Biographies

Kelly Barrick has been the Coordinator for Reference and Instructional Services at the Social Science Libraries and Information Services at Yale University since 2005.  She is also the librarian for women's, gender and sexuality studies.  Prior to coming to Yale, Ms. Barrick was the Interim Head of Reference at Syracuse University Library as well as the sociology and women's studies librarian.  She has most recently served as the Chair of the ACRL, Women's Studies Section and has written and presented on gender and technology issues.

Hannah Bennett is the Interim Assistant Director for the Arts Library at Yale University.  Since 2004, Ms. Bennett has also served as the Public Services Coordinator and Librarian for Art and Architecture.  Prior to her appointments at Yale, she served as the Reader Services Librarian at the Ryerson & Burnham Libraries at the Art Institute of Chicago.  She received her MLS from the University of Illinois and her MA in Medieval Studies from the University of York.  Currently, Ms. Bennett is working on an historical index project documenting the exhibitions of the Yale Schools of Art and Architecture, and the Yale University Art Gallery.

Laura Farwell Blake is a Research Librarian in the Widener Library, and serves as Liaison to Harvard's Department of English and American Literature and Language and as co-Liaison to the Comparative Literature Department.  Prior to joining Harvard's library staff in 1989, Ms. Farwell Blake was a reference librarian and director of public libraries in Rhode Island and New York, with happy interruptions for the duties of parenthood during the mid and late 1980's.  She earned her undergraduate degree in English from Smith College, in Northampton, MA and her Master's degree in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  She co-authors the section on literary reviews for Magazines for Libraries, was co-author of "Teaching the New Library" (Neal Schuman) and coordinated the Harvard conference whose proceedings were published in "Gateways to Knowledge: the role of the academic library in teaching, learning, and research." (MIT Press)  Her current projects include developing the web resource "poetry@harvard," a collaborative effort of librarians, instructional computing staff, faculty, and students.

Kaila Bussert is Special Projects Librarian in the Department of Collections, Reference, Instruction, & Outreach, Olin Library at Cornell University.  Previously she was Reference/Digital Access Librarian at the American University in Cairo, Egypt for four years.  Ms. Bussert has an MA in Near Eastern Studies and an MLS, both from the University of Arizona.

Trevor Dawes is the Circulation Services Director at the Princeton University Library, where he is responsible for the circulation, reserve, stack, remote storage and BorrowDirect (rapid, unmediated book delivery service) operations in the library.  He previously held several positions at the Columbia University Libraries.  He has over ten years experience managing access services departments in large academic research libraries and has helped to develop new or enhance existing services in each of his positions.  He has worked with staff in developing and providing training for electronic reserve services, has written on RFID technology in libraries, has co-authored a publication on the organization and management of access services, and is editor of a volume on electronic reserves.  Mr. Dawes earned his MLS from Rutgers University School of Communication, Information, and Library Studies, and has two additional Masters Degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University.  He is an active member of the American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the New Jersey Library Association.

Michael Engle is the reference librarian and the selector for the reference collections at the Department of Collections, Reference, Instruction, & Outreach, Olin & Uris Libraries at Cornell University.  As a student of the bibliographic instruction movement in the 1980s, he developed a course-integrated instruction program at Linfield College in Oregon.  In 1990 he came to Cornell to direct an active undergraduate instruction program at Uris Library.  In 1994, when the first Web browser software became widely available, he moved the instructional content online, organizing it into a research tutorial and a series of subject guides.  His latest project is developing proficiency using Web 2.0 software.

Leigh Gusts is the Director of Library and Research Services at the Council on Foreign Relations.  She received her master's from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University and her doctorate from Columbia University.  She was also on the faculty of the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia.  Ms. Gusts has had reference and management experience in a variety of libraries, including a county public library system in Tennessee and the Business & Economics Library at Columbia University.

Karyn Hinkle is the Reader Services Librarian at the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture, where she has just started her second semester in the position.  Prior to the Bard Graduate Center, she worked for two years in the library at the Brooklyn Museum while completing her MSLIS degree at the Pratt Institute.  Ms. Hinkle is an active member of the Art Libraries Society of North America (especially its local New York chapter) and is interested in all aspects of reference and reader services.

Joe Janes is Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Academics at the Information School at the University of Washington.  He has general oversight of the School's academic mission, including academic and curricular planning, policy matters, student services, scheduling, academic conduct and faculty development.  Dr. Janes is interested in reference, particularly in the use of technologies to mediate and assist and in the use of networked resources in reference.  His research is on models of practice in digital reference.  He teaches courses in reference, online searching, research methods, statistics, and on the use of Internet technologies in librarianship.  Dr. Janes holds the MLS (1983) and PhD (1989) from Syracuse University.

Elizabeth McKeigue is a Research Librarian and Liaison to the Departments of Celtic, Germanic, and Slavic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University's Widener Library.  She holds a BA in English Literature and an MSLS from The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. From 1996 to 2003, she was the Head of Circulation and Associate Head of Access Services at Widener Library, where she was actively involved in the $100 million dollar renovation of the building and its stacks.  Ms. McKeigue also serves as an editor for Magazines for Libraries and is the author of the "Theatre" and "International Magazines" chapters of that publication.  Her publications also include numerous reviews of electronic library resources for Library Journal.  She was recently selected to participate in the two competitive institutes offered this year by ACRL: The Intentional Teacher Track of the Institute for Information Literacy Immersion Program in July and the Advanced Leadership Institute for Senior Academic Librarians in March.

Susette Newberry is Outreach Coordinator/Usability Librarian for the Department of Collections, Reference, Instruction, & Outreach, Olin Library at Cornell University.  She holds a PhD in the history of art with a specialty in the history of photography from Cornell University.  A former archivist and exhibitions manager, she has contributed to the production and dissemination of numerous digital collections.

Jill Parchuck is the Director of the Social Science Libraries and Information Services at Yale University.  Prior to Yale, she was the head of the Watson Library of Business & Economics at Columbia University for sixteen years. She has held positions at the University of California at San Diego, the State University of New York at Buffalo, and the New York State Library.  She has an MA in Literature and MLS from the State University of New York at Albany and a BA from LeMoyne College.  Ms. Parchuck has presented at SLA and the Academic Business Library Directors' conferences on business library public service programs, web development, space planning, knowledge-base sharing and other topics.

Linda Rath is the Graduate Services Librarian at Baruch College, the City University of New York.  She has held librarian positions at Columbia University and at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and she was an Associate Editor in charge of Internet resource development at PAIS (OCLC).  Ms. Rath is in the Television and Radio MS degree program at Brooklyn College, focusing on audience analysis, ratings research, and online media.

Patricia Renfro is Deputy University Librarian at Columbia.  Before joining Columbia in 2000 she was Director for Public Services at the University of Pennsylvania.  She has also held positions at the University of Kentucky, the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Folger Shakespeare Library.  She has an MA from the University of Kentucky, a Postgraduate Diploma in Librarianship from the University of London, and a BA from the University of York.  Ms. Renfro is a member of the Board of the New York State Higher Education Initiative, and has served on a number of ALA and RLG committees.  She has published in the area of resource sharing and faculty use of digital resources.

Jennifer Rutner is the Assessment and Marketing Librarian at the Columbia University Libraries.  Before beginning her career at Columbia, she worked and studied at the University of Rochester.  A graduate of Pratt Institute‚Äôs School of Information and Library Science, Ms. Rutner enjoys her participation in ACRL, SLA and ARL.  She contributed a chapter to the forthcoming book Staff Development Strategies That Work. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2008.

Jane Winland is the Director of the Social Sciences Libraries at Columbia University.  She has been a librarian at Columbia for over three decades and has experience in Business Reference, Human Resources, and Access Services in addition to her current responsibilities.  She is a graduate of American University and received her library degree at Catholic University.