Meet your ASLS board candidates! 2019-2020



James Teliha

Hi – I’m Jim Teliha, Dean of the Library & Learning Commons at Utica College in Utica, NY.  I’ve worked in libraries for over 40 years in public, special, and academic libraries, 18 years as paraprofessional, and the rest as a librarian.  I”ve worked in Colorado, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Idaho before coming to New York.  I’ve been an ALA member for over 20 years, and have had a wide variety of experience serving on ALA committees, from the Committee on Legislation on which I currently serve, to the Intellectual Freedom Committee, and Membership Committee, and I believe my experience there would be useful to our Academic & Special Library Section in NYLA.  We must work to provide better engagement with and experiences for our community in general, and focusing on early-career librarians in particular, if we are to remain vital and thrive as a profession.



Emily Underwood

Emily Underwood is a research and instruction librarian at the Hobart and William Smith Colleges, in Geneva, NY. Teaching information literacy is one of her passions. She is also interested in health literacy and doing what she can to help dismantle the stigma surrounding mental health. In her spare time she enjoys listening to leadership, personal finance, and popular psychology books (audio books are the best), as well as taking her dog on long walks.



Jamia Williams

Currently, I am a Liaison Librarian at the Edward G. Miner Library at the University of Rochester.  I earned my Bachelors of Science in History at SUNY Brockport and I earned my Master of Library Science from North Carolina Central University.  My research interests are diversity residencies and diversity fellowships within librarianship, the retention of librarians of color, equity, diversity, inclusion, accessibility, health literacy, and health justice.


Caitlin Kenney

Caitlin Kenney is the Engagement and Education Services Coordinator at the Western New York Library Resources Council, where she plans professional development programming, manages the Ask Us 24/7 Virtual Reference Service, and helps coordinate other projects, including the annual Intersect Unconference. She completed her Master of Library and Information Science degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in December 2011, and has worked the reference desk in both academic and public libraries for almost eight years. She also holds a dual BA in Literature and History. Caitlin loves taking walks with her dog, travelling, watching movies, and learning new skills. Recently she learned to sail and is now learning film photography.