Presenters

Adam Saunders, SUNY Morrisville
Adam Saunders is the Online Learning Librarian at SUNY Morrisville and has just as much passion advocating the use of graphic novels in higher education as he does consuming them. A fan of both western and eastern comics, Adam has nearly tripled the number of graphic novels in the library collection over the past 5 years and has worked closely with teaching faculty in the selection of new titles that might diversify the course curriculum.

Alana Nuth, SUNY Geneseo
Alana Nuth is the Head of Collection Management at SUNY Geneseo Milne Library, where she oversees the budget for collections and is responsible for acquisitions and collection development. Alana is a member of the SLC Commercial Products Committee.

Alessandra Otero, SUNY Geneseo
Alessandra Otero is an academic librarian with demonstrated knowledge in research services and library instruction. She is the Research Instructor, liaison to Arts and Humanities departments at SUNY Geneseo. She is an active advocate of diversity, equity and inclusion principles. Her research interests include library instruction, arts & humanities librarianship, library outreach, values-based pedagogy and visual literacy.

Alice Wilson, Monroe Community College
Alice Wilson is the Associate Director of Libraries at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY.

Amanda M. Lowe, SUNY Albany
Amanda M. Lowe is the Outreach and Marketing Library at the University at Albany Libraries. She has a B.S. in English with a minor in Theatre from Oneonta State and a MLS from the University at Buffalo. Her research interests include: social media marketing and outreach, digital reference services, and library outreach.

Andrea Kingston, Monroe Community College
Andrea Kingston is the Digital Initiatives and Special Projects Librarian at Monroe Community College. Her responsibilities include various digital initiatives, collection development, instruction, research support, outreach to students and faculty, programming, and special projects.

Angela Rhodes, SUNY Morrisville
Angela Rhodes is the Systems & Electronic Resources Librarian for SUNY Morrisville. She has been in SUNY for 13 years, working in Systems, Electronic Resources and Databases, and Cataloging.

Anjali Parasnis-Samar, Monroe Community College
Anjali Parasnis-Samar is the Instructional Technologies Librarian at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY.

Anthony Cosgrave, Cornell University
Tony teaches course-related and credit-bearing library classes. He has been a reference and Instruction librarian at Cornell since 1989. He selects materials in Philosophy, Psychology, and Higher Education. Tony has completed the ACRL Immersion program and earned a Teaching Scholar certificate from the Cornell Center for Teaching Excellence.

April Davies, SUNY Cobleskill
April Davies is the Head of Technical & Public Services at SUNY Cobleskill’s Van Wagenen Library where she is liaison for Early Childhood, Psychology, Math, and Natural Sciences. April chaired her campus’ promotion and tenure committee for several years, has served as an outside reviewer for several SUNY campuses, and is a past-president of SUNYLA.

Aron Efimenko, SUNY Morrisville
Aron Efimenko is an Associate Professor at SUNY Morrisville, where he has taught classes in Creative Writing, Videogames, Horror Fiction, and American Literature, with a special recurring emphasis on graphic novels and multimedia texts. A long-time fan of comic books, Mr. Efimenko works to explore the liminal space where Art, pop culture, and fashion collide.

Ashley Fast, GOBI Library Solutions
Ashley is the Director of Collection Development and Workflow Solutions in the Eastern U.S. for GOBI Library Solutions.

Bill Jones, SUNY Geneseo
Bill Jones is the Digital Resources and Systems Librarian at SUNY Geneseo Milne Library and the SLSS Library Services Support Specialist at SUNY OLIS. Bill is the outgoing SUNYLA President, the chair of the SLC Access Services and Resource Sharing Working Group, and serves as the ALA RUSA STARS Webmaster.

Brandon K. West, SUNY Geneseo
Brandon K. West is the Head of Research Instruction Services and liaison to the Anthropology and Sociology departments at 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.

Bryan J. Sajecki, University at Buffalo
Bryan J. Sajecki is an Undergraduate Education Librarian at the University at Buffalo. He specializes in the development of first generation college students as well as gamification in library instruction.

Carol Anne Germain, SUNY Albany
Carol Anne Germain is the Information Science, Informatics, and Sociology Librarian. She is also the liaison for the Educational Opportunity Program and the Office of Academic Achievement. Her research interests include Web usability, Information Literacy, and the persistence of electronic resources.

Carrie Fishner, SUNY Delhi
Carrie Fishner is Director of the Resnick Library at SUNY Delhi, and is the liaison for the Culinary, Business, and Hospitality Departments, as well as the Leisure Collection. Carrie is also a past president of SUNYLA and serves on the Board for the SLC.

Claire Payne, Stony Brook University
Claire Payne is the Web Services and Data Librarian at Stony Brook University. She holds an MS in Information Science and an MA an Art History, both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her interests include UX design, equity, and visual culture.

Dan Harms, SUNY Cortland
Dan Harms is Instructional Services Librarian at SUNY Cortland.

Deborah Bauder, SUNY Oswego
Deborah Bauder is currently Resident Librarian at SUNY Oswego’s Penfield Library. She previously worked as an adjunct reference librarian at Onondaga Community College and as a reference assistant at Syracuse University’s Special Collections Research Center. Deb completed her MLIS from Syracuse University in May 2017.

Erin Kovalsky, SUNY Oswego
Erin Kovalsky is the Access Services Librarian at SUNY Oswego, where she leads the processes and operations of circulation, course reserves, and stacks management. Erin is responsible for supervising several full-time classified staff as well as student assistants. She is the liaison to Atmospheric and Geological Sciences and Physics.

Esta Tovstiadi, SUNY Shared Library Services
Esta Tovstiadi is currently the SUNY Shared Collections Coordinator where she develops strategies to meet current and emerging collection and access needs of SUNY libraries. Before joining SUNY, Esta worked as a Discovery Services Librarian at SUNY Potsdam and in Collections at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Frank Durkin, EBSCO
Frank is the Regional Sales Manager, Journal Subscription Service for EBSCO Information Services.

Hilary Dorsch Wong, SUNY Cortland
Hilary Dorsch Wong is an Instructional Services Librarian at SUNY Cortland Memorial Library. She received an MSLIS from Syracuse University and an MA from Cornell University. Hilary is a member of the Digital Commons team and the Transformations Committee.

Jennifer Kegler, SUNY Brockport
Jennifer Kegler is an Associate Librarian at SUNY Brockport where she focuses on instruction.

Jennifer Parker, SUNY Cortland
Jennifer Parker is the Discovery Services Librarian at SUNY Cortland Memorial Library and she received her MLIS degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Jennifer is a member of the Digital Commons Team and a co-author of ‘Women in STEM’, a bibliographic essay for CHOICE.

Jennifer Rutner, SUNY New Paltz
Jennifer Rutner is a Senior Assistant Librarian at SUNY New Paltz’s Sojourner Truth Library, where she serves on the Research and Education Team. Previously, Jennifer worked as a Senior Analyst at Ithaka S+R, and the Assessment & Planning Librarian at Columbia University Libraries.

Jenn Whittaker, SUNY Canton
Jenn Whittaker is the Instruction and Outreach Librarian at SUNY Canton. She has a passion for reading dystopian literature, running, and gardening. She lives with her husband, two children, and dog, Kady.

Jeremy Pekarek, SUNY Cortland
Jeremy Pekarek is the Archivist & Instructional Services Librarian at SUNY Cortland Memorial Library. He received his MSLIS from Syracuse University and MA from SUNY Oswego. Jeremy is a member of the Digital Commons Team and a co-author of a bibliographic essay in CHOICE Magazine titled ‘Women in STEM.’

Jim Kropelin, EBSCO
Jim Kropelin is the Academic Sales Director at EBSCO.

Joe Riggie, Buffalo State College
Joe Riggie is the head of Information Management at Buffalo State College where he manages library systems, e-resources, and library acquisitions. He holds a Master’s in Library Science from the University at Buffalo. He loves science fiction, fantasy football, and sleep (when he can get it).

Juan Denzer, SUNY Oswego
Juan Denzer is the Discovery Services Librarian at SUNY Oswego, with an MLIS from University at Buffalo. Liaisons for the School of Business. Provides reference, instruction, and CD for faculty and students. Author of Digital Collections and Exhibits and upcoming book, Terrific Makerspace Projects: A Practical Guide for Librarians.

Kaetrena Davis Kendrick
Kaetrena Davis Kendrick earned her MSLS from the historic Clark Atlanta University School of Library and Information Studies. Her research interests include professionalism, ethics, racial and ethnic diversity in the LIS field, and the role of communities of practice in practical academic librarianship. She is co-editor of The Small and Rural Academic Library: Leveraging Resources and Overcoming Limitations (ACRL 2016) and author of two annotated bibliographies. In addition to her research and writing, Kendrick also offers professional development opportunities and organizational consultations designed to energize employee morale and promote empathetic leadership in North American libraries. In her daily and long-term work, Kendrick has transformed library programs, services, and culture via creativity, leadership, and advocacy. In 2019, Kendrick was named the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. Kendrick is Dean-Elect of Ida Jane Dacus Library and Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University. She is expected to begin her new role in July 2020.

Kate Bellody, SUNY New Paltz
Kate Bellody is a Research and Education Librarian and Interim Reference Program Coordinator at the Sojourner Truth Library, SUNY New Paltz. She teaches information literacy instruction and serves as library liaison across departments. Previously she was a Librarian at Hudson County Community College. Kate received her MLIS from Rutgers University.

Kate Jones, SUNY Oswego
Kate Jones is currently the Acquisitions Librarian at Penfield Library, SUNY Oswego. She is head of Technical Services which comprises Acquisitions, Cataloging and Serials. Her main role is to acquire and organize all kinds of library material for its users. She teaches library instruction for the Biology and Chemistry departments.

Katie Ghidiu, Monroe Community College
Katie Ghidiu is the Director of Library Services for Monroe Community College. In this position, she provides leadership and oversight for the personnel, spaces, resources, services, and budget that make up MCC Libraries as well as the Archives and Record Management Department.

Keith T. Nichols, University at Buffalo
Keith T. Nichols is an Undergraduate Education Librarian at the University at Buffalo. He specializes in assessment.

Ken Fujiuchi, Buffalo State College
Ken Fujiuchi is the Emerging Technology Librarian at the E. H. Butler Library, SUNY Buffalo State College. Ken holds a Master’s in Library Science from the University at Buffalo. His research interests include information literacy, extended reality, social media, linked data, and other emerging technologies.

Keri Thomas-Whiteside, SUNY Erie Community College
Keri Thomas-Whiteside, MLS, is a College Librarian at SUNY Erie Community College, North Campus. Keri’s academic foci for the institution are acquisitions, assessment, and the role of Information Literacy across the college experience. Keri’s acquisition role involves intersectional diversity of materials, updating of policies, and creation of rubrics and guidelines for weeding and selection.

Kevin Michki, SUNY Fredonia
Kevin Michki is the Music and Systems Librarian at SUNY Fredonia. Since programming in BASIC on the Apple II as a youngster, he has been a bonified #geeknerd. A music librarian of 25 years, Kevin also works professionally in Western New York as a violinist and photographer.

Laura Harris, SUNY Oswego
Laura Harris is the Distance and Open Education Librarian at SUNY Oswego. She holds an M.S.I. with a specialization in library and information services, and an M.S. in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology. In addition to supporting online and distance learning, Harris serves as a campus leader in promoting OER initiatives.

Linda Hacker, SUNY Brockport
Linda Hacker is an Associate Librarian at SUNY Brockport where she focuses on instruction.

Lisa Hoff, Onondaga Community College
Lisa Hoff, Associate Professor, is the Electronic Resources Librarian and OER Campus Lead at Onondaga Community College. She serves as the Liaison Librarian to the School of Liberal Arts and the School of Public Safety and Community Service. She is also a member of the Learning Outcomes and Assessment Committee, the Academic Technology Coordinating Committee, and represents OCC on SUNY FACT2. Prior to her position at OCC, she was the Reference and Instruction Librarian at Wells College. She received her MSLIS from Syracuse University.

Logan Rath, SUNY Brockport
Logan Rath is an associate librarian at SUNY Brockport and a PhD student at the University at Buffalo.

Lynne Rhys, SUNY Oswego
Lynne Rhys is the Associate Library Director at SUNY Oswego, and was previously the State Law Librarian for the state of New Mexico. In a previous life she practiced law in Arizona and New Mexico. She received her MSIS from Florida State University.

Mechele Romanchock, Alfred University
Mechele Romanchock is the Director of Libraries at Alfred University and the Public Services Team Leader. She has worked in school, public and academic libraries for over 10 years, starting out as a student worker.

Michelle Beechey, Monroe Community College
Michelle Beechey is the Access Services and OER Librarian at Monroe Community College. Her priorities include supporting the Access Services team in their efforts to provide exceptional service to students, and leading the campus OER initiative. She holds a B.A. in French from the College at Brockport, State University of New York, and a M.I.L.S from the University at Buffalo.

Michelle Eichelberger, SUNY Library Shared Services
Michelle Eichelberger is the Discovery and E-Resources Program Manager for SLSS. In the past 20 years, she’s served as the Systems Librarian at FLCC and GCC. She managed recent library web accessibility remediation at Genesee CC and has hands-on experience with the importance of making online content accessible for all users.

Michelle Mitchell, SUNY Morrisville
Michelle Mitchell is the Instructional Services Librarian at SUNY Morrisville and is a passionate advocate for the use of graphic novels and comics in higher education. Michelle frequently purchases graphic novels to bolster SUNY Morrisville’s leisure collection with diverse and inclusive narratives. She also co-authored the chapter “Advocating for Diversity: Collecting Comics to Reflect Our Students” in Comics and Critical Librarianship: Reframing the Narrative in Academic Libraries edited by Olivia Piepmeier and Stephanie Grimm and serves on ALA’s Will Eisner Graphic Novel Innovation Grant Committee.

Molly K. Maloney, University at Buffalo
Molly K. Maloney is an Undergraduate Education Librarian at the University at Buffalo. She specializes in the development of instruction and materials for non-native speakers of English.

Morgan Bond, SUNY Oswego
Morgan Bond is the Resource Sharing Librarian at Penfield Library, SUNY Oswego. Her main responsibilities are to process resource sharing requests, maintain the various resource sharing systems, and promote sharing partnerships between Penfield Library and other institutions. She is also the library liaison for the Art department.

Nancy Grimaldi, EBSCO
Nancy Grimaldi is the New York Academic Regional Sales Manager at EBSCO.  Nancy joined EBSCO in 2006 and enjoys working together with librarians to share resources and tools supporting student research and discovery.

Nancy Sarah Murillo, SUNY Orange Community College
Nancy Sarah Murillo in an Assistant Librarian at SUNY Orange Community College.

Nicole A. Thomas, University at Buffalo
Nicole A. Thomas is an Undergraduate Education Librarian at the University at Buffalo. She has produced several instructional videos for the UB Libraries’ Education Services Team with a focus on creating accessible content for all audiences.

Patricia Adams, GOBI Library Solutions
Patricia is the Senior Collection Development Manager at GOBI Library Solutions.

Rebecca Hyams, Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY
Rebecca Hyams is the Web and Systems Librarian at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY. In addition to her regular duties she has put her nerd knowledge to good use building up a thriving graphic novel collection.

Ryan Perry, CLRC
As CLRC’s Digital Collections Librarian, Ryan Perry works with organizations in Central NY to help them digitize and make accessible their cultural heritage collections. He also serves as the statewide project coordinator for New York Heritage Digital Collections. Ryan has an MA in History from the University of Rochester and an MSLIS from Syracuse University.

Samantha Dannick, Alfred University
Samantha Dannick is the Engineering & Scholarly Communication Librarian at Alfred University. She serves as the liaison librarian for the Inamori School of Engineering, Campus OER Lead, and general library team player.

Sarah Morehouse, SUNY Empire State
Sarah Morehouse is a librarian at SUNY Empire State College, where she specializes in Open Educational Resources, Open Access, and compliance with both copyright and accessibility law and guidelines. She likes to make broken systems work and then hand them off to other people, but that last part doesn’t always happen.

Sarah Romeo, Hudson Valley Community College
Sarah is the current OER Librarian and an adjunct member of the English Faculty at Hudson Valley Community College. She obtained her MLIS at the University of Alberta and her MA at the University at Albany.

Shannon Pritting, SUNY Library Shared Services
Shannon Pritting is the Director of SUNY Library Shared Services, where he has worked over the past few years to bring all SUNYs into Alma and Primo. Before that, Shannon worked in SUNY libraries in a variety of roles as a director, in public services, and in access services.

Susan Perry, SUNY Library Shared Services
Susan Perry is a SUNY Library Shared Services Support Specialist. She previously worked as a Technical Services Librarian at The College at Brockport, for 14 years.

Teddy Gyamfi, SUNY Geneseo
Teddy Gyamfi, Milne Library Evening Access Service Manager at SUNY Geneseo, attended Binghamton University. He worked at Glenn G. Bartle Library and later the University Downtown Center. Also, obtained his MMLIS from the University of Southern California. Teddy’s current roles include curating the course reserve collection and supervising student workers.

Timothy Jackson, SUNY Library Shared Services
Timothy Jackson has been the Resource Sharing and Fulfillment Program Manager for SUNY Shared Library Services since April 2019. Prior to taking this position, he worked in the University at Albany’s Access Services Department for nearly 20 years.

Yu-Hui Chen, SUNY Albany
Yu-Hui Chen is the Education and East Asian Studies Librarian at the University at Albany. Her research interests include Web usability, Web design, Information Architecture, and Human-Computer interaction.

Yvonne Kester, SUNY Library Shared Services
Yvonne Kester is a Support Specialist with SLSS, and was systems librarian at New Paltz during the Alma/Primo migration. She thinks she is an accidental systems librarian, but it bears noting that her first library job was at SUNY Broome in 1992, helping them migrate to their first automated system.

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