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  • Sept. 2012 graduate Kelly Blanchat is now an E-Resources Librarian and Instructor at Queens College. This is a tenure track position! Great going, Kelly!
  • May ’13 grad Krystie Klahn is the Collection Assessment and Analysis Librarian in the Columbia University Geology Library.
  • Victoria Pilato, (Jan.’13) is now the Digital and Metadata Librarian at The Frick Collection. Wow.
  • Current Palmer student Brian Hasbrouck has been hired for a part-time position at the Brooklyn Public Library! He’ll be helping out with the prison program, elderly services, oral history, and more. Brian says, “I genuinely networked like it was my job.  The job was unadvertised and you get to see different angles of the field by meeting different people in the field”. That networking definitely paid off for Brian! Congratulations! You’re on your way already! Brian says he’d be happy to talk to anyone who is interested or wants more details on his job search. Email him at brian.hasbrouck@gmail.com.
    Jan. ’12 graduate Judith Schwartz s now the permanent Reference & ILL Librarian, Assistant Professor at Medgar Evers College, CUNY.
  • May ’14 grad Francisco Miranda has been hired as District Registrar for the Peekskill City School District, and will serve as the Weekend Reference Librarian at the Warner Library in Tarrytown, NY. Congratulations, Francisco!
  • LIU/NYU Dual Degree graduate and NYU Reference Associate Laurie Murphy presented her paper, “Domesti(Kate)ing the Shrew: Discipline and Submission in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew“, on July 17th at Reading Animals: An International English Studies Conference, University of Sheffield, UK. The Reading Animals Conference sought to encourage comparative reflection on representations of animals and interspecies encounters in terms of both literary-historical period and overarching interpretive themes.  Laurie’s paper examined Shakespeare’s comedy, The Taming of the Shrew, through the lens of the domestication of horses, showing how Shakespeare related contemporary treatises on the methodology employed in the purchasing and training of horses into his depiction of the “taming” of Kate. Yay Laurie! So interesting!
  • Congratulations to the following school librarians! We are so proud!
    Audrey Dombroski: Media Specialist, Southeast High School, Bradenton, Florida Laura Bishop: Library and Media center Director, The Hun School of Princeton Elizabeth Berthold: Lynwood Elementary School, Sachem School District
    Tamara Silberman, Graham Elementary School, Mt. Vernon
    Paula Ennis: Library Media Specialist and Computer Teacher, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Regional School, Bellmore
    Evangeline King, 4/5 Librarian, Garden City High School
    Sumana Shankar: Library Media Specialist, Harvey School in Westchester
    Alexandria Martinez: Library Media Specialist for Elmont Memorial High School
    Jennifer Coady: Library Media Specialist for Dutch Lane Elementary School, Hicksville
    Claudia LaSurdo: Middle School Librarian for Hicksville Middle Schoool
    Kathy Fester: Library Director at the New School International School of Georgia, in Tblisi, Republic of Georgia
    And congratulations to Benjamin Gross, doctoral candidate at the Hofstra Educational and Policy Leadership School, Hofstra University; Benny is also the Director of Educational Technology and IT for the HAFTR (Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway).
  • Alison Dundy (’13) (along with Nicholas Elliott) is the first prize winner of the French-American Foundation and the Florence Gould Foundation 27th Annual Translation Prize for superior English translations of French works published in 2013. This prize is the largest annual award for translations of French prose into English.The French-American Foundation received 84 submissions to the Translation Prize this year from more than 40 American publishers.This brings recognition to an interesting book, The Falling Sky, about the indigenous Yanomami Indians of Brazil. This is the first ever first person account by a Yanomami Indian. Congratulations  Alison!
  • Eimmy Solis (’14) joins the ranks of NYU librarians who graduated from Palmer! Eimmy has just been hired as the Business and Economics Librarian here in Bobst! Go Eimmy! Congratulations!
  • Gisele Batista (May ’13) is THE librarian for one of the campuses of Eastern International College, a small college in NJ. She is getting great experience doing everything (circulation, reference, information literacy, collection development, etc.). You can understand why she is looking for Palmer interns!
  • Greg Holch (Sept. ’11) is now a librarian at the Mulberry Street Branch of the New York Public Library and is thrilled about it.
  • Marc Grossblatt, (May ’13) has been hired to work at the Social Security Administration Records Center in Baltimore. Go Marc! We’re so happy for you!
  • Palmer/NYU Dual degree grad Shirley Zhao (Sept. 2011), now a physical sciences librarian at Dartmouth College, has had her first poster abstract accepted for full presentation at the All Sciences Poster Session at this year’s SLA Annual Conference in Vancouver! The abstract, entitled Beyond Information Literacy: Supporting Science & Scholarly Communications, is linked here:  http://sites.dartmouth.edu/shirlz/2014/04/07/sla-2014-all-sciences-poster-session-abstract/#.U0QauahdV8E. Congratulations Shirley!
  • Check out this article in Metro’s newsletter: http://metro.org/articles/new-info-pros-share-their-best-career-advice/. Palmer alums Caitlin, Jaime, Laura, Shirley, Stephanie are all quoted giving their best advice to new professionals.
  • Tiffany Niem is now a part-time librarian at the San Francisco Public Library! She is thrilled and excited to have this wonderful new job. Congratulations, Tiffany!
  • From Cesar Gallegos, May ’13 graduate… As he says, so exciting and so great!I’m writing to say hello and to update you on what I’ve been up to since graduating from Palmer in 2013. Before graduating I was working at the American Museum of Natural History as the Special Collections Digital Lab Manager. It was truly a dream job being able to handle rare glass plate negatives from the turn of the century. But after graduation I decided to move to California. Once here I became the Archivist at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa CA. Working with such fun and rich content has been truly amazing, exciting, and rewarding!
  • Read this about our own Therese Nielsen
  • Therese Nielsen, Palmer alum, librarian and stellar book reviewer for Library Journal
  • Jaime McCurry has been a resident in the National Digital Stewardship Program and she sends us this very exciting update. Sounds like it’s been a wonderful experience! Read on! My project focuses on a mix of web archiving, digital audiovisual preservation, the creation of file format inventories and digital preservation workflows, and digital repository research/development. I will be writing a series of posts regarding digital preservation on the Folger Shakespeare Library’s “Collation Blog,” the first of which can be found here: Q&A with Jaime McCurry, National Digital Stewardship Resident: Folger Shakespeare Library Collation Blog. I’ve also written for the Internet Archive: Archive-It’s blog on web archiving found here: William Shakespeare: Playwright, Icon, Web Archivist?. The Library of Congress’ digital preservation blog, “The Signal” has featured numerous posts regarding resident progress, the most recent found here: Residency Program: From the Classroom to the Workplace, and in February I will be writing a post myself on the status of my project. Lastly, if any faculty/alumni/students are planning on attending ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia, I, along with the other 9 residents, will be speaking twice on Sunday January 26th. We’ll be holding lightning talks in the morning on the status of our projects, and then more in-depth talks related to digital preservation from 1:30-3:00pm (mine will be on web archiving). More info here: The State of Digital Preservation: Themes and Challenges Examined by the National Digital Stewardship Residency . It hasn’t been announced yet but we will also be speaking at the IMLS Webwise 2014 Conference in Baltimore. I can forward you more info when I have it. I keep updates on my progress also on my website (which will be updated more frequently beginning in January) and I tweet regularly: you can find me at @jaime_ann on Twitter. 
  • Sarah Jones, the Collections Assistant in the Jack Brause Library at NYU, has accepted the position of Reference Associate for Business & Government Information Services in the Bobst Library Research Commons. Sarah, a dual degree student, recently earned her MSLIS from Palmer in May and is in the process of completing an MA in Humanities and Social Thought at NYU. Congratulations, Sarah!
  • Congratulations to Meghan Dowell! Meghan has just been hired as the Consulting Librarian working with emerging technologies, government documents, information literacy, and reference at Beloit College in Wisconsin. What a great opportunity! We are thrilled for Meghan!
  • Now here’s someone who followed her dream! Caitlin McGurk (Palmer ’10), the visiting curator at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum at Ohio State U, always had a thing for comics. See how she’s making a living combining her Palmer degree with this passion: http://www.columbusalive.com/content/stories/2013/11/14/arts-preview-billy-ireland-cartoon-library-and-museum-is-worlds-greatest.html;
    http://news.yahoo.com/comics-lovers-drawn-ohio-museum-070115443.html
  • Margaret Bresnahan (Sept. ’13) is back in Minnesota, working at Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul. Her internship at WNYC prepared her for this ‘dream come true’ job, doing archival work and some metadata work on their music libraries.
  • Marianne Galati loves her new position as a reference librarian at Houston’s Texas Medical Center Library. Part of her duties includes acting as liaison to the nursing programs and she will be working on some of her own projects as well. A great fit!
  • Nessa Mulligan says her degree was a definite factor in her promotion to Assistant Manager, NBC News, Media Desk Department (basically archives).
  • Shoshannah Zirkin Turgel, a graduate of our Dual Degree program with NYU, is the new Access Services Librarian for NYU’s Shanghai campus. Shoshannah was the first library employee hired at the recently opened library!
  • Jan. 2013 Palmer graduate, Jaime McCurry, was named one of only ten National DigitalStewardship Residents.The announcement read in part: Jaime McCurry; Seaford, N.Y.; Long Island University; Folger Shakespeare Library working to establish local routines and best practices for archiving and preserving the institution’s digital content.The NDSR program offers recent master’s program graduates in specialized fields— library science, information science, museum studies, archival studies and related technology— the opportunity to gain valuable professional experience in digital preservation. Residents attend an intensive two-week digital stewardship workshop this fall at the Library of Congress. They will then work on a specialized project at one of 10 host institutions in the Washington, D.C. area, including the Library of Congress.
  • Rajni Misra:  Rajni received a Master’s degree from Long Island University’s Palmer School in 2012. During her coursework, she gained hands-on experience working as a graduate assistant at the campus library and from an internship supporting researchers at a major New York City newspaper. In 2012, Rajni collaborated on a myMETRO researchers project about lifelong learning, which resulted in a paper and annotated bibliography aimed at fostering mutual awareness between libraries and lifelong learning institutes. Rajni continues to participate in the myMETRO Researchers Project in 2013. Congratulations, Rajni!
  • Laura Rivera, a School Library graduate, has been hired as the Librarian at The New York Institute for Special Education. Congratulations, Laura! (Summer 2013)
  • Good job Lydia Willoughby! A 2011 Palmer grad, Lydia was recently featured in an the March issue of Library Journal. Check it out here: Lydia Willoughby article
  • Congratulations Stephanie DiChiara! She is the new Adult Services Librarian at the Sayville Library. She is also going to be the new PALS (Partnership of Automated Libraries in Suffolk) Coordinator there.
  • Congratulations Allie Janvey on your many accomplishments! She recently had two articles published, one for ALA NMRT Footnotes and the other for LISCareer.com. Read more here:A Little Enthusiasm Goes a Long WaySlow and Steady Wins the Race: Preventing Burnout During the Job Search. In addition, Allie was interviewed by INALJ (I Need A Library Job) Read interview here: INALJ Interview (Spring 2013)
  • Congratulations Fred Folmer! Newest librarian at Connecticut College in New London, Conn. (Spring 2013)
  • Congratulations Laila Moustafa! Middle East and North Africa librarian and assistant professor at university of Illinois. (Spring 2013)
  • Congratulations Jen Salvo-Eaton! Head of Resource Sharing at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. (Spring 2013)
  • Congratulations Kevin Reilly! Archives Technician at the National Archives in New York. (Spring 2013)
  • Congratulations Devon Nevola! Bibliographic assistant, Columbia Preservation department at Columbia University Libraries. (Spring 2013)
  • Congratulations Kerri Pfister! Digital Photoarchive Assistant at the Frick Photoarchive. (Fall 2012)
  • Congratulations Kelleen Maluski! Reference Associate at Coles Science Center, Bobst Library, NYU. (Fall 2012)
  • Congratulations to Michelle Chesner on the Hebrew & Judaica Manuscript Exhibition at Columbia University RBML, Sept. 12-Jan. 25, 2013. Good Work! (Fall 2012)
  • Palmer alum Celia Hartmann was the Project Assistant Archivist at The Museum of Modern Art Archives where she processed The Victor D’Amico Papers. The papers are now open to researcher’s onsite. (Fall 2012) Click here for more information on the Victor D’Amico papers
  • Congratulations to the following School Library Program graduates, who will be working at the following sites:
  • Barbara Mehlman, school librarian at Milton School, Rye School District
  • Nadine Paduano, school librarian at Elmont High School
  • Paige Caliguri, school librarian, school librarian Pre K – 1 and 6 – 9, Charter School, Bronx
  • Amanda Dunagan, school librarian at West Chatham Elementary School, Savannah, Georgia
  • Jessica Pistorius, school librarian at Patuxent Valley Middle School in Howard County, Maryland
  • Amy Csorny, school librarian at Babylon Memorial Grade School
  • Carrie Pecoraro, school librarian at Forest Brook Elementary, Hauppauge School District
  • Athena Danalakis, school librarian at John Jay Educational Campus, in Park Slope, Brooklyn
  • Christine Janda, school librarian, Fork Lane Elementary School, Hicksville School District
  • Jodi Simon, school librarian, Princeton High School, Princeton, NJ
  • Kelly Ramos, elementary school librarian, Three Village S. D.
  • Rachel Ewing, school librarian, Nicomis Elementary, Sachem School District
  • Jessica Schnall, school librarian, High School East, Sachem School District
  • Michele Rudzewick, children’s librarian, North Bellmore Public Library
  • Fred Lopez, outreach librarian, Queens Public Library
  • Claudia LaSurdo, Computer Lab, Elwood Middle School
  • Corrina Mansfield, school librarian, American International School, Cyprus
  • Jan 2012 graduate Kerri Pfister is Digital Photoarchive Assistant at the Frick Photoarchive. Congratulations Kerri! (Fall 2012)
  • Palmer alum Carol Salomon is Acting Director of the Cooper Union Library! (summer 2012)
  • Michael Hughes has been named Associate Curator, NYU Libraries. Congratulations! (summer 2012)
  • Alexandra Janvey recently hired as Contract Archivist at the Winthrop Group. Congratulations, Allie! (summer 2012)
  • Lydia Willoughby, librarian director at the Westford Public Library, Westford, Vermont. Congratulations! (Summer 2012)
  • Lena Gomez was interviewed on the Library of Congress blog http://blogs.loc.gov/law/2012/06/interview-with-lena-gomez-law-library-reading-room-technician/?ll_f0246 and will soon begin a new job at Keller and Heckman, L.L.P. as Reference Librarian. Congratulations, Lena!!(summer 2012)
  • Corinna Mansfield has just signed a contract to be the new school librarian at the American International School in Cyprus. She has been the leave replacement school librarian at Clarkstown High School North in New City, NY. Corinna also has an interesting blog: Jessica Pigza Mixes it up with Rare Books, Crafts and Social Media“! (Spring 2011)
  • Mary Robison — Reference Librarian at General Theological Seminary. We’re excited to be moving this summer into our new library in the Chelsea Enclave building on 9th Avenue after several years in an interim location. I’m thrilled that this position also allows me to use my archival training; I’ve been supervising an intern from the library program at Rutgers this spring, and since I started here full-time I’ve been working with the records management committee at the seminary. (Spring 2011)Karin Sansaricq ’05 — currently works as a reference librarian at Pace University (Pleasantville Campus).
  • Lisa Santoro ’11 — TA librarian at Schools 3 and 9, Oceanside S.D. (Summer 2011
  • Brendan Smart ’06 — a librarian at Prince Muhammad Bin Fahd University (PMU) at Al Khobar in Saudi Arabia. (Fall 2010)
  • Thomas Virgona, Ph.D ’08– leaving Central Connecticut after 2 years and going to a tenure-track position at Adelphi University (Health Care Technology). He recently published the following: A Historical Study of Disaster Recovery. Conference Proceedings. Northeast Business & Economics Association. 37th Annual Meeting. Hosted by the School of Business, Montclair State University. September 30 2010 to October 2 2010.Virgona, T. (2011). September 11, 2001: A Study of the Human Aspects of Disaster Recovery Efforts for Wall Street Financial Services Firms. Saarbrucken, Germany: LAP LAmbert Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. KG. Virgona, T. (2011). September 11, 2001 In Retrospect: A decade on, what business continuity and information security lessons have we learners? The Business Continuity Journal , 4 (3), 1-16. http://www.businesscontinuityjournal.com/latestabstractsnew.html (Summer 2011)
  • Julie Zweibel ’11 — library media specialist, Upper Nyack Elementary School. (Summer 2011)
If you are a Palmer alumnus and would like to share your current news with us, please send an email to Alice Flynn at alice.flynn@liu.edu!