Student/Alumni/Faculty News

  • Caitlin MacKenzie Mannion (dual degree ’14) has been employed at the NYU Shanghai Library and has recently been promoted to the role of Reference and Research Services Coordinator and Arts and Humanities Librarian. In her former position as Liaison for Humanities and Social Sciences, Caitlin facilitated the creation of two wonderful library orientation videos, and worked closely with the ARC and the Writing Program and created the library workshop series. Caitlin will now have a leader role in Information Literacy advocacy, integration and assessment. She will continue to liaison with Social Sciences faculty until a new Social Sciences Librarian joins the team.
  • More great career news! Rebecca Grabie (May ’16) has just been hired as a Reference Librarian for Printed Collections at the New-York Historical Society. Congratulations, Rebecca! What a great place to be!
  • Huge congratulations to Celine Soudant! Celine graduates in May ’17 and has been hired as a medical librarian at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Library in NYC! Celine’s just-completed internship at Levy Library at Mount Sinai was key to her being hired for this position. Congratulations, Celine! So great!
  • In late October, Professor Vincent M. Livoti chaired a panel about graphic novels at the NEPCA’s [New England Popular Culture Association] Annual Conference at Keene State College in New Hampshire.  His presentation featured archival research materials from Bowling Green University’s Popular Culture Library. Dr. Livoti will be teaching “The Graphic Novel” again on our Manhattan campus in summer 2017.
  • Vlada Kenniff, Palmer first-year Ph.D. student and Managing Director, NYC Environmental Protection Bureau of Environmental Planning & Analysis, was part of the team selected by the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC NY) to receive a Platinum ACEC award. The NYCDEP Water-Energy Nexus Studywon the award in the category of Studies, Research and Consulting Engineering Services. ACEC NY said, “We congratulate you on the excellence of your entry, which embodies the quality and engineering expertise our association represents.”Congratulations, Vlada!
  • Dr. Timothy Horan, a graduate of the Library Media Specialist program at Palmer, and currently a library media specialist at Hauppauge High School, has been published! His book Create Your School Library Writing Center, Grades 7 – 12 was published by Libraries Unlimited, an imprint of ABC-CLIO and is widely available online and in bookstores. The school library writing center is Dr. Horan’s main focus. It’s a unique educational resource that he hopes to see in every school library in the nation (and, later, the world). He gives LIU, the Palmer School, and Dr. Bea Baaden in particular a nice mention on the acknowledgements page of the book. Be sure to check it out! We are very proud!
  • Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts today announced the appointment of (Palmer grad) Bonnie Marie Sauer as its new Archivist. Lesley Rosenthal, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary says Sauer’s appointment reflects an exciting new strategic direction for Lincoln Center’s Information Resources.
    “With the hiring of Bonnie Sauer, an award-winning Archivist who is known for her teamwork, communications and outreach, Lincoln Center is poised to relaunch its Archive to bring together physical, digital and other resources for the further preservation and advancement of our cultural legacy,” said Ms. Rosenthal.
    Sauer brings to Lincoln Center 10 years of expertise in the field of archives and records management. She joins Lincoln Center from the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, and prior to that, she served as Archivist at the National Archives at New York City. Her experience encompasses audio, fine art, local history, decorative objects, and other audio-visual materials and memorabilia as well as business records in museums and other settings.
    Bonnie Marie Sauer received her MS in Library and Information Science at Long Island University and her BA in Sociology from State University of New York at Stony Brook. She has also been the recipient of the Team Award for Excellence in Service presented by the New York Federal Executive Board in 2014 and the Guardian Award presented by the Archivist of the United States in 2013.
  • Palmer Ph.D. student Sevim Oztimurlenk will be presenting two papers this Fall: “The Relationship between Information Flow and Employees’ Functional Roles within an Organization,” 7th International Symposium on Information Management in the Changing World in Vienna, Austria, October 10-11, 2016. (Paper written for DIS 826.) and “Online Privacy on Social Media: The Case of Facebook,” 43rd Annual Northeast Business and Economics Association Conference, West Point, New York, November 10-12, 2016.  (Paper written for DIS 820.) Congratulations to Sevim!
  • Liz Marotta (’14) is an Archivist/Librarian at LIM College in NYC. She not only works in reference and with the archives, she is teaching students about databases and LIM’s archival resources. Sounds great, Liz!
  • This past May, Dr. Vincent M Livoti received a travel award to attend a symposium at Bowling Green University’s Ray and Pat Browne Library for Popular Culture Studies – where he joined over 20 other researchers from around the country. Dr. Livoti worked with the University’s extensive graphic novel collections, continuing his inquiry into representations of gender and sexuality in popular culture.  This experiential process was directly integrated into the Palmer School’s graphic novel course, designed and taught by Dr. Livoti.  The symposium was jointly sponsored by the American Culture Association and the American Popular Culture Association.
  • Gerald (Jerry) Nichols was among the honorees at the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Long Island Library Resources Council on April 14th at Carlyle on the Green in Bethpage State Park.  Jerry is being recognized for his ongoing contributions to library education as the Director of the Palmer Institute for Public Library Organization and Management and as the long time editor of the “Handbook for Public Library Trustees in New York State”.  As Director of the Palmer Institute, he developed the nation’s first Advanced Certificate in Public Library Administration. To date nearly 400 professionals have participated in the program; many of whom have gone on to manage public libraries in the region, state and nation.  A former director of the Suffolk Cooperative Library System and several regional public libraries, Jerry has also served as the Chair of the New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries. Congratulations, Jerry! Well deserved and we are very proud!
  • Congratulations once again to Palmer student Kelly Helm! We recently announced that Kelly was selected to do a poster presentation at the NJLA conference and now this! Kelly has won the William B. Neff award from the Museum, Arts and Humanities Division of SLA! Her award was based on an essay she wrote for Palmer’s Great Collections class taught by NYPL’s Kyle Triplett. Kelly will be funded to attend the SLA conference. Congratulations, Kelly! Wonderful news!
  • Brian Hasbrouck (Dec. ’15) is already having a wonderful impact as the Outreach Librarian at the Red Hook Public Library.  We’re not surprised but we are proud!
  • Paul Sager (Dec. ’15)  has been named Visiting Assistant Professor, Reference and Instruction Librarian, and liaison to the English Department at Hunter College. Paul says, “Everyone is great here, I’m extremely happy with this job, and looking forward to finally doing the library instruction I’ve been studying for a year.” We are so happy for you, Paul!
  • This January, Dr. Vincent Livoti spoke to over 100 students and parents at the Wright Brothers School’s College Readiness Week Kick-Off! Professor Livoti’s talk centered on accessing the wealth of public resources in Manhattan to support college preparedness and learning across the lifespan. Media Specialist Ms. Lauren Devilbiss, a Palmer NYCED Scholar, organized the week of events to help inspire families to begin planning for collegiate education. Sounds great!
  • Olivia Warschaw, a first year student in the dual masters’ degree program, pursuing her NYU M.A. in Visual Culture: Costume Studies and her MSLIS at Palmer, has been named to the position of reference associate at the NYU Bobst Library Social Sciences and Humanities reference center.She received her B.A. from Occidental College where she majored in Theater, and spent a “study abroad” semester at the London College of Fashion. Her work experience is a mix of customer service and administrative work. For example, she’s worked at Anthropologie as customer care associate and was an assistant programs administrator for OperaWorks.Great news, Olivia!
  • Nathalie Belkin (Dec. ’15)  has been hired as a Project Archivist with the NYC Department of Records, Municipal Archives (where she interned)  on the Almshouse Ledger Project. Nathalie says, “I would also love to encourage any archives students to intern at the Municipal Archives as the experience I have gained was invaluable.” Congratulations, Nathalie! One month out of the program and already employed!
  • Gabriela Bonacasa (Dec. ’15) has been hired at St. Joseph’s College as a reference librarian. Wonderful news, Gabriela! Another very recent grad!
  • Nelly Balbuena (May ’12) has left her position at NYU and is now (as of Dec.) a librarian with NYPL! Wonderful!
  • Kath Gieraltowski (expected May ’16) has been awarded the Joseph N. Whitten Scholarship through the Beta Mu Chapter of Beta Phi Mu, the International Library and Information Science Honor Society. The purpose of the scholarship is to promote excellence in scholarship toward her studies at the Palmer School. Congratulations, Kath!
  • Brian Hasbrouck (Dec. ’15) has been awarded the NYLA Dewey Scholarship for 2015. Brian has other good news, too! He was also just hired by Brooklyn Public Library as a full time Adult Sr. Librarian for the Red Hook branch. He had worked for fifteen months in oral history, prisons, and other outreach efforts for BPL. Congratulations, Brian!
  • Laurainne Ojo-Ohikuare, dual degree student in NYU’s English Literature program, has been selected as an ARL Fellow at Columbia University. The ARL Career Enhancement Program, funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, offers each fellow:
    • a paid internship in an ARL library during winter/spring 2016 with a stipend for internship work
    • the potential for academic credit for the practical experience (fellow is responsible for arranging this program component with her/his MLIS program);
    • a mentoring relationship with a professional librarian while on campus for the internship;
    • support for travel to and attendance at the ARL Annual Leadership Symposium (held during the ALA Midwinter Meeting, January 7–10, 2016, in Boston, MA);
    • connections with ARL member libraries and assistance from ARL staff with networking during the job search process. Congratulations, Laurainne! Such an honor!
  • Palmer professor Dr. Oliver Chen has been awarded the Outstanding Reviewer award in The Electronic Library. Emerald Group Publishing announced the results from its 22nd Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2015. From the announcement: “The winners, selected by Emerald Group Publishing’s own journal and book series’ editorial boards, were judged on research excellence, rigour and relevance.” – See more at: Congratulations, Dr. Chen!
  • Dual degree graduate (’13) Alexsandra Mitchell is now a reference librarian and archivist at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books DIvision and the Jean Blackwell Huston Research and Reference Division (once per week). Fantastic! Congratulations to Alexsandra!
  • Marina Rosenfield (’15) was part of the NY SLA panel of recent grads discussing their library school experience and their current jobs that took place on Oct. 3. Marina is a Special Projects librarian at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Library. She also co-authored a paper “Book or NOOK? Information behavior of academic librarians”, published in Aslib Journal of Information Management 67 no. 4 (2015).
  • Jennifer Newman (’14) finished her PhD in the Department of Italian Studies at NYU, after defending her book history-related dissertation “Savonarola and Print Culture in Fifteenth-Century Florence,” on the Dominican friar’s use of the printing press and the illustration of early editions of his works. Jennifer says, “I couldn’t have done it without my descriptive bibliography training with Fernando Peña at Palmer.”. Congratulations, Jennifer! Wonderful!
  • Congratulations to Palmer/NYU dual degree student Sarah Moazeni whose article entitled Integrating Digital Humanities into the Library and Information Science Curriculum was recently published in Public Services Quarterly. Congratulations, Sarah!
  • Long Island University’s Palmer School of Library and Information Science is pleased to introduce our newest faculty members.Dr. Hsin-liang (Oliver) Chen joined the Palmer School faculty in Spring 2015. Prior to arriving at Palmer he taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Missouri, and Indiana University at Indianapolis. Dr. Chen’s expertise covers the areas of Information Technology and Systems, and Digital Librarianship.Dr. Chen’s research interests focus on the application of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to assist users in accessing and using information in different environments. His interest in these areas are guided in part by his previous experience as an art teacher and school librarian in Taiwan and a faculty member in higher education.  Dr. Chen has studied how college students search for art historical images to complete their course assignments, how museum practitioners use images for their job duties, how system designers should design online mathematics digital libraries for K-12 math education, and how college students learn from multimedia materials in an online information literacy class.Dr. Chen received his Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1999, MA in Educational Communication and Technology from New York University in 1995, and BA in Library Science from Fu-Jen Catholic University in Taiwan in 1985.  Dr. Vincent M. Livoti joined the Palmer School faculty in the Fall of 2014.Dr. Livoti is a Boston-area native. Prior to his arrival in New York he lived in Portland, Maine and worked for the University of Maine as an Assistant Professor. He previously taught in the Graduate School of Education at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he also managed the Kresge Center for Teaching Resources.  Dr. Livoti is an alumnus of both Simmons College and Massachusetts State University. He moved to London for graduate studies before beginning his interdisciplinary doctoral research.Having previously worked with Harvard University, The Museum of Science, Boston Children’s Museum and the Boston Center for Adult Education, Dr. Livoti brings a diverse range of human service experience to the Palmer School.As a human service worker with over ten years in the field, Dr. Livoti is engaged with advocating for the underserved in the information sphere as well as scholarship exploring the expanding role of sexual minorities in American culture.Dr. Livoti specializes in social action research and the underserved, inclusion practice and cultural competency, media analysis and information literacy, LGBT studies and queer theory, the diversification of resources for library and information centers, and youth services and developmental resources.In spring 2015 Dr. Livoti revised the Palmer School’s Children’s and Young Adult Services curriculum. Dr. Livoti enjoys contemporary art and film, as well as exploring the expanses of Long Island’s natural beauty.  Dr. Wei Xiong joined the Palmer School of Library and Information Science as an assistant professor in Fall 2015.  Prior to LIU, he served as an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Information Systems at Northwest Missouri State University. Dr. Xiong holds a dual-bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering and Marketing from Hubei University of Economics, an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Information Systems from New Jersey Institute of Technology.Dr. Xiong’s teaching interests include data mining (big data and its applications), information representation and retrieval, and digital libraries. His research involves a wide range of data mining applications in different domains, including behavioral-targeted advertising in business, automatic document classification in digital libraries, and early alert system for online course instructors in academia. He has worked as a data scientist in industry and has a funded grant proposal on data mining research.Dr. Xiong is teaching a special topics course in Data Mining for the Information Professional in the Fall 2015. He is working on creating two courses focused on Information Analytics for the Spring 2016.Please join me in welcoming our newest faculty members to the Palmer School.Valeda F. Dent, Ph.D., MILS, MSW.

Dean, University Libraries
Interim Director, Palmer School of Library and Information Science LIU Post

  • In June, Dr. Vincent M. Livoti participated in a panel entitled “Publishing, Careers and the Writing Life” at the Salem (MA) Athaneum (one of America’s oldest private libraries). The panel was part of the Salem Poetry Seminars for English Majors in the Massachusetts State University System. The panelists discussed ongoing relationships with writing as alumni of the system. Dr. Livoti received his BA in English, and went on to earn a master’s degree in Visual Culture, a second master’s degree in Library Science, and an Interdisciplinary Ph.D.  We are glad to call him part of the Palmer faculty!
  • Palmer grad Nila Bernstengel (’14) is spotlighted by myMetro. Read about how she wound up in her dream job at the Sesame Workshop (aka Sesame Street!).
  • Check out the excellent representation Palmer had at ACRL recently!
  • Two recent Palmer grads, Kelly Blanchat (’12) and Lydia Willoughby (’11), reference librarians, have developed a Twitter infolit game which they recently presented at the 2nd Annual CUNY Gamesfest. Check out their posts and their presentation here: Lydia’s post:
    Kelly’s post:
    Presentation slides (also linked in Kelly’s post):
    Kelly is working at Queens College and will be speaking in Clay Williams’s class, LIS 606, Information Literacy and Library Instruction next Monday. Lydia is at SUNY Plattsburgh. Great going, Kelly and Lydia!
  • Wendy Ball (’14) was in touch to let us know the good news that she has been hired by the Association of National Advertisers as a business researcher in their Marketing Knowledge Center. Wendy saw the posting on the SLA NY job blog (it was also on kiosk!) and then fortuitously met some members of the ANA team at the SLA NY holiday party before she had applied.  Wendy says, “It’s a great combo of my old career (marketing) and the new (library and info sciences). I’ll be working with fellow Palmer alum, Lauren Dzura.”.  So happy for you,Wendy!
  • Erin Schreiner (’11) recently contacted us looking for interns (paid!) and we asked for an update on her career. Read on!  “As Special Collections Librarian at the New York Society Library, I manage the Library’s rare book and archival collections; about 12,000 books, and the Library’s small institutional archive.  We recently received grant funding from the Delmas Foundation to process our archive this spring!  Right now I’m been busy with two major projects, curating our upcoming exhibition (opening February 4) on annotated books in the Library’s collections, and a digital humanities project, our new Digital Collections Portal.  In March, I’ll be presenting a paper at the annual meeting of the American Society For Eighteenth Century Studies (ASECS) in Los Angeles on this project; the paper explores collaboration between scholars and librarians in digital humanities projects.” Sounds so great, Erin! Thank you and thank you for the outreach for Palmer interns! Best of luck!
  • Congratulations to Alan Behler (Dec.’14)!! Alan was just hired as the Systems and Information Technology Librarian at the Thomas J. Watson Library in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His job is described here: The Systems and Information Technology Librarian performs a variety of key activities in Watson Library’s team-based environment. This position administers and maintains the library’s integrated library system and ensures its optimal performance and continuous development; manages the library’s hardware and software applications; and plays an active role in the library’s digital initiatives. I’m sure Alan will be seeing Palmer students around as they take their Tech. Services class right there in the library. Congratulations, Alan! Wonderful news!
  • The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) announced its 2015-2016 Executive Board election results today. The membership elected Ronald E. Wheeler, Jr., as its vice president/president-elect and Emily R. Florio
    and Mary Eileen Matuszak as new board members. Mary Eileen is a graduate of the Palmer School and is director of library services at the New York County District Attorney’s Office in New York. What an honor!
  • Lauren Dzura (’12) has worked at the ANA, an advertising trade association that advances the interests of advertisers and consumers, since she graduated from Palmer in May 2012. She recently sent us a job posting and we asked her to tell us more about what she is doing. Here’s what she had to say. “I work alongside four other librarians that act as the ANA’s personalized research service. As a researcher, I provide ANA members (marketing professionals, many from Fortune 500 companies) with comprehensive, specialized research on advertising, media and marketing topics of varying complexity. I conduct detailed reference interviews at the start of each research request and perform secondary research using ANA-proprietary resources and industry databases (Lexis-Nexis, Hoover’s, Redbooks, WARC, EBSCO, Kantar, The List). I introduced and developed a Slide Deck research report deliverable as a new asset for our team and led the training on PowerPoint techniques to utilize this format. My team is very supportive and collaborative, we are constantly asking each other for search term ideas or what sources to use to best answer a question. As the youngest member on my team, this has allowed me to learn from seasoned and experienced researchers in the advertising field. I’ve really been able to expand on my knowledge-base from Palmer and continue to develop and grow my library skills.” Thanks, Lauren. This sounds like such an interesting job! And thanks for posting the ANA opening with us!
  • Dr. Heting Chu had an article entitled “Research methods in library and information science: A content analysis” accepted for publication in Library & Information Science Research: An International Journal (Sept. 2014).  Dr. Chu was also invited to do a presentation entitled “Information retrieval: Development and challenges” at Nanjing University of Science & Technology, China in June 2014.
  • Megan Harinski, who is a student in the LIU Palmer/NYU dual degree program with the Steinhardt School’s Media, Culture and Communication department, recently traveled to Baltimore to present at the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association annual conference. The keynote speaker was John Waters. Megan’s session was Hermeneutics of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Systems and Theory. Read on for details!
    Presenter: Megan Harinski
    Capitolism: The Spectacle of The Hunger Games
    Area: SF/Fantasy
    Abstract: In recent years The Hunger Games seems to have taken the empty space left in popular culture by the ending of Harry Potter. The Hunger Games examines many different themes, such as the consequences of war and violence and the dichotomy of a nation with both extreme wealth and debilitating poverty. One theme that is rarely mentioned, however, is that of spectacle and celebrity culture. The Capitol citizens and the attention they give to the Games are an extreme representation of the way our society consumes entertainment and popular culture. The trilogy can be read as an indictment of the spectacle, yet the attention given to the novels, the films, and the actors involved (particularly Jennifer Lawrence) sometimes seems like a scene from the Capitol.
    In my ongoing research, I am examining and analyzing the use of spectacle within The Hunger Games and how it relates to the way the books and films are received in our society. The fact that journalists write serious articles questioning whether or not Jennifer Lawrence is “Katnissing” everyone is very interesting because it shows that the spectacle aspect of the story is more or less ignored. We discuss violence, class divisions, and feminism while ignoring the spectacle, because examining the spectacle would bring into focus just how much spectacle rules our own society. Congratulations Megan! Fascinating topic!
  • Alexandra Janvey (’11) has been selected as an ALA Emerging Leader for 2015. You can see the official press release here. Allie is a Palmer grad and is currently a Library Assistant / Digital Initiatives librarian at LIU Post. Congratulations, Allie! Well deserved!
  • Rachel Harrison Pinotti (’11) was in touch looking for a Palmer intern. She tells us that she is now the Information and Education Services Manager at Levy Library, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, teaching classes on using biomedical resources, evidence-based practice, and reference management to members of their user community. She is responsible for answering reference inquiries or ensuring inquiries are answered by the appropriate person (i.e. routing e-book requests to their collections department).  Additionally she is responsible for ensuring the content on much of their website is accurate, informative and helpful (e.g. their  RefWorks guide, our PubMed tutorial, etc.).  She is developing a specialization in methodology and search support for systematic reviews and meta analyses.She says, “I love my job.  When I was pursuing my degree I never considered health science librarianship, I imagined myself in an undergraduate or community college library.  I ended up working in medical publishing at McGraw-Hill for a few years, which is where I developed an interest in medical librarianship.  I got my current job in December of last year.  (By the way, I started something of a tradition of hiring Palmer grads at McGraw-Hill and they have hired three in the last two years!).” Go Rachel! Sounds so great! And thank you for paying it forward!
  •  Anna Gurton-Wachter (’14) has just been hired as the archivist at the Keith Haring Foundation in NYC. Anna is an LIU/NYU dual degree graduate. Congratulations, Anna! What a great job!
  • Kristen Mulgrew (’14) is the sole Archivist and Records Manager for the Daughters of Wisdom, Province of Great Britain and Ireland. They are a Catholic women’s order that arrived in England in 1891. Kristen works at their headquarters in the South East of England. In her capacity as Provincial Archivist, she is in charge of every aspect of archival and records management work that comes up. She says “I am putting the knowledge I gained at Palmer thoroughly to the test and am very thankful for the solid training I received there”. Thank you, Kristen! Sounds wonderful!
  • Congratulations to Connor Gaudet (’14 LIU/NYU dual degree graduate) on two huge honors! A film he made for his final project in Matt Knutzen’s Maps Institute class has been accepted as an “official selection” at the Red Hook International Film Festival ( and will be screening on Saturday, October 18 during the 2:45-3:45 afternoon block. And Connor also won first prize in the NYCDH (NYC Digital Humanities) Grad Student Competition with his proposal to create a software program that would create Directory-Formatted OCR Output, or D-FOCRO, as he dubbed it. The intention is to have a more streamlined method of getting digitized historic street directory data into a map-able database. He won $1,000 to put toward creating a prototype! See details here:
  • Alexsandra Mitchell (’13), a dual degree graduate from Palmer and NYU’s department of Africana Studies, was an ARL-CEP Fellow in the summer of 2013, studying at the National Library of Medicine. Alexsandra did a blog and her final post can be found here: Certainly worth a look! Alexsandra is now an Adjunct Assistant Curator and Reference Librarian in NYU’s Tamiment Library.
  • Marie Stark (’14) is now the Assistant Director of the Hudson Area Library and the Library Archivist. Marie was our intrepid G.A. here in Manhattan so we are very proud! Congratulations, Marie!
  • Palmer grad Celia Hartmann is one of the two people who processed the following collections at the Metropolitan Museum Archives. They are now open to researchers. These collections include the James J. Rorimer records: (,
    the Theodore Rousseau records: ( and the Office of the Registrar of the Metropolitan Museum of Arts records:(
  • Sarah Moazeni has joined the team in NYU’s Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives as a new Reference Associate.  Sarah received her BA in Theatre Studies from Wellesley College and is currently a student in the Dual Degree Program with NYU where in addition to working on her Palmer MSLIS, she is studying for an MA in history, with a specialization in women and gender.
  • Greg McMurray (’12) is now a Departmental Resource Librarian at Ralph Lauren working to support Design and Production. Nice!
  • Nicole Richard (’13) is happy to report that she is the assistant at the architectural archive at the Avery Library at Columbia. She kindly thanks Palmer for making this possible. So nice. Thanks, Nicole, and we’re not surprised that you’re in a great place. Congratulations!
  • Ashley Kranjac (’14) has been hired by the Fashion Institute of Technology, Department of Special Collections and Archives as a Special Collections Associate in charge of digital content. Ashley interned for FIT Special Collections during her time at the Palmer School and for the summer she was contracted by FIT for a temporary position as project archivist for digitization of Board of Trustees Minutes for the college, which led to being hired for this permanent position. Ashley says, “Thank you to you and the faculty at the Palmer School for providing me with the knowledge and skills I need to succeed in the archival profession. This is my dream job!”. Go Ashley! We are so happy for you!
  • Gabriel McKee (’08) is now Assistant Research Scholar/Cataloger at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World. He tells us it’s a bit of a jack-of-all-trades position; in addition to cataloging he’ll be doing public service, stacks maintenance, offsite storage, and some digital projects as well. Sounds like fantastic experience! Gabriel was most recently an archivist with Boo-Hooray, an archival processing company, publisher, and gallery here in NYC.
  • Elizabeth Hahn, (’08) has moved on from her position as the librarian for the American Numismatic Society here in NYC. Liz has relocated to Chicago and is now the Collection and Exhibition Manager for the Department of Ancient and Byzantine Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. She will have many duties that parallel her experiences as a librarian: research, reference, managing loans, cataloging, exhibit installation, etc., except now for all types of art objects instead of just books (including sculpture, coins, vases, glass, bronze, and more). She is essentially a librarian of art objects now. This is perfect for Liz who holds a Master of Arts degree in maritime archaeology and history from the University of Bristol, and a Master of Arts degree in classical art and archaeology from the University of Virginia. She is fluent in Italian and has a reading knowledge of German, French, ancient Greek and Latin. Liz says she is trying to stay involved with the library and archival community, which has a strong presence in Chicago (which is perhaps not surprising since the ALA headquarters are just up the street from the museum). Congratulations, Liz! We’ll miss you here in NY and as a great host for our interns, but this is a wonderful move!
  • 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
    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: Congratulations Shirley!
  • Check out this article in Metro’s newsletter: 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:;
  • 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 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 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. (Summer 2011)
  • Julie Zweibel ’11 — library media specialist, Upper Nyack Elementary School. (Summer 2011)
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