Our Blogging Team
Janie Hermann, MLIS, Founding Contributor
I am the Program Coordinator at Princeton Public Library which means that I oversee the 1,500+ programs planned annually by the library’s 15 member cross-departmental programming team. In 2007 I was chosen by Library Journal as a “Mover and Shaker” for my work in developing Princeton’s technology training program and for the founding of Tuesday Technology Talks in 1999. I serve on the executive board of ALA’s LEARNING Round Table and am active on several other ALA committees. I am proud Canadian and a graduate of GSLIS at The University of Western Ontario, but have lived in NJ for the last 10 years where I have been involved with NJLA and was appointed by the state librarian to serve on the Blue Ribbon Task Force on the Future of Libraries in New Jersey. During the last 10 years have given over 100 presentations to librarians at the local, state and national level on a variety of topics ranging from Social Software to Newspaper Indexing. In my spare time I enjoy scrapbooking, skiing and spending time with my son and husband.
Robert J. Lackie, MLIS, MA, Founding Contributor
I am a Professor-Librarian at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ, where I co-lead the Franklin F. Moore Library’s course-integrated Research Instruction Program and serve as the Education Librarian. Since 1998, I have provided hundreds of teacher-librarian seminars, presented frequently at conferences, and published within various professional books and periodicals, in addition to serving for four years as Rider University’s first Faculty-in-Residence–now that was a fun gig! For my teaching, writing, leadership, and service to the profession, I have received several accolades, including the New Jersey Library Association College & University Section / Association of College & Research Libraries New Jersey (NJLA-CUS / ACRL-NJ) Chapter “2011 Distinguished Service Award” and the American Library Association (ALA) “2006 Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship, among others. In 2009, my co-edited book was published, entitled, Teaching Generation M: A Handbook for Librarians and Educators, which was listed in 2010 as one of VOYA’s top ten “Essential Books for Professionals Who Serve Teens.” Note: For a more detailed list of my publications, presentations, or other information (curriculum vitae, workshops, honors, etc.), please visit http://www.robertlackie.com/ OR http://www.rider.edu/faculty/robert-j-lackie
Marie Radford, Ph.D, Founding Contributor
I am a tenured Associate Professor at Rutgers University’s School of Communication and Information. I teach masters and PhD level courses in reference, management, LIS theory, & interpersonal communication. My research interests are in interpersonal communication aspects of reference service (traditional & virtual), evaluation of digital resources & services, cultural studies, and media stereotypes of librarians. I have given numerous international, national and local presentations and workshops on communication and leadership topics. I am co-PI on an IMLS grant Seeking Synchronicity that studies live chat reference. My newest books are Conducting the Reference Interview, (2nd ed. Neal-Schuman, 2009), co-authored with Catherine S. Ross and Kirsti Nilsen and Academic Library Research: Perspectives and Current Trends (ACRL, 2008), co-edited with Pamela Snelson. I am active in library and communication associations, including ALA, ALISE, and RUSA. For more information about my publications see: http://comminfo.rutgers.edu/~mradford.
I am very happily married to Gary P. Radford and have a lovely daughter, Meg, who is attending Rutgers University, studying Animal Science.
April Bunn, MLIS, Contributor
I am a School Library Media Specialist at Atlantic Highlands Elementary School in the bayshore region of Monmouth County, NJ. I finished my work on my MLIS at Rutgers in December of 2007. I transitioned from a 13 year career as a Flight Attendant for United Airlines to a teacher to a Technology & Media Specialist to my current position.
I wear many hats in my library- cataloging, collection development, circulation, budgeting, storytelling, technology coordinator, teaching and more. I proudly call Red Bank and coastal Monmouth County my home since 2004. I am a member of the Board of NJASL where I have been the recipient of a Future Leaders award, a sponsored participant in ALA Emerging Leaders, as well as my current role as Villy Ghandi Scholar, working on a NJ Student Media Festival.
Emily Knox, MA, MLIS, Contributor
I’m a doctoral student in the Department of Library Science at Rutgers University School of Communication & Information. My research interests include intellectual freedom and religious censorship.
You can find out more about me at emilyknox.net.
Cynthia Lambert, MLIS Contributer
I received my MLIS from Rutgers in May, 2008 and am a full-time Library Assistant at Princeton Public Library. My focus is on reference and adult services, particularly virtual and non-traditional reference. Lately I have been working on multi-generational and family programs and resources for public libraries.
Prior to becoming a librarian, I was a financial analyst. This background gives me a particular interest in the areas of productivity; cost containment, and resource marketing and management, especially the negative and harsh reception such topics get from many libraries and librarians. I am a member of NJLA and an active member of the NJLA Investment Committee and the NJLA Summer Reading Committee. I hope to become more active in the local and national organizations. I am an avid knitter and geocacher (and have created programs for adults and teens that incorporate those passions). You can follow me on Twitter and Facebook where I am known as LibraryCynthia (I’ve got answers).
John LeMasney, Contributor
I am a father, husband, artist, consultant, technologist, designer, poet and open source evangelist living and working in New Jersey. I look for opportunities to help people to use technology in innovative ways to improve their work, lives and purpose. I especially love the opportunity to help people discover their personal creativity.
I am currently the Manager of Educational Technology Training and Outreach at Princeton University, and formerly the Manager of Technology Training at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ. I was awarded a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership in December of 2009, and hold a BFA in Sculpture at University of the Arts from 1991.