Who We Are
Steven Bell is currently Associate University Librarian for Research and Instructional Services at Temple University, and was previously Director of the Library at Philadelphia University. He also maintains the blog Kept-Up Academic Librarian and blogs for ACRLog. With John Shank he is co-founder of the Blended Librarians Online Learning Community. More information is found at his website.
Brian Mathews is currently Assistant University Librarian, Outreach & Academic Services at University of California, Santa Barbara. Brian contributes the column “Next Steps” to American Libraries on the topic of creative leadership practices, and is the author of Marketing Today’s Academic Library. His primary blog is The Ubiquitous Librarian, which chronicles insights and experiments from the patron community.
John D. Shank has been in the higher education field since 1996. He received his Masters from Drexel’s school of Library and Information Science. Since, entering the field he has worked at several academic institutions in various capacities including: Montgomery County Community College, Haverford College, and Bryn Mawr College. Currently, he is the Instructional Design Librarian and director of the Center for Learning Technologies for Pennsylvania State Universityâ€™s, Berks campus. He has presented hundreds of faculty development workshops, lectures, and seminars at various universities and colleges, and given presentations at regional and national conferences. Shank has also authored and coauthored articles and book chapters on the topic of integrating instructional technology into library services. He is also co-founder, along with Steven Bell, of the Blended Librarian Online Learning Community.
Jill Stover is the Undergraduate Services Librarian at Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University. Jill enjoys writing about library marketing on her blog, Library Marketing-Thinking Outside the Book and on the KnowThis.com Marketing Blog. She is pursuing a Certificate in Marketing from the VCU School of Business. For more information, see Jill’s vita.
Jeff Trzeciak is the University Librarian at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Previously he worked at Wayne State University (Detroit) and Wright State University (Dayton, Ohio), mostly in “systems”. He maintains a blog at ulatmac.wordpress.com where he is currently writing about the “transformation” of McMaster’s libraries.
Michael J. Giarlo is a librarian technologist currently working at the Princeton University Library as a Digital Library Applications Programmer, and was previously a systems administrator and project coordinator at the Rutgers University Libraries and the University of Washington Libraries. He has published and presented on digital preservation and archiving, human-information behavior, XML, institutional repositories, and library technology.