2018 ASLS Board Elections


The following people were elected in the 2018 elections, and will begin their terms after the conference in November:


Nicholas Lamb – Vice President/President-Elect

Emily Clasper – Director

Katherine Moss – Director

Kelsey Milner – Secretary


Vice-President / President-Elect

Nicholas Lamb
Research Specialist
Shearman & Sterling LLP

I am a library and information management professional located in New York City.  I currently work in the Research and Information Services Department of Shearman & Sterling LLP, a large, international law firm.  I previously worked at The Morgan Library & Museum for a number of years.  I am extensively involved in librarianship and serve on: the ALA/ACRL Government Relations Committee; the Special Libraries Association’s Public Policy Task Force; and LLAGNY’s Student Relations Committee.  

I studied law at William & Mary Law School and am interested in information law, copyright, and public policy.  In addition, I studied Classical and Byzantine Studies at Harvard, Oxford, and Columbia Universities.  I also remain active in these fields, serving in a number of capacities such as on the Board of the Friends of Mt. Athos (Americas).      

I am a native Long Islander and attended Chaminade High School.  I enjoy writing for my blog site, www.bonkersforbooks.com, playing tennis, and, of course, reading.

I hope to utilize my experience and leadership skills for the benefit of the ASLS as Vice President/President-Elect!  




Emily Clasper
Director of Service Strategies, Patron Services
University at Rochester


Kate Erwin
Reference and instruction librarian
Rockland Community College

I am pleased to be running for Director on the ASLS board.  I am a reference and instruction librarian in a community college; I have served as president and conference curator of NYLA’s Information Literacy Round Table (ILRT) since 2016. I greatly value the important work of the organization in advocating for libraries and in providing professional development opportunities through programming and networking. My career as a librarian has been focused on academic library issues; I would be a strong advocate for the interests and concerns of academic and special libraries within NYLA, and work conscientiously with fellow ASLS board members to achieve the section’s goals.

I currently serve on the ACRL/CJCLS OER Task Force and on an ACRL Instruction Section Communications Committee. Previously, I was an Arts Administrator at the 92nd St Y in New York City, and an Assistant Editor of The Hudson Review. I received my MLS from University at Albany, a Master’s of English from New York University, and a Master’s of Middle Eastern Studies from University of Texas at Austin.

It would be an honor to serve and thank you for your consideration.


Lynne Kvinnesland
Information Literacy Librarian
Colgate University

I am excited about this opportunity to contribute to the work of the Academic and Special Libraries Section of NYLA. Over the course of my 12-year career as an academic librarian at various universities in the Northeast, I have been exposed to many of the issues and interests of librarians serving a postsecondary population and I am committed to creating meaningful and engaging programs for learning and career growth for this subgroup of librarians. As an Information Literacy Librarian, I am particularly interested in the librarian’s role as educator as we seek to empower our users to effectively and critically navigate an increasingly complex infosphere.  

Over the years I have acquired experience serving on numerous committees that support the work of academic librarians, in a variety of leadership and participant capacities, at the local, state, and national level. Since taking up my position at Colgate in 2015, membership in NYLA and ENY/ACRL has enabled me to meet and work with a variety of academic librarians in New York and I would welcome the chance to collaborate more fully with my colleagues across the region as we engage with the present challenges of our profession and prepare ourselves for future opportunities.


Kate Moss
Head of Reference, Instruction and Outreach
College of Saint Rose

 I love libraries. While my current job is Head of Reference, Instruction and Outreach at the College of Saint Rose, I  have been working in various libraries since I was 13 years old, (37 years ago)! I am a member of the ENY/ACRL program planning committee and I am providing vendor support for upcoming conference. I also co-lead a monthly Capital District Library Council special interest group: “Reference, Instruction and Outreach”. Our meetings are lively and include academic, special and public librarians. We share ideas and best practices, and brainstorm difficulties that we all face. I am also hosting a CDLC “Info Mingle” at Saint Rose in June (I hope you will attend).
I was inspired to become more involved in NYLA this year when I attended the 2018 rally for NYLA's Library Advocacy Day. It was wonderful to be among so many others who are also passionate about libraries. The positive energy was contagious. I would love to volunteer to help with the work of ASLS in conference program planning, and in outreach to other academic and special librarians to engage in legislative advocacy. I want to know: how can we get academic and special libraries enthused about the work of NYLA? Let’s find out together!

James Teliha
Director of Library and Learning Commons
Utica College



 I have 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 the academic library community in NYLA.  Working to provide better engagement with and experiences for our community, especially early-career librarians, is vital if we are to survive and thrive as a profession.





Kelsey Milner
Purchasing / Processing Assistant
Siena College

I am very excited to run for ASLS secretary. I have been on the ASLS board for almost two years, serving as the Communications Chair and Webmaster. As part of this position, I manage our social media pages and website. It has also provided me the opportunity to serve as the ASLS representative on NYLA’s Communications Committee, which has been working to establish organization-wide communication policies. Being involved with ASLS has been very rewarding. I have met incredible librarians and gained a broader understanding of the issues affecting special and academic libraries across New York. I am excited for the chance to serve ASLS in a new capacity.