Jim Neal is Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia University, providing leadership for university academic computing and a system of twenty-two libraries. Previously, he served as the Dean of University Libraries at Indiana University and Johns Hopkins University, and held administrative positions in the libraries at Penn State, Notre Dame, and the City University of New York.

Neal is on the OCLC Board, and Treasurer of the American Library Association. He has served on the Board and as President of ARL; on the Board and as Chair of the Research Libraries Group (RLG); on the Board and as Chair of NISO, and is on the Board of the Freedom to Read Foundation.

NYU-Schomburg Archival Processing Project


“Archive Collaborations: the NYU-Schomburg Initiative” seeks to reflect on and think critically about this institutional collaboration, begun in 2009, which brings together NYU doctoral students with field expertise in African American Studies and a deep interest in archival materials and collections, with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research division of the New York Public Library.  Panelists from both NYU and the Schomburg Center will speak to their experiences, pose questions, and articulate the partnership’s challenges for the future.  Questions to be addressed by the panel include: What happens when scholars and archivists move across the lines that have traditionally divided the professions and their practices?  Can shared objectives across institutions lead to substantive interventions in scholarship and advances in archival management? What are the implications of students giving service beyond their immediate institutional affiliation—and to an institution whose constituency extends beyond its own local community?  What are the prospects of replicating this model of collaboration between institutions and between scholars and library science professionals beyond NYU and the Schomburg Center?  Panelists will also leave significant time for responding to queries from the audience about this ongoing collaboration between NYU and one of New York City’s most important research libraries and cultural institutions.

Elizabeth McHenry is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at New York University, where she specializes in nineteenth and twentieth-century African American literary and cultural studies, U.S. literature and History of the Book. Her 2002 book, Forgotten Readers: Recovering the Lost History of African American Literary Societies (Duke UP), was awarded the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Non-Fiction, the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing Book History Award and the American Library Association Award for Non-Fiction. She has published recent articles in American Literary History and since 2008, has served as the co-editor (along with Priscilla Wald and David Kazanjian) of the New York University Press book series, America in the Long 19th Century. The NYU Project Co-Coordinator of the NYU-Schomburg Initiative, she is currently at work on a new book that studies the historical situation of literary production for African American writers between 1900 and 1920, Enter the New Negro: African American Literary Activism in a New Century.

Diana Lachatanere is the Assistant Director for Collections and Services and the Curator of the Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, where she has worked since 1980. She also manages the Schomburg’s Scholars-in-Residence Program. She has served widely in her profession as a consultant, advisor and guest lecturer, most recently on the Advisory Committee for the Afro-Latino Archives and Research Institute, as a Consultant for the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College and as a Member of the Advisory Committee for the Caribbean Collection Project at Brooklyn College. Since 2009, she has supervised most of the student processors from NYU in their work on Schomburg Center collections, including the papers of Anna Arnold Hedgeman, Ira Gollobin, Jacob Wayne Fredericks and the Institute of the Black World, among others.

Jane Carr is an advanced doctoral candidate in the English Department at New York University, where she studies U.S. and African American literature and print culture after the Civil War. Her dissertation investigates a broad range of editorial practices by female activists as central to the study of the U.S. print marketplace and the cultural history of literacy between the end of Reconstruction and the beginning of the Second World War. She has been a student processor at the Schomburg Center since 2009 and in 2010, teamed with fellow student processor Laura Helton to found the NYU Workshop in Archival Practice, an open forum for graduate students across the humanities to discuss making archival practice a part of their scholarly training, teaching philosophy and creative process.

Mary Yearwood has served as Curator of the Photographs and Prints Division of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture since 1993. Prior to 1993, she served as Manuscripts Librarian at the Schomburg’s Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division. As the Curator of Photographs and Prints Division, she has curated, researched and organized multiple exhibitions, most recently Harlem Views/Diasporan Visions: The New Harlem Renaissance Photographers (2011), President Barack Obama: The First Year (2010) and the St. Philip’s Episcopal Church Bicentennial Exhibition (2009). Since 2009, she has supervised the work of an NYU student processor on collections of late 19th and early 20th century postcards of Africa and collections of illustrated weeklies on African subjects.

The Theory into Practice: 2CUL and the Implementation of Meaningful Collaborative Collection Development


In September 2010, Columbia and Cornell implemented a new cooperative model for providing reference services and coordinated collection development of foreign-language research holdings. To date, the "2CUL" initiative has implemented several different models for South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Slavic, Eurasian, and East European (hereafter, SEEE) collecting and reference services, each model tailored to the unique situation and needs of the students and faculties of each world area. Additional models for other world areas--Latin America, and East Asia--are presently in the planning stages. In addition, 2CUL is attempting to achieve greater efficiencies in technical processing by better utilizing language skill sets. This talk will discuss the model in use for the SEEE collections, in which one selector (based at Columbia) coordinates collection development for both institutions, with a goal of significantly reducing duplication of holdings. In addition, this selector also provides reference assistance to the respective faculties and student bodies on both campuses. Now in its second year of implementation, the speaker will report on the SEEE experience, which has brought together two of the largest and oldest such collections in the nation.

Robert H. Davis, Jr., is Librarian for Russian, Eurasian and East European Collections at Columbia University, where he is principally responsible for the curatorship of one of North America’s oldest, largest, and most distinguished area studies collections, encompassing more than sixty languages of eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.  As of September 2010, he was also appointed as Slavic & East European Studies Librarian at Cornell University, overseeing another of the largest Russian and East European vernacular collections in North America.

Prior to assuming his present position in November 2008, Robert was Assistant Curator of the Slavic and Baltic Division of the New York Public Library.  He holds graduate degrees from Columbia’s GSAS, and from the City University of New York.  Author of four books, and many articles, reviews, and communications, Robert has presented referred conference papers at numerous regional, national, and international meetings.  He has also authored, coauthored, and/or managed ten preservation and access grants funded by various federal and private entities, including the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Department of Education.

Robert has co-curated two major exhibitions, both at The New York Public Library.  “The Romanovs: Their Empire, Their Books” was a 1997 exhibition of books and photographs of Russian imperial provenance; 2003-2004’s “Russia Engages the World, 1453-1825” was the largest exhibition of works on paper pertaining to Russian studies ever staged in this country. He was also a contributor to the exhibition’s companion volume, published by Harvard University Press. 

Ongoing research interests include the documentation of early Slavic, Baltic, and East European manuscript and printed materials held outside Eastern Europe; the history of Slavica collections in North America in general, and Columbia in particular; and the sale of art and book treasures by the Soviets during the 1930s. 

Smithsonian Institution Libraries: Facilitating Knowledge Sharing & Collaboration


The Smithsonian Institution (SI) consists of a wide variety of museums, research centers, and archival repositories.  It also features a library system that provides a wide range of services to researchers and museum staff throughout the Institution, as well as the general public.  As part of the continuing effort to improve services, during the summer of 2011, SIL asked two graduate student interns to conduct a survey of both the Libraries and the Smithsonian at-large in order to ascertain what initiatives in the field of Knowledge Management (KM) could benefit the Institution.  The interns soon recognized that traditional models of KM, such as document management, were poor matches for such a far-reaching organization.  Instead, they focused on two newer areas of KM that address specific challenges faced by SI.  First, with interdisciplinary, multi-division projects having become a priority for SI leadership, expertise location was identified as a likely catalyst for pan-Institutional collaboration.  Second, faced with an aging and rapidly retiring pool of knowledge workers, knowledge retention became a clear area of need across all divisions.  By providing leadership in these areas, SIL hopes to foster the continued success of the Smithsonian Institution, while at the same time demonstrating to the library field other roles through which we can support the organizations we serve.

Douglas Dunlop
Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Metadata Librarian
Doug Dunlop is a Metadata Librarian at the Smithsonian Institution Libraries where he provides metadata support for the Smithsonian Research Online, serves as the libraries’ point-person for the institutions’ Digital Asset Management System, collaborates with the libraries’ branches on metadata and digital library projects, serves on pan-institutional and federal committees, and is currently engaged in a variety of research projects based on SIL’s holdings.  He received an MLIS and MA from the University of North Texas, Denton.  In addition to being a librarian, he is also an artist and writer.

David Kaufmann
Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Knowledge Management Intern
David Kaufmann is a Federal Information Specialist at the General Services Administration's Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies. There he helps connect the public with authoritative government information on websites like and directly through the National Contact Center.  In December, David received an MLS from the University of Maryland's College of Information Studies.  Before that, he enjoyed a successful career overseeing the development and production of motion pictures for Walden Media in New York and Los Angeles.

Erin Thomas, Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Digital Collections Librarian
Erin Thomas received her MLS in Washington, DC from The Catholic University of America in 2007. She is currently a librarian at the Smithsonian Institution where she manages the daily production of a number of digitization projects. She recently co-authored the 2011 De Gruyter Saur/IFLA Award winning paper on technology to more effectively manage web-based digital libraries. In her spare time, she practices yoga and watches TV with her cat, though not usually at the same time.

Mary Augusta Thomas (Moderator), Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Deputy Director
Mary Augusta Thomas is Deputy Director of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries guiding the operation of twenty libraries located in each of the museums and research institutes of the Smithsonian, Preservation Services and Administration. Ms. Thomas is the author of An Odyssey in Print: Adventures in Smithsonian Libraries, 2002, and editor of Information Imagineering: Meeting at the Interface, with Milton Wolfe and Pat Ensor, 1998. Mary Augusta serves on editorial advisory boards for professional journals (portal: Libraries and the Academy) and actually reads books.

Brian Soldo, Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Knowledge Management Intern
Brian Soldo recently received his MSLIS from Pratt Institute’s School of Information & Library Science, where he served as vice president of the student association and student chapter of ALA. In addition to his work on the KM project at Smithsonian, Brian has interned at Barnard College Library, Ithaka S+R, and Cold Spring Harbor Library & Archives. His most recent article, “The New Information Poor,” was recently published in The Serials Librarian.

Community Service Society Photographs

The Community Service Society Photographs Digitization Project is a collaborative effort to make available to the public over 1400 photographs (with extensive metadata) taken by such prominent documentary photographers as Lewis Hine, Jacob Riis, Jessie Tarbox Beals, and others. These images were commissioned by New York City’s Community Service Society—in the form of its predecessor entitles, the Association for Improving the Condition of the Poor (AICP) and the Charity Organization Society (COS)— and offer representations of urban poverty, unsafe tenement housing, inadequate hygiene in public areas, and other pressing social issues in late-19th- and early-20th-century New York.

The project is a collaboration between

·    Libraries Digital Program Division (LDPD)
·    Preservation & Reformatting Department (PRD)
·    Original Serials and Monographs Cataloging (OSMC)
·    Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML)

Preliminary groundwork was done in RBML, and with the Copyright Advisory Office and the collection donor. Digitizing the collection and making it widely available serves the needs of a broad range of students and scholars at Columbia and elsewhere (the physical collection is one of our most used special collections and we have concerns about its long term preservation); it strengthens Columbia’s visual offerings; and it supports the donor’s goals for improving the conditions of poor New Yorkers. The collaborative process involves scoping, project planning, copyright research and clearance, donor relations, metadata creation, scanning and digitizing, transcription, cataloging, rehousing, and presenting in a user friendly format.

Eric Wakin ( is the Lehman Curator for American History and the Curator of Manuscripts at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Columbia University, where he is also an adjunct professor of history. He has a PhD in history, MAs in Southeast Asian studies and political science, and a BA in English. Outside of his work at Columbia, he is an occasional consultant to academic and corporate entities on people, strategy, and operations. In the for profit world he previously held roles in business development, business intelligence, digital strategy, marketing, and publishing at Ernst & Young (audit/tax/advisory), IBM Custom Publishing (media), Kroll (risk advisory), Paul Hastings (law), and Technology Investor (media).

The Art and Environment of Embedded Librarianship

In keeping with bibliographic instruction moving beyond the traditional model of isolated, librarian-led sessions in research guidance, Purchase College (State University of New York) experimented with an interdisciplinary model of embedded librarianship in spring, 2010. What began as a reference interaction between two new faculty members evolved into the first semester-long collaboration of its kind involving the campus library. Art librarian Heather Saunders and Environmental Studies assistant professor Ryan Taylor designed and co-taught a second-year elective course called Art and the Environment: History of a Social Movement. This initiative also represented a dual model of embeddedness, as the course was held in the library itself. The lecture-based course culminated in a final studio assignment, with students’ creative projects being exhibited in the library, drawing attention to the power of academic collaboration and the value of investigating new approaches to scholarship.

This co-authored PowerPoint talk will provide an overview of the practical issues involved in this venture, facilitating the adoption of embedded librarianship in audience members’ own institutions. It will also consider the successes and failures of this particular collaboration in light of literature about embedded librarianship. Successes of this dual model approach included outreach to inactive library users, demonstrated student satisfaction, and an enhanced relationship between colleagues. Challenges stemmed from the ‘gray zone’ that embedded librarians occupy, in which traditional library responsibilities compete for time and where administrative structures view librarians and teaching faculty distinctly, even when librarians are co-teaching. Thus, it addresses the ‘second class’ status librarians often face, even when they have faculty status.

Heather Saunders (University of Toronto) holds Masters degrees in art history and library and information studies from the University of Toronto. She worked as the Art Librarian at Purchase College (SUNY) before returning to Canada, where she is a Controlled Vocabulary Specialist with Archimedia in Ottawa and an executive member of the Ontario chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America.

Dr. Ryan Taylor is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Purchase College - SUNY. His research focuses on the spatial dynamics of anthropomorphic landscape modifications and the public policies that encourage them. His work regularly involves him with regional-scale natural resource management, ecological restoration, and public planning efforts. His interest in environmental art has developed from regular exposure in this capacity to environmental artists and their works.

Collaborating for Health Information Literacy in the Community: Three Case Studies

Three cases studies of NIH/National Library of Medicine funded research projects are presented to demonstrate how academic medical libraries can broaden the scope of their health information literacy activities through innovative partnerships among academic, community and client groups, including providing health information literacy outreach activities beyond their traditional audiences. It is concluded that while such collaborations present many challenges they also offer many opportunities that enable health science libraries to broaden their reach, leverage their expertise, and gain institutional respect by partnering with non-library departments or organizations to 1) deliver health information literacy services, 2) measure the impact of those services on patients and patient care and 3) demonstrate that academic health science libraries can contribute to and benefit from partnerships with others in efforts to improve the health information literacy of targeted populations.

The projects to be presented are projects: 1) a New York City based partnership among the health science library, an academic department, an early childhood health outreach program, and a public school to provide health information literacy instruction to K-2 students along with outreach to parents and community members; 2) a Philadelphia-based partnership involving a health sciences library, an academic department, and an urban health center to provide targeted health information to women in a pre-natal group via web-enhanced text messages to mobile phones; and 3) a Baltimore based partnership between an academic health science library and two clinics - breast center and the NICU - to implement and evaluate information services provided by librarians.

Study 1 was funded under NIH grant Contract No. NO1-LM-6-3501. The Co-Investigators were Shelly Warwick, MLS, Ph.D.  and Craig Kovera, Ph.D.
Study 2 was funded under NIH grant Contract  No. NO1-LM-6-3501. The Co-Investigators were Prudence Dalrymple, MSLS, Ph.D. and Lenore Hardy, MLS. Other authors include Mary Green, MSN; Michelle Rogers, PhD.; Kathleen Turner, MSLS; and Lisl Zach, MSLS, PhD.
Study 3 was funded under NIH grant 5R01LM008143. The Co-Investigators were Kathleen Burr Oliver, MSLS, MPH; Harold P. Lehmann, MD, PhD; Antonio C. Wolff, MD, FACEP; Pamela K. Donohue, ScD, PA-C; Maureen M. Gilmore, MD;  Nancy K. Roderer, MLS. Other authors include Catherine Craven, MLS and Laurie Davidson, MLS.

Shelly Warwick, MLS, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the Touro College of Pharmacy and the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine and Director of Library and Information Services for those institutions. She currently serves on the national board of the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) as well as on local and national Medical Library Association Committees. Her career roles include: medical librarian (Beth Israel Hospital, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center/New York Orthopeadic Hospital, The Hastings Center), academic instructional librarian (Baruch College, CUNY), and full-time library school faculty (GSLIS, Queens College, CUNY). Her research and publication areas include: intellectual property, intellectual freedom, privacy and the impact of technology on social and information structures.

Kathleen Burr Oliver, MSLS, MPH, is currently Assistant Director for Research Planning at NYU Health Sciences Libraries. From 2009-2011, she served as Associate Director for the Regional Medical Library Program. Prior to her arrival in New York, Ms. Oliver served as Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins Welch Medical Library with a faculty appointment in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s Division of Health Sciences Informatics. Kate’s funded research has been in testing new health information services and service roles. From 2003 to 2007 she served as a part-time ORISE Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) where she focused on developing the informationist role in public health. Before arriving at Hopkins in 1998, Kate managed a number of small scientific and medical libraries including those of NIAID Rocky Mountain Laboratory, American College of Cardiology, and AMA Washington Office. She served as a reference librarian and search analyst at the NIH Library, Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ Association, and UCLA’s Biomedical Library. Kate was a project director for Georgetown University’s Public Services Laboratory in the conduct of a literature review of a 20th-century cost of illness study, and with funding from NSF, developed science Web resource pages for the public radio documentary group, Soundprint. Her public health training focused on maternal and child health policy, planning and evaluation, and her undergraduate degree is in biology and chemistry.

Lisl Zach, MSLS, MBA, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at the iSchool at Drexel and a member of Drexel’s Institute for Healthcare Informatics, an initiative supported by the iSchool at Drexel, College of Information Science and Technology, the College of Nursing and Health Professions, the School of Public Health, and the College of Medicine. Dr. Zach’s research interests include investigating the role of information professionals during natural and man-made disasters and developing ways of providing critical information to vulnerable populations in times of crisis. She is currently working on a project with the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania to examine access to and use of mobile information and communications technology by the population served in several of its general practice clinics. Dr. Zach has published award-winning articles on the contributions of information services in hospitals and academic health science centers and on the ways in which administrators look for, evaluate, and use information. Before coming to Drexel, Dr. Zach spent four years at Louisiana State University where, among other duties, she was president of the local Special Libraries Association chapter at the time of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Dr. Zach was instrumental in coordinating communication and relief efforts among the special libraries community during the weeks and months following the disaster, and received the SLA President’s Award in 2006 in recognition for her work. She also received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to study the responses of information professionals during and after community-based disasters such as the Gulf Coast hurricanes.

Building Partnerships in Legal Scholarship: Law Libraries and The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship


This panel will address ways in which law librarians can envision working with other information specialists and promote institutional partnership and collaboration to support and perhaps reshape legal education, research and scholarship. Digitization has helped our profession by underlining our role as experts in finding information within an ever changing digital environment. But we are not the only information specialists to navigate the digitization waters. It will explore how librarians can re-imagine their partnership with the legal academia. It will show successful examples where librarians have focused their efforts within the work flow of their patron base, and seamlessly shaped their research habits.

Rebecca Kennison (Columbia University, Center for Digital Research and Scholarship). As Director, Rebecca is responsible for developing the programs and services of the Center and for coordinating these efforts with other Libraries/Information Services divisions. Her primary objective for the Center is to facilitate scholarly research and the communication of that research through technology solutions, and she works with faculty and researchers to address the issues that affect them. Rebecca has successfully built a digital bridge connecting the digital scholarship needs of faculty, students and librarians. Rebecca will address two ways of staying relevant and present two law library publication support case studies. Working together with the Columbia University Law Library, the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship offers publication support to the editors of the law journals that emanate from the law school. The Center offers a secure collaboration system for use by editors to compile materials for use in their Bluebook citations; it also provides hosting support for the various journals.

Larry Abraham, Adjunct Professor of Law and Librarian, is charged with devising the 1L legal research teaching at Fordham Law School. As a teacher and librarian Larry offers both for-credit and non-credit legal research support to law students at their point of need. By emphasizing institutional support of the workflow of the students, the success is assured: no new habits need to be acquired.

Dana Neacsu, Columbia University. As a Reference Librarian and a Lecturer-in-Law at Arthur W. Diamond Library, Dana has promoted institutional partnerships between the law library and other university institutions since 2000. But only recently, she found a partner in CDRS, which was very receptive to her digital shelf-collection approach to journal pre-publication. At the law library level she has promoted the system and trained editors and staff members in the ways to use the CDRS technology. In 2005, Dana published Introduction to U.S. Law and Legal Research, a unique explanation of substantive and research legal issues for non-law students. The updated 2011 edition -- focused on the needs of the beginning legal researcher, is published on Columbia’s Academic Commons and it is freely available through a mere Google search.

Research Networking in the National and Global Context

Summary: As the research landscape becomes increasingly interdisciplinary and international in nature, and competition for funding becomes more intense, the need for making well-informed decisions on research strategy and planning has become even more essential.  National research networking initiatives such as NIH's funding for the VIVO project ( and the CTSA institutions' Direct2Experts ( are currently being implemented or being considered for implementation at the institutional level at a large number of leading research institutions in the United States.  International interest and participation in research networking is also growing substantially.   

Scope: The general approach will be to survey the current research networking landscape and recent trends and innovations at various U.S. universities.  We will briefly discuss the underlying technologies and content sources used for such initiatives.  Issues and roadblocks encountered as part of such research networking efforts will also be covered. In addition, we will demonstrate how institutions can elucidate collaboration activities both within their own institutions and with other universities. Specific examples and approaches used by institutions working with these tools will be discussed, in order to give a better sense of the myriad approaches taken by different universities. Last, potential benefits of research networking systems will be covered.

Daniel Calto joined Elsevier in October 2008 as the Director of Product Management for the Performance, Planning, and Funding team in the Academic and Government Products Group. In March 2010, he became a Director of Business Development, and manages the North American technology product consulting team. As head of the SciVal consulting team, Daniel is responsible for long-term strategic planning of products and services in the areas of performance and planning for research universities and government funding agencies. He has a strong professional interest in research and development policies and their relation to economic growth, and the how the changing global research landscape is reshaping the scientific enterprise. In addition, he has an interest in the innovative use of technology to enable more productive research. Prior to joining Elsevier, he was the Director of Research Strategy and Senior Director of Research Administration at Columbia University in New York, and before that he was the Director of Sponsored Programs Administration at New York University Medical School. He has a Masters in Business Administration from New York University, where he majored in Finance and International Business. He lives in the New York City area with his wife and two boys aged 12 and 10.

Why You Should Partner with Off-Campus Special Collections – And What to Ask Before You Do!

This presentation will briefly describe the nature of Students and Faculty in the Archives (SAFA), a collaborative postsecondary education program based at Brooklyn Historical Society.  This presentation will use SAFA case studies and evaluation data to encourage attendees to similarly partner with off-campus archives, libraries, or museums for the purposes of undergraduate instruction. The talk will offer generalized guidelines on how academic librarians or teaching faculty should approach course planning, research, class facilitation, and teaching evaluation in collaboration with the off-campus institution(s).

Robin Katz
As Outreach & Public Services Archivist at the Brooklyn Historical Society, Robin M. Katz works with a wide variety of undergraduate courses through the innovative postsecondary education program Students and Faculty in the Archives ( Her forthcoming case study, "Teaching Cultural Memory," will appear in "Past or Portal? Enhancing Undergraduate Learning through Special Collections and Archives", published by ACRL.

Katz was previously Library Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont's Center for Digital Initiatives ( She received an MLIS from Kent State University in 2009. As an undergraduate, she studied English & American Literature and European Cultural Studies at Brandeis University.

Brook Stowe is Assistant Professor and Reference/Instruction librarian at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University. Professor Stowe has been involved with the “Students and Faculty in the Archives” (SAFA) project with the Brooklyn Historical Society since the summer of 2010. Since September 2011, he has been one of three library faculty “embedded” in the LIU Brooklyn BHS/SAFA Learning Community, helping students build their research skills as they craft their group and individual SAFA projects.