Biographical Statements

Nora Almeida (@nora_almeida) is a Brooklyn based writer, teacher, and librarian. She is a volunteer at Interference Archive and works at the New York City College of Technology.

Andréa Atkins has received MAs in Slavic Studies and Public Policy Management from Ohio State, and has an MLIS from the University of Kentucky. She has diverse library experience in several types of libraries and is interested in information policy, international librarianship, and knowledge organization.

Amanda Avery is an Outreach and Assessment Librarian and Assistant Professor at Marywood University Library, in Scranton Pennsylvania. She maintains her library's very low-tech seed library and gardening book collection, making sure all varieties of watermelons are up to date in the online catalog.

Jacob Berg (@jacobsberg) is Senior Librarian at The Foreign Service Institute, United States Department of State, via The LAC Group. He previously served as Director of Library Services at Trinity Washington University and has worked in academic libraries large, such as Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library at the University of Michigan, and small, such as Union Theological Seminary's Burke Library.

Monica Berger (@monicabbklyn) is Associate Professor, Instruction and Reference Librarian, NYC College of Technology, CUNY, Brooklyn, NY, where she is chair of her library's scholarly communications committee and manages her local institutional repository, Academic Works. Her scholarship is currently on predatory publishing and she supports the growth of a more equitable and meaningful culture of scholarly communications. John Carey is Associate Professor and Head of the Health Professions Library at Hunter College, CUNY, New York City. His research interests include open access, open science, and scholarly communications as well as librarianship in developing and transition countries.

Jen Bonnet is a Social Sciences and Humanities librarian at the University of Maine's Fogler Library, where she engages in a wide range of outreach, develops course-integrated library instruction, teaches a 3-credit information literacy course, and provides in-depth consultations for the campus community. Jen holds an M.S.I. degree in Library and Information Services from the University of Michigan, and an M.A. in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Maryland.

Amy Brunvand is an academic librarian at the University of Utah where she is currently taking a research leave in order to work at the University of Utah Office of Sustainability. She also writes regularly for Catalyst magazine a non-profit community monthly.

John T. F. Burgess is an assistant professor of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alabama. His research interests include information ethics and librarianship’s roles in the sustainable communities movement.

Sarah Burke Cahalan (@stampedinblind) is the Director of the Marian Library at the University of Dayton, the world’s largest collection of printed materials on the Virgin Mary. She oversees operations and services, including collection development, reference, outreach, preservation, and access.

John Carey is Associate Professor and Head of the Health Professions Library at Hunter College, CUNY, New York City. His research interests include open access, open science, and scholarly communications as well as librarianship in developing and transition countries.

Robert S. Chen, PhD, is director and senior research scientist at CIESIN, the Center for International Earth Science Information Network at Columbia University’s Earth Institute in New York and manager of the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC), part of NASA’s network of earth science data centers. He received his PhD in geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, holds BS and MS degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is a member of the Governing Council of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan and the Council of the American Geographical Society.

Heather Christenson (@heatherannc) is Program Officer for Federal Documents and Collections at HathiTrust. She is responsible for overseeing the expansion of HathiTrust’s federal documents collection and services that support their discovery, access, and preservation. In her previous role at the California Digital Library she provided collaborative leadership for large scale digital content initiatives and oversaw mass digitization of the University of California’s physical collections including projects across the UC libraries in partnership with the Internet Archive, Google, and Microsoft.

Sarah R. Demb is Senior Records Manager and Information Governance Archivist for Harvard University. Bruce Schneier is a cryptographer, computer security and privacy specialist, and writer, and is currently a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

William Denton ( (@wdenton) is an associate librarian at York University in Toronto. His work is mostly on scholarly analytics (analyzing data about the users and usage of the library's services and collections to help understand who uses what when and how much) and his research is mostly at the intersection of libraries and art.

Beth Filar Williams (@Filarwilliams) is currently serving as Head of the Library Experience and Access Department at Oregon State University Libraries and Press, Beth has been a longtime advocate for sustainability in libraries: through presentations, writing articles, blogging/tweeting at, and especially helping initiate the ALA Sustainability Round Table in 2014. (

Angela Galvan (@dropvase) is Digital Resources and Systems Librarian for SUNY Geneseo. Her research interests include critical algorithm studies, decay in technology/infrastructure, and digital estates.

Ben Goldman is the Kalin Librarian for Technological Innovations and Digital Records Archivist in the University Libraries at Penn State University. He is responsible for acquiring, preserving, and providing access to digital collections, and administers the Libraries' web archiving program.

Jennifer Gunter King is the Director of the Harold F. Johnson Library at Hampshire College, an experimental undergraduate liberal arts college in western Massachusetts. King is the Immediate Past President of the New England Archivists, an active member of the Society of American Archivists, and was a participant in the 2012 Harvard University Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians. King’s interests include 21st century library design and advancing the accessibility of archival resources.

Hannah Hamalainen (@hannahlikesmaps) is the Geospatial and Earth Sciences Librarian at the University of New Hampshire, and previously worked at the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library, the Environmental Protection Agency Research Triangle Park Library and was a rural newspaper reporter in North Carolina. She is currently the president of the Geoscience Information Society.

Wendy Highby is the Social Sciences Librarian at Michener Library, University of Northern Colorado, in Greeley, Colorado. She is a co-founder of Weld Air and Water, a grassroots environmental group, and is working to increase the civic capacity of her community and reduce its carbon footprint.

Jen Hoyer helps make things go at Interference Archive and teaches about local history at the Brooklyn Public Library. She loves working through how archives can help people understand themselves and their place in the world around them.

An artist and educator based in Brooklyn, New York, Ellie Irons (@eirons) works in a variety of media, from walks to WIFI to gardening, to reveal how human and nonhuman lives intertwine with other earth systems. Recent work focuses on plants, people and urban ecology in the so-called Anthropocene.

Evi Klett is a "Books and Borrowing" librarian at the Denver Public Library. She is also a member of the Denver Permaculture Guild and identifies as an environmental and social justice activist.

Jill Kubit, (@jillkubit) co-founder of DearTomorrow (@deartmrw). For over a decade, Jill has been working to develop new projects, strategies constituencies in the climate movement. Through DearTomorrow, Jill's work has been recently recognized and featured by, Public Radio International, the MIT Climate CoLab Contest, and TED.

Sarah Lamdan is an Associate Professor and Law Librarian at CUNY School of Law. She specializes in environmental law and environmental information access issues.

Carla Leitão, Architect (PT, Europe) Architect, designer and writer, lives/works in New York, USA and Lisbon, Portugal. Co-founder of Umasideia in Lisbon, PT and AUM Studio in NY, with Ed Keller.

Charlie Macquarie (@advnturelibrary) is an artist and experimental librarian, whose creative practice takes the form of the Library of Approximate Location — an ongoing itinerant project engaging with the confounding nature of environmental materiality and its disparate networks in the Western United States through the installation of site-specific libraries. He also works as a digital archivist at the Bancroft Library, and is librarian in residence at the Prelinger Library.

Aruna P. Magier, Phd, MLS, is on NYU's faculty as South Asia Librarian and International Relations Librarian at Bobst Library, previously serving on the teaching faculty at Rutgers, Columbia, and University of Pennsylvania. With her responsibility to shape NYU's interdisciplinary print and digital research collections and primary sources from and about South Asia, and to create online research guides to support scholars working in this broad field, Dr. Magier has been focusing on the collection and preservation of South Asian documentation on issues of gender and sexuality, environmental studies, and labor.

Tara Mazurczyk is a PhD student in the department of Geography at The Pennsylvania State University, specializing in wetland environments, ecosystem services, and landscape vulnerabilities as they relate to climate change. Tara's academic training and work experience have included stormwater management, GIS land-use modeling, landscape ecology, environmental assessment and analysis, and community design.

Paulina Mickiewicz is currently a Visiting Research Fellow with the Frost Centre at Trent University. She completed a Ph.D. in Communication Studies at McGill University and is trained in critical communication and media studies, with a special focus on cultural institutions and their place within an increasingly digital and networked environment.

Robert Montoya (@robdmontoya) is a doctoral candidate in Information Studies at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. His research broadly examines how communities organize, classify, and share information, and how the knowledge organizing infrastructures that support this exchange are affected by underlying values about knowledge.

Jersey City based artist Anne Percoco (@annepercoco) studies the interface between nature and culture, re-contextualizing overlooked and undervalued places, plants, and materials. For the past 10 years she has produced public artworks, gallery shows, web-based projects, and publications, both nationally and internationally.

Nathan Piekielek is the Geospatial Services Librarian at Penn State. He supports spatial research and teaching of all university departments and units from a centralized location within the University Libraries. Eira Tansey is the Digital Archivist/Records Manager for the University of Cincinnati, where she is responsible for the university's records management program, and born-digital archives. Her research interests include the intersection of archives, the environment, and climate change.

Rick Prelinger (@footage) is an archivist, writer and filmmaker. His collection of 60,000 ephemeral films was acquired by Library of Congress in 2002. Beginning in 2000, he partnered with Internet Archive to make a subset of the Prelinger Collection (currently 6,900 films) available online for free viewing, downloading and reuse. Prelinger Archives currently holds some 15,000 home movies and actively promotes collecting, research and access in this emergent area. He is a board member of Internet Archive and frequently writes and speaks on the future of archives and issues relating to archival access and futures. With Megan Prelinger, he cofounded an experimental research library located in downtown San Francisco. He is currently Associate Professor of Film & Digital Media at University of California, Santa Cruz.

Jodi Shaw works as a children’s Librarian at Brooklyn Public Library and is the Coordinator-Elect of the ALA Sustainability Round Table. She is also an avid urban cyclist, meditator, and mother of two.

Fred Stoss is a Science Librarian at the SUNY University at Buffalo with undergraduate degrees in biology and zoology, respectively, and more than 35-years’ experience in librarianship with an expertise in areas related environmental science and studies. He served as a leader of environmental, sustainability, and social responsibility issues for several professional library associations, including ALA, SLA, and NYLA.

Eira Tansey (@eiratansey) is the Digital Archivist/Records Manager for the University of Cincinnati, where she is responsible for the university's records management program, and born-digital archives. Her research interests include the intersection of archives, the environment, and climate change.

Billy Templeton III teaches English and Composition in the New York State Public Education system. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University and has worked in the field of sustainable agriculture.

Eamon Tewell (@eamontewell) is Reference & Instruction Librarian at Long Island University Brooklyn, where he supports the teaching and learning activities of the campus community. Eamon's research interests are in critical information literacy, popular media and active learning in library instruction, and televisual representations of libraries.

Mark Wolfe worked as the Project Coordinator on the U.S. InterPARES Project from 2003 to 2006. Since 2007, he has worked as a Curator of Digital Collections at the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives at the University at Albany, SUNY.

Jan Zastrow (@JanZastrow) is a certified archivist, librarian, researcher, writer and futurist trained at the Manoa School of Futures Studies at the University of Hawaii. She writes the "Digital Archivist" column for Computers in Libraries.