Nina Clements, Contributing Editor

Reference & Instruction Librarian, Penn State Brandywine

Nina Clements is a writer, librarian, and editor. In all of her work, she looks to the guiding principle of E.M. Forster's Howard's End, "Only connect," a self-referential epigraph. As a librarian, she connects people to resources, other scholars, and to their own interests.

She earned an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh and an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She is also a contributor to ACRL's Women's and Gender Studies Section blog.

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Kate Joranson, Contributing Editor

Interim Head, Frick Fine Arts Library, University of Pittsburgh

Kate Joranson studied art at the University of Wisconsin, earned her MFA at Ohio State University, and an MLIS at the University of Pittsburgh. As both a librarian and an artist, she enjoys the accidental nature of looking for one thing, and finding something else.

As a blogger, she cultivates collisions and connections among seemingly disparate interests. Snow drifts, messy kitchens, market research, and pink scaffolding are all topics you may encounter on her blog, where she explores search engines as a medium.  Also: small business owner, gardener, knitter and sewer.

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Steve Van Tuyl, Contributing Agitator

Data Services Librarian, Carnegie Mellon University

Steve Van Tuyl started his professional life as a Forest Ecologist, studying how forest ecosystems cycle carbon to and from the atmosphere. Science is about discovery and a key part of that discovery is sharing - something he found more interesting, in many ways, than the discovering itself. Now he works to help researchers share their research data to help advance science and scholarship. Also: yeast wrangler, tall tale spinner, daddy-o.

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Aaron Brenner, Guest Blogger

Coordinator of Digital Scholarship, University Library System, University of Pittsburgh

Aaron Brenner is a librarian working in Pittsburgh, PA. He attended Oberlin College, then spent a year in London working variously for a department store catalog, the London Metropolitan Archives, and the contemporary art department of a big auction house. Later, a job shelving books at Emory University led him to the MLIS program at the University of Pittsburgh, and then to a job at Pitt working on digital libraries. These days, his work emphasizes collaboration and partnerships around digital collections, research data, and tools and resources to support digital scholarship.

If you asked his children, they would tell you he likes bicycles, coffee, and not getting a dog. This is true, but he also likes eggplant, Bo Diddley, and many, many other things.

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Jeff Goldenson, Guest Blogger

Jeff Goldenson works at the intersection of libraries, community and creativity.  He runs the Library at Olin College, where, side-by-side with students, they are experimenting their way into the future of libraries.  He'd love to hear from you!


Desirae Sweet,  Guest Blogger

Business Librarian, James Madison University

After studying religion and classics at Oberlin College and biblical studies at Yale Divinity School,
Desirae Zingarelli-Sweet earned her MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh. Now, she spends her days applying her hermeneutic of suspicion to business information and hopes her undergraduates will, too. She also loves baking challah and taking long walks with her wife and their elderly cockapoo.

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