Here are some staff you should know who’ve joined the library since last spring.
Sarah Kennedy ’10 started at Mann in July as the Collection Development & Digital Collections Librarian. She coordinates the library’s book selection process (both print and electronic) and serves as the coordinator for liaison services to the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station community in Geneva, NY. Sarah is also the liaison to two departments (Entomology and Food Science). Sarah comes to us from the University of West Virginia, where she was the Agriculture, Natural Resources, Design, and Extension Librarian. Sarah’s net id is sek45.
Kate Ghezzi-Kopel is the Applied Health Sciences Librarian at Albert R. Mann Library. She serves as liaison to the Cornell department of Human Development and the Division of Nutritional Sciences. Kate holds a B.A. in English from Ithaca College and a M.S. in Library and Information Sciences from Syracuse University. Her interests include health information literacy, systematic reviews, social media in libraries, and promotion of evidence-based research practices. Prior to joining Mann Library, Kate was Research Assistant at The Center for Bioethics and Humanities at SUNY Upstate Medical University and Intern at the SUNY Upstate Health Sciences Library. She also spent several years in academic publishing developing and acquiring content in the fields of biology, communication studies, mathematics, and clinical medicine. Kate’s net id is kwg37.
Chris Johns is our new Lending Coordinator in Mann Interlibrary Loan. Chris has over 15 years experience in the service industry, and has been the owner of Dog Man pet-sitting business since 2011. Chris attended the Finger Lakes School of Massage after moving to Ithaca in 2014 and is a certified massage therapist. As our Lending Coordinator, Chris will be responsible for coordinating all tasks involved with interlibrary lending and Document Delivery services at Mann, and will be the point person for the delivery of library-to-library, Borrow Direct, and interlibrary loan items to the Geneva campus. He will also be working regular shifts on the circulation desk, assisting patrons with their borrowing and poster printing needs. Chris’ NetID is cmj84.
Mary Lee “Mel” Jensen was hired as a part-time reference assistant at Mann Library. She has experience as the Head of Instructional Services and as an Assistant Professor at Kent State University. She was also the Instruction Coordinator at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio. Mel will be working the front lines as a reference assistant where she will help manage reference desk operations, and help triage and answer the thousands of annual questions we get at the reference desk. Her hours will be 8:15am – 1:15pm, Monday through Friday. Mel’s NetID is mj533.
Megan Benson started as another new part-time reference assistant In July. Before coming to Mann, Megan worked in the Orange County Library System in Orlando Florida, and as an Adjunct Professor at Valencia College in Orlando. Megan will also be helping to manage reference desk operations, and helping to triage and answer our volumes of reference questions. Her hours will be 12:00 – 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. Megan’s NetID is mlb459.
Deborah Cooper joined Mann’s Collection Development department as our new Collections Specialist on September 29th. Deborah comes to us from Digital Scholarship and Preservation Services (DSPS) in Olin where she has worked on the arXiv repository team. Previously she worked at the SUNY Cortland Memorial Library where she had reference and collection development duties. She also has Special Collections experience from an internship at the Rakow Library at the Corning Museum of Glass and has done volunteer archival work for Historic Ithaca. Deborah earned an MLIS from San José State University and has a BA in History from Leeds University, U.K. Her net id is dsc255.