Blog member bios:
Rory Litwin is the founder of the Library Juice blog and the electronic serial of the same name prior to that. In 2006 he founded Library Juice Press and Litwin Books. He is a small press publisher and an online educator through Library Juice Academy. His library career was as a reference librarian, mainly in academic libraries. He has served on ALA Council and as a core member of PLG and SRRT. Information about him can be found at rorylitwin.info. He can be reached at rory [at] libraryjuicepress.com.
Alison Lewis teaches full time in the library and information science program at Drexel University’s iSchool. Her research interests include ethical issues within librarianship and library services to humanists and social scientists. Previously, she has worked in a number of specialized, research, and academic libraries. She is the author of Literary Research and British Modernism: Strategies and Resources (Scarecrow, 2010) and the editor of Questioning Library Neutrality: Essays from Progressive Librarian (Library Juice Press, 2008). She can be reached at alewis [at] drexel.edu.
Terry Epperson is the Social Sciences Librarian at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), where he also occasionally serves as an adjunct instructor. He holds a doctorate in Anthropology from Temple University (1991) and an LIS degree from Drexel University (2003). His research and teaching interests include the application of critical social theory to LIS, computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL), the anthropology of cyberspace, conversation analysis, ethnomethodology, and critical race theory. Dr. Epperson is currently Chair of the Anthropology and Sociology Section (ANSS) of ACRL. He has also chaired the Braverman Award Committee for the Progressive Librarians Guild and has been active in the Freedom to Read Foundation and the Social Responsibilities Roundtable of ALA. Terry can be reached at epperson [at] tcnj.edu.
Erik Sean Estep has been a reference librarian for over ten years and holds degrees from Purdue University, Ball State University, and Indiana University. He has reviewed many books in a variety of journals, ranging from The Digest of Middle East Studies to portal: Libraries in the Academy. His first book (along with co-editors Martin Wallace and Rebecca Tolley-Stokes), Generation X Librarianship: Essays on Leadership, Technology, Pop Culture, Social Responsibility, and Professional Identity was published this May by McFarland Press. His intellectual interests include class and librarianship, intellectualism in librarianship, and political discourse of blogs. He can be reached at Hobsbawm17 [at] gmail.com.
Alan Mattlage is a Public Services Librarian at the University of Maryland with a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Illinois and an M.L.S. from the University of Maryland. He is particularly interested in Information Ethics, the social impact of information technology, propaganda, and epistemological issues raised by the growth of the internet. He can be reached at mattlage [at] umd.edu.
Melissa Morrone works at Brooklyn Public Library. Her extracurricular workshops and presentations have taken place at U.S. Social Forums, local independent media events, the 2008 IFLA conference, and a food coop. She is coauthor of “Radical Reference: Socially Responsible Librarianship Collaborating With Community” (The Reference Librarian, October 2009), among other pieces about the intersections between library services and social justice activism, and editor of the forthcoming Library Juice Press title Informed Agitation: Library and Information Skills in Social Justice Movements and Beyond. She can be reached at informed.agitation at gmail dot com.
Aliqae Geraci is the Industrial and Labor Relations Research Librarian at Cornell University’s Hospitality, Labor and Management Library. A former public librarian and labor researcher, she is a co-founder of Save NYC Libraries and serves on the Board of Directors of Urban Librarians Unite. Aliqae speaks and writes about library advocacy and library workers’ organizations, and is the co-author of the book Grassroots Library Advocacy (ALA Editions, 2012).
Maria T. Accardi is Assistant Librarian and Coordinator of Instruction at the Library at Indiana University Southeast. Maria holds a BA in English from Northern Kentucky University, an MA in English from the University of Louisville, and an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh. She served as a co-editor of and contributor to Critical Library Instruction: Theories and Methods (Library Juice Press, 2010), and is the author of the forthcoming Feminist Pedagogy for Library Instruction (Library Juice Press, 2013).
Lua Gregory is the Instruction and Educational Technologies Librarian at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and holds an MLIS degree from University of California, Los Angeles. Before moving to Boston, she was an Assistant Librarian at the University of Redlands for several years where she met Shana Higgins and together, began teaching, presenting and researching issues such as censorship, free speech, and the social justice undercurrents of information literacy. She is co-editor of Information Literacy and Social Justice: Radical Professional Praxis (Library Juice Press, 2013). Lua can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shana Higgins is currently the Education, and Area & Interdisciplinary Studies Librarian at University of Redlands. She earned an MLS degree, as well as an MA in Latin American & Caribbean Studies, from Indiana University, Bloomington. She has had the great fortune to work with Lua Gregory, a remarkable partner in teaching, presenting, and researching issues such as censorship, free speech, and aspects of social justice inherent in information literacy. She is co-editor of Information Literacy and Social Justice: Radical Professional Praxis (Library Juice Press, 2013). Shana can be reached at email@example.com.