Library Juice Academy Instructors
Maria T. Accardi is Assistant Librarian and Coordinator of Instruction at the Library at Indiana University Southeast. Maria holds a BA in English from Northern Kentucky University, an MA in English from the University of Louisville, and an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh. She served as a co-editor of and contributor to Critical Library Instruction: Theories and Methods (Library Juice Press, 2010), and is the author of Feminist Pedagogy for Library Instruction (Library Juice Press, 2013). Interview with Maria Accardi
Instructor for Feminist Pedagogy for Library Instruction and Changing Lives, Changing the World: Information Literacy and Critical Pedagogy
Melissa Adler is Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky
School of Library and Information Science, where she teaches courses
in Information Organization and other areas of librarianship. She
holds a PhD in Library and Information Studies from the University of
Wisconsin Madison and has seven years of academic library experience,
primarily in the realm of cataloging.
Instructor for Introduction to Cataloging and Introduction to RDA
Grace Agnew is Associate University Librarian for Digital Library Systems at the Rutgers University Libraries. She has been an adjunct professor in the Library Information Science program at Rutgers University since 2005, where she developed and taught the course, Metadata for the Information Professional. She is co-author of Getting Mileage Out of Metadata (ALA, 1999) and Digital Rights Management: A Librarians’ Guide to Technology and Practice (Chandos Press, 2008). Interview with Grace Agnew
Instructor for The Mechanics of Metadata series and Grant Proposal Development for Libraries
Andrea Baer is the Undergraduate Education Librarian at Indiana University-Bloomington, as well as an Adjunct Lecturer for the University of Tennessee’s School of Information Sciences. She holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Washington and a Masters in Information Sciences from the University of Tennessee. Andrea’s work in libraries and education is deeply informed by her teaching background in writing and literature and by her interests in critical pedagogy and critical inquiry. CV, Interview with Andrea Baer
Instructor for Information Literacy, Composition Studies and Higher Order Thinking, New Directions in Information Literacy: Growing Our Teaching Practices and Backward Design for Information Literacy Instruction
Marcus Banks earned his MLIS from Dominican University in 2002, and has worked at the National Library of Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, the University of California San Francisco and was the Director of Library/Academic & Instructional Innovation at Samuel Merritt University. Alternative means of creating and assessing scholarly work are his chief interests. CV, blog. Interview with Marcus
Instructor for Digital Scholarship: New Metrics, New Modes and New Initiatives in Academic Libraries: Tools and Tips
Jason Bengtson, MLIS, MA is the Head of Library Computing and Information Systems at the University of Oklahoma's Robert M. Bird Health Sciences Library. A co-editor of the Technology column of the Journal of Hospital Librarianship, he is also a member of the NN/LM South Central Region Technology Advisory Committee and ASIS&T. Jason’s work can be seen in publications ranging from Library Hi Tech to the Journal of Library Administration. He has presented on topics such as the evolution of the World Wide Web, innovation in libraries, web development, and theoretical concepts in Information Science. Website, Interview with Jason Bengtson
Instructor for HTML, CSS, and the DOM, Introduction to Client-Side Web Scripting, and Advanced Topics in Client-Side Web Scripting
Rebecca Blakiston is a User Experience Librarian and the Website Product Manager at the University of Arizona Libraries in Tucson, Arizona. She provides oversight, management, and strategic planning for the library website, specializing in guerilla usability testing, writing for the web, and content strategy. She has published and presented nationally on topics including instructional design, user experience, and continuous learning. Interview with Rebecca
Instructor for Do-It-Yourself Usability Testing, Writing for the Web, and Developing a Website Content Strategy
Olga Buchel holds a PhD in Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario. Her specialization is in geodigital libraries, having worked at the Alexandria Digital Library, one of the first libraries to offer geospatial searches. For her dissertation she developed an interactive visualization for a book collection. She has taught on geodigital libraries at the University of Western Ontario.
Instructor for Representing Geographic Information with Map Mashups and Visual Analytics with d3.js
Nicole Capdarest-Arest is the Clinical Librarian at Stanford University and past Emerging Technologies Librarian at the Arizona Health Sciences Library. She specializes in clinical knowledge services; emerging technologies in academic health sciences libraries; website usability, development and management; online tools to enhance library services; mobile health; and health informatics.
Instructor for Writing for the Web
Tony Castelletto has been programming on one platform or another since the late 1980s. He received his MLIS in 2008 from Drexel University. Tony has worked on unusual information projects throughout his career starting as a technician on small NASA missions, managing the information pipelines that carried data from satellite to ground. He also worked on the NSF Net as a Network Engineer. Tony received his introduction to Library Science working as a programmer on Digital Library projects for the University of Michigan's Digital Library Initiative. Following his library science education, Tony curated data collections for the Linguistic Data Consortium where he also helped produced electronic dictionaries in Yoruba, Mawukakan, and Tamil. Interview with Tony
Instructor for Preparing to Program, Beginning Programming in Python, Part I, Beginning Programming in Python, Part II, and Applied Programming in Python.
Madeleine Charney is the Sustainability Studies Librarian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In 2011 she presented at the national conference for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, “Getting Closer: The Librarian, the Curriculum and the Office of Sustainability.” This past year she co-facilitated a 4-part webinar series “Libraries for Sustainability.” She continues to work on her “elevator speech” to inspire others about sustainability as a transformative movement and an opportunity to rethink and rework how we interact on this planet. Interview with Madeleine Charney
Instructor for The Sustainability Movement on Campus: Forming a Library Action Plan for Engagement
Robert Chavez holds a PhD in Classical Studies from Indiana University. From 1994-1999 he worked in the Library Electronic Text Resource Service at Indiana University Bloomington as an electronic text specialist. From 1999-2007 Robert worked at Tufts University at the Perseus Project and the Digital Collections and Archives as a programmer, digital humanist, and institutional repository program manager. He currently works for the New England Journal of Medicine as Content Applications Architect. Interview with Robert Chavez
Instructor for Introduction to XML and Introduction to the Semantic Web, as well as the more advanced courses for our Certificate in XML and RDF-Based Systems and SPARQL 2
Christine D'Arpa is a doctoral student at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois. She has taught the distance education option of the introductory archives course at UIUC and worked as an archivist and oral historian. She trained as a librarian and archivist at GSLIS and continues to straddle those worlds presenting at conferences on the future of archival education in library and information science programs. Interview with Chris D'Arpa
Instructor for Introduction to Archives Administration and Management
Emily Daly is Head of Assessment & User Experience at Duke University Libraries in Durham, NC. She leads Duke Libraries’ website team and plans and conducts user research related to the Libraries’ website, as well as library services, collections and spaces; she primarily uses qualitative research methods in her work. Emily also serves as Librarian for Education and coordinates the Libraries’ Assessment Team and Undergraduate and Graduate Student Advisory Boards. Website
Instructor for Beyond Usability Testing: Other Research Methods
Eva Dodsworth is the Geospatial Data Services Librarian at the University of Waterloo Library where she is responsible for the provision of leadership and expertise in developing, delivering, and assessing geospatial data services and programs offered to members of the University of Waterloo community. Eva is also a part-time instructor at a number of Library and Information Science schools where she teaches users GIS and how to apply GIS technology in library services. Eva is the author of Getting Started with GIS: a LITA Guide, and is currently co-authoring a book on historical cartographic resources. Website, Interview with Eva Dodsworth
Instructor for Introduction to GIS and GeoWeb Technologies
Dr. John J. Doherty is an instructional designer with the Northern Arizona University's e-Learning Center. From 1993 to 2007 he worked in academic libraries, with an emphasis on library instruction and critical information literacy. He has published and presented nationally and internationally in these areas, including "Design to learn, learn to design: using backward design for information literacy instruction" (co-authored with Bruce E. Fox in Communications in Information Literacy, 5.2, 2011).
Instructor for Online Instruction and Techniques for Student Engagement in Library Instruction
Annie Downey currently serves as the Director of Research Services at the Reed College Library, in Portland OR. She is in the dissertation phase of her PhD in Higher Education at UNT, where the focus of her research is critical information literacy. She has written and presented on information literacy, K-20 library instruction, active teaching techniques, assessment, and academic library administration. Interview with Annie Downey
Instructor for Techniques for Creative Problem Solving in Libraries and Academia 101: A Crash Course on How Colleges and Universities Work
Emily Drabinski is Coordinator of Library Instruction at LIU Brooklyn. She is co-editor of Critical Library Instruction: Theories & Methods (Library Juice Press, 2010), and sits on the editorial board of Radical Teacher. Emily also edits Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies, a book series from Litwin Books/Library Juice Press. Midway through a rigorous tenure track, she has lots of balls in the air, but feels pretty under control. Emily's Website, Interview with Emily
Instructor for Working Faster, Working Smarter: Productivity Strategies for Librarians
Carolyn Ellis is the Digital User Experience Librarian at The University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries. She holds a bachelor’s degree in art history from Trinity University and a master’s degree in library and information science from The University of Texas at Austin. She has over 15 years of experience in developing and managing web projects, user-centered design, usability testing, project management, change communications and process improvement while working in libraries, information technology and community development organizations.
Instructor for Designing a Usable Website (Concepts of User-Centered Design)
Aliqae Geraci is the Industrial and Labor Relations Research Librarian at Cornell University's Catherwood Library. A former public librarian and labor researcher, she is a founding and former Board member of Urban Librarians Unite, and currently serves on the Leadership Team of the Tompkins County Workers Center. Aliqae speaks and writes about library advocacy and library workers' organizations, and is the co-author of Grassroots Library Advocacy (ALA Editions, 2012). Interview with Aliqae Geraci
Instructor for Teams Without Tears: Managing Teamwork from Above and Within
Robin Hastings is the Director of Technology Services for the North East Kansas Library System. She manages the system's technology department and consults about all kinds of technology topics with member libraries. She has presented on Mashups, Cloud Computing, RSS, Drupal, Library Learning 2.0, Project Management and many other topics. She is the author of Microblogging and Lifestreaming in Libraries, part of the original Tech Set, as well as Making the Most of the Cloud and Outsourcing Technology for Libraries, both published by Scarecrow Press. Interview with Robin Hastings
Instructor for Introduction to Project Management
Librarian Mandy Henk has been at DePauw since 2006 and was a law librarian at Vanderbilt before that. She specializes in access to physical materials, resource sharing, and personnel management. Her interests include social class and librarian/staff relationships, the development of international resource sharing systems, and copyright in the academy and the library. She recently published her first book, Ecology, Economy, Equity: Building the Carbon Neutral Library, with ALAEditions.
Instructor for Trends in Library Automation and Access Services - Keeping the Common
Cody Hennesy is the E-Learning Librarian at the University of California, Berkeley, where he focuses on the intersection of the library, technology and learning. He has coded a variety of academic library sites and tools and recently developed the front-end for the online resource, Alternatives in Print: A Directory of Alternative Publishers and Critical Periodicals. Interview with Cody Hennesy
Instructor for Introduction to Drupal for Libraries
Samantha Schmehl Hines received her MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2003. In 2004 she was hired as the Social Science Librarian by the Mansfield Library at The University of Montana-Missoula and is currently the Distance Education Coordinator and Head Librarian for the Missoula College campus of The University of Montana. She writes and presents widely on issues of online library services, information literacy instruction, and library middle management, and is the author of Productivity for Librarians (2010, Chandos). Interview with Samantha.
Instructor for Weeding the Academic Library With Confidence
Amy Jansen is the Business & Web Experience Librarian at Sacred Heart University (SHU) in Fairfield, Connecticut. She has an MA in Women’s & Gender Studies from the University of Cincinnati and an MLIS from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Amy started out her career in LIS as a library software trainer. She was finally able to put her long standing personal interests in business and economics to use when she came to her current position. Her current professional responsibilities center on serving as a liaison to the Welch College of Business at SHU and overseeing the user or front end of their web and electronic services.
Instructor for Business Information
Sarah A.V. Kirby is a librarian, professional genealogist, teacher, and rocket scientist (aerospace engineer). As a genealogist her specialization is in New England, New York, and the Midwest. Sarah holds a Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies, concentrating in Genealogical Librarianship, from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. She serves as the lead volunteer librarian for the Lake County (IL) Genealogical Society. She has been a corporate librarian for over a decade, and operates a library services consulting firm, Appletree Knowledge Services. In her first career, she worked at NASA’s Mission Control and worked in the Space Shuttle, Astronaut on Mir, and Space Station programs.
Instructor for Introduction to Genealogical Librarianship
Beth Knazook is a PhD Candidate and Teaching Fellow in the Art History and Art Conservation program at Queen's University in Kingston, Canada. She holds an MA in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management from Ryerson University and the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, and has worked as the Curatorial Specialist for Ryerson University Archives & Special Collections and as the Photo Archivist for the Stratford Festival of Canada. She has presented at conferences on topics of digital access and cataloguing methods for image-based resources. Interview with Beth
Instructor for Getting Started with Digital Image Collections, Describing Photographs for the Online Catalogue, and Caring for Collections: Preservation of Rare and Unusual Materials
Scott La Counte is the head librarian for the Southern California Institute of Technology. Scott holds a BA in Comparative Religion and English Literature from Cal State Fullerton, and an MLIS from San Jose State University. He has given presentations on mobile application development at several different conferences, and is the author of Going Mobile: Developing Apps for Your Library Using Basic HTML Programming (ALA Editions Special Reports, 2011), Build Your Own App for Fun and Profit (Huron Street Press, 2012), and Quiet, Please: Dispatches from a Public Librarian (Da Capo Press, 2008). Interview with Scott La Counte
Instructor for Bringing Library Services to Mobile Devices
Alison M. Lewis is a member of the teaching faculty at Drexel University’s College of Information Science and Technology. She has over twenty years of experience as a professional librarian in specialized, research, and academic settings. Currently living in Philadelphia, she has advocated locally on behalf of the public library system and nationally for library funding and policy.
Instructor for Advocacy for Librarians
Jeremy McGinniss is Library Director at Baptist Bible College and Seminary in Clarks Summit, Pennyslvania. He earned his MLIS in 2009 from the University of Pittsburgh. Jeremy spends most of his time working to develop, grow and advocate for different ways to connect students, staff and faculty with the library and its resources. He spends the rest of it playing with new technologies for use in and with the library. Interview with Jeremy
Instructor for Student Staff Development
Jessica E. Moyer is an assistant professor in the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Literacy Education and MS and CAS degrees from the University of Illinois, Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Moyer has taught reference and readers' advisory courses for the LIS programs at the University of St. Catherine, San Jose State, and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as well and continuing education courses for the American Library Association. She is the author of Research-Based Readers’ Advisory (American Library Association, 2008), co-editor of The Readers Advisory Handbook (ALA Editions 2010) and editor of the Integrated Advisory Services (Library Unlimited 2010). Website, Interview with Jessica Moyer
Instructor for Introduction to Readers' Advisory, Getting to Know: Romance, and Getting to Know: Fantasy
Mimi O’Malley is the learning technology translation strategist at Spalding University. She helps faculty prepare course content for hybrid and fully online courses in addition to incorporating open education resources into courses. She previously wrote and facilitated professional development courses and workshops at the Learning House, Inc. Mimi has presented workshops on online learning topics including assessment, plagiarism, copyright, and curriculum trends at the Learning House, Inc. CONNECT Users Conference, SLOAN-C ALN, Pencils and Pixels and New Horizons Teaching & Learning Conference. Interview with Mimi O'Malley
Instructor for Embedded Librarianship in Online Courses and Online Instructional Design and Delivery
Scott Rice is the E-Learning and Digital Initiatives Librarian at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, where he works on producing, promoting, and assessing e-learning, as well as emerging technologies and other digital projects. His research interests include e-learning, mobile applications, and educational gaming. He is the co-editor of the book Gaming in Academic Libraries: Collections, Marketing and Information Literacy.
Instructor for Game-Based Learning in Library Instruction
Melissa S. Robinson is the Senior Branch Librarian at the Peabody Institute Library's West Branch in Peabody, Massachusetts. Melissa has over twelve years of experience in public libraries. She has a BA in political science from Merrimack College, a graduate certificate in Women in Politics and Public Policy from the University of Massachusetts Boston and a MLIS from Southern Connecticut State University. She is the co-author of Transforming Libraries, Building Communities (Scarecrow Press, 2013).
Instructor for Library Makerspaces: From Dream to Reality
John Russell is Scholarly Communications Librarian at the University of Oregon Libraries, which involves open access advocacy and scholarly publishing as well as digital scholarship services. He has been actively involved in digital humanities projects, primarily related to text encoding, and teaches a digital scholarship methods course as part of UO's New Media and Culture graduate certificate program.
Instructor for Introduction to Digital Humanities for Librarians
Katie Scherrer is a library consultant and training specialist whose work focuses on improving library services to Latino and Spanish-speaking children and families. She previously worked as the first Spanish Program Specialist for the Columbus Metropolitan Library and as a Children’s Librarian at the uniquely bilingual Village Branch of the Lexington Public Library. Katie has presented many workshops on bilingual storytime and library services to Latino families for librarians across the country, including at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference. Katie's Website, Interview with Katie
Instructor for Building Relationships, Building Bridges: Library Outreach and Marketing to Latino and Spanish-Speaking Families and Bilingual Storytime at Your Biblioteca
Deborah Schmidle is currently the principal consultant at Schmidle Consulting Services. She has developed and taught numerous organizational development-related workshops and has facilitated strategic-planning processes for libraries and library organizations. She holds an M.L.I.S. from Syracuse University and a Certificate in Contemporary Leadership from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. Prior to retiring in March 2013, she was Director of Research & Learning Services at Cornell University Library (CUL).
Instructor for all six courses in the Certificate in Library Management
Julia Skinner is a doctoral student at Florida State University's School of Library & Information Studies. Her research interests include social media, library history, and services for sexual assault survivors. She has worked in special collections, and has her MLS and Center for the Book graduate certificate from the University of Iowa, and is originally from Boulder, Colorado. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, gardening, music, and making art. Website. Interview with Julia.
Instructor for The Librarian as Scholar: Taking Part in Scholarly Communication and Assessing and Improving Your Library's Social Media Presence
Joanne Sprott has been a freelance book indexer, copy editor, and proofreader since 1995. She holds a BA in Linguistics from the University of New Hampshire. Joanne’s background in instruction includes developing and presenting the six-hour Basic Indexing Workshop given at the American Society for Indexing's (ASI's) annual conference (1998 to 2002), and editing materials and managing exam administration for ASI's Training in Indexing course (2009 to present). Prior to starting her editorial and indexing business, Joanne worked in university administration at Brown University in Providence Rhode Island (1986–1990). Joanne's Website
Instructor for Introduction to Book Indexing
Jennifer Sweeney teaches at the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel University and in the Information Studies Department at UCLA, and is a program evaluation consultant for libraries and other public agencies and nonprofits. Prior to joining Drexel, Dr. Sweeney developed measurement instruments for K-16 educational interventions for the University of California, Davis School of Education, and provided evaluation services for the California Center for the Book, the California Library Association, and Smith & Lehmann Consulting. Previously, she was library analyst at the UC Davis Library, reference librarian at the American University Library in Washington, DC, and business librarian with Cost Engineering Research, Inc. in Arlington, VA. Interview with Jennifer
Instructor for all courses in the Painless Research series
Susan Teague Rector holds a Master’s degree in Information Science from the University of NC-Chapel Hill. She has over 15 years of experience in Web technologies, with 6 years in academic libraries. In her current role at University of Colorado, Susan specializes in information architecture (IA) and UX design for University Web Services. Previously Susan led the IA, design and implementation of a new website for NCSU Libraries in 2010; and led IA, design and usability testing as Web Applications Manager at VCU Libraries. She has presented nationally on Web topics, as well as published in the Journal of Web Librarianship and CRLN. Interview with Susan.
Instructor for Information Architecture: Designing Navigation for Library Websites
Caleb Tucker-Raymond is a freelance web developer in Portland, Oregon specializing in connecting library systems to the Drupal content management system. Before that he worked as a public and academic librarian for 14 years in systems, reference, and the intersection of the two. He earned his MSLIS with Simmons College.
Instructor for PHP and MySQL and PHP and APIs
Megan Wacha is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at the City University of New York. Driven by the statement that Wikipedia is "the encyclopedia that anyone can edit," she utilizes this open resource to teach information literacy skills and to make underrepresented groups more visible on Wikipedia. She has presented this work at conferences such as the LITA Forum, ALA Annual, WikiConference USA and Wikimania, the global Wikipedia conference. Megan holds an MA in Performance Studies from New York University, and an MSLIS from Pratt Institute. Website,
Instructor for Wikipedia: Library Initiatives and Expert Editing
Martin Wallace is a Science & Engineering Librarian at the University of Maine, Orono, and serves as Maine’s only representative to the Patent and Trademark Resource Centers Program administered by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He has served three terms as secretary of the Patent and Trademark Resource Center Association (PTRCA) and is currently the Association’s web master. Martin received his MLIS from the University of North Texas in 2005 and his MS in Information Systems from the University of Maine in 2014. Website, Interview with Martin Wallace
Instructor for Patent Searching
Jillian Wallis is currently a postdoctoral researcher working with Dr. Christine L. Borgman in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies at UCLA. She researches the data practices and collaboration of researchers at the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing. She graduated from UCLA with an MLIS in 2005, and received her Ph.D. in 2012. Her dissertation, entitled, “The Distribution of Data Management Responsibility within Scientific Research Groups” described the various data management activities performed by researchers, and who did what activity when within a given research group. She has developed and taught a data management course with Dr. Borgman that is given annually in the Information Studies department, as well as workshops on controlled vocabulary design and computing skills for MLIS students, including HTML, programming in Python, and database concepts. Interview with Jillian Wallis
Instructor for Research Data Management