PresentersKate Boylan, Director, Archives & Digital Initiatives, Wheaton College
Kate Boylan, Director of Archives and Digital Initiatives, oversees the strategic development, maintenance, preservation and curation of historical, special, and digital collections in the Madeleine Clark Wallace Library at Wheaton College. She partners college–wide with faculty, students, and staff to identify materials to cultivate internal and external interdisciplinary partnerships for resource acquisition and sharing, as well as for collaborative scholarship and teaching. Kate serves as the administrator of the Wheaton College Digital Repository, and JSTOR Forum collections, serving as both liaison and support staff to many digital initiatives, academic and institutional. Kate is President-Elect of the Digital Commonwealth: Digital Commonwealth is a non-profit collaborative organization, founded in 2006, that provides resources and services to support the creation, management, and dissemination of cultural heritage materials held by Massachusetts libraries, museums, historical societies, and archives. Digital Commonwealth currently has over 200 member institutions from across the state of Massachusetts.
Sarah Campbell, Research & Instruction Librarian, Johnson & Wales University
Sarah (they/them/theirs) is the Reference and Instruction Services librarian at the Downcity Library. Their interests include the ways in which librarians can help to reduce research anxiety and ‘the digital divide’ with respect to diverse content creators, integrating digital media into the learning process, and finding ways to keep students raucously engaged in classroom instruction. They are particularly passionate about integrating critical pedagogy and a student-centered approach to instruction.
Kerry Caparco, Reference Librarian, Johnson & Wales University
Kerry (she/her/hers) is a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Harborside Campus library and passionate about OER and information literacy instruction.
Jenny Castel, Reference Librarian, Johnson & Wales University
Jenny (she/her/hers) is a Reference Librarian at the Downcity Campus library since 2018. Jenny is enthusiastic about information, digital, and media literacies and supporting students in their learning endeavors in the classroom and the library.
Michelle Chiles, Head of Archives and Special Collections, Providence College
Michelle Chiles is the Head of Archives and Special Collections at Providence College, prior to this she was the Research Center Manager for the Rhode Island Historical Society. Holding various archivist and librarian positions in the New England region, her focus and professional interests center the end user experience and researcher access to collections and primary sources.
Genna Duplisea, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, Salve Regina University
Genna (she/her/hers) is the 2021-2022 president of New England Archivists as well as a member of the Society of American Archivists Issues and Advocacy Steering Committee and Rhode Island Historical Records Advisory Board. She is particularly interested in archival ethics, history and gender, and environmental justice.
Sarah Edmonds, Assistant Library Director, Providence College
Sarah (she/her) is a library administrator at Providence College. Her interests include institutional effectiveness; diversity, equity and inclusion work within libraries and archives; and positive, person-centered leadership styles for librarians and archivists.
Erika Gearing, Reference Management Librarian, Johnson & Wales University
Erika Gearing, Reference Management Librarian for Johnson & Wales University since 2007. Supporting students and fostering a dynamic team environment is at the core of everything I do.
Joseph Giammarco, Collections Services Specialist, Providence College
Joe Giammarco has been the Collection Services Specialist at Providence College for two years. Previous to this position, he worked in circulation at North Providence Union Free Library, and the Cumberland Public Library.
George Hart, Dean of Library and Academic Innovation, Community College of Rhode Island
George Hart is Dean of Library and Academic Innovation at the Community College of Rhode Island, and it's the second half of his job title that gets interesting. Prior to CCRI, George was director of libraries for over seven years at UMass Lowell, and for the decade before that was an assistant and associate director at UMass Boston. Other experience includes work as a public librarian, special librarian, business librarian, and member of a dot.com startup team. George has an MLIS from Rutgers and an MBA from Babson.
Lisa Helwig-Payne, Access Services Coordinator, Johnson & Wales University
Lisa is a Circulation manager and student supervisor at the Yena Center Library in downtown Providence. One area of focus for Lisa is Course Reserves because students depend on this free service to succeed in their academic studies.
Kathleen Henke, Metadata & Acquisitions Librarian, Wheaton College
Kate Henke (she/her/hers) has been the Acquisitions and Metadata Librarian at Wheaton College for the last four years. Previously she worked at a startup company that focused on ebook distribution and data analytics. Her interests include critical cataloging and learning new technologies.
Julie Kliever, Head of Collections Services, Providence College
Julie Kliever is Head of Collections Services at Providence College, where she’s worked since 2007. This is her second career, she previously worked in Information Technology for private industry.
Meika Matook, Reference Librarian, Johnson & Wales University
Meika Matook is a Reference Librarian at the Downcity Library. She is most passionate about building positive connections with students, especially during research appointments.
David Meincke, Digital Services Librarian, Johnson & Wales University
David Meincke is the Director of Digital Resources and Services at the Johnson & Wales University Library. He has been with JWU for ten years.
Peter Rogers, Ph.D., Head of Research & Education, Providence College
– Peter Rogers (he/his) is interested in library instruction, research data services, and geospatial data and mapping. In his pre-library life, he taught environmental studies and did research in Eastern and Southern Africa on the politics of wildlife conservation and protected area management.
Janice Schuster, Electronic Resources, Collections, and Research & Education Librarian, Providence College
Janice serves as Commons Librarian for Electronic Resources, Collections, and Research & Education/Associate Professor at the Phillips Memorial Library at Providence College. She is responsible for the library’s electronic resources and serials and fulfills all responsibilities of her faculty status. She has published on e-resources, serials, adoption and livable communities among other topics. Her list of scholarly works is available here: https://works.bepress.com/janice_schuster/
Lisa Spicola, Chief Librarian, Johnson & Wales University
Lisa is the chief librarian of the JWU Harborside Campus Library and is the subject specialist/liaison to the Graduate Business and the Dietetics and Applied Nutrition Programs. She serves on the JWU Campus 2022 Committee, where her focus is the jwuGOLD mentorship program which supports first-year commuters.
Lisa Underhill, Cataloging and Interlibrary Loan Librarian, Johnson & Wales University
Lisa is the Cataloging & Interlibrary Loan Librarian for Johnson & Wales since last fall, divides her time between the Downcity and Harborside libraries.
Cassandra Wakefield, Student Assistant, Johnson & Wales University
Cassandra Wakefield, Finance (BS) ’20, Finance (MBA) ’21, Vancouver, BC. Cassandra played forward left-wing for the JWU Women’s hockey team and was the first woman Portfolio Manager Intern for the Wildcat Investment Value Fund (WIVF). She is currently working as a Student Assistant at Johnson & Wales Downcity Library while pursuing a career in Portfolio Management.
Heather Williamson, Commons Librarian for Digital Research & Education, Providence College
Heather (she/hers) is the Research & Education Digital Resources & Tools Coordinator and liaison to the Business School.