Esther Marie Jackson graduated from the University of Toronto in 2009, earning a BA and BSci. In 2013, she obtained her MLS from the University at Buffalo, focusing her studies in archives and special collections. Esther is currently the User Services Librarian in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library at the New York Botanical Garden, where her duties are centered around reference, outreach, and instruction. She is active with the Special Libraries Association, serving as the Webmaster for the Leadership and Management Division. Esther maintains membership in a number of professional organizations, and her CV can be viewed here.
Phillip Cunningham is finishing his Master’s in Library and Information Science from Pratt, where he is also the Treasurer for SLA@Pratt. He started working in his county Genealogical Society’s library before coming to New York for graduate school. Alongside his studies, he has interned at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Gilder Lehrman Collection, and donates his time volunteering with New York Public Library.
Marcy Winkler, 2015 President of the SLA New York Chapter, is Team Leader at JP Morgan for the Business Research Center, specializing in corporate and industry research for the investment bank. Previously, Marcy worked at UBS as a business information researcher for over ten years. Marcy was in the first class of SLA NY’s Leadership Mentoring program, co-chaired SLA NY’s inaugural All-Day Conference and Expo, and has served as a member of the chapter’s Programming Committee.
Marcy holds her Masters in Library Science from Queens College, a JD from NYU Law School and a BA from Cornell.
Kirsten Grünberg’s cultural and academic background has led her to a number of volunteer opportunities and community leadership roles in New York City and Costa Rica. She received a Masters in Education at Framingham State University and is currently a Library and Information Science graduate student at Pratt Institute.
Michelle Pronovost is a Technology Specialist at NYU’s Digital Studio. She earned her MSLIS from Syracuse University in 2005 and is currently an M.A. candidate in the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Fashion and Textile Studies program. She has worked as a reference librarian and manager in several academic libraries, including Berklee College of Music, Emerson College and Columbia University.
Rebecca Hahn is a researcher and editor at the Institute for Aegean Prehistory and also a Digital Asset Management volunteer at the Morgan Library & Museum. She received her MSLIS from Pratt Institute and holds undergraduate degrees in archaeology and French from Bryn Mawr College. A member of the SLA NY Conference Committee, she is helping to organize the inaugural Conference & Expo. In her spare time she performs on trapeze and walks on slacklines.
Stephanie L. Gross is an academic librarian in New York City. She began her professional life as a classroom instructor of English as a Foreign Language in the Middle East before turning her attention to librarianship here in the United States. She has always been intrigued by teaching literacy and the acquisition of information. Her formal involvement in mentoring began in 2008 during the recession. She hopes to spare young professionals some of the hardships she endured during the 1980’s and 1990’s through her involvement with SLA and ACRLNY.
Sarah Davis is currently a student at Pratt Institute, where she is in her second year of study for her Masters in Library and Information Sciences. She is president of SLA@Pratt, and Vice President of Communications for the UX/IA Group. She works as a donor base manager for Redeemer City to City and as a graduate assistant for Dr. Debbie Rabina. This fall she is interning at WNYC in the audio archives division. In her rapidly diminishing free time she enjoys running, watching as much TV as possible, Simpsons trivia, and reading everything with her book clubs.
Nick Collison has worked in the information industry for more than 20 years, and currently serves as Director of E-Content and Library Support at cSubs Subscription Services. Originally from the United Kingdom, Nick moved to the United States seven years ago to meet the challenges of the US market. Nick has been a member of the SLA for over a decade and served on the SLA Centennial Committee. Continue reading
William Dean recently graduated with an MSLIS from the School of Library and Information Science (SILS) at Pratt Institute. He focused his studies on data visualization, CMS and website design, user experience, digital humanities, and film and media archiving. He has several years of professional writing and editing experience, as well as additional experience managing projects. In the past he has worked as a journalist, an associate editor at a small publishing company, an assistant manager at a bed and breakfast, a dog walker and numerous other odd jobs (because he is an odd person).
His personal site is here.
Wendy Ball completed her MSLIS in January 2014 from LIU Post Palmer School. She has extensive work experience in marketing, having most recently been VP, Marketing and Digital Services at Time Inc. Content Solutions, Time Inc.’s dedicated content marketing agency. Wendy is currently interning for the Summer in Reference at Lehman College Library and serves on the marketing sub-committee for the SLA NY 2014 Conference.
Taryn Rucinski is the Environmental Law Librarian for the Pace Law Library. She graduated cum laude with her B.A. in history from The College of New Jersey in 1999, cum laude from Pace with her J.D. and certificate in environmental law in 2010, and cum laude with her M.L.I.S. from St. John’s University Division of Library and Information Science in 2012. Professor Rucinski’s legal research specialty areas include: environmental and cultural heritage law, legal history, and New York law. Her list of publications can be found here.
April Ibarra Siqueiros is a user experience graduate student at Pratt Institute’s School of Information and Library Science. She’s interested in the role of UX in traditional information spaces such as libraries and archives and has also been a part of UX projects for business startups. Coming from an art background, her interests fall in design principles, whether for UX or aesthetics. Her approach for projects, collaboration, and problem solving are to uphold creativity, innovation, and empathy.
Rachel Finn recently obtained her M.S.L.I.S. from the Pratt Institute where she focused on special collections and archives. She holds a Masters in Education and undergraduate degrees in French and history. She is currently an intern at Columbia University’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Library and works as reference support at the Gottesman Library at Columbia University Teachers College.
In addition to her studies, Rachel is also a food writer whose work appeared in Gastronomica, Chicago Sun-Times, Seattle Weekly, and The Root. Food writing inspired her to create a food-focused nonprofit called Roots Cuisine (http://rootscuisine.org), with the mission of creating a physical library with a digital presence dedicated to documenting and supporting research on the foodways of the global African Diaspora and Africa.
Leigh Hallingby holds a BA in political science from Wellesley College, a Master’s in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MS in Library Service from Columbia University. She has been working as a special librarian since 1979, setting up and managing 5 new libraries for 5 non-profit organizations: Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS), National Center for Children in Poverty at Columbia University’s School of Public Health, National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA), Drug Policy Alliance, and Open Society Foundations (OSF). She has been at OSF since 1995. Leigh also served as the Psychology Librarian at Columbia University for 2 years. Leigh has been active with the Association of Population/Family Planning Libraries and Information Centers (APLIC), Substance Abuse Librarians and Information Specialists (SALIS), and Special Libraries Association (SLA).
Cristina Vignone is a Beinecke Foundation scholar in her second year as a dual degree graduate student in the Archives and Public History Masters Program at New York University and the Library and Information Science Masters Program at the Palmer School, Long Island University. She graduated from Fordham University Lincoln Center with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Anthropology and has interned at the Archives and Research Library of the American Museum of Natural History and the Staten Island Museum History Archives & Library. Cristina currently works as a research assistant in the Family History Center of Wells Fargo & Company and as graduate archives assistant at New York University’s Fales Library & Special Collections.