2020 ACRL New England Chapter Board Candidates

ACRL New England is an all-volunteer organization that provides professional growth opportunities for academic research librarians and library staff. Now more than ever, the Chapter is appreciative of those stepping up and stepping in to support our profession during times of great change and tumult, helping to shape the landscape of academic librarianship in New England. Candidate information for the 2020 election period is included on this page for your review during the voting process. 

Open Positions on the ACRL/NEC Board

Vice President/President-Elect



State Rep for Maine

State Rep for Rhode Island

State Rep for Vermont

Vice President/President-Elect

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Elizabeth Dolinger

Candidate's Statement

I became involved as a member of ACRL NEC in 2009, eventually serving as NELIG co-chair with Laura Hibbler in 2011. What I loved about serving as co-chair was working closely with a dedicated group of librarians to develop a professional community and programming based on sharing practical solutions to challenges we all faced in the field. Our NELIG leadership team worked to strengthen the procedural and organizational health of NELIG by clarifying volunteer roles and responsibilities. We increased participation by mentoring librarians new to the field and re-thinking mid-winter meetings as instruction swaps to share teaching and assessment practices.

I’m motivated to return to serving ACRL NEC as VP/President Elect now, because we are at a pivotal moment in the organization's history. With the strategic plan developed last year, the ACRL NEC leadership is poised to enhance its organizational structure and identify new ways to support librarians. If elected, I would help develop an organization that is sustainable and provides accessible professional support for all members. I hope to facilitate a participatory professional community by emphasizing support for SIGs, exploring scholarship and grants opportunities, and reaching out to inspire, motivate, and support those who might join our profession and become the future of ACRL NEC. I aim always to learn from others, identify how we can address challenges, and work to enrich the work of librarians. I would be honored to serve as VP/President Elect and help the chapter grow and respond to the needs of members.

Professional Activities

Co-chair of the New England Library Instruction Group (NELIG) June 2011- June 2012

Co-chair elect of the New England Library Instruction Group (NELIG) June 2010- June 2011

Program Planning Group Co-chair for NELIG September 2009- June 2010


Information Literacy Librarian, Associate Professor 2014 – present. Assistant Professor, 2010- 2014; Mason Library, Keene State College.

Research Services Librarian. Landmark College Library, Landmark College. 2007-June 2010.

Interim Assistant Reference Librarian. Neilson Library, Smith College. January 2007-May 2007.


MS (Library and Information Science) Simmons College.

BA (History) Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.


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Katharine Eastman

Candidate's Statement

To my chapter colleagues:

I seek the honor of being your next chapter Vice-President/President-Elect. It’s been my privilege to have the opportunity to serve our local ACRL chapter, having been a chapter and committee member, and most recently co-chair of the Leadership Development Committee (LDC). My work in program planning would be an asset were I to serve as the chapter Vice-Pres. Several of the LDC programs to which I contributed significant planning included the workshop on the higher education institution in 2012, the program on accreditation in 2016, and LDC's most recent workshop on strategic planning. My experience includes outreach to and coordination with program speakers, outreach to vendors, scheduling and logistics, and budgeting, to which I bring professional experience as well.

I am eager to serve as our chapter develops its strategic plan at a crucial time for our institutions and our libraries and our society, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, as we walk through a landscape we can only begin to imagine and trace. I have the motivation and experience to do this, and welcome the responsibility. Please consider me with your vote in the 2020 chapter election. I thank you for considering my candidacy. Katharine Eastman

Professional Activities

ACRL NEC Leadership Development Committee Member 2011-2016; 2017- present; co-chair 2018-present

Associated & Research Collaboration (ARC) Libraries, Chair, Steering Committee, 2015-2016.

American Library Association, Member, 2011-

Association of College and Research Libraries, Member 2011-

College Library Directors' Mentorship Program (CLDMP) (ALA/ACRL), 2011-2012 Cohort

Special Libraries Association, Member, 2004-2005


Associate Professor, Director, Levin Library, Curry College, 2016-

Director of Libraries, Becker College, 2011-2016

Librarian in the Rowland Institute, Harvard University, 2002-2010

Librarian, Rowland Institute for Science, 1998-2002.


M.L.I.S. Simmons College, 1997

B.A. Kenyon College, 1988


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Erin Jerome

Candidate's Statement

I have been an active member of ACRL-NEC since I joined the University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries in May 2016. I’ve worked closely with the chapter’s Open Access Repository (OAR) group to help establish a repository for the annual conference, ultimately becoming a member of OAR after the repository’s launch. I am currently the co-Chair of the Scholarly Communication Interest Group (SCIG) and am also part of the chapter’s Strategic Planning Committee. It is my experience as a member of the latter group that made me want to run for Vice President of the chapter.

Executive Boards for organizations like ACRL-NEC are often rather mysterious to the rest of its members and I would like to change that! If elected, I would strive to make the board’s processes as transparent as possible. As such, I would focus on standardizing the onboarding process of new SIG/committee chairs and volunteers. Community building is very important to me and I love the serendipity that volunteer groups such as ACRL-NEC provides us, giving us opportunities to interact with colleagues who we might not otherwise overlap with professionally. It is my goal to make this chapter welcoming to all and to make their experiences as volunteers and members as rewarding as possible.

Professional Activities

Chapter Activities:

ACRL-NEC Strategic Planning Committee (2019 - present)

Scholarly Communication Interest Group (SCIG), co-chair (2018 - present)

Scholarly Communication Interest Group (SCIG), vice co-chair (2017-2018)

Open Access Repository (OAR) Group, (2016-present)

Additional Activities:

Northeast Institutional Repository Day (NIRD), co-organizer/co-founder (2019-present)

Library Carpentry certified instructor (2019-present)

IR Managers Forum, organizer/co-founder (2017-present)

Digital Commons Northeast User Group, co-organizer (2017)


Open Access & Institutional Repository Librarian, UMass Amherst (May 2016-present)

Access and Commons Services Lead, Brandeis University (2013-2016)

Public Services Coordinator, Brandeis University (2010-2013)

Institutional Repository Project Specialist (2009 - 2010)


Ph.D. (Musicology), Brandeis University, 2011

M.F.A. (Musicology), Brandeis University, 2008

B.A. (Music), Wesleyan University, 2002


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Susanna Cowan

Candidate's Statement

I have worked in higher education in administrative, instructional, and other capacities since 1993. I bring to my current work of library assessment years of experience in academic libraries, scholarship, teaching, administration. My understanding of the critical role my current assessment work plays draws on all of this experience. Utilized by strong leadership and empowered by vision, assessment has the potential to shape the stories that make (or break) libraries within our institutions.

Professional organizations are a critical piece of the work we do in our own libraries. Through these organizations, we cultivate great relationships with colleagues who often share our aspirations, even if they work in libraries significantly different from our own. This diversity of experience--and the broad diversity of our professional colleagues--makes investing in these organizations critical.

I'd love to be a part of this work to bring us together around community and great ideas that enrich us and help us support each other in our work. Now more than ever!

Professional Activities

ACRL Acad. Library Trends & Statistics Survey Ed. Board (until 2022); ACRL/ULS Future of University Libraries Discussion Group (until 2022); ACRL/ULS Evidence-Based Practices Discussion Group (until 2022); [2013-2018: various roles in professional orgs related to another higher ed profession!]; Member of (various dates) ALA/ACRL; LLAMA; ASIST; NELIG; Modern Language Association; EDUCAUSE/NERCOMP.

Various presentations, workshop leads, reports/white papers (library topics): 2005-2013; scholarly publication (portal, 2014); presentations/activity (non-library): 2013-18.

Co-winner of best paper award at ACRL-NEC (2010)


Coordinator for Library Research & Assessment, UConn Library (2018-present)

Director, UConn Summer & Winter Programs (2013-2018)

Undergraduate Education Team Leader, UConn LIbrary (2008-2013)

Undergraduate Education & Outreach Librarian, UConn Library (2005-2008)

Instruction Librarian (part-time), UConn Library (2003-2008)

Higher ed instruction positions in English, Communication, and Writing (various dates 1998-2002)


MLS, Southern Connecticut State Univ (2005)

PhD in English, University of Utah (2001)

BA in English/German, Swarthmore College (1989)


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Jennifer Eustis

Candidate's Statement

I am the Metadata Librarian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. But don't let that fool you. I'm excited to be running for the position of Secretary. Throughout my career, my work in metadata has allowed me to make connections with so many colleagues and different projects, from research data to resource sharing. Thanks to these opportunities, I have been able to be a part of so many networks whether directed related or not to metadata. I've also sought out these diverse opportunities because I feel it is important to network and give back to the library profession that has given me so much. I have enjoyed being Secretary in the past for other organizations. I would enjoy being able to serve as Secretary for ACRL New England.

Professional Activities

American Library Association Membership Committee, Member 2019-2021

On-Line Audiovisual Catalogers, Inc., Treasurer, 2019-2021


Metadata Librarian, UMass Amherst Libraries, 2018-present


M.S.: Simmons College, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, 2008.

Ph.D. in Philosophy: le Collège Dominicain de Philosophie et de Théologie, 2006.


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Megan Bresnahan

Candidate's Statement

I am running for the position of Treasurer-Elect for the ACRL New England Chapter. I will work to be an excellent steward of the chapter’s resources and to continue to improve its financial stability. I’ve served on regional and national committees, and these collaborative roles have helped me develop detail-oriented approaches to my service work and strong communication skills. I have experience managing budgets for both grants and library collections, which are directly applicable to this position.

In my role as a science librarian and faculty member at the University of New Hampshire, I frequently work with data, and this experience translates into solid skills for budget management, including proficiency in spreadsheets. In addition, I have worked in fiscally-constrained public universities for many years, which will inform my creative, budget-minded solutions to my work as Treasurer. As someone who was a first-generation college student, my lived experience helps me approach situations with financial empathy, and this lens informs my thinking about access to networks, professional associations, and professional development opportunities. I hope that you will consider me for this important position.

Professional Activities

Planning Team Member, New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians, 2015-2017

Advisory Board Member, NNLM/NER E-Science Program, 2015-2018

Co-Chair, Advisory Board, DataQ Project, 2014-2018

Poster Session Organizer, 2014 Research Data Preservation and Access Summit. San Diego, CA. 2013-2014

Lead Organizer, Inaugural 2013 Science Boot Camp for Librarians West, Boulder, CO. 2012-2013


Head of the Academic & Community Engagement Division, Life Sciences & Agriculture Librarian, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, 2016-Present 

Team Lead for Sciences & Social Sciences, Tufts University, Medford, MA, 2015-2016

Head of the Gemmill Library of Engineering, Math & Physics/Science & Engineering Librarian, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO, 2010-2015 

Web Coordinator/Education & Information Services Librarian, Boston University Alumni Medical Library, Boston, MA, 2007-2010  


M.Ed., University of New Hampshire, 2020 

M.S. (Information), University of Michigan, 2007


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Rebecca Parmer

Candidate's Statement

I’m honored to accept the nomination for the position of Treasurer. Although I’m new to the ACRL NEC community, I have nearly a decade of experience in service to non-profit and professional organizations, from preparing, sustaining, and growing budgets to support operational and strategic activities, to ensuring members have the resources they need to be successful through the development of programming and educational opportunities. As Treasurer, I would help ensure that ACRL NEC maintains its fiscal strength and sustainability through the responsible management of its assets and liabilities, provides transparency in its financial activities, and grows in its capacity to support the work of the organization and its members.

Professional Activities

Association of Centers for the Study of Congress - Awards Committee Member, 2020-Present

Boston Library Consortium - Special Collections Community of Interest (COI) Group Co-Chair, 2019-present

New England Archivists - Education Committee Co-Chair, 2017-2020; Member, 2009-Present

New London County Historical Society - Vice-President, Board of Directors; Collections Committee Chair, 2016-2019

New England Museum Association - Library and Archives Professional Affinity Group Co-Chair, 2011-2017

Society of American Archivists - Member, 2009-Present

ALA (ACRL, RBMS) - Member, 2014-Present


Head of Archives & Special Collections, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, 2018-Present

Librarian for Special Collections & Archives/College Archivist, Connecticut College, New London, CT, 2013-2018

Archivist, USS Constitution Museum, Boston, MA, 2008-2013


M.S. (Archival Management), Simmons College, Boston, MA

B.A. (English, Music), Scripps College, Claremont, CA

Digital Archives Specialist certification, Society of American Archivists, Chicago, IL



Christine Richardson

Candidate's Statement

I am excited to be considered for the position of Treasurer of ACRL/NEC. As past Treasurer of NETSL, I am a strong candidate due to my previous experience as treasurer of a nonprofit, library professional organization. I was successful in my previous position as a treasurer due to my efficient organizational skills, commitment to the organization and my colleagues, and strong communication skills. I would be honored to serve as ACRL/NEC Treasurer and thank you for considering me for the position.

Professional Activities

New England Technical Services Librarians (NETSL)

Board Member-at-Large 2010-2011

Treasurer 2011-2012

Vice President/President Elect 2012-2013

President, 2 terms, 2013-2014 and 2014-2015

Past-President, 2015-2016

Contributed to the Ithaka S&R report “Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Religious Studies Scholars”, http://www.sr.ithaka.org/publications/supporting-the-changing-research-practices-of-religious-studies-scholars/.

Co-authored the individual report for Yale University based on research and writing prepared for the Ithaka S&R study. “A Study of Faculty Research Practices in Religious Studies at Yale University”,



Metadata Management Librarian, University of Connecticut, Health Sciences Library, May 2019 -

Serials & Preservation Librarian, Yale University, Divinity Library, May 2007 - May 2019


Master of Library and Information Science

Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

Bachelor of Arts, Art History and Religion

University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia


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Mark Shelton

Candidate's Statement

It is with great respect for ACRL/NEC and its work in support of our academic colleagues across New England, and with a strong desire to be of service to our organization that makes me excited for this opportunity to run for Treasurer Elect/Treasurer. I recognize that we are working during challenging times which magnifies the importance of ACRL/NEC’s role in service and support of academic libraries and the staff that make them critical resources across colleges and universities. It is during such a time where we need to leverage and manage our resources so that we can have the greatest outcome and impact. As a librarian who has worked with and overseen multiple large budgets, both at institutions and organizations, I understand the importance of strong fiscal management coupled with the demands of meeting mission priorities and visionary ideas. I bring a strong analytic, mathematical, and organized background to the role. With an extensive background working with committees and boards, I also bring strong communication, collaboration, and leadership skills in support of our chapter Board.

Professional Activities

Book Review Editor for "College and Research Libraries" (2014 - present)

Board Chair/Vice Chair, Catholic Research Resources Alliance, (2018 - present)

Vice Chair/Chair/Past Chair, Academic Research Collaborative, Worcester, MA (2017-2020)

"Debating Issues in American Education" 10 Volumes. Sage Publishing. Advisory Board Member/Content Specialist (2010-2012)

ARL Spec Kit #302 "Managing Public Computing" (Nov. 2007) - Co-author

Numerous other published book reviews and papers, as well as presentations.

ALA and ACRL Member since 1993


Director of Library Services, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA (2016 - present)

Assessment Librarian, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (2014-2016)

Head of Collection Development, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA (2008-2014)

Physical Sciences Reference and Collection Development Librarian, Brown University, Providence, RI (1999-2008)

Head of Media Services, Brown University, Providence, RI (2004-2008)

Head of Library Systems, Brown University, Providence, RI (2002-2007)

Physical Sciences Reference and Collection Development Librarian, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska (1996-1999)


Ed.D. in Educational Leadership (Higher Education), Johnson and Wales University (2008)

MLS, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1996

BS in Applied Mathematics, Lyon College, Batesville, AR, 1988


State Rep: Maine

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Lia Horton

Candidate's Statement

I find myself in the unusual position of being a librarian with two New England affiliations: I live in Maine and work for a New Hampshire college. I have served on the Maine Library Association Executive Board as the Academic Interest Group co-chair, I have served on multiple state and regional library conference planning committees, and I try to attend national academic library conferences and events as much as possible. I also serve on the Libraries Committee of the New Hampshire College & University Council (NHCUC). I am accustomed to working remotely with groups.

I have been at Granite State College since October 2019, so I am still learning a lot about New Hampshire and I am motivated to get even more familiar with the academic library landscape in New England. In this position, I am a library staff of one, so my interests are broad, from information literacy and andragogy to access services and educational technology. I would be happy to contribute to ACRL NEC if my qualifications seem a good fit.

Professional Activities

Maine Library Association Executive Board Member, 2018-present

Maine Library Association 2019 conference committee member & presenter: It Takes a Village: Nurturing Stronger Maine Students

Maine Academic Libraries Day, 2018, persenter: Innovative Services for Distance Students

Selected as a participant in the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion: Teacher Track, 2014

New England Library Association Conference, conference committee member, 2013.

Maine Library Association Conference, 2012, presenter: Virtual Chat Reference Service


Granite State College, Concord, NH - College Librarian from Oct 2019 – present

Saint Joseph’s College, Standish, ME - Reference and Information Literacy Librarian from January 2012 – Oct 2019


Saint Joseph’s College, Standish, ME - Master of Business Administration in Leadership, 2019

Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA - MS Library and Information Science, 2010

University of Chicago, Chicago, IL - BA English Language and Literature, 2007


State Rep: Rhode Island

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Meagan Joseph

Candidate's Statement

As a relatively new part of the library profession I have a fresh outlook and am excited to take on new professional roles. I have a background in variouis fields of the public service sector and offer a skill set that is dedicated to high touch in aspects of my career. I look forward to an opportunity to meet other professionals state wide while representing ACRL in Rhode Island.

Professional Activities

Staff Advisor - Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Bryant University


Library Assistnant: Pell Library, University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography - 2014 to 2017

Public Services Librarian : The Douglas and Judith Krupp Library - 2016 to Present


MLIS, University of Rhode Island


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Ariela McCaffrey

Candidate's Statement

I co-chaired NELIG this year and had the opportunity to attend ACRL NEC board meetings. I am really excited about some of the new ideas around the strategic planning initiative and ensuring more engagement from the library community. I'd love to stay involved with the organization and promote these initiatives through the various channels available. I am chair of my social media committee at Connecticut College and am comfortable with many different platforms. In addition to the duties of the state rep, I plan to participate in conference planning and site selection, marketing/graphic design projects, and recruitment. Thank you for considering me for this position!

Professional Activities

NELIG co-chair, 2019-2020

SPARC Open Education Leadership Fellows Program, 2019-2020

RILA conference committee, 2010-2015


Assistant Director of Research Support, Connecticut College, 2018-2020

Head of Reference, JWU, 2001-2018




BA, Art Conservation, University of Delaware

BA, Art History, RIC


State Rep: Vermont

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Christie Silkotch

Candidate's Statement

My name is Christie Silkotch and I am a Library Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont. As my latest state-level service role comes to an end, I'd love to build upon that work and those connections to interact with the greater region. My diverse interests in all areas of librarianship, combined with my enthusiasm and collaborative spirit, would be a great fit for ACRL-NEC. I look forward to the opportunity to work with peers across New England and engage my colleagues at home in Vermont. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Professional Activities

Vermont Library Association College and Special Libraries Section, President, 2019 – 2020

Vermont Library Association College and Special Libraries Section, Vice President, 2018 – 2019

ACRL-NEC Research Data Services Interest Group, RDM Roundtable Host, July 2019

Academic Business Library Directors (ABLD), Representative, 2012 – 2013

EBSCO Business Advisory Board, Representative, 2012 – 2013

Special Libraries Association (SLA), McGill Chapter Secretary, 2009 – 2011


Science and Data Librarian (Library Assistant Professor), University of Vermont, 2017 – Present

Instructional Services Librarian, Johnson State College, 2016 – 2017

Library Assistant, Essex High School, Essex, VT, 2013 – 2015

School of Management Librarian (Librarian II), Yale University, 2011 – 2013


MLIS, McGill University, 2011

BA English, The College of New Jersey, 2007