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Rachel Besara

Head, Dirac Science Library
Dirac Science Library
205A Dirac Science Library
(850) 644-3079
Subject Specialization:
Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Geography, Public Administration & Policy

Rachel Besara received her Master of Science in Library and Information Studies at Florida State University and her B.S. in Education with a Science Concentration at Southeast Missouri State University.

Prior to her current position as Assessment Librarian, Rachel held several positions in the FSU College of Information and the University Libraries. She serves as a library liaison to the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy.

Rachel is a member of the American Library Association and serves as Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect of the Library Leadership and Management Association's Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation Section. She has been active in other groups within the American Library Association, and as a member of the Florida Library Association, Special Libraries Association, and Florida Association for Media in Education.

Her research interests include assessment, particularly user studies, data visualization, Balanced Scorecard, and Libraries' return on investment; mobile technology; and online and distance learning.

Bridgett Birmingham

Head, Learning Commons
Undergraduate Services
112F Strozier Library
(850) 644-6810
Bridgett Birmingham, librarian
Subject Specialization:
Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Film

Bridgett Birmingham is the library liaison for Film Studies and is responsible for collection development and instruction in those areas. In her current position as Undergraduate Technology and Media Librarian, she is also responsible for media and technology consultations for undergraduates in all disciplines of study. She provides reference services both in person and at a distance through Skype, Ask-A-Librarian, email and phone consultations.

Bridgett has a strong interest in emerging technologies, learning outcomes, and Learning Commons. The intersection of the academic and social spheres for undergraduate students is her primary area of research.

She has a B.A. in English Literature from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University and a Masters in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University. She is a member of the American Library Association and Educause.

Sarah Buck-Kachaluba

Humanities Librarian
Scholars Commons
027N Strozier Library
(850) 645-2600
Subject Specialization:
Anthropology, History, International Studies, Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Modern Languages, Women's Studies

Sarah Buck Kachaluba received her B.A. in History and International Affairs from the University of New Hampshire, her Ph.D. in History from Rutgers University, and her Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of North Texas.

In 2006 she joined the faculty at the Florida State University Libraries. She currently serves as the liaison for Anthropology, History, International Affairs, Latin American Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Modern Languages, and Women's Studies.

Before joining FSU, Sarah was Assistant Professor of History at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania and a full-time library intern at Branigan Public Library in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Sarah is a member of the American Library Association and the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials.

Sarah's historical research focuses on 20th-century women's history, gender roles, and population and reproductive politics in 20th-century Latin America (especially Mexico). She is currently working collaboratively on library research projects examining the advantages, disadvantages, and research abilities offered by digital vs. print Humanities research resources and digitization, the development of the e-book, and the future of the book in Spain and Latin America.

Gloria Colvin

Head, Scholars Commons
Scholars Commons
0027D Strozier Library
(850) 645-1680
Subject Specialization:

Gloria Colvin is a research librarian in the Scholars Commons in Strozier Library and serves as the liaison to the College of Education.

She graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in English and art history and completed a Master of Arts in Teaching at Duke and a Masters in Library Science at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Gloria has been a member of the FSU Libraries faculty since 2001. Prior to that, she was a reference librarian at Duke University, Cedar Crest College, and the State Library and Archives of Florida. Earlier in her career, she worked as a newspaper librarian at the Durham (N.C.) Herald-Sun Newspapers and as an English and Social Studies teacher in the N.C. public schools.

Her interests include copyright, scholarly communication, outreach to faculty, students, and staff in a higher education setting, and the changing roles of libraries.

Gloria is an active member of the American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Florida Association of College and Research Libraries, and the Florida Library Association.She is a past president of the Florida Library Association. She chairs the Florida Book Awards Executive Board and helps to coordinate that awards program. 

Michelle Demeter

Academic Programs & Outreach Librarian
Undergraduate Services
112E Strozier Library
(850) 645-2707
Subject Specialization:
Motion Picture, Television & Recording Arts, Retail Merchandising & Product Development

Michelle's outreach responsibilities extend to various departments and organizations on campus that provide academic services. As Academic Partnerships Librarian, she works closely with the Reading Writing Center, Advising First Exploratory Office, Statistics Help Desk, the Academic Center for Excellence, the Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement (CARE), the Honors program, Office of Undergraduate Research, and the Office of National Fellowships. In addition, Michelle works with various departments, such as Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Accounting, Math, and Economics, through her work with the Libraries' late-night peer tutoring program, the Learning District, which is jointly sponsored by Student Government Association. She also serves as one of the Libraries' liaisons to the Film School.

Michelle's educational background includes a B.A. in English Literature, a B.A. in Religious Studies, and an M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of South Florida, and a Masters in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University. Before becoming a librarian, she worked for the St. Petersburg Times as a copy editor, as an adjunct for the Religious Studies Department at the University of South Florida in Tampa, and as a high school English Honors and Journalism teacher in Plant City, Florida.

Michelle is an active member of the American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, Library Leadership & Management Association, Florida Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the Florida Library Association.

Her current research interests are tutoring and other academic services in academic libraries, and the social impact of library services on undergraduate academic success and retention.

Pam Doffek

Director, Goldstein Library
College of Communication and Information
106C Goldstein Library
(850) 644-0461
Subject Specialization:
Communication, Communication Disorders, Information Technology, Juvenile Literature, Library & Information Studies

Jacqueline Druash

Undergraduate Instruction Librarian
Undergraduate Services
112D Strozier Library
(850) 645-2164
Subject Specialization:
Nursing, Nutrition, Food, & Exercise Science

As the Undergraduate Services Instructional Librarian, Jacque Druash is responsible for presenting to ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 classes and responding to requests for undergraduate research consultations. She is liaison to the College of Nursing.

Jacque earned her Masters in Library Science from Florida State University and her Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida.

Her primary interests are instruction and outreach as they pertain to information fluency. She has a background in medicine and events management and enjoys putting her varied interests to work helping solve the informational needs of undergraduates. Other interests include institutional marketing and instructional design.

Jessica Evans Brady

Visual & Performing Arts Librarian
Scholars Commons
027P Strozier Library
(850) 645-2709
Jessica Evans Brady
Subject Specialization:
Art, Art Education, Art History, Dance, Theatre

Jessica Evans Brady earned a B.A. in Art History with a minor in Italian at Buffalo State College (SUNY); an M.A. in Art History, with a certificate in Curatorial Studies, at Rutgers University; and an MS(LIS) in Library and Information Science at Drexel University.

Prior to coming to FSU in 2010, Jessica spent several years working as a researcher and educator at various art museums and historic sites, and most recently worked in educational technology librarianship at the University of Pennsylvania.

Jessica's research interests include modern and contemporary art, educational technology, and information seeking behaviors in arts disciplines.

She is a member of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA), American Library Association (ALA), and College Art Association (CAA).

Marcia Gorin

Reference/Documents Librarian
Scholars Commons
007D Strozier Library
(850) 645-2708
Subject Specialization:
Economics, International Studies, Political Science, Social Work

Marcia Gorin is the liaison for Social Work, Political Science, Economics, International Affairs, and government documents. She has a broad interest in all social science areas and particular expertise in government information. Marcia has worked at Strozier Library since 1988 and has extensive experience working with government documents. She has primary responsibility for the Libraries' Documents collection, which now includes documents from the federal government, the state of Florida, and the United Nations. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Long Island University and her M.A. in Library and Information Services from the City University of New York, Queens College. She began her career at the New York Public Library, working there for seven years in the Technical Services Department.

Nancy Kellett

Science Librarian
Dirac Science Library
011 Strozier Library
(850) 645-7961
Subject Specialization:
Computer Science, Mathematics, Scientific Computing, Statistics

Nancy Kellett is the liaison to the departments of Computer Science; Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science; Mathematics; Scientific Computing; and Statistics.

Nancy has been a science librarian at Florida State since 2003. Prior to that, she filled a number of roles with what is now Information Technology Services at FSU.

She completed a B.S. in Mathematics, a Masters of Science in Computer Science, and a Masters of Science in Library Studies, all at Florida State University.

Nancy is a member of the Special Libraries Association and Atmospheric Science Librarians International.

Her professional and research interests include scholarly communication in the sciences and data stewardship.

Kyung Kim

Business Librarian
Scholars Commons
027G Strozier Library
Subject Specialization:

Kyung Kim earned a PhD in Library & Information Science at Rutgers University.  Prior to joining the FSU Libraries as Science Reference Librarian, Kyung  taught at the School of Library and Information Studies at FSU over nine years.  She also has a medical librarian background.

Kyung has expertise in database & Web searching and her research interests include scholarly communication, information seeking behaviors of scientists, e-Science, health information sources, information literacy, and curriculum development. 
She is a member of the Special Library Association (SLA).

Kirsten Kinsley

Assessment Librarian
303 Strozier Library
(850) 645-9347
Subject Specialization:
Criminology & Criminal Justice, Psychology

Kirsten Kinsley is an Assessment Librarian at the Florida State University Libraries and a liaison with the Department of Psychology and College of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Kirsten completed her Master of Science in Library and Information Studies in 1999 and received a Master of Science and Specialist in Education degrees in Counseling and Human Systems in 1995 from the Florida State University.  In 1989, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with Honors.

Ms. Kinsley previously worked for the FSU Career Center Library and Law Research Center and has been working in libraries on campus in various capacities for approximately 13 years.

Her interests include student and faculty-centered qualitative and quantitative assessment.  Kirsten seeks to foster and measure how campus collaborations can contribute to student and faculty success at Florida State. Currently, Kirsten is in collaboration with the College of Criminology research team and Reading and Writing Center to measure long term student success outcomes of freshmen who learn to research and write  as part of an intensive library experience.

Ms. Kinsley’s membership to national organizations include the American Library Association, along with divisional committee leadership roles within the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

Michael Luesebrink

Head of Monographic Acquisitions
109 Technical Services
(850) 644-0468
Subject Specialization:

Michael Luesebrink has been a member of the University Libraries' faculty for fourteen years. Currently he is the head of the Monographs Acquisitions Unit in the Libraries' Technical Services Divison. Previously he worked in public services at Dirac Science Library and at Strozier Library. His outreach responsibilities include serving the teaching and research interests of the School of Communication.

After graduating from library school at San Jose State University in 1995, Michael was a corporate librarian for Shaman Pharmaceuticals in San Francisco. While at Florida State University, he received his Ph.D in Information Studies.

His research interests include organizational communication and culture, data privacy and security, intellectual property, e-science, and scholarly communication. 

Jenni McKnight

Engineering Library Services Coordinator
Engineering Library
(850) 410-6328
Subject Specialization:

Jenni McKnight serves as a liaison for Engineering . She joined the Florida State University Libraries in 2010 and is currently the Head of the FAMU-FSU Engineering Library . She received her B.S. in Textile and Consumer Science and a Graduate Certificate in Textiles all from Florida State University. 

Portia McQueen

Associate University Librarian
Public Services
112C Strozier Library
(850) 644-0470
Subject Specialization:
Sociology, Urban & Regional Planning

Portia McQueen is the liaison to the Urban and Regional Planning and Sociology Departments.  She earned a double Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Science from Florida State University.  She also holds a Certificate in Public Administration and has earned a minor in Accounting from Tallahassee Community College.  She completed a Master’s in Library and Information Studies at Florida State and is currently working on a Ph.D. in information literacy and/or education.

Since 1990, Portia has worked in the university systems of Florida State and Florida A & M.  Her present appointment is in Strozier Library’s Undergraduate Services Department.  Prior to that, she served as the solo librarian (director) at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Library and coordinated special projects for the University Libraries.
Portia’s research interests include information literacy, the learning styles of undergraduates, adult educational behavior, how individuals learn in general, outreach to faculty, students and staff in higher education, and the changing roles of librarians and librarianship.

Portia is an active member of the American Library Association, the Special Library Association, the Florida Library Association, and the North Florida Library Association, of which she served as president and vice president. 

William Modrow

Rare Books & Manuscripts Librarian
Special Collections
110B Strozier Library
(850) 644-1967
Subject Specialization:
History, Religion

William Modrow is a Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarian in the Florida State University Libraries' Special Collections and Archives Department. He serves as a liaison for History and works extensively with students and faculty in Art, Art History, religion and the History of Text Technologies program. He did is undergraduate work in history and economics at the University of Nevada-Reno and received an M.A. in history and a Masters in Library and Information Science from Florida State University. In addition to his current position, he worked as a Reference and Instruction librarian at Strozier Library. His professional interests include Library instruction, information literacy, rare books, illuminated manuscripts, Napoleon and French Revolution, African American history, Native American history, immigration history, and religion. William is a member of the American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Reference and User Services Association, the Society of Florida Archivists, North Florida Libraries Association, and Phi Alpha Theta.

Abby Scheel

Humanities Librarian
Scholars Commons
027H Strozier Library
(850) 645-2163
Subject Specialization:
Classics, English, Philosophy, Religion

Abby Scheel earned a B.A. in Classics with a minor in Archaeology from Smith College as well as an M.A. in Classical Archaeology and Masters in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University.

Before becoming a humanities librarian, Abby worked on different archaeological projects in Italy and Greece, taught undergraduate courses, and worked as a cataloger for FSU. She is currently the liaison for the Classics, English, Philosophy and Religion departments.

Abby's research interests focus on the information behaviors of humanities researchers and the effect of new technologies on these behaviors. She is a member of the American Library Association (ALA), Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Florida Library Association (FLA).

Dan Schoonover

Head of Collections Access and Delivery
Collections Access
206 Strozier Library
(850) 661-2890
Dan Schoonover
Subject Specialization:

Dan Schoonover serves as a liaison for Anthropology. He joined the Florida State University Libraries in 2008 and is currently the Head of Collections Access and Delivery. In that role he is responsible for managing the physical collections of the Strozier and Dirac Libraries and the Libraries' three remote storage facilities, Interlibrary Loan lending, Uborrow, and the Faculty Express Delivery Service. Dan represents the Libraries on three state-wide working groups: the Access Services Committee, Shared Storage Task Force, and the Uborrow Task Force.

Dan received his M.A. in Religion from Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL and received his Masters in Library and Information Studies at Florida State University. He is a member of the American Library Association.

His professional interests include resource sharing, consortial borrowing, shared storage, unmediated borrowing, cooperative collection development, and print archives.

Velma Smith

Department Head
Interlibrary Loan
118 Technical Services
(850) 644-5045
Subject Specialization:
Family & Child Sciences

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Micah Vandegrift

Scholarly Communications Librarian
Technology and Digital Scholarship
027E Strozier Library
(850) 645-9756
Subject Specialization:

Micah Vandegrift is a three-time alum of Florida State University, holding his undergraduate degree, an M.A in American and Florida Studies and a Masters in Library and Information Studies.

He began his role as the Scholarly Communications Librarian in January 2012. In that capacity, he manages DigiNole Commons, the institutional repository of FSU's scholarly and creative works. Micah conducts workshops and outreach on topics related to the future of academic publishing in a digital research environment including copyright, open access, data management and citation analysis. He edits Open Access Now, is a writer/editor for In The Library with the Lead Pipe, is co-instructor FSU's Digital Scholars Discussion Group, and blogs regularly about the library's role in scholarly communications and digital scholarship.

Trip Wyckoff

Business Librarian
Scholars Commons
027G Strozier Library
(850) 645-1475
Subject Specialization:
Business, Economics, Sport Management & Recreation Management

Trip Wyckoff is the liaison to the College of Business, the Department of Sport Management, and the Department of Economics. In addition to consulting with students and faculty, he has developed a 10-session "Business Research Certificate – BR101" course covering all aspects of business research, presented in the College of Business for faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students.

Trip has worked for a wide range of libraries, including stints in public (Houston Public Library), law (Baker & Botts), corporate (Hoover's), and nonprofit (American Productivity & Quality Center) libraries. In addition to his work with FSU, he has also owned his own company,, which compiled industry information for researchers and librarians.

He received his B.A. in history with a minor in Anthropology/Archaeology from Florida State University in 1987 and his Master of Science in Library and Information Studies from Florida State in 1988.

Trip is a member of the Special Library Association and the American Library Association.
His professional interests include business research literacy, competitive intelligence, and student entrepreneurship.

Ruth Ziegler

Head of Authorities/Catalog Management
Authorities/Catalog Management
120 Technical Services
(850) 644-5232
Subject Specialization:
Family & Child Sciences, Nutrition, Food, & Exercise Science, Retail Merchandising & Product Development

Ruth Ziegler is the liaison for the College of Human Sciences responsible for ordering materials for the library collection for those disciplines. Within the University Libraries, Ruth works within the Division of Special Collections and Archives where she is Unit Head of Authorities/Catalog Management.

Ruth received her B.S. in Fine Arts at Lincoln University and her M.L.S. at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Prior to her tenure at Florida State University, Ruth held positions as Reference Librarian at Southeast Missouri State University, Collection Management Librarian for Serials at Middle Tennessee State University, and Cataloger at Florida A&M University.

She is a member of the American Library Association, Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, the Movable Book Society, the Florida Library Association, and the Society of Florida Archivists. Her professional interests include the future of authority control and library technical services. In her spare time, she also conducts oral history interviews for the Reichelt Oral History Program at Florida State University.

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