Presenter Biographies

Nora Almeida

Nora Almeida is an Instruction and Outreach Librarian at New York City College of Technology. She researches and writes about critical librarianship, digital pedagogy, neo-liberalism, performance, and community. She is a volunteer at Interference Archive where she has hosted Wikipedia edit-a-thons on topics including: Indigenous Social Justice, Feminist Urbanism, Radical Education, and Art and Feminism.

Katelyn (Kate) Angell

Katelyn (Kate) Angell is Associate Professor/Coordinator of Library Instruction at LIU Brooklyn and Adjunct Reference Librarian at The Graduate Center, CUNY. She received a Master of Library and Information Science from St. John’s University, a Master’s in Psychology from LIU Brooklyn, and a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University. Kate has published solo and co-authored articles on information literacy topics in a number of library and information science journals, including Public Services Quarterly, Journal of Information Literacy, and Evidence Based Library and Information Practice.

Heather Ball

Heather Ball is the Student Success Librarian and an Assistant Professor at St. John’s University. She sits on several Library- and University-level committees, as well as on committees through ACRL’s (the Association of College and Research Libraries) Rare Books and Manuscripts Section and the University Libraries Section. She holds her MLS from Queens College and her Master of Letters from the University of Glasgow in Medieval Studies. She is currently teaching graduate courses in library science and preparing to teach a freshman seminar around Hamilton’s New York in the fall. Her research interests have led to conference papers and publications on digitization projects, information management, medieval manuscripts, and Geoffrey of Monmouth.

Steven J. Bell

Steven J. Bell is the Associate University Librarian for Research and Instructional Services at Temple University. He writes and speaks about academic librarianship, learning technologies, library leadership, higher education, open learning content, and design thinking and user experience. He currently writes at Designing Better Libraries, a blog about design thinking and library user experiences. He authors weekly columns for Library Journal Academic Newswire, “From the Bell Tower” and “Leading From the Library”. He is co-author of the book “Academic Librarianship by Design” and editor of the book “Crucible Moments: Inspiring Library Leadership”. Learn more at

Janelle M. Bitter

Janelle is the Systems & Technical Services Librarian at the Evelyn S. Field Library of Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, NJ, where she is also the subject liaison for the humanities/social sciences and communications/languages departments.

Thomas Cleary

Thomas Cleary is the College Archivist/Librarian at LaGuardia Community College. His research interests are in repositories, data visualization, and digital humanities. He is currently enrolled in the M.A. Program in Liberal Studies at The Graduate Center, CUNY, focusing on Digital Humanities.

John DeLooper

John DeLooper is Web Services – Online Learning Librarian at Lehman College. He earned his M.L.I.S. from Rutgers University in 2010 and his M.S. in information systems from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business in 2017.
Silvia Lin Hanick
Silvia Lin Hanick is a First Year Experience Librarian and Associate Professor at LaGuardia Community College (CUNY). Silvia holds an MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MA in English Literature from the University of New Mexico.

Michelle Ehrenpreis

Michelle Ehrenpreis is the Electronic Resources Librarian at Lehman College CUNY. She has an M.L.I.S. from Pratt Institute and is pursuing a Masters in Business Management and Leadership at CUNY SPS.

Caroline Fuchs

Professor Caroline Fuchs is Associate Dean and Learning Design Librarian at St. John’s University Libraries. She holds an MLS, an M.A. in English and an M.A. in history. She is a Senior Fellow at the Vincentian Center for Church and Society, a Center for Teaching and Learning Teaching and Technology Fellow, and a Writing across the Curriculum Fellow. She teaches in the Division of Library & Information Science, a fully online graduate program, as well as undergraduate courses on comics and graphic novels at the University. Active in the library community, she serves as Director-at-Large on the Board of Directors for Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). Her two best non-human friends are Foxy (her Pomeranian) and Winter (her American Eskimo). Her husband and family are humans. She likes them too. Most days.

Kristin Hart

Kristin Hart, a Queens College graduate, has served since 2017 as Chief Librarian and Associate Dean for Queens College Library. She is charged with “reimagining” the library as space and setting strategic priorities in line with emerging trends in academic librarianship like data services, open access, digital scholarship and digital archives, and making.
Prior to this position, she was the Library Director at SUNY Maritime College in the Bronx, where she overhauled the library space in historic Fort Schuyler, helped create a robust archives program, and spearheaded open access and OER initiatives.

Michael Bailou Huang

Michael Bailou Huang is SUNY Distinguished Librarian and Director of Global Library Initiatives at Stony Brook University. He is the liaison to the School of Health Technology and Management. His research interests include information literacy, evidence based practice, Chinese digital libraries, and international librarianship.

Seth Kershner

Seth Kershner, MLS, is currently Interim Director of Library Services at Northwestern Connecticut Community College. He first became interested in collecting and archiving zines in library school, and later maintained a zine collection in the library of Bard College at Simon’s Rock. His book reviews and articles have appeared in Library Journal, RUSQ, and C&RL News.

Jessica Koos

Jessica Koos is a Health Sciences Librarian at Stony Brook University, where she is the liaison to the School of Medicine, Department of Biomedical Informatics and Program in Public Health. Her current research interests include consumer health, scholarly communications, instructional technology and research data management.

Greg Laynor

Greg Laynor, Medical Librarian at Temple University Health Sciences Libraries in Philadelphia, serves as liaison to Temple’s School of Podiatric Medicine and School of Pharmacy. He also serves on the Public Programming committee for Temple University Libraries and the editorial board of The Reference Librarian. Prior to becoming a librarian, he taught writing and media studies at several universities.

Richard E. Mako

Mr. Mako is Assistant Professor, Head of Reference at Queensborough Community College Library. His current research interests include marginalia, writing history & developing archives of libraries, the use of drama in Information literacy, and the importance of temperament in discipline situations. He has bachelor’s degrees in Theology and Political Science and Master’s degrees in Writing and Library Science. He also has a certificate in Archives and Preservation of Cultural Materials and is a Project Management Professional (PMP) with The Project Management Institute. He lives in Norwalk, Connecticut with his wife and 3 Corgi dogs.

Michelle M. Maloney

Michelle M. Maloney is an Academic Support Librarian / Associate Professor at the University of the Pacific in California. She holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she also received the Bryce Allen Award for Reference Services. Michelle earned her B.A. in Communication from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and has worked with some of the most amazing professors, social justice advocates and community organizers you’ll ever meet. At Pacific, she’s the liaison librarian for Education, Psychology, Sociology, Ethnic Studies, and Health Exercise and Sport Sciences, collaborates extensively with educational equity partners and programs on campus, and works in-depth with first-generation students. She’s grateful for the hope and humor her current students (and alums) provide on any given day; they make a better world seem not only possible, but (paradoxical to our times), closer than ever.

Cara E. McConnell

Cara E. McConnell, MLS, is a teaching librarian, specializing in equitable access to information and technology. She currently works as a school librarian for Oxford Public Schools and as an associate professor in Communication and Media Studies for Post University. She is midway through her doctorate in education with plans to defend her dissertation in 2021. She hails from the home of the emoticon (Pittsburgh, PA), is a graphic novel enthusiast, and unofficially holds the title of Princess Bride expert.

Sean O’Heir

Sean O’Heir has been the Electronic Resources Librarian at The City College Library since Fall 2017. Prior to City College, Sean worked in the same capacity as a substitute at Lehman College. Before joining CUNY, O’Heir was a news librarian at Entertainment Weekly Magazine and The Daily News. CUNY is different from the news business in that the scope of everything is so very big and the CUNY community has such incredible access to information. Sean enjoys helping students make use of all the great resources that are available to them. He is pursuing a Masters in Higher Education Administration at Baruch to learn the administrative side of the business and better serve the libraries in a large institution. Sean presented on Fake News with a group from Lehman and the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at the LACUNY Institute in 2017.

Charlotte Price

Charlotte Price is a Research and Instruction Librarian at Barnard College, with a focus on the performing arts as well as ancient, medieval & renaissance studies, German and Slavic studies, and religion. She’ll be experiencing the student life again this fall as she starts an Ed.D. program in Instructional Technology and Media at Teachers College Columbia University.

Katherine Reynoso

Katherine’s admiration for the Sciences began in high school when she learned how every cell in the body works together to provide a greater function: the creation of life. Consequently, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Forensic Science from John Jay College. Katherine’s fascination with how genetic mutations lead to diseases and disorders guided her to pursue a doctoral degree in Molecular Biology at the CUNY Graduate Center. While conducting breast cancer research and teaching undergraduates, Katherine realized that her greatest passion stemmed from the instant gratification she felt as she interacted with her undergraduate students. After the completion of her Master’s in Biology from Hunter College, Katherine became a counselor for Student Support Services Program (SSSP) at City College of New York, and continued lecturing as an adjunct at Hunter College and John Jay College. Leading by example, Katherine believes that it is now her turn to do as her students are asked to do in combining experiences with educational background. Katherine is currently enrolled in a Counseling Education graduate program at Lehman College. Knowing that her gifts extend beyond herself, Katherine hopes to continue to reach and impact the lives of so many more students.

Jamie Saragossi

Jamie Saragossi, MLS, is Head of the Health Sciences Library at Stony Brook University. Jamie is the liaison to the School of Dental Medicine and the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics. Her current research interests include, inter-professional education for medical students, interdisciplinary practices to advance medical practice, and new formats for delivery of health sciences content.

Laurel Scheinfeld

Laurel Scheinfeld, MSLIS, is a Health Sciences Librarian at Stony Brook University. She is the liaison to the School of Social Welfare and the Long Island State Veterans Home. Her current research interests include veteran student outreach, collection development, and medical ethics.

Gregg A. Stevens

Gregg A. Stevens, MSLS, MST, AHIP, is a Health Sciences Librarian at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York. He is the liaison to the university’s School of Nursing, collaborating closely with nursing students and faculty, as well as with the nurses in the university hospital.

Natalie Tagge

Natalie Tagge is the Head, Podiatry Library at Temple University. Previously, she was Education Services Librarian at Temple University Ginsburg Health Sciences Library. She has a Master’s Degree in Library & Information Science from the University of Illinois and is currently completing a Master of Public Health at Temple. She previously worked at the Illinois State Library, University of Illinois, Springfield and The Claremont Colleges Library.

Naomi T.L. Toftness

Naomi T.L. Toftness, MLS, PTT is a librarian and a permaculturalist, focusing on holistic systems design. She is an advocate for OERs and social equity. She currently works as a Reference Librarian and Digital Resource Specialist at Post University, serving faculty needs in course materials and as an Adjunct Librarian at Northwestern Connecticut Community College. Please start a conversation with her about: sustainable agriculture, incorporating play into higher ed instruction, creating community, or post-apocalyptic fiction.

Megan Wacha

Megan Wacha advances equitable access to information and publishing systems through her dual roles in libraries and the Wikimedia movement. As the Scholarly Communications Librarian for the City University of New York, she leads CUNY’s 31 libraries in the development and management of CUNY’s open access institutional repository, CUNY Academic Works. Megan is also an active Wikipedian and the President of Wikimedia NYC, a volunteer run non-profit committed to connecting New Yorkers and New York institutions with Wikipedia, Wikimedia, and the larger free culture movement.

Simone L. Yearwood

Simone L. Yearwood is an Associate Professor of Library. She began working at Queens College in 1997 as support staff in the Circulation Department. In her current role as Deputy Chief Librarian, Simone represents the Library at all levels (campus, university and national), on issues and policies relating to research and scholarly service delivery and communication. She has leadership, management, policy, budget, planning and implementation responsibilities. She also teaches a 3-credit course at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science Program at Queens College (LBSCI701) in addition to a 1-credit information literacy course (LIB100).