Presenters

PRESENTERS

Mandy Babirad, Morrisville State College

Mandy Babirad is the Instructional Services Librarian at Morrisville State College.

Joshua Becker, Southern New Hampshire University

Joshua Becker is the Information Literacy and Assessment Librarian at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire. His research interests include: Embedded Librarianship, Assessment, Universal Design, and Online Learning.

Heather Binion, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Heather Binion is a research and instruction librarian at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. She focuses on utilizing gaming and interactive technology in her one-shot sessions to promote student engagement. She is a graduate of Syracuse University.

Paul Brew, Genesee Community College

Paul Brew is an adjunct history instructor at Genesee Community College in Batavia. Paul is also an avid collector and breeder of killifish.

Allison Brown, SUNY Geneseo

Allison Brown is the Digital Publishing Services Manager for Milne Library at SUNY Geneseo. She manages and supports all aspects of OER implementation for SUNY OER Services as well as the Open SUNY Textbook project.

Jenny Burnett, Finger Lakes Community College

Jenny is the Automated Systems and Technical Services Librarian at Finger Lakes Community College. She plans and coordinates the Library’s annual ComiCon and bi-annual Study-A-Thon events. In her spare time Jenny enjoys fishing, writing and discovering new comics.

Jessica Clemons, University at Buffalo

Jessica Clemons is Associate University Librarian for Research, Education, and Outreach, University at Buffalo.

Alexis Clifton, SUNY OER Services

As Executive Director of SUNY OER Services, Alexis Clifton works with our institutions to develop, maintain, and grow effective OER programs.

Lisa Czirr, SUNY Cortland

Lisa Czirr is the Teaching Materials Center Librarian at SUNY Cortland. She is responsible for the curriculum materials center that supports Education students with PreK-12 materials and is the liaison to the School of Education.

Sara Davenport, Cayuga Community College

Sara Davenport is the Library Director at Cayuga Community College. She received her MLS from Syracuse University. Prior to her role as Director, her professional experience includes both public and technical services. Mrs. Davenport’s research interests include connections between library services and student success, and effective organizational leadership.

Jewel de la Rosa, Erie Community College

Jewel de la Rosa is head of the Embedded Librarian program and virtual information literacy. She specializes in online instruction and digital literacy across a students career at ECC.

Juan Denzer, SUNY Oswego

Juan Denzer is the Discovery Services Librarian at SUNY Oswego. He earned his MSLIS IN 2017 from the University at Buffalo, has a B.A. in Computer Sciences from Binghamton University. He is the author of a LITA Guide entitled: Digital Collections and Exhibits. Prior to working at Oswego, Juan was the Systems Administrator for the library IT department at Binghamton University.

Dawn Eckenrode, SUNY Fredonia

Dawn Eckenrode is an Associate Librarian at Fredonia, where she currently serves as the Professional Development Center Director. Her research and pedagogical interests include constructivist approaches to teaching information literacy concepts, examination of the roles libraries play in promoting civic discourse, and the ways in which libraries can support the academic and research goals of service-based initiatives in higher education.

Michelle Eichelberger, Genesee Community College

Michelle Eichelberger is the Systems & Electronic Services Librarian at Genesee Community College and is co-chair of the LSP Discovery Working Group.

Lusiella Fazzino, St. John’s University

Lusiella Fazzino is Assistant Professor and eScholarship Librarian at St. John’s University. She holds a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School, a Master’s in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and a B.A. from Goddard College. She has been a librarian in government, law and academic libraries. She has recent experience in developing and maintaining institutional repositories. Concerned with open educational resources, open access, open pedagogy, licensing and copyright, she advises and educates the library community on these issues.

Carrie Fishner, SUNY Delhi

Carrie Fishner is Director of Resnick Library, SUNY Delhi.

Sophie M. Forrester, SUNY Fredonia 

Sophie M. Forrester serves as Fredonia’s Digital Services Librarian. She maintains Reed Library’s online presence, facilitates access to digital resources, and acts as a member of the Information Literacy and Research Services Teams. Her research focuses on technological advances in academic libraries and on serving marginalized library patrons.

Jennifer Freer, Rochester Institute of Technology

Jennifer Freer is the Librarian for the Saunders College of Business at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She earned her M.S. in Communication and Media Technologies in 2017 and has an M.S. in Library Science from Queens College, CUNY. Jennifer serves as the administrator for Springshare products at RIT.

David Fuller, Union College

David Fuller is the Data Services Librarian at Union College, Schenectady, New York. His professional goals involve integrating and streamlining services to researchers and developing tools that facilitate learning.

Karen Gardner-Athey, SUNY OLIS

Karen Gardner-Athey is the Professional Development Training Coordinator for the SUNY System Administration Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS). She received her MLIS from UCLA and a MS in Information Resources Management from Syracuse University. She has been with OLIS for 17 years where she has provided online training for Open Educational Resources (OER), DSpace Support as well as Aleph support and training.

Dave Ghidiu, Finger Lakes Community College

Dave teaches in the Computing Sciences department at Finger Lakes Community College and is an avid costumer. He’s won costume contests for the past four years in Rochester and hopes to go to the Boston or San Diego ComiCon in the near future.

Katie Ghidiu, Monroe Community College

Katie Ghidiu is Interim Director of Library Services, Monroe Community College.

Sharona Ginsberg, SUNY OSwego

Sharona Ginsberg is the Learning Technologies Librarian at SUNY Oswego’s Penfield Library, mainly because her first career choice of X-wing pilot was unavailable. Her work fits where technology and learning intersect, and she is especially interested in making and creating. She is also interested in issues of equity and social justice, serving LGBTQ patrons, and her dog, Bilbo Waggins.

Cindy Hagelberger, Genesee Community College

Cindy Hagelberger is the Reference Services Librarian at Genesee Community College in Batavia. Besides managing the reference desk, she also works with the college archives and has a hand in library programs such as the annual Student Poetry Contest, themed roving, and the faculty and staff READ poster project.

Kelly Hallisy, Ithaca College

Kelly Hallisy is the Humanities Librarian at Ithaca College. Her interests include instruction, outreach, information literacy, and user experience.

Eugene J. Harvey, SUNY Buffalo State

Eugene Harvey is the Assessment & Reference Librarian at SUNY Buffalo State. Eugene has published on user experience, learning spaces, and classroom furniture, and he has presented both nationally and internationally on these topics. Eugene also teaches and provides reference services within the library.

Marianne Hebert, SUNY Potsdam

Marianne Hebert is currently the ALEPH Systems Manager and Collection Development Coordinator at SUNY Potsdam. Her background includes managing electronic resources and technical services operations. She has been active in SUNYLA over the years and served on the SUNY Shared Cataloging and Authorities (OneBib) Taskforce. She is currently chair of the SLC Electronic Resources Working Group.

Lara Herzellah, SUNY Fredonia

Lara Herzellah received her M.S. in Information and Library Science in 2016 and began her work as a Research and Information Literacy librarian at the State University of New York at Fredonia in the Fall of 2016. This is where she began exploring the use of gamification in academic libraries. She has conducted several successful programs and instructional sessions that incorporate different forms of gamification.

Rebecca Hewitt, SUNY Polytechnic

Rebecca Troendle Hewitt is an Associate Librarian for Reference, Outreach & Instruction librarian at SUNY Polytechnic in Utica, New York. She has also served in the libraries of Hartwick College, Hamilton College, Colgate University, and Boston University School of Law. In addition to earning an M.L.I.S. at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Rebecca has earned a law degree at Syracuse University and an undergraduate degree at Smith College. In May, 2017, Rebecca completed a Master of Education degree at Penn State World Campus in the higher education program. She hopes to begin a Ph.D. in that field next, her research concentrating on the overlap between college and university student conduct codes and local criminal laws.

Allison Hosier, SUNY Albany

Allison Hosier is an Information Literacy Librarian at University at Albany, SUNY. Her research has focused on the dual nature of research as both an activity and a subject of study and practical applications of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy as part of information literacy instruction.

Rebecca Hyams, SUNY Maritime College

Rebecca Hyams is the Digital Services Librarian at SUNY Maritime College, where she has been since 2013, and co-chair of the SUNYLA Technical Services Interest Group.

Dana Haugh, Stony Brook University

Dana Haugh is the Web Services Librarian at Stony Brook University Libraries where she leads the design and development of the library’s web presences. Her research interests include web design & development, marketing & outreach in libraries, open access, and information literacy.

Bill Jones, SUNY Geneseo

Bill Jones is the Digital Resources and Systems Librarian at SUNY Geneseo Milne Library and the Aleph & Pre-Migration Support Specialist for the SUNY Office of Library and Information Services. Bill also serves as the ALA RUSA STARS Webmaster and is a member of the ALA RUSA STARS Promotion & Outreach committee.

Abby Smith Juda, Ithaca College

Abby Smith Juda is the Natural Sciences Librarian at Ithaca College. Her interests include instruction, information literacy, teaching with technology, undergraduate research, and user experience.

Kathleen Kasten, Stony Brook University

Kathleen Kasten is Head of Humanities and Social Sciences at Stony Brook University Libraries. She holds a PhD and MA in French from the University of Pennsylvania and an MLS from Queens College. Her research interests include reading practices and the history of the book.

Charles Keyes, LaGuardia Community College

Charles Keyes is the Instructional Services Librarian at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY. He has vast teaching experience in a variety of settings that include high schools, colleges, and the corporate sector both in the US and overseas. He currently chairs CUNY’s University Faculty Senate’s Libraries and Information Technology Committee.

Andrea Kingston, Monroe Community College

Andrea Kingston is the Digital Scholarship Librarian at Monroe Community College.

Laura Kuo, Ithaca College

Laura Kuo, MLIS, MPA, AHIP, is the Health Sciences Librarian at Ithaca College. Her research interests focus on information literacy, qualitative research methods, role of librarians in systematic reviews, assessment of library programs and services, evidence based practice, user experience, and curriculum mapping.

Nicki Lerczak, Genesee Community College

Nicki Lerczak is the Instructional Services Librarian at Genesee Community College in Batavia. Nicki is responsible for managing info lit instruction in face-to-face, online, and campus center classes, and is also an advisor to the New Age Circle student club. Her abiding passion is the continual development of the library’s citation stylesheets.

Jay Levenson, Stony Brook University

Jay Levenson is a Library Clerk.  He is the adviser for the Native American Student Organization at Stony Brook University.  Born in upstate New York, Jay is of Mohawk and European heritages.

Jill Locascio, SUNY College of Optometry

Jill Locascio is the Digital and Technical Services librarian at SUNY College of Optometry.

Kathryn Machin, Farmingdale State College

Kathryn Machin is the new Periodical / Electronic Resources Librarian at Greenley Library. Previously Kathryn worked as an Electronic Resource Management Technician at the Stony Brook Libraries. Kathryn manages the print and electronic journal collections and will assist with the implementation of ALMA. She finds her true joy in teaching others.

Megan Margino, Farmingdale State College

Megan Margino is a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Farmingdale State College. She is a 2017 recipient of the Students First Grant, which provided support for her implementation of Student Research Day. Megan hopes to decrease students’ research anxiety and inspire them to become excellent researchers.

Mark McBride, SUNY OLIS

Mark is the Library Senior Strategist in the Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS) at SUNY System Administration. In his role he helps SUNY Libraries to align their operational strategies to align with the broader SUNY System library strategies. He is recognized as an Open Education advocate and has worked tirelessly to help SUNY campuses realize the benefits of developing a strategy for Open Education Resources (OER) in their communities. Mark is the co-founder of the Open Education Research Lab at the University at Buffalo. Mark advocates for SUNY Libraries at the highest level of the SUNY System administration and across New York State.

Christopher McHale, LaGuardia Community College

Christopher McHale is the Coordinator of Access Services and an Assistant Professor in the Library Department at LaGuardia Community College. Recently he successfully co-authored a CUNY grant proposal for $25,000 to be used to educate faculty about open educational resources (OER). He holds a second masters degree in educational administration.

Laura K. Murray, SUNY OLIS

Laura K. Murray has served SUNY through the Office of Library and Information Services for 25 years. Since 2014, she has been immersed in coordinating OER programs and services for the SUNY System and is part of the SUNY OER Services team. Laura also works with the CUNY Office of Library Services as an Open Education Librarian.

Lara Nicosia, Rochester Institute of Technology

Lara Nicosia is the Librarian for the College of Liberal Arts at the Rochester Institute of Technology. In that role, she provides research support to both faculty and students. Lara has an M.S. in Library & Information Science (C.A.S. Digital Libraries) and M.A. in Museum Studies from Syracuse University.

Rebecca Nous, SUNY Albany

Rebecca Nous is a Catalog Management Librarian at University at Albany and co-chair of the SUNYLA Technical Services Interest Group.

Jessica R. Olin, Genesee Community College

Jessica Olin is the Director of Library Services at Genesee Community College. Her professional and research interests are mentoring and the role of gender in library leadership. She blogs regularly at Letters to a Young Librarian. You can find her on Twitter @olinj.

Jen Parker, SUNY Polytechnic

Jen Parker came to SUNY Polytechnic in 2017 after a two decade career in information technology development and support at Verizon and affiliated companies. She earned her M.L.I.S. at the University of Pittsburgh and her B.S. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and she is currently enrolled in an online graduate program in Education and Technology at the University at Buffalo.

Shannon Pritting, SUNY Polytechnic

Shannon Pritting is the Director of Library and Learning Resources at SUNY Polytechnic. He is also leading the SUNY Library Consortium LSP selection and transition process. Shannon tirelessly writes and presents on issues of interlibrary loan, big data in libraries, and library technology. He is a contributor to the IDS Project and OCLC’s Tipasa. After a tatoo-less stint in the U.S. Navy, Shannon earned a B.A. at SUNY Potsdam, and M.A. in English at SUNY Oswego, and M.S.L.I.S. at Syracuse University, and, most recently, an M.S. in Information Design and Technology at SUNY Poly.

Fatoma Rad, Farmingdale State College

Fatoma Rad is the new Acquisitions Librarian at Greenley Library. Fatoma began her career at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s Medical Library as a Special Projects Librarian. She enjoys helping students feel empowered by teaching them the skills they need to help them with their undergraduate careers.

Mona Ramonetti, Stony Brook University

Mona Ramonetti is a Science Librarian at Stony Brook University. She is also the chair of the Stony Brook University Libraries’ Equity, Inclusion & Diversity Committee. Born in Guyana, Mona is of Native (Wapishana) and African heritages.

Logan Rath, SUNY Brockport

Logan Rath is the Assessment & Instruction Librarian at The College at Brockport’s Drake Memorial Library. His research interests include the intersection of information literacy and the learning sciences, instructional design, and examining information literacy practices using literacy methods.

Ben Rawlins, SUNY Geneseo

Ben Rawlins is Director of Milne Library, SUNY Geneseo.

Angela Rhodes, Morrisville State College

Angela Rhodes is the Systems & Electronic Resources Librarian at Morrisville State College.

Alexandra Rojas, LaGuardia Community College

Alexandra Rojas, Associate Professor, is the Coordinator of Reference at LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York. She is the chair of the Academic Standing Committee, Co-chair of the Library Association of the City University of New York Reference Roundtable, and teaches a library course — Internet Research Strategies.

Erin Rushton, Binghamton University

Erin Rushton is the Head of Digital Initiatives and Resource Discovery at SUNY Binghamton is co-chair of the LSP Discovery Working Group.

Jamie Saragossi, Stony Brook University

Jamie Saragossi is the Head of the Health Sciences Library at Stony Brook University. She works on various initiatives but has a strong interest in supporting learning, research, and discovery through academic engagement and outreach. Her research interests include new collection formats, embedded librarianship through technology, and evidence-based practice instruction.

Adam Saunders, Morrisville State College

Adam Saunders is the Online Learning & Instruction Librarian at Morrisville State College.

Laurel Scheinfeld, Stony Brook University

Laurel Scheinfeld is a Health Sciences Librarian at Stony Brook University and Liaison to the School of Social Welfare and Long Island Veterans’ Home. She holds a BS in Dietetics from the University of Maryland and an MLS from Long Island University.

David Schuster, Binghamton University

David Schuster is the Director of Library Technology and Special Collections at Binghamton University with this being his second Alma migration(he previously was at Texas Woman’s University which was the 4th University in North America to migrate to Alma.) He was the co-team leader at Binghamton and is on the LSP steering committee for SUNY.

Courtney Seymour, Union College

Courtney Seymour is the Head of Research Services / Collaboration, Outreach & Initiative Librarian at Union College, Schenectady, New York, where she coordinates Reference, Instruction, Outreach, and Data Services, as well as the Reference collections. Her professional development interests include management and leadership; information, visual, and data literacies; and the user experience.

Steven Shapiro, Montclair State University

Steven Shapiro is Electronic Resources Librarian at Montclair State University. He’s a frequent contributor to the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship and has secured grant funding for a variety of collaborative programs. He’s presented at numerous conferences and was recently selected a CETL Fellow by Montclair’s Center for Community Engagement.

Sue Slivan

Sue Slivan is the Instruction and Assessment Librarian at Finger Lakes Community College, and started in January of 2017. Prior to then she started her library career at SUNY Broome, after 15 years as a public school music teacher in Cayuga County. She has degrees in Music Education from Ithaca College and an MLIS from Pitt.

Natalia Sucre, College of New Rochelle

Natalia Sucre is the Learning Commons Librarian for The College of New Rochelle’s DC 37 campus. She earned her M.L.S. from Queens College, CUNY and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Yale University. Before coming to The College of New Rochelle, she gained broad experience in liberal arts education while working as a reference and instruction librarian at Hofstra University and CUNY colleges and as a writing, Spanish language, and literature instructor in the CUNY system, Rutgers University, and Luther College (Iowa). She has published papers and given talks on Latin American 20th Century literature. Currently involved in community-based urban agriculture projects in Brooklyn, she is a member of ALA’s Sustainability Round Table.

Malina Thiede, SUNY Plattsburgh

Malina Thiede is Reference and Instruction Librarian at Feinberg Library, SUNY Plattsburgh.

Jackie Tiermini, Finger Lakes Community College

Jackie is an Assistant Professor in the Humanities Department at Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC) teaching Integrated Reading and Writing and Composition I. In addition, Jackie is the project manager of the Regional Education Continuum (REC) which focuses on improving the college readiness of our local high school students by offering an opportunity for more consistent communication and collaboration between FLCC and high school faculty and staff. REC has expanded its reach by offering a student program called “College 101.”

Julie Turley, Kingsborough Community College

Julie Turley is a Reader Services Librarian at Kingsborough Community College/CUNY, Previously she was a Learning Commons Librarian at The College of New Rochelle’s Harlem Campus where she taught a credit-bearing research and information literacy course. She has a chapter on the rock band Motley Crue in the ABC-CLIO encyclopedia The 100 Greatest Bands of All Time (2015), has co-authored a scholarly article arguing for the inclusion of “rock ‘n’ recovery” memoirs in academic libraries, and is writing about teaching with Wikipedia.

Cynthia Tysick, University at Buffalo

Cynthia Tysick is the Head of Education Services for the University at Buffalo Libraries. She supervises a department of six librarians charged with delivering information literacy across the UB Undergraduate Curriculum.

Emily Underwood, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Emily Underwood is a research and instruction librarian at the Hobart and William Smith Colleges, in Geneva, NY. She divides her time between the reference desk and teaching classes. She also does occasional book repair and graphic design work. Previously she worked at the LDS Business College Library in Salt Lake City, UT.

Jane Verostek, SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry

Jane Verostek is an Associate Librarian at SUNY ESF. In 2014 Jane re-opened the college’s archives and special collections after it had been closed for 3 years. Jane has written and received 8 grants in 3 years to help with digitization. She is currently completing a Masters in Museum Studies.

Tiffany Walsh, University at Buffalo

Tiffany Walsh is a member of the UB Libraries Education Services team and specializes in online assessment through Blackboard.

Janetta Waterhouse, SUNY Albany

Janetta Waterhouse is Director of Technical Services and Library Systems at University at Albany. She is completing a second master’s degree in IT Management and Leadership and has Human Resource Management and Project Management Professional (PMP) certifications, with over a decade of experience in leading and managing projects and change.

Heidi Webb, SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry

Heidi Webb currently manages systems and electronic resources at SUNY ESF. Heidi strives for efficiency, to better integrate systems, and create enhanced user experiences.

Amanda Wentworth, SUNY Geneseo

Amanda Wentworth graduated from SUNY Geneseo with her Bachelor’s in English Literature this past May of 2018 and is looking to further her passion for and education in Library and Information Science as a graduate student this fall.

Brandon West, SUNY Geneseo

Brandon K. West is the Head of Research Instruction Services and liaison to the Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology at the SUNY Geneseo’s Milne Library. His research interests include examining the intersections of information literacy and online learning, applying instructional design principles to enhance student learning, and addressing LGBTQ+ issues in libraries. His most recent publication is Creative Instructional Design: Practical Applications for Librarians, an edited volume from ACRL Publications.

Wendy West, SUNY Albany

Wendy West is the Head of Discovery Services at the University at Albany’s University Library. She is the Chair of the SUNY LSP Data Migration Task Force.

Erin Wilburn, Corning Community College

Erin Wilburn has worked at Corning Community College since 2008. She is currently the primary contact for library instruction, programming and outreach. In her copious free time, she parents a feral geeklet, reads too much, stitches with pretty threads, and cooks things with bacon.

Kerrie Fergen Wilkes, SUNY Fredonia

Kerrie Fergen Wilikes is an Associate Librarian and Assistant Director of Research, Outreach and Assessment at Fredonia. Kerrie’s current research interests surround the changing nature of reference services, and how reference librarians are well-suited to promote and provide assistance to faculty in OER development. Kerrie also currently serves as a SUNY OER liaison and is a 2005 recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship.

Alice Wilson, Monroe Community College

Alice Wilson is the Assistant Director of Library Services at Monroe Community College.

Richard Wisneski, University at Buffalo

Richard Wisneski is the Head of Discovery Services at the University of Buffalo’s Libraries. He holds a doctorate in English from Michigan State University, and an MLIS from Kent State University. Previously, Dr. Wisneski oversaw collection management at Cleveland State University, and acquisitions and metadata at Case Western Reserve University.

Maureen Zajkowski, SUNY System Administration

Maureen is the SUNYConnect Program Manager at SUNY System Administration. She has spent her career supporting and advocating for SUNY Libraries.

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