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Rob Arrighi is a small speck in the universe. Since the universe is expanding, Rob's place in the universe is getting smaller and smaller. This has no correlation to how inconsequential his blogs are. The one saving grace is that his blogs are mercifully short and mildly entertaining. If you feel froggy, jump.

Anne Barreca
Battery Park City

Anne Barreca is the library manager at Battery Park City Branch, where she spends her days bringing people and books together, and making sure the shelves always have something of interest for everyone. She enjoys reading and blogging about food, cookbooks, historical fiction, digital photography, children's literature, vigilante movies, David Foster Wallace's non-fiction, and zombies or other post-apocalyptic scenarios (anything by Cormac McCarthy, Margaret Atwood's sci-fi). Her favorite protagonists are strong girls. She has attempted -- and failed -- to finish Infinite Jest at least three times. When she isn't reading, she can be found running enough mileage to dust any mundane event with sparkly endorphins, making playlists to suit any occasion, or cooking for her potluck group. Her favorite call number is 641.5636 (vegan cookery).

Jenny Baum
Jefferson Market

Jenny Baum has contributed to the article “Librarianship Presence in Virtual Worlds” in the Handbook of Research on Practices and Outcomes in Virtual Worlds and Environments. In her free time, she has been known to watch too much reality television.

Elizabeth Bird is New York Public Library's Youth Materials Specialist.  She blogs about children's literature regularly at A Fuse #8 Production and has reviewed professionally for Kirkus, TimeOut Kids New York, and The New York Times.  Ms. Bird is the author of Children's Literature Gems: Choosing and Using Them in Your Library Career as well as the picture book Giant Dance Party and the upcoming Wild Things: Acts of Mischief in Children's Literature due out in August 2014.

Ariel Birdoff is an Outreach Librarian with MyLibraryNYC. She is an avid YA reader and obsessive crafter.

Matthew J. Boylan
Schwarzman Building

Matthew J. Boylan is a Senior Reference Librarian with ASK NYPL of The New York Public Library

A. E. Butler
Muhlenberg

A. E. Butler (MSLIS, Youth Services/ Information Services, Drexel University) is a Senior Children's Librarian at the New York Public Library, where she delivers programs and services to children, tweens, and teens. She is also involved in outreach efforts to schools and  homebound seniors. Last  year, she served on the library's "Top 25 in 2014 Young Adult Books" committee. An avid reader, she reads 12-15 novels a month, ranging from humor to horror to historical fiction. When she does decide to put down her book, she enjoys creating collage, cooking, visiting old fashioned candy shops, and taking serendipitous walks (getting lost.)

Magdalene Chan is a librarian and a career coach at SIBL.  Prior to joining the Library, she was a career counselor at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY, and a school guidance counselor in New York City public schools.  She holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Queens's College, CUNY, and received her Master's degree in Counseling Education from NYU and her Master's degree in Library and Information Science from Long Island University.  She did some research on International Education on a doctoral level at NYU.

Jessica Cline
Mid-Manhattan Library

 Jessica Cline is a librarian with the Art and Picture Collections of the Mid-Manhattan Library. She blogs about fine arts, design and poetry and leads book discussions through The Reader’s Den.

Madeleine Cohen is the assistant director of NYPL's Science, Industry and Business Library. She has an MA from the City University of New York Graduate Center, where she specialized in the intersection of technology and society. She also has an MLS from Queens College, City University of New York. She has worked at NYPL for more than 20 years.

Frank Collerius
Jefferson Market

Once a famous movie star, Frank Collerius is currently the Library Manager at Jefferson Market. He started as a trainee in the Bronx, at the Soundview branch, and then worked at the Epiphany and Yorkville branches. Frank was an undergraduate at The New School for Social Research and received his MLS from Pratt. Frank is a graduate of the very first NYPL Leadership Academy, and was the recipient of the 2006 Feder Award.

Shawn Donohue is a Learning and Development Specialist at NYPL with a focus on technology training for NYPL Staff. Besides working in the fields of education, training and technology, Shawn has a deep love of music.  Having written extensively on his own, Shawn contributes to the Popular Music Blog Channel with a focus on the Great Music You Might Have Missed NYPL Blog Series.  Having written hundred's of music reviews, conducted interviews, and launched his own site focused on popular music, Shawn has been actively following the popular music scene for years and brings a unique voice to NYPL Blogs.  Not only a critic, he has also creates music and hopes to bring a life long fan perspective to shaping tunes.  

Time travel is possible within the narrow bounds of my studio. It is remarkable that this can be accomplished with such primitive accessories. Wires and cables are sometimes strewn about reminding me of the Chris Marker film La Jetée. I have had the privilege of moving through time with many artists, through their early choreographies and refining rehearsals. I have watched the curtain open on their stage performances.
Currently, I am a Moving Image Preservation Specialist for the Barbara Goldsmith Preservation Division. I have also worked at the Donnell Media Center and the Jerome Robbins Archive of the Recorded Moving Image. While earning a BFA in Photography at the University of Delaware I made my first investigations in film after seeing the work of Maya Deren. This was followed by an MA in Film and Video with emphasis on screenwriting from the American University where my mentors were Arnost Lustig and Boleslaw Michalek.

Emily Drew is a Specialist for the MyLibraryNYC program: a joint venture between the New York City Department of Education and the three library systems of New York City. She enjoys reading about New York City history, has a collection of Presidential campaign buttons and hopes to one day own a corgi. 

John Flood
Grand Central

John Flood has been a librarian with The New York Public Library since 1993.

Lynette Ford
Dongan Hills

Lynette Ford is an Information Assistant at NYPL and a library science student. She has a background in music and education.

Jennifer Gaeta
New Dorp

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Jennifer Gaeta hails from New Dorp, the land of multi-tasking. She has been a clerk in the branch since 2008, along with all her regular duties she is a General of the New Dorp Teens Army & the Social Media Butterfly. Along with writing her passion is art. She has held 3 Art Galleries in which her own work was displayed, along with works from her co-workers and the teens from her programs. Since she began blogging she covered topics like The Art Gallery reviews and Monthly program reports for New Dorp Library. Her best works are her ongoing interviews about bands such as: The Beatles, Glee, KISS and Nirvana
All we could get from her was a quick comment: "With all the things I've done I would've been nothin' with out my partner in crime Bobby 'Safety' Pins."
That's all folks.

Starting in 2009, Karen has cared for the books, non-print media, and patrons at different libraries across NYC. She is currently a Youth Collections Selector buying those books that you love to read.   She is also a NY State certified teacher of French and English with 8 years of teaching experience. She holds a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Master of Information Science along with a Certificate in Archives and Preservation of Cultural Materials. Karen enjoys curating and hosting film series.  When blogging, she writes about places she visits and the art she enjoys.  Come visit Karen virtually on Twitter @karenginman !

Karen Gisonny is Helen Bernstein Librarian for Periodicals at the New York Public Library. She is curator of the Library's collection of small press books, contemporary poetry, and serials. She collaborates with CLMP and Academy of American Poets to host programs highlighting these collections and also coordinates the Helen Bernstein Book Award for excellence in Journalism.

Josh Hadro is the Deputy Director of NYPL Labs. Prior to joining NYPL, Josh served as Executive Editor for Library Journal.

 Jonathan Hiam is the Curator of the American Music Collection and The Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.  He has been with LPA since 2008.

In addition to overseeing the Technical Processing unit at SIBL, Bogdan also works with the public at the reference desk, teaches classes and popularizes the library’s collections and programs at networking events as well as via Facebook and the library blog. He has worked in the Slavic & Baltic Division (as well as cataloging and acquisition) and also does historical research.

 

Twelve years at SIBL—reformed serial career-changer—seeking to better illuminate SIBL's collections, services and happenings.

Ladi'Shasha Jones
Schomburg Center

I am cultural arts producer and documentarian with a special interest in documenting Black women’s stories and Black American family life. I began my work through specialized research institutions like the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection in Philadelphia and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem — where I am currently the Program Coordinator. My documentation practice is informed by the intersections of archiving and contemporary art; collaboration and intervention; cultural equity and collective community memory.
Currently, I enjoy working across digital art mediums and am sharpening my film production skills through smaller film projects including fictional narrative works and experimental pieces.

Tara D. Kelley, MLIS, is the Librarian II/Specialist II at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Tara was the Audiovisual Specialist for the Mikhail Baryshnikov Archive at Library for the Performing Arts from 2012-2014. She is an alumna of Rutgers University and the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation at George Eastman House, which awarded her their 2011 Pordenone Fellowship. 

Thomas Knowlton is a senior librarian at New York Public Library. He holds a Master of Arts in Comparative Literature from the University of Georgia and a Master of Library and Information Studies from Rutgers State University. Over the past 10 years, he has curated a variety of foreign and genre film series at the University of Georgia and New York Public Library. His most recent project NYPLarcade offers participants the opportunity to play and critically discuss video games in a public library setting and has been featured on Polygon, Gamasutra, and NPR.
Bob Kosovsky
Library for the Performing Arts

I'm the Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts for the Music Division.  My interests center around film music, musicals, incidental music for dramas, opera, bibliography, music theory, manuscripts and archival collections—I have interest in many varied things. 
I first started working at The New York Public Library in 1974 as a page for the Music Division.  I returned in 1985 and have been working here ever since.

Lauren has been at NYPL since 2004, and has experience in both reference work and technology training. As the digital producer in Reference and Research Services, she helps to support staff blogging at NYPL. She has also blogged about camping, quotations, doughnuts, trivia, and e-books. In 2011, Lauren was a recipient of the Bertha Franklin Feder Award for Outstanding Service in Librarianship.

Louise Lareau
Schwarzman Building

Louise Lareau is a second generation librarian that hails from a small blueberry farm in Quebec.  She is the only member of her family without a green thumb.  Louise has been working at NYPL since 1997 and is currently the Managing Librarian at the Children’s Center at 42nd Street.  Louise was nine when she discovered the Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume.  It is still one of her favorite books and no matter how old she gets, Peter and Fudge’s antics still make her laugh.    

Andrea Lipinski
Kingsbridge

Andrea Lipinski has been a young adult librarian longer than she's been anything else.  She reads more teen books than grownup books, and contributes posts to the Stuff For the Teen Age blog about graphic novels, fantastic fiction, and lots of other "stuff."  She has contributed to several young adult reference books, and currently reviews books and apps for School Library Journal.  She recently started the Kingsbridge Library Teens Tumblr, with the help and guidance of her Teen Advisory Group. She produces the Be a Better Booktalker podcast and blog, in which she shares examples of her favorite technique for enticing reluctant readers.  And she periodically appears as a guest on the Cinefantastique Podcast to discuss movies that are based on books.

Sherri Machlin
Mulberry Street

Sherri joined the New York Public Library in 2005, and currently resides at the Mulberry Street branch as a Senior Librarian. She is the author of the reference book American Food by the Decades and A Historical Atlas of Azerbaijan. She has never been to Azerbaijan, but if ever the opportunity arises, she will surely blog about it.

Megan Margino
Schwarzman Building

A Master of Library and Information Science graduate of St. John’s University, Megan loves helping people in their quest for information and hopes to inspire effective research at all levels.

Miranda McDermott
Bronx Library Center

I like to attend the terrific programs for children and teens that The New York Public Library provides, and I am very happy to have the opportunity to blog about them to inform the public. Let me know what you think of my blogs!
 
In addition to working in public libraries in and around the New York City and Philadelphia area, I have also worked in academic libraries, corporate libraries, and have been a solo librarian for a synagogue, music school, and preschool. I love public libraries and having the opportunity to provide information services to those who need it most.

Brandy McNeil is the Technology Training Manager for the New York Public Library and the visionary of the NYPL TechConnect program.  In addition to her managerial duties she still teaches technology classes, writes the AppVice blog and does posts for the @NYPLTechConnect twitter account.  Widely known amongst her peers as "Gadget Girl", she aims to make every New Yorker as tech savvy as "she".  Brandy holds a BA degree from CUNY's Hunter College and an MBA degree from Walden University. 

Jeremy Megraw
Library for the Performing Arts

When not shepherding researchers through the treasures of the Library For the Performing Arts, Jeremy Megraw is blogging about them. He is the recipient of the 2012 Ruth and Arthur Feder Award for Service to the Library's Public. Off-desk time is spent in his Photograph Librarian cap, cataloging the Theatre Division’s 2 million-strong photograph collection in the Digital Gallery and occasionally blogging about the random marvels he encounters there. His leisure time is spent frolicking with his kids, reading literary and speculative fiction, and sneaking in episodes of Scandinavian TV crime dramas. Current obsessions include 19th-century Vaudeville, cinema, narrative theory, and forensic entomology.

Cassie Mey
Library for the Performing Arts

Cassie is a Special Formats Processing cataloger who is working on the Merce Cunningham Dance Audio Collection. Ongoing, since 2009, she also assists with the preservation processing for the Jerome Robbins Dance Division's Oral History Archive. Cassie received her MSILS degree from Pratt Institute in December 2012, having completed an IMLS Project CHART fellowship at the Brooklyn Historical Society from 2011-2012 as part of her coursework.
Alongside her archival career, Cassie is a lifelong dancer who continues to perform professionally in New York, throughout the U.S., and abroad. She is currently dancing with Dean Moss in the johnbrown project . Formerly, Cassie worked with Molissa Fenley from 2002-2011 as a frequently featured soloist in the company. Cassie received her BA in Dance from Mills College in 2001.

Chasity Moreno
Epiphany

Chasity Moreno has been with The New York Public Library for over 17 years and is currently a librarian in Manhattan.She is passionate about books , especially of the horror variety but is also open to mainstream fiction. Her favorite authors include Stephen King and Sarah Waters.

Alex Mouyios has worked for New York Public Library since May 2012. He is employed as an Information Assistant. Primarily, Alex concentrates on Adult Programming; teaching the computer classes, and providing various other workshops. Originally at the Throg's Neck Branch in the Bronx, he is now at the 67th Street Branch in Manhattan.. He enjoys researching local history, Greek dancing, reading fantasy novels, playing computer video games, as well as various outdoor activities. At the 67th Street Branch, Alex gained support to renovate the Library Garden which now boasts various programs and educational endeavors. The Garden is also an extension of the charming Quiet Study during the warmer months! He populated the Mercy College Archives in Spring 2012. The information gathered was used in the publication of "Mercy College: Yesterday and Today," written by Eric Martone and Michael Perrota.
 

Maura Muller is the Volunteer Manager at The New York Public Library since 2000. She is active in the New York Association of Volunteer Managers and the Volunteer Program Managers of NYC's Cultural Institutions. In her spare time she homeschools her son and is an Eagle Watch volunteer for the Basha Kill Area Association and a volunteer 4H activities leader. 

Emily is the Manager of Children's Educational Programming for the New York Public Library.  Her interests include children's literature and literacy, art and crafts, museums and museology, and travel.

Carmen Nigro
Schwarzman Building

Carmen Nigro has a B.A. in History, Masters in Teaching Secondary Social Studies, and Masters in Library and Information Science. She has great interest in the quirkier elements of history and teaching people to become great researchers.

Stephanie Pamphile has been with The New York Public Library for almost seven years. She started as a Librarian Trainee while attending Queens College. Stephanie was a recipient of the Irene Diamond Scholarship, which funded her MLS pursuit. She is the children's librarian at the 125th Street Branch Library. In her spare time, she researches cool places in New York City for family-oriented fun and is an avid fan of Doctor Who and Sherlock.

Billy Parrott
Mid-Manhattan Library

Billy Parrott is the Managing Librarian of the Art and Picture Collections at the Mid-Manhattan Library. In 2008 he received the Bertha Franklin Feder Award for Outstanding Service in Librarianship. When not reading books or looking at pictures he writes blog posts and he collects photographs of people he does not know.

Jessica Pigza
Schwarzman Building

Jessica has worked at NYPL since 2007, and she is currently the assistant curator in the Library's Rare Book Division. She shares details on the rare, the curious, and the wonderful in the world of Rare Books, and she also writes on handmade material culture, DIY, and handicrafts at Hand-Made.   

Business Librarian with lengthy experience in marketing and advertising at international advertising agencies.

Associate Conservator for Rare Books and Paper in the Barbara Goldsmith Conservation Laboratory

Laura Rietz is a Digital Media Producer for NYPL's Communications & Marketing department. When she's not curating content for the nypl.org homepage or shooting and editing videos for NYPL's YouTube channel, she enjoys eating adventurous food, incurring overdue fines at the Mid-Manhattan Library, and acting like a fool with her tiny Boston Terrier/Chihuahua mix, Chloe. She once finished third in her elementary school spelling bee, eliminated for misspelling "interpret." It haunts her to this day.

Jhenelle Robinson
Pelham Parkway-Van Nest

MLS candidate currently obsessed with YA and children's literature, traveling, adult library programming, Black Twitter and food. Jhenelle and the New York Public Library will be celebrating their 10 year anniversary in September.

Ruth Rodriguez
Francis Martin

Ruth Rodriguez is a silly children's librarian at the Francis Martin Branch Library in the Bronx. When she is not working at her branch, she is visiting other branches and borrowing books. Her favorite pastimes include reading children's books, looking up information on databases, and painting in her studio in Harlem. She is also a fan of writing in third person.

Anne Rouyer
Mulberry Street

Anne Rouyer is currently a Supervising Young Adult Librarian at the Seward Park Branch Library and has worked at the New York Public Library for 13 years. She is a member of the Young Adult Library Association and has served on the Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers booklist committee and will serve on the William C. Morris YA Debut Author committee in 2012. She contributes reviews and reading lists to the Seward Park Bibliocommons page and different NYPL blogs, including: Stuff for the Teenage and Biblio File. She watches way too much TV, is obsessed with pop culture, loves books that involve romance, history, mystery and the paranormal and she is a certifed Anglophile (see blog entries on Downton Abbey and the Royal Wedding).

Rebecca Schosha
Jefferson Market

Children's Librarian at the Jefferson Market Branch Library

Dina Selfridge is the Digital Curatorial Assistant at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. She has an MA in Art History.

Elaine Sohn
Aguilar

Elaine Sohn is the Site Advisor at the Aguilar Adult Learning Center, where students and tutors learn together 6 days each week in small groups. Elaine supports 35 tutors and 125 students and loves to share the excitement of the Aguilar CRW activities which take place each day!  Some of her blogs detailed the activities of a digital photography class, the fall opening of the center, her wonderful literacy tutors and her students' pen pal project.  Elaine blogs because she's been encouraged to do so by her family, her management, and her colleagues — and because she knows that what's happening at 174 East 110th Street is worthy of shouting about! 

 J. Soucé earned his Bachelor's degree in Sociology with honors (FSU), and his MLS from Pratt Institute also with honors. He has served in The New York Public Library for more than a decade, as both a Systems Analyst and Reference Librarian. He is a 1998 recipient of the American Library Association Spectrum Scholarship. He has been recognized for exceptional commitment and dedication by NYPL in 2005, and is the 2012 recipient of the Jean M. Campbell Award for Excellence in Reference Service.  He achived his Certification in Archiving in 2012. He loves the library and the ideas and services it represents. In his spare time he enjoys chess and painting.

 

Denise Stockman has been with The New York Public Library since 2008. She has an MA in Conservation from Buffalo State College. Her previous experience includes fellowships at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Morgan Library & Museum; and internships at The Museum of Modern Art, The Barnes Foundation, The National Galleries of Scotland, The Brooklyn Museum, and The Smithsonian.

Philip Sutton
Schwarzman Building

A graduate of Goldsmiths College, London, and the Pratt Institute, Philip is interested in research of all kinds, particularly in genealogy, and building history. He currently teaches classes in New York City house history research, and immigration as it pertains to genealogical research. He was formerly a recommended researcher at the Brooklyn Historical Society.

Marianna Vertsman
Mid-Manhattan Library

Marianna became a librarian to satisfy her own esurient, insatiable and omnivorous curiosity. When not answering questions from the public, she still questions everything. Her occasional inability to answer a self-imposed inquiry relating to a logically muddled and obscure subject made her susceptible to frequent episodes of existential angst. To distract herself from a state of semi-permanent cognitive dissonance, she has developed a number of esoteric obsessions. They currently consist of platypuses, personality disorders, poetry, Common Core, military history, oratory, snobbery and contemporary Russian literature.

Andy Wagstaff is first and foremost a lover of great music, and secondly a librarian who works in collection development purchasing non-print formats for all the branches. He blogs about personal favorite albums in his blog series Great Albums You May Have Missed, and compiles a monthly Best of Patron Requests series, which highlights the most exciting music that is suggested by our patrons each month (submit your own request here!). When not at work or listening to music, he makes his own: this may include folk songs written by Russian Cosmonauts about the loneliness of intergalactic space travel, covering '80s hair metal tunes in the style of Simon & Garfunkel, or experimentally evoking the ashen and lifeless landscapes of WWI battlefields.

A native North-westerner, Jaqueline has a strong love for sweatshirts and little understanding of umbrellas. She joined AskNYPL as an MLIS intern from Rutgers University in 2010 and hasn’t looked back. Upon graduating she received specialties in Digital Libraries and Knowledge Management. Jaqueline enjoys all things reference and learning creative ways to find information. Outside the library, she tries to stay outdoors always navigating ‘old school’ with her wits, a compass, and a map. Failing this, you’ll find her lamp-side with a book, some chai, and her cat.

Amie is the Program Manager for MyLibraryNYC at the New York Public Library. MyLibraryNYC is an innovative school-library partnership serving almost half a million students and educators (and 500 schools!) citywide. When Amie is not creating book lists or resource guides on any number of topics (including comics to teach STEM), reading books for NYPL's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing , or moonlighting as a New Yorker, she lives in New Jersey with her family.

Artis Q. Wright
Schwarzman Building

Artis Q. Wright is a Specialist at the Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division where in addition to blogging he catalogs cartographic material and provides reference consultation services. He holds a B.S. in Architectural Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a M.S. in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute.  He’s fascinated by the built environment and spends his free time exploring NYC’s diverse cityscape by bike and camera, hoping to capture what Henri Cartier-Bresson once called  “the decisive moment.”

Arlene Yu is a Specialist in the Jerome Robbins Archive of the Recorded Moving Image. She received an A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard/Radcliffe College and an M.S. in Information and Library Science from Pratt Institute. Arlene blogs about all things dance, although she has a particular fondness for ballet, ethnic dances, and ballroom dancing. In fact, when not pursuing her library career, Arlene can be found wearing lots of makeup, glittery costumes, and a fake tan in her other persona as a competitive ballroom dancer.

Gregory Zeidner
St. George Library Center

Gregory Zeidner has been with the NYPL since 2006.  He currently the teen librarian at the St. George branch.

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