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  Denise Beaubien Bennett [A.M.L.S., A.B. Psychology, University of Michigan] is an engineering librarian at the University of Florida’s Marston Science Library where her duties include reference, instruction, departmental liaison activities, computer support management, and collection management. As a member of RUSA, she has held positions including RUSA/MARS Chair (1996), Chair of RUSA Organization Committee (2000/2003), and RUSA Board of Directors Member-at-Large (2004/2007). As a member of ACRL/STS, she has held positions including STS Executive Committee Member-at-Large (2008– ). She has published articles in RUSQ, Science and Technology Libraries, Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, Online, Database, Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, and others.
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  Robert H. Kieft [M.L.I.S., School of Library and Information Studies, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Stanford University; A.B., Hope College] is College Librarian at Occidental College. Prior to moving to Occidental in the Fall of 2008, he worked for 20 years at Haverford College where he was most recently director of college information resources and Librarian of the College. From 1974-1988, he worked at Stanford University in circulation, reference, and collection development. A member of RUSA/CODES, he has held a number of positions in that Section, including Chair (2000/2001). He has published articles and reviews in Choice, ARBA, College and Research Libraries, and Reference Services Review. He is generally interested in issues of cooperative collection development and, while still in Pennsylvania, pursued those interests in the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries and as convener of a task force on cooperative collection initiatives for the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc.
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  Thomas M. Izbicki [M.L.S., School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University; Ph.D., Cornell University; B.A., King’s College (Pennsylvania)] is a humanities librarian at the Alexander Library, Rutgers University. Prior to Rutgers, he worked at Wichita State University and Johns Hopkins University as a reference, instruction, and collection development librarian, coordinating collection development at the Eisenhower Library, Johns Hopkins, for several years. A member of ACRL/WESS, he has held positions in that Section, including Chair (2003/2004). He publishes an annual feature, “Significant European Scholarly Titles,” in Choice. His reviews appear in both Choice and academic journals. He also is a contributor to Resources for College Libraries. He has taught at several institutions and publishes extensively in the field of Medieval and Renaissance studies.
Kelly photo   James R. Kelly [M.L.S., SUNY Geneseo; M.A., University of Rochester; B.A., SUNY Brockport] is humanities bibliographer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he also serves as research librarian for the Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies. Prior to that he worked chiefly as a cataloger at George Washington University, the University of Maryland College Park, and other institutions. A confirmed devotee of listing and organizing, he is a long-time contributor to the Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature and the MLA International Bibliography and has coedited Bibliography in Literature, Folklore, Language, and Linguistics (2003). He has been active since the early 1990s in the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing and teaches collection development and humanities reference courses for the library schools at Simmons College and the University of Rhode Island.
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  Steven W. Sowards [M.L.S., School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University-Bloomington; Ph.D., Indiana University; B.A., Stanford University] is assistant director for collections at the Michigan State University Libraries, where he previously served as head of social sciences and humanities reference and then as head of main library reference. Prior to Michigan State, he worked at Swarthmore College in reference, instruction, and collection development. He has published articles and reviews related to reference work in ARBA, New Library World, Reference Librarian, Reference and User Services Quarterly, and Reference Services Review. He is generally interested in the migration of reference work and reference resources from print to online and is responsible for licensing decisions as part of collection development.
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  Jo Bell Whitlatch [Ph.D. Library & Information Studies, M.A. Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley; M.L.S. and B.A. History, University of Minnesota] teaches management and reference courses in the San Jose State University School of Library & Information Science. Prior to June 2006, she worked for many years at the San Jose State University Library in a wide variety of positions, most recently as associate dean and as history reference, instruction, and collection management librarian. A member of RUSA, she has held a number of positions in that organization, including President (1998/1999). Publications include two books, The Role of the Academic Reference Librarian (1990) and Evaluating Reference Services (2000), and articles in RQ, College & Research Libraries, Journal of Academic Librarianship, and the Reference Librarian.


Ford photo   Charlotte E. Ford [M.L.S., Ph.D., School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University; B.A., Earlham College] is director of the library at Birmingham-Southern College. She previously served as assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University, teaching primarily in the area of reference and information services; and at various times has held positions in reference, government documents, and cataloging at Birmingham-Southern College, Florida International University, and the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia). She has published articles on a number of aspects of library services and is author of the recent Crash Course in Reference (Libraries Unlimited, 2008).
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  Mary W. George [A.B., A.M.L.S., A.M., University of Michigan] is senior reference librarian at Princeton University Library, where she has worked since 1980. She was previously a reference librarian and bibliographic instructor at the University of Michigan and has been an adjunct faculty member in the library schools of Michigan, Drexel, and Rutgers, teaching reference and library instruction courses. A member of RUSA, she coauthored Learning the Library: Concepts and Methods for Effective Bibliographic Instruction (1982) and “Controlling the Beasties: Dissertation Abstracts International” in Distinguished Classics of Reference Publishing (1992). Her book, The Elements of Library Research: What Every Student Needs to Know, appeared in 2008. Mary passed away in August 2015.
Matz photo   Pamela J. Matz [M.S.L.I.S., Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science; A.B., Harvard University] is a research services librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University, and library liaison to the study of religion and folklore and mythology concentrations. Previously, she was exhibitions curator in Widener Library for ten years, and prior to that, she was a writer and editor of Harvard Library publications. She has been a regular contributor to recent editions of Magazines for Libraries. She has particular interests in methodologies for teaching research skills and in print and online research guide design.
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