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Mr. Rick Block
    • LIS 510, 512, 705 (DACS/EAD), 763 (Metadata), 901 (Advanced Cataloging)
Rick Block

B.A., International Relations, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
M.A., Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A., Library Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Email: blockr@seattleu.edu


Rick Block is Metadata Librarian at Seattle University. He was previously Head of Special Collections Metadata and Cataloging at Columbia University. Rick has also worked at Auburn University, Brandeis University, Marquette University, Boston College, Tufts University, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Rick won the 2008 Library Journal Teaching Award. He also won the first annual Adjunct Faculty Recognition Award at Long Island University in 2007. Rick edits a column for The Serials Librarian titled Voices of the Future. This column publishes papers submitted as part of library school courses that professors recommend for publication. Rick is a past chair of the ALA/ALCTS Commercial Technical Services Committee and the Cataloging and Classification Section Committee on Education, Training and Recruitment for Cataloging. Rick has recently spoken on New Horizons for the Middle Manager, Resource Description and Access, and Recruiting for the Next Generation of Librarians. Rick also consults on technical services workflow, and provides training and workshops on cataloging and Library of Congress Classification. After 20 years on the East Coast, Rick now lives with his long-time partner in the beautiful Pacific Northwest (as Anthony Bourdain refers to it: up in the corner, unscrutinized!)


Cataloging and Classification, Metadata, Archival Description


  • Editor, Voices of the Future, column in The Serials Librarian
  • “Cataloging Internet Resources: Policy, Procedure and Practice.” With Karl Fattig. Technicalities. 17:1 (1997): 1+
  • “Cataloging Outsourcing: Issues and Options.” Serials Review. 20:3 (1994): 73-77.

Selected Presentations

  • “Getting Ready for RDA: Preparing for the Transition,” presented at the Northern Ohio Technical Services Librarians spring program (2010)
  • “Promise for the Future, or Legacy of the Past? Cataloging in a Changing World,” presented at 32nd Annual Conference of Substance Abuse Librarians and Information Specialists (2010)
  • “New Horizons for the 21st Century Law Library: An Environmental Scan,” presented at Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries annual conference (2010)
  • RDA vs. AACR2: Implications for Social Justice,” presented for the New York City Collective of Radical Reference (2010)
  • “The Battle of RDA: Victors or Victims,” presented at New York Technical Services Librarians fall meeting (2009)
  • “New Horizons for the Middle Manager: An Environmental Scan,” keynote at “Managing from the Middle: Techniques for Success in Technical Services!” workshop at annual meeting of American Association of Law Libraries (2009)
  • “RDA: Boondoggle or Boon? And What About MARC?” presented at New England Technical Services Librarians spring program (2009)
  • “Recruiting for the Next Generation,” closing keynote at North Carolina Serials Conference (2008)


  • Library Journal Teaching Award (2008)
  • Long Island University Adjunct Faculty Recognition Award (2007) Selected Affiliations
  • Member, Orbis Cascade Alliance Working Group on Bibliographic Standards and Best Practices
  • Member, External Review Panel for reaccreditation of University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science
  • Member, External Review Panel for reaccreditation of University of Iowa School of Library and Information Studies
Gretchen Feltes
  • LIS 608 (Legal Sources)
Chris Filstrup
  • LIS 519 (Great Collections of NYC), 713 (Rare Books)
Nancy Friedland
  • LIS 901 (Digital Humanities), 611 (Film and Media)
Dr. Janet Gertz
    • LIS 657 (Preservation)
Janet Gertz

Email: gertz@columbia.edu


Janet Gertz, Director of the Preservation and Digital Conversion Division of Columbia University Libraries, holds an MLS from Michigan and a PhD from Yale. In 2008 she received the Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award from the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services of the American Library Association. A former Chair of the Preservation and Reformatting Section of ALA, Janet is currently Chair of the New York Conservation/Preservation Program Executive Committee. She has participated in a variety of organizations, and has written and spoken on many aspects of preservation and digitization. In 22 years at Columbia she has managed over 50 projects for microfilming, digitization, and audio preservation and has (unfortunately) gained much experience with disaster response.

Emily Holmes

  • LIS 657 (Preservation)
Eric Holzenberg
  • LIS 652 (Exhibitions and Catalogs)
Trudy Katz
  • LIS 510, 511, 609 (Business Sources)
Ms. Susan Ketcham
  • LIS 510, 512, 517 (Emerging Web Technologies)
  • Susan Ketcham

    Email: susan.ketcham@liu.edu


    Susan E. Ketcham Susan E. Ketcham is a Professor and Public Services Librarian at Long Island University in the Instructional Media Center (IMC) department of the C. W. Post library. Prior to her current position, she was a cataloger for over 20 years at the Southampton Campus and a reference librarian at the Brentwood Campus. She coauthored the books “Digital Collections Worldwide : An Annotated Directory http://www.neal-schuman.com/digital-collections-worldwide (2011) and “Distance Learning for Higher Education: An Annotated Bibliography http://www.abc-clio.com/product.aspx?isbn=9781563088476 (2002); contributed a chapter to the book Introducing and Managing Academic Library Automation Projectshttp://www.abc-clio.com/product.aspx?isbn=9780313296338 (1996); and writes book reviews for the Library Journal’s column Professional Media.

    The courses she teaches for the Long Island University Palmer School of Library and Information Science are LIS 510 Information Sources and Services; LIS 512 Introduction to Organized Knowledge; LIS 517 Emerging Web Technologies; and LIS 610 Readers’ Advisory.

    Additional information can be found on her LIU profile here.

Ellen Maleszewski
  • LIS 514, 517 (Emerging Web Technologies), 604 (Science/Tech Sources), 607 (Health Science Sources), 662 (Library Public Relations)
Christine Meloni
  • LIS 728 (K-12 School Media)
Laurie Murphy
  • LIS 510
Pauline Rothstein
  • LIS 610 (Readers’ Advisory), 662 (Library Public Relations)


Ms. Brita Servaes
  • LIS 511, 605 (Social Science Sources)
  • MLS, Palmer School, LIU
    MSc, Cultural Anthropology, University of PennsylvaniaEmail: servaesb@newschool.eduDescription

    Brita Servaes started her librarian career at the amazing Research Library of the New York Public Library (“the one with the lions in front of it,” now called Stephen A. Schwarzman Building) where she worked as a reference and Native American collections librarian in the Reference Room on the third floor. Growing up professionally among the depth and breadth of the Research Collections and the challenges of incredibly diverse patrons has instilled in her a deep sense the importance of libraries as physical, cultural and social spaces in our society.

    Brita then became a social sciences subject specialist (with various subject constellations) at Johns Hopkins University and later New York University. Currently she is undergraduate services librarian at The New School in Manhattan, where she enjoys collaborating with faculty on teaching research skills to college students. Brita loves to remind students that New York City is one of the most awesome “reference desks” in the world, with an incredible abundance and variety of libraries, archives, museums, bookstores and experts at our disposal.


    • Member, American Library Association
    • Member, Association of College and Research Libraries
Jay Shuman
  • LIS 608 (Legal Sources)
Dr. Michael Stoller
  • LIS 516 (Collection Development)
  • Michael Stoller

    B.A., University of Minnesota
    M.A., MPhil., PhD, Columbia University

    Email: michael.stoller@nyu.edu


    Dr. Michael Stoller is Director of Collections and Research Services for New York University Libraries, where he is responsible for coordination of collection development throughout the Division of Libraries, for preservation of the Libraries’ collections and for research services in Bobst Library’s Humanities & Social Science Center, the Coles Science Center, the Fales Library & Special Collections, the Tamiment Library & Wagner Labor Archives, the University Archives, the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences Library, the Institute of Fine Arts Library, and the Studio for Digital Projects and Reseerch. He administers a materials budget in excess of $16 million, staff and operating budgets in excess of $5 million and oversee research services to students and faculty of the nation’s largest private university. Successfully led grant applications to the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts.


    Collection Development, Grant Writing

    Select Publications

    • “Anselm of Lucca and Wibert of Ravenna: A Lost Text of the Libelli de Lite Found,” forthcoming in Archivum Historiae Pontificiae.
    • “Collection Development and Survival in the ‘Mostly Digital’ Library,” In: Against the Grain 18.4 (September 2006).
    • “A Decade of ARL Collection Development: A Look at the Data,” In: Collection Building 25.2 (2006) 45-51.
    • “Building Library Collections: It’s Still about the User,” In: Collection Building 24.1 (2005) 4-8.
Marco Sueiro Bal
  • LIS 716 (Audio Preservation)
Thomas Tarantowicz
  • LIS 741 (Public Libraries)
Ms. Jean Uhl
  • LIS 629 (Tech in School Media)
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    Jean Uhl

    B.A., English, 1995, LIU/C.W. Post
    M.S., Interdisciplinary Studies, 2003, LIU/C.W. Post
    M.L.S. Palmer School, LIU/C.W. Post

    Email: jean.uhl@liu.edu


    Jean Uhl is a full-time faculty librarian in the Instructional Media Center (IMC) where she works with students studying education, student teachers, school media specialists and classroom teachers. Her areas of specialty include K-12 curriculum materials, children’s literature and classroom technology. She is a certified Smart Board trainer. Jean is also a member of the adjunct faculty of the Palmer School of Library and Information Science. She enjoys working with future librarians and embraces their vision of the profession.

    Jean has two adult children and lives with her husband in South Huntington, New York.


    • Co-author “Developing a Model for Library Service to Homeschooled Students” Children and Libraries, An American Library Association Publication. Spring 2011 (peer-reviewed)
    • Co-author “Homeschooling: Exploring the Potential of Public Library Service for Homeschooled Students” Journal of Library Administration and Management, Spring 2009 (peer-reviewed)
    • Author “The Curriculum Materials Center: Library Support for a Teacher Education Program.” Collection Building, 26 (2007) 44-48 (peer-reviewed)
    • Co-author “Transition Mentoring: The Transmission of a Professional Culture”. JLAMS: Journal of Library Administration and Management, (Spring 2006) 20-36 (peer-reviewed)
    • Author “The American Juvenile Collection: A Historical Study.” Collection Building, 23 (2004) 118-121 (peer-reviewed)
Clay Williams
  • LIS 511, 606 (Info Lit and Library Instruction)
Annmarie Zell
  • LIS 608 (Legal Sources)
Michelle Zwierski
  • LIS 512, 901 (Advanced Cataloging)