Biographical Statements

Amber Billey is a Metadata Librarian at Columbia University Libraries. She received her MLIS from Pratt Institute in 2009. Amber is currently the Vice-Chair of the Creative Ideas in Technical Services Interest Group within the ALCTS Division of ALA. She is also a member of the Controlled Vocabularies Editorial Committee of the RBMS Section of ACRL.

Michelle Caswell is an assistant professor of archival studies in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA and the co-founder of the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA).

James Cheng is currently a North Carolina State University Libraries Fellow. Previously, James received his MSIS from the University of Texas at Austin.

Rose L. Chou is Budget Coordinator at the American University Library, where she manages all of the library’s daily operational finances. She received her MLIS from San Jose State University and BA in Sociology from Boston College. Previously, Rose worked as Reference Archivist at the Smithsonian’s National Anthropological Archives and as a Reference Librarian and Circulation Specialist at AU Library.

Lauren Di Monte is currently a North Carolina State University Libraries Fellow. Lauren received her MSIS from the University of Toronto and MA in Interdisciplinary Studies from York University.

Shirin Eshghi works as the Japanese Language Librarian at the University of British Columbia's Asian Library. She is also a PhD student in Asian Studies at UBC and has recently finished a term as a Visiting Research Student at the Gender Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Eshghi’s primary research focus is on the portrayal of sexuality in Japanese literary works.

Reed Garber-Pearson is a Reference & Instruction Specialist at the University of Washington libraries and a Reference Assistant at Seattle Central College. They will earn an MLIS in June 2016. Reed's research interests are in critical, queer and Indigenous pedagogies.

Devon Greyson, MLIS PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow at the UBC Child & Family Research Institute and part-time faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies at Capilano University. Dr. Greyson’s research investigates health-related information practices, and the impact of such practices on health and social equity.

Sarah Hackney has a BA in Linguistics from NYU, and is currently a MSLIS candidate at Pratt's School of Information, where her research interests include communities of knowledge creation and the shortcomings of language-based communication.

Dinah Handel is presently a National Digital Stewardship Resident at CUNY Television. Her interests include histories of software and computing, the intersections of feminism and library and information science, and open source software development for audio-visual archives. She holds an MLIS from Pratt Institute, and a BA in Women's History from Hampshire College.

April Hathcock works as the Scholarly Communications Librarian at NYU where she educates the campus community on issues of ownership, access, and rights in the research lifecycle. Before entering librarianship, she practiced intellectual property and antitrust law for a global private firm. Her research interests include cultural creation and exchange and the ways in which social and legal infrastructures benefit the works of certain groups over others.

Matthew Haugen is a Rare Book Cataloger at Columbia University Libraries. He received his MSLIS from Long Island University in 2010. He currently serves on the Bibliographic Standards Committee of the RBMS Section of ACRL and as the RBMS representative to the Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access of ALCTS.

Shana Higgins is Interdisciplinary & Area Studies Librarian at University of Redlands. She is co-editor of Information Literacy and Social Justice: Radical Professional Praxis (2013) from Library Juice Press.

Derrick Jefferson is an academic librarian at American University in Washington, DC. His research interests include information literacy, critical thinking, and diversity and inclusion issues in librarianship and higher education. In his spare time, he enjoys collecting records, indulging in tacos, and short story collections.

Elizabeth Kata is an archivist at STICHWORT, Archiv der Frauen- und Lesbenwegung, where she has been working since 2012. She received her Master's in Historical Research, Auxiliary Sciences and Archival Studies from the Austrian Institute of Historical Research at the University of Vienna. Her research interests include feminist archives, social movement archives and modern diplomatics as applicable to the records of social movements.

Jen LaBarbera is the head archivist at Lambda Archives of San Diego, the LGBTQ community archive for San Diego and Northern Baja California. Her research and professional interests include queer and women's archives, practical applications of critical theories in archives, increasing representation in/access to archives for underrepresented communities, and the responsible stewardship of digital libraries and archives.

Amy Lau is a graduate student at Pratt Institute’s School of Library and Information Science. Lau holds a BA in English from the University of California, Los Angeles and a MA in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University.

Annie Pho is an Inquiry and Instruction Librarian at UCLA. She received her MLS from Indiana University-Indianapolis and BA in Art History from San Francisco State University. Her research interests are in critical pedagogy, diversity, and student research behavior.

Madison Sullivan is currently a North Carolina State University Libraries Fellow. Madison received her MLIS with a Specialization in Data Curation and a Certificate in Special Collections Librarianship from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Travis Wagner is a PhD student in the University of South Carolina’s School of Library and Information Sciences and a lecturer in Women’s and Gender Studies. He is also a cataloger and processing intern at the University of South Carolina’s Moving Image Research Collections. He is interested in the role language-based access plays concerning content creation and distribution within moving image archives, giving specific consideration for how this affects contextual interpretation of visual information.

Christine Walde is the Grants and Awards Librarian at the University of Victoria Libraries. Her research interests range broadly within libraries and archives, intersecting with her interdisciplinary practice in literature and art, including explorations of gender, identity, and technology.

Lara Wilson is director of special collections and university archivist at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. She has held various appointments in the University of Victoria Libraries since 2001. Lara holds a master of arts degree (art history and visual studies) from the University of Victoria and a master of archival studies from the University of British Columbia. She has twice served as president of the Archives Association of British Columbia and currently chairs the Canadian Council of Archives, the coordinating body for the Canadian archival system, whose membership includes over 800 archival institutions.

Stacy Wood is a PhD student in Information Studies at UCLA. She holds an M.L.I.S. with a specialization in archives from UCLA and a B.A. in Literature, Gender Studies and Media Studies from Pitzer College. Stacy's research focuses on the historical, legal and theoretical foundations of classified information as well as its material practices and artifactual features. She is also interested in information cultures within intelligence agencies and government bodies, media histories of intelligence, pedagogy and praxis in the information professions and radical archives.