2015 Library Programs2 Symposium
This year, the Library Programs2 Symposium has been planned by the Information Science and Technology 666: Current Topics in Information Science summer course at the University at Albany. The members of this course are as follows (in no particular order).
Emily Kinney is entering her third semester in UAlbany’s Department of Information Studies in the library track. She has decided to pursue a career in youth services, most likely entering public libraries. She earned an AA in Humanities and Social Sciences from Corning Community College in 2011 and a BA in English with a minor in Theatre from Cazenovia College in 2013. When not occupying one of the many libraries in the Albany area, she enjoys horseback riding, reading an array of fiction, and playing story-rich video games.
Yvonne Keller earned her Bachelor’s degree in English from Russell Sage in 2005. She has been employed by Northeast Parent and Child Society’s School at Northeast since 2001, working with at-risk youth in many capacities before moving into the School Librarian position in 2010. She is currently in her last semester at University at Albany. When not focused on academic and professional work, she enjoys spending time with her family, especially her two daughters (ages 3 & 11). She also enjoys browsing Pinterest for new recipes to cook for her family, regular trips to her local public library, and reading young adult literature.
Laurie Dreyer is a recent transplant to New York State from Northern California, where she earned a BA in International Relations from UCDavis. She is entering her second year in the dual degree program at University at Albany where she will earn an MS in Information Science and an MA in Public History. She has worked in public and academic libraries and archives and would like to explore self-directed learning in the public sphere while, ideally, living in a tiny house.
Ansley Stuart received a MS in Information Science from the University at Albany – SUNY and a BA in Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Since finding her passion in library science, she has worked in academic, medical, law, and public libraries. When not pouring blood, sweat, and tears into advocating for libraries, Ansley can be found traveling, cooking, and, of course, reading.
Maya Espersen received her Bachelor’s in English Literature with concentrations in History and Asian Studies from the Nazareth College of Rochester in 2010, and her MLS from the University at Albany in 2012. There are not enough hours in the day to explore all of her interests, so she spends her free time making jewelry, writing, relearning how to play piano, and playing video games. She currently works at the University at Albany’s Libraries as a Resource Sharing and Reserves Associate, and volunteers for Orange Street Cats, a local cat shelter.
Joelle Adler is a graduate of Hamilton College and is currently pursuing her MSIS in Library and Information Studies. As well as learning about libraries and working with the public in her program, she enjoys studying creative writing and literature. She is considering a career in Children’s Librarianship in part due to her two younger sisters, who provide her with an endlessly inspirational perspective on children.
Jason Thomas is a transplant from Tennessee. He earned a BA in History from East Tennessee State University and is a recent graduate of the MSIS program at the University at Albany with a concentration in Archives and Records Management. He has spent the last year and a half working at the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives. He enjoys outdoor activities like Concerts in the Park and playing croquet or bocce, rumor has it he has even been known to go camping in the woods.
Nora Burrows is a graduate student in the Information Studies Department of the University at Albany and anticipates graduating in May of 2016. She completed her undergraduate work in music at Berea College, graduating magna cum laude in 2014. Nora has spent most of working life in various libraries and is excited about continuing the trend after graduation. She currently works at the New York State Library.
Emily Wierzbowski received her B.A. in English with a minor in History and in Sociology from the University at Albany in May 2014. Continuing her education at the University at Albany, Emily is currently a student in the M.S.I.S. program. Her concentration is in Library and Information Services, and she is interested in the librarian’s role in education and community development. She grew up in Broad Channel, a small neighborhood in Queens, NY.
Carol Anne Germain is an Information Literacy Librarian. She teaches information literacy courses, participates in reference, and develops web-based instructional resources. She is one of the co-creators of CitationFox, a citation tool developed at the University at Albany. Her research includes usability, URL persistence in academic resources, and information literacy.