ASLS Presents: Briefinars

Ever wondered what makes Special Libraries so special? NYLA’s Academic and Special Libraries Section (ASLS) is conducting a series of short interviews with librarians from various Special libraries to give us all a sneak peek into this fascinating area of our profession. Learn more about the collections, clients, and daily operations of New York State’s special libraries and the interesting people who run them. Interviews will be broadcast live and recorded for future viewing. These are SHORT and easy to fit into your busy day! That’s why we call them “Briefinars”. Each interview will be less than 30 minutes, including time for questions from the audience.


Strong Museum of Play 

  Panelist: Beth Merkle

  Date: Monday, July 20th

  Time: 11AM - 11:30AM

  Website: https://www.museumofplay.org/

 

Bio:  Since 2014, I have served as the Director of Libraries at The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, where I oversee the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play – a multidisciplinary research repository devoted to the intellectual, social, and cultural history of play – and of the Grada Hopeman Gelser circulating library – one of only a handful of public library branches located in a museum in the nation. Prior to joining The Strong Museum, I worked for more than fifteen years in public and academic libraries in varied capacities: reference and instruction, collection development, serials, technical services, teen services, and administration. I was director of the Geneva Public Library prior to coming to work at the Strong Museum. 


Russian History Foundation  

  Panelist: Michael Perekrestov

  Date: Monday, July 27th

  Time: 11AM - 11:30AM

  Website: http://www.russianhistoryfoundation.org/

Bio:  Michael Perekrestov has been working as Librarian at Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, NY since 2012. He is also the Executive Director of the Russian History Museum. Michael is passionate about sharing the rich library, archival, and museum collections of these institutions with the public. He earned his MLIS and Master of Arts in Museum Studies degrees at Syracuse University. During the course of his studies, Michael was a junior fellow at the Library of Congress, worked at the Syracuse University Art Galleries, and interned at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. 

 


Frick Art Reference Library  

  Panelist: Suz Massen

  Date: Monday, August 3rd

  Time: 11AM - 11:30AM

  Website: https://www.frick.org/research/library

 

Bio:  Suz Massen is the Associate Chief Librarian, Access, at the Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection. She has an advanced degree in information and library science from the University at Albany, State University of New York. She also holds an undergraduate degree in art history from Binghamton University, State University of New York, and an advanced degree in art history from Hunter College, City University of New York. She enjoys visual dictionaries, out-of-date science texts, and vintage etiquette books. Suz focuses on pursuits that will aid her in not just being a librarian (as she already is) but in being a super librarian (what she aspires to be). 

 

 


Center for Inquiry Libraries

  Panelist:  Tim Binga

  Date: Monday, August 10th

  Time: 11AM - 11:30AM

  Website: https://centerforinquiry.org/

 

Bio:  Timothy Binga has worked at the Center for Inquiry in Amherst, New York, since 1997. Over this course of time, he has been or currently is the Director of Libraries, Director of IT, Book Review Editor for Free Inquiry, archivist, Purchasing Director, and Chief Archives Officer for the Robert G. Ingersoll Birthplace Museum. He has lectured on such topics as Dr. Ray Vaughn Pierce, patent medicines, Elbert Hubbard, the RMS Titanic, digital libraries, Robert G. Ingersoll, Transracial Adoption, and more. He has written articles for Free Inquiry and Skeptical Inquirer magazines, the Dictionary of American Philosophers, and The Encyclopedia of Time, as well as being a “serial contributor” to the New Encyclopedia of Unbelief. In his “spare time,” he writes science fiction and fantasy, does fine-scale modeling, researches local history, and takes way too many pictures of his dogs for Instagram. 

 

 


Adirondack Experience Library  

  Panelist:  Ivy Gocker

  Date: Monday, August 17th

  Time: 11AM - 11:30AM

  Website: https://www.theadkx.org/library-research/

 

Bio:  Ivy Gocker has been Library Director at the Adirondack Experience (ADKX) since 2016. Prior to that, she worked for nine years at the Brooklyn Public Library in New York City, spending her last six in the library’s local history and special collections department, the Brooklyn Collection. She has a Master’s degree in Library Science from Pratt Institute. View the ADKX Collections Database here.

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Albany Institute of History and Art 

  Panelist: Hannah Cox

  Date: Monday, August 24th

  Time: 11AM - 11:30AM

  Website: https://www.albanyinstitute.org/

Bio:  Hannah Cox became the Archivist/Librarian at the Albany Institute for History & Art Library in October 2019. At AIHA, she manages the archives and library, arranges and describes collection materials, assists researchers with their queries, catalogs materials, manages a crew of volunteers, and much more! Previously, Hannah worked as the Manuscripts Archivist in the Rakow Research Library at the Corning Museum of Glass and as the first trained archivist for the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library. Her first archival position was as a graduate assistant in the Ball State University Archives, in Muncie, Indiana, from 2004-2006. Hannah received her Master of Library Science and Master of Public History degrees from Indiana University, Indianapolis, and holds Bachelor of Science degrees in both History and Anthropology from Ball State University. She is a Certified Archivist through the Academy of Certified Archivists and earned a Specialty Track Certificate in Historic Preservation Studies through the Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies in Mt. Carroll, Illinois. Hannah currently serves on the Society of American Archivists Committee on Education and previously served on the board of the Society of North Carolina Archivists for three years, including terms as Vice-President and President.

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