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ALAO Mentor Biographies

Mandi Goodsett

Performing Arts & Humanities Librarian / Open Educational Resource & Copyright Advisor
Cleveland State University

Areas of expertise: Career / Recruitment and Hiring, Collection Development, Instruction, Marketing and Outreach, Reference, Scholarly Communication, Open Education, Copyright

Professional background: I have been working in libraries for about 8 years and my role has evolved from simply serving as a liaison librarian to humanities and arts departments, to taking on our open education and copyright services and tackling a lot of library outreach efforts.

What motivates you to serve as a mentor?  I would love to support a mentee who is interested in any of those subjects or just generally how to take a leadership role at work without being in a formal leadership position. I also have a fair amount of experience with professional development, including leading committees and organizations, publishing in library science journals, and participating in consulting work on the side. I would be very happy to work with the mentee to develop professionally and maybe even work on a professional development project together, if the mentee is interested.

Please describe any special interest that may be helpful in matching you and your mentee (i.e. hobbies, special skills, service, or volunteer organizations). I recently served as ALAO president, so I would love to help the mentee learn about / get involved with ALAO! I'm also personally very interested in environmental sustainability and social justice issues. My background also is in music, so it's another passion of mine.

Tina Schneider

Library Director/Professor
The Ohio State University at Lima


Areas of expertise: Collection Development, Instruction, Library Management, Reference, Special Collections / Archives, I do a little of everything since we're so small.


Professional background: I was the reference and instruction librarian at OSU-Lima from 1999-2010, when I became director. I know about small campus dynamics and small library leadership, although I am also part of the larger OSU system. In addition to the library I am also building the campus archives.


What motivates you to serve as a mentor? I can offer advice regarding what hiring committees are looking for, if the mentee is thinking of moving to a new position. I am a tenured full professor with OSU Libraries and am familiar with the tenure process from both sides.


Please describe any special interest that may be helpful in matching you and your mentee (i.e. hobbies, special skills, service, or volunteer organizations). My academic background is in music. I volunteer with an organization that helps homeless families find housing and jobs. I enjoy writing fiction, which is a new hobby for me.

Zach Sharrow

Science Librarian (Permanent), Librarian of the College (Interim)
College of Wooster


Areas of expertise: Instruction, Reference, Scholarly Communication, Science librarianship


Professional background: I have experience as a health sciences librarian (allied health) at a doctoral/professional university and as a STEM librarian managing a separate science library at a small liberal arts college. I've also recently begun serving as interim in a director-level position. Because of these experiences, I've been exposed to a wide range of duties in addition to my specialization in the sciences, including collection development, scholarly communications, outreach, student supervision, and management/administration.


What motivates you to serve as a mentor?  I can offer guidance and perspective to new professionals who are working in (or interested in) science libraries as well as early-to-mid-career subject librarians who might be interested in moving into an administrative role.

Heather Crozier

Electronic Resources Librarian
Ohio Northern University


Areas of expertise: Collection Development, Marketing and Outreach, Reference, Serials, Electronic Resources


Professional background: I have worked in public, community college, and university libraries. I also work at a small university which allows me to wear a lot of different hats. In addition to e-resources, I do collection development, serve as a liaison to different academic (business, nursing, theatre, and music) and service departments, teach, handle the library's social media, create videos, and am part of our marketing committee.


What motivates you to serve as a mentor?  I believe I can be most helpful for someone who needs to balance multiple responsibilities.


Please describe any special interest that may be helpful in matching you and your mentee (i.e. hobbies, special skills, service, or volunteer organizations). I've been very involved with ALAO. I have volunteered as an adult literacy tutor for the last 8 years. My research interest is chronic illness/invisible disabilities in librarianship, as I have a chronic illness. I talk about my cats a lot...

Mark Eddy

Research Services Librarian
Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University


Areas of expertise: Collection Development, Instruction, Reference

Professional background: I've been a research and reference librarian for over 15 years, with subject specialties in both the Humanities and the Social Sciences.

What motivates you to serve as a mentor?  I can offer advice on instructional design challenges and pedagogy, how to cultivate working relationships with library stakeholders (faculty, departments, campus offices, etc.), how to plan and execute thematic collection development projects, how to work effectively in, as well as manage, team or committee projects, how to manage projects, and how to plan professional development goals. I can speak to lots of other things too, but these are a few things I've discussed with mentees in the past.

Please describe any special interest that may be helpful in matching you and your mentee (i.e. hobbies, special skills, service, or volunteer organizations). I'm interested in innovative library instruction, service on ALAO committees, and I also enjoy DIY home improvement and fly fishing.

Jennifer Starkey

Team Leader for Research Services
Case Western Reserve University


Areas of expertise: Career / Recruitment and Hiring, Collection Development, Department Management, Instruction, Reference


Professional background: I'm the Team Leader for Research Services at Kelvin Smith Library at Case Western Reserve University. I've been in this role for about 3 years, and was previously a Reference and Instruction librarian for humanities disciplines at CWRU and prior to that was at Oberlin College.


What motivates you to serve as a mentor?  I would like to work with a mentee who is seeking an outside perspective on managing their work, navigating dynamics in their organizations, and having conversations about developing their career path.

Kari Siders

Director of Library Public Services
Cedarville University


Areas of expertise: Career / Recruitment and Hiring, Department Management, Library Management, Marketing and Outreach, Student Supervision


Professional background: In total I have 10 years of experience as a career librarian. The first 7 years I was at a local community college where I progressed from managing a single campus to being director of all library services across 4 campuses. During this time I worked with every aspect of library services — managing, hiring, leading, reference services, instruction, serials, collection development, budget management, collection management, database management, and much more.

For the past 3 years and currently, I’m the director of library public services at Cedarville University, a private university with an FTE of around 4,000. In this role I have oversight of research services, circulation, and direct the marketing team for student events. I also serve on our administration council and provide leadership and directional support to library wide decisions.

What motivates you to serve as a mentor?  I’m a good listener who also has lots of practical advice to provide from all of my experiences. If you’re seeking a witty, multi-faceted mentor with leadership experience to assist you in finding your own path as a librarian, I can definitely help with that!

Please describe any special interest that may be helpful in matching you and your mentee (i.e. hobbies, special skills, service, or volunteer organizations). I enjoy board games, trivia, and cooking. I also serve as a public library trustee in my local community.

Allen Reichert

Electronic Access Librarian
Otterbein University

Areas of expertise: Discovery Layers, Instruction, Reference, Serials

Professional background: I've been a librarian for over 20 years, most of them at the same institution. I've also been involved with state level consortia and organizations.

What motivates you to serve as a mentor? I can offer an insight into resources, how the various libraries interact, and managing multiple hats.

Please describe any special interest that may be helpful in matching you and your mentee (i.e. hobbies, special skills, service, or volunteer organizations). Small artworks, haiku, arts of Japan; I have nearly 2000 hours volunteering at the Suicide prevention hotline.

Jenny Donley

Cataloging and Knowledge Architect Librarian
Ohio Northern University

Areas of expertise: Cataloging, Marketing and Outreach, Serials

Professional background: I am the sole cataloger at a smaller private university, which means I get to do a little bit of everything. My primary responsibilities are copy/original cataloging and e-resource loads, but I also take part in our reference and instruction services, collection development and liaison program, and outreach/marketing.

What motivates you to serve as a mentor? My experience with juggling very different types of responsibilities would make me a good mentor for someone who finds themselves in a similar scenario with a very diverse set of responsibilities. I am also involved in university governance and have gone through the faculty tenure process.

Please describe any special interest that may be helpful in matching you and your mentee (i.e. hobbies, special skills, service, or volunteer organizations). Over the years I have been active with our local public library's Friends of the Library group, a civic organization dedicated to Covid-19 awareness in our community, and I'm a huge dog lover as well as an amateur gardener.



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