Alison M. Lewis has over twenty years of experience as a professional librarian in specialized, research, and academic settings. She has also worked in the Library & Information Science programs at both Drexel University and Simmons University, where she has taught introductory courses in reference and professional issues; advanced reference courses in the humanities and social sciences; and courses in special collections and practicum. Currently she is the managing partner for Parlew Associates, a Philadelphia-based company providing a range of support services to publishers and authors. She earned M.L.S. and M.A. degrees from Florida State University, and a Ph.D. from Temple University.