Presenters

Amanda Kauffman
Amanda is a master’s student at the University of Michigan School of Information, specializing in Library & Information Science and Human-Computer Interaction. She earned bachelor’s degrees in Economics and English at Michigan State University. Currently, she works at the Bentley Historical Library and Taubman Health Sciences Library. Her interests include the digital humanities, emerging technologies, and usability in libraries.

Andrea Cluck
Andrea Cluck holds an M.A. in Religion from the University of Georgia, where she completed her Master’s thesis, Islamophobia in the post-9/11 United States: Causes, Manifestations, and Solutions. Currently, Andrea is a first-year Master’s student at the University of Michigan School of Information. She is specializing in Library and Information Science, with a particular focus on Near Eastern Studies reference librarianship.

Andrew Katz
Andrew is second year MSI student at the University of Michigan School of Information, specializing in Library and Information Science. Prior to coming to UMSI he was a history teacher and museum educator in New York City. His professional  interests include, information literacy instruction, teaching with technology, and teaching with primary documents. He is currently working with the Learning Programs and Initiatives group  at the Shapiro Library. He is also interning at the Greenhills School Library.

Chris Bulin
Chris is first year MSI student at the University of Michigan School of Information, specializing in Library and Information Science.  Prior to coming to UMSI she worked in a variety of fields including transportation, healthcare, and higher education.  Her undergraduate education was an eclectic mix of science, humanities, and business courses known as Multidisciplinary.  Her professional interests include emerging technology, social media, marketing, advocacy, and information services.  Chris is a book and gaming geek when she isn’t studying.  She is currently working in Reference and Outreach at Taubman Health Sciences Library.

Claire Barco
Claire is a seasoned Quasi-Con veteran, this being her second time presenting. She is in her final semester of her Master’s degree from the University of Michigan School of Information. Her professional interests include mHealth, radical librarianship, and technologies for persons with dementia. She is co-founder of the A2 DataDive. In her spare time, Claire enjoys getting in trouble for climbing on things she shouldn’t.

Colleen Theisen
Colleen is the Outreach and Instruction Librarian for Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa, teaching class sessions and managing social media, exhibitions, events, and marketing.  She graduated from UMSI in 2011 with a specialization in Archives and Records Management.  While at UMSI Colleen was president of the SLA student chapter, directing the “Digital Book Debates” symposium, served for two years as the student representative for the curriculum committee, and was the 2011 Edmon Low Award winner.

Crystal Jolly
Crystal Jolly recently graduated from the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at Wayne State University with her MLIS degree. She concentrated in library services and programs to children and young adults.  While pursuing her degree, she served as the SLIS Diversity Graduate Student Assistant promoting inclusion and diversity through outreach, recruitment, and research.  Currently she is a Substitute Librarian at Plymouth District Library in Plymouth, Michigan and sharing what she learned from her experience as the SLIS Diversity Graduate Student Assistant through various projects.

Derek Kroessler
Derek is a second-year Master’s student at the University of Michigan School of Information. His specialization is in Archives and Records Management. His background includes a bachelor’s degree in English from New York University and a good deal of volunteering in various literary non-profits in the New York City area. His professional interests are, among other things, digital archiving, personal recordkeeping, and archival advocacy.

Edward Vielmetti
Edward Vielmetti has been working on Internet related systems for over 25 years, starting with building some of the very infrastructure of the network, and working his way through an understanding through hands-on experience of the social, technical, financial, government, legal, business and political networks that run throughout the Internet. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

Ellen Gustafson
Ellen is in her second semester at the University of Michigan School of Information, where she is studying School Library Media and Library and Information Science. Her interests and current projects lie in teaching, learning, literature, inquiry, and making. Following graduation, she would like to work with middle school or high school students as a school librarian. Find out more at ellengustafson.weebly.com.

Emily Reynolds
Emily is a second-year MSI student at the University of Michigan School of Information, specializing in Preservation of Information and Archives & Records Management. She currently works on a map digitization project at the Stephen S. Clark Library, and is interested in digital preservation at libraries and archives. In particular, her interests include the opportunities that technology presents for transforming and enriching the use of digital collections by researchers. Before coming to UMSI, Emily earned a BA at New York University.

Emma E. Hawker
Emma is a second year student at the University of Michigan School of Information dual specializing in Library and Information Science and Archives and Records Management. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan in History and History of Art. Emma is currently a Graduate Student Assistant in Reference at the Bentley Historical Library. After graduating this May, Emma hopes to work in an academic or historical institution. She is passionate about preserving history, facilitating research, and expanding outreach services.

Ikumi Crocoll
Ikumi Crocoll is a first-year master’s student at the University of Michigan School of Information, specializing in Archives and Records Management, with additional interests in preservation and library science. After beginning as a reference services assistant at the university’s Hatcher Graduate Library and Shapiro Undergraduate Library in the fall, she has become involved in various kinds of work at the Special Collections Library and Department of Preservation & Conservation, including assessing preservation needs and updating the library system’s disaster plan. Before coming to the University of Michigan, she graduated from Bowdoin College with a B.A. in English and taught English in Japan for two years with the JET Program.

Ilana Barnes
Ilana Barnes is Business Information Specialist (Assistant Professor of Library Science) at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. She graduated from the University of Michigan School of Information last year, where she was one of the co-founders of Quasi-Con. Her research interests include better help systems, data, information literacy, business librarianship and professional development for new librarians. Her main other interests are free food and really nice charts.

Irina Zeylikovich
Irina Zeylikovich is a second year master’s student at the University of Michigan School of Information, specializing in Library Information Science. Since August 2011 she has been the University Library Associate at the A. Alfred Taubman Health Sciences Library, where she works with partners from the University of Michigan’s Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, Pharmacy, and Dentistry, as well as the University of Michigan Health System. Her current research interests focus on biomedical retractions and citation analysis; she’s also quite fond of open access publishing and Creative Commons licensing. Prior to joining the Taubman Health Sciences Library and the School of Information, Irina obtained her BA in History from the University of California at Berkeley and served as a development officer for the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

Jesse Tucker
Jesse Tucker is a first-year master’s student at the University of Michigan School of Information. He is interested in library instruction, archival research, and collection development. Jesse has a bachelor’s degree in English Education from Utah Valley University, where he also received his teaching certificate. He has worked as a manager at a small regional bank in Utah, and also taught high school English for two years prior to coming to Michigan. Other interests for Jesse include writing, photography, and recording original music. He is always looking to find interesting ways for his library work and personal interests to intersect.

Jessica Venlet
Jessica is a second semester student at the University of Michigan School of Information. She is specializing in Library Information Science and Preservation of Information. She is most interested in reference services, outreach initiatives, and digital preservation. Currently, she works at the reference desk at U-M Hatcher Graduate and Shapiro Undergraduate libraries. Before graduate school, when she had spare time, Jessica enjoyed reading fiction and running.

JJ Pionke
JJ is a second year master student at the University of Michigan specializing in Library Science and Preservation of Information.  In a not so previous life, she was an adjunct professor of English and Humanities at two community colleges in Chicago.  She spent the Summer of 2012 going around the world for her internships (Singapore, Uganda, and a side trip to Europe).  In her spare time, she enjoys riding motorcycles, planning her next trip, reading science fiction, and sharpening her cooking/baking skills.

Katherine Marshall
Katherine currently serves as Acquisitions Librarian at the Taggart Law Library at Ohio Northern University where she oversees the purchasing of library materials and managing vendor relations. Katherine also assists with the law college archives, including supervising an ongoing project to index the Celebrezze Archives collection. Prior to coming to Ohio Northern, Katherine worked for two years at the University of Michigan Law Library in Acquisitions while earning her Master’s in Information.

Leah Williams
Leah is currently a second year master’s student in the School of Information at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her specialization in the program is Library and Information Science (LIS) and she is gaining experience both in academic and public libraries. Her background includes a bachelor’s degree in English from Michigan State University and a summer abroad at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. After graduating from MSU, She worked as a project manager for a medical software company in Madison, Wisconsin before leaving to pursue her dream of becoming a librarian.

Michael Barera
Michael Barera is a first year MSI student at the School of Information specializing in Archives and Records Management.  He has been a Wikipedian since 2006, a member of the Michigan Wikipedians student club since 2011, and is currently the Wikipedian in Residence at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library.  He has a wide interest in topics relating to Wikipedia, or any of its sibling projects (most notably its image host, Wikimedia Commons), although he considers taking photographs and uploading them to Commons as his most valuable contributions to the Wikimedia movement.  He graduated from Michigan’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts in 2012.

Naomi Herman-Aplet
Naomi Herman-Aplet is a masters candidate in the University of Michigan School of Information, specializing in Library and Information Science and Archives and Records Management.  She is also earning a certificate in Museum Studies.  Before coming to SI, she taught elementary and middle school in Chicago through Teach For America.  Naomi is passionate about engaging students and teachers with primary documents.  When she leaves the School of Information, she is interested in doing outreach work for a special collections library or museum.  For more information, find her at http://beyondcallnumbers.wordpress.com/.

Priya Kumar
Priya Kumar is a first-year master’s student at the University of Michigan School of Information. She is creating her own path of study in data storytelling, which includes data analysis, design, policy, and information visualization. She holds bachelor’s degrees in journalism and government and politics from the University of Maryland and has worked as an internship coordinator and higher education researcher. Priya’s interests include data, journalism, digital privacy, and information literacy. She blogs at “Dear Data,” http://priyakumar.wordpress.com/.

Rachel Moir
Rachel is a first-year master’s student at the University of Michigan School of Information, having studied previously at Hillsdale College, where she received her bachelor’s degrees in English and Art. With an eye towards working in public libraries, she is specializing in Library and Information Science. Her professional interests include the library as a democratized education institution, emerging technologies, social media, and various literacies. When not in the library, she is almost always found drawing somewhere, on something.

Rishabh Gandotra
Rishabh is a first year MSI student at University of Michigan School of Information specializing in Human-computer interaction. Prior to joining UMich, he was working as a Systems Engineer in Tata Consultancy Services in Bangalore, India. He got his Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering from India. He likes listening to music and watching tv shows and movies in his spare time. He loves playing squash, table-tennis and billiards. Currently he’s learning interaction design, usability evaluation and graphic design at UMSI. In future, he aspires to work as a user experience/interaction designer.

Rohit Vairamohan
Rohit is a first year MSI student here at the School of Information specializing in HCI. He completed his Bachelors in Information Technology. Is a passionate C++ OpenGL and graphics coder. Please do not argue with him that OpenGL is a bad graphics library to use and that there are better tools. He is also a national level table-tennis player and loves to write poetry. He has a strong inclination towards pursuing adventure sports, white water rafting being his favorite one. To know more about him, log onto www.vrohit.com.

Sara DeWaay
Sara DeWaay is in her second semester as an Archives and Records Management/Preservation of Information student that the University of Michigan School of Information. Right now her main interests are the objects that fall in outside of “normal” records (as wanted by archives) such as fabric scraps, clothing, and other realia: How do we value, categorize, and digitize these things? What importance, or lack thereof, do they have for our historical record and identity? How do we encourage meaningful access and use of them? What is the difference between the object and a photograph of the object in terms of them acting as a cultural record? Sara works at the Art, Architecture, and Engineering Library and violently wishes it was acceptable to take 18 credits every semester.

Sarah Cramer
Sarah is a first-year MSI student at the University of Michigan, specializing in library science and highly interested in youth services.  She has a background in children’s literature and holds an MFA in writing for children and young adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.   She is also currently employed at the Ann Arbor District Library as a public library associate.  After graduation, Sarah hopes to pursue a dual career as a children’s writer and a youth services librarian.

Sarah Wingo
Sarah Wingo is a second-year student at the University of Michigan’s School of information where she is preparing for a degree is special collections librarianship.  Prior to attending the School of Information, Sarah received her MA in English from the University of Birmingham’s Shakespeare Institute.  Sarah is interested in educational outreach for special libraries and the stewardship of rare books and manuscripts.​

Sharona Ginsberg
Sharona Ginsberg is a second-year master’s student at the University of Michigan School of Information, where she is specializing in Library and Information Science. She is currently employed at the university library as an Instructional Technology Student Consultant. Her professional interests include library instruction, technology use in libraries, maker/hackerspaces, web design, and informal or unique learning environments. To learn more about her, visit sharona-ginsberg.appspot.com.

Shauna Masura
Shauna Masura is completing her final graduate semester at the University of Michigan School of Information, focusing her studies on Library and Information Science and Community Informatics.  Her professional goals are deeply rooted in community-based education, and upon graduation, Shauna is interested in working with youth or as an outreach coordinator in a public library or museum.  Find out more about her work at MissMasura.weebly.com.

Somesh Rahul
Somesh is currently studying Human Computer Interaction (HCI) in School of Information at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Prior to this, Somesh was working with the Research and Development Department of Mercedes Benz India. In leisure, Somesh enjoys watching movies and seasons or reading a sci-fi. Somesh also savors solving puzzles and Sudoku. Somesh’s outdoor activities include swimming, playing badminton or cricket. Somesh loves traveling and is a foodie. The current underutilization of the libraries enforced him to take a shot at increasing the usage by improving their mobility. Find more at http://www.someshrahul.com.

Stacy Maat
Stacy Maat is a second year MSI student at the School of Information specializing in Library and Information Science and Preservation of Information.  She has worked at the Taubman Health Sciences Library for the past year and a half and is now an Assistant Liaison to the Schools of Public Health and Nursing.  She spent part of her summer internship at the University of Ghana’s Balme Library where she helped to establish workflows for the library to digitize its heritage collection and other historic documents.

Victoria Lungu
Victoria Lungu is a second year Library and Information Science student and the University of Michigan’s School of Information. She has spent the last few years working in museum while earning her BA at DePaul University in Art History  and is interested in participatory learning and accessibility. She is currently working with Makerspace projects and digital badging initiatives. More can be learned at victorialungu.weebly.com.

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