialist, she is interested in advancing collection development with a user-centered approach and focusing on inclusion and diversity. Her research interest encompasses teaching and learning technologies, collection development, and the representation of Latin American indigenous languages materials in university libraries. Kathia won an IMPART Award in 2019 and is currently an Assistant Professor.
Kathia holds a MLIS degree from San Jose State University and a D.M.A. degree from the University of Southern California.
Research Publications

Nanette Johnson

Nanette Johnson is the Access Services Librarian/Assistant Professor at NYC College of Technology, CUNY, working with her team to support student success. Prior to becoming an academic librarian she spent over a decade in corporate libraries. Her research interests include management, teamwork, implicit bias, and faith-based community information practices.

Amanda Rybin Koob

Amanda Rybin Koob is a writer and librarian living in Colorado. She currently serves as the Literature and Humanities Librarian at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she is liaison to the English Department and Humanities Program. She received her Master in Library and Information Science from the University of Denver and her Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from the University of Michigan.

Arthur Maurici

Arthur Maurici has been working in libraries for over ten years and is currently working at Nazareth College’s Lorette Wilmot Library as a circulation supervisor and administrative assistant. He began pursuing his MLIS through University of Maryland’s iSchool in the Fall of 2020, concentrating in Archives and Digital Curation.

Obden Mondesir

Obden Mondesir is an Outreach Archivist and Adjunct Lecturer at Queens College, City University of New York, and an Oral Historian working at the Weeksville Heritage Center, a multidisciplinary house museum dedicated to preserving the history of the 19th century Free Black community in Weeksville, Brooklyn, New York. Obden has a dual M.A. in Library Science and History from Queens College and is the recipient of a West African Research Center Library Fellowship and the Citi Center for Culture + Queens Library Fellowship.

Sarah Nguyễn

Sarah Nguyễn is a PhD student at the University of Washington Information School, as well as a movement practitioner with experience in performance, choreography, and improv in hip hop, modern, and contemporary forms. Currently, they contribute to research about misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic, data management practices of privacy sensitive data, and the sociotechnical misinformation crises in non-English contexts. Previously, she contributed to Preserve This Podcast, a grant-funded public service project for public and academic libraries and archives to create accessible programs to provide podcasters agency, control, and long-term affect in their own creations.

Danielle Pollock

Danielle Pollock is an assistant professor at Simmons University’s School of Library and Information Science (SLIS). Her research focuses on innovation adoption in research-oriented communities and her teaching areas include technology for information professionals; metadata; database management; and intersectionality, technology, and information professions. Prior to pursuing her doctorate at the University of Tennessee, she worked in public, academic, and special libraries.

Suhama Saniz

Suhama Saniz (she/her) is a sophomore and a library intern at BHSEC Q As the Chief Web Intern, she is responsible for creating, maintaining, as well as promoting the BHSECQ Library Website. She spends her free time taking care of her little siblings, and learning about cephalopods (the most intelligent invertebrates).

Annie Tummino

Annie Tummino serves as Head of Special Collections and Archives in the Queens College Library, where her goal is to maximize access and use of archival materials. In the past, she worked as the Archivist at SUNY Maritime College and as a Project Archivist at Columbia University, Museum of the City of New York, and Queens Museum. She received her MLIS and Archives Certificate from Queens College in 2010, and MS in Maritime and Naval Studies from SUNY Maritime College in 2020.

Stefka Tzanova

Stefka Tzanova is an assistant professor and science librarian at York College, City University of New York. Her research interests include science literacy, science education, history of science and technology, STEM, open educational resources, scholarly communications, and intellectual property. Professor Tzanova has a strong background in the hard sciences and holds Master’s degrees in engineering and in library science. She recently published an article on the role of open science on academic librarianship.

Juan Carlos Vega

Juan Carlos Vega is a librarian dedicated to identify opportunities to create change at the local level, who pays special attention to justice issues among POC/LGBTQ populations, and addresses how the lack of data/resources directly affects these communities health/social/economic parity. He has worked at the Library of Congress, the MSU Libraries’ Cesar Chavez Collection, and the Art Museum of Puerto Rico. He helped establish the Citizens Alliance Pro LGBTQA Health and the Consortium of Electronic Libraries in his native Puerto Rico. He is a yoga instructor, has a BS from Michigan State University, and an MLIS from University of Maryland.

Abey Weitzman

Abey Weitzman is a senior at Bard High School Early College Queens (BHSECQ) who will be attending Columbia in the fall. He enjoys writing and has authored several pieces that have gone on to be published.

Dawn Wing

Dawn Wing is Assistant Professor of Library Services at Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, MN. She enjoys helping students develop their information, media and cultural literacy skills in engaging ways, particularly through media and graphic novels. Dawn is also a multidisciplinary artist who enjoys experimenting with word and image to tell stories. Her ongoing historical research comics manuscript covers the untold stories of two Chinese American women, Tye Leung Schulze and Tien Fu Wu, who were translators for justice for victims of human trafficking during Chinese Exclusion Act era.

Jo-Ann Wong

Jo-Ann Wong is a General Librarian at the Hunters Point branch of Queens Public Library. She received her MILS at Pratt Institute, with a Certificate in Archives.

Nora Wood

Nora Wood (she/her) joined Emory University’s Goizueta Business Library as a Business Librarian in January of 2018. Prior to working at Emory University, she served as the Business Librarian at the University of South Florida. She earned an MLS from Indiana University and a BA in English and German from Hillsdale College. Outside of work, Nora enjoys spending time with her family (husband, stepdaughter, 3 cats) and watching/listening to true crime documentaries and podcasts.