Meet your ASLS board candidates! 2020-2021



Angela Hackstadt


My name is Angela Hackstadt and I am the Subject Librarian for Political Science, Public Policy, Public Administration and Law at the University at Albany. In this role, I assist students and faculty with research and navigating scholarly communications issues, provide reference service, and provide library instruction, collection development, and outreach for my subject areas. I currently serve as Government Relations Chair of ENY/ACRL and I actively participate in ACRL and the Politics, Policy, and International Relations Section (PPIRS) of ACRL. I look forward to engaging with ASLS in the role of Vice President/President Elect. My research interests include scholarly communications and subject librarianship, data privacy, qualitative methods, and food law and policy.





Kathleen Flynn


I’m the subject librarian for the Physical Sciences, Math & Statistics, Computer Science, and Engineering at the University at Albany.  I’m interested in learning more about the association and its people and hoping to create and maintain thorough records. I believe widespread communication and transparency regarding the section’s meetings and programming will inspire current and prospective members to be more engaged. 



Elizabeth Simmons


I am currently Systems & Electronic Services Librarian at Genesee Community College, and being an early career librarian, I highly value the commitment to professional development initiatives by NYLA/ASLS. I have almost ten years of experience with website management and have served as Secretary for Friends of the Wadsworth Library. I am still developing my research interests but currently my focus is on OER, accessibility, distance learning, and discovery. I have served on a SUNY Shared Library Services committee and task force, as well as the OER subcommittee at GCC;  I look forward to expanding my involvement to a wider-reaching organization.





Amanda McCormick


Amanda McCormick is a librarian with the Sciences and Engineering team at the University at Buffalo. She serves as liaison to the departments of Chemistry and Physics, where she focuses on providing research support and instruction to students and faculty members.  Amanda holds a B.S. in Biology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, a J.D. from the UB School of Law, and a M.L.S. from the UB Graduate School of Education. Her research interests focus on the communication of scientific information and the intersection of law, science and information. Before entering science librarianship, Amanda worked as a public librarian and an attorney. Among other activities, she volunteers with the UB Women in STEM Cooperative and WNYLRC Continuing Education Committee. As a past member of the NYLA PLS Board, she is familiar with NYLA and she would be happy to have the opportunity to help out with ASLS!



Anjali Parasnis-Samar


I am interested in running for the position of ASLS Director. I am passionate about academic librarianship and professional development and look forward to bringing that enthusiasm to this position. As the Instructional Technologies Librarian at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY, I collaborate with our Virtual Campus Center to integrate library services into online instruction. I also design online information literacy instructional materials, teach research skills, serve as the library liaison to the School of Humanities, and serve on MCC's Teaching and Creativity Center Committee. I have been active in NYLA since 2015, and currently serve on the boards of SMART, the New Members of NYLA, and the LGBTQIA Round Table. I hold an MSLIS from Syracuse University and MA in English Literature from University of California - Irvine.