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Addesso, Nanette

Nanette received her Undergraduate Degree at UConn in Human and Family Services with an emphasis in Sociology and Women’s Studies. She had jobs in social services and the public-school system before her employment began at UConn in 2005. She has worked in various departments such as the Center for Academic Programs, Chemistry and the Library (since 2008). Customer service is her forte and she genuinely enjoys helping staff, students and the general public with information and referrals.


Areas of Expertise

  • Reserve Services
  • Interlibrary Loan support
  • Patron claims for returned and lost books
  • Billing assistance


Professional Affiliations 

  • New England Chapter of ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries)

Banas-Marti, Kathy

Kathy Banas-Marti is a Reference and Social Sciences Librarian. She has been the Subject Specialist to Human Development and Family Sciences Department since 1999. In addition to her liaison responsibilities, Kathy coordinates the Library’s “Ask a Librarian” Chat Service. Kathy received her MLS from Southern Connecticut State University and a B.A. degree in History from the University of Connecticut.



Banfi, Valori

Valori Banfi is a Reference and Science Librarian. She has been the subject specialist to the School of Nursing since 2007, and recently to the Department of Allied Health. Previously, Valori has worked as a Clinical Medical Librarian at Hartford Hospital (Hartford, CT), and as a Reference Librarian & Consultant at the Texas Medical Center Library in Houston.

In addition to her liaison responsibilities, Valori is the Grant Funding Librarian. One of her passions is to help people find funding for their research.

Valori received her M.S.L.S. from Catholic University in Washington DC, and a B.A. degree in History from Western Connecticut State College.

Recent Works:

Professional Affiliations:

  • Medical Library Association (Member)
  • North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries (Membership Chair)

Batt, Steve

Steve Batt is a Research & Instruction Librarian and liaison librarian for Geography, Journalism, Political Science and Public Policy. Steve has a B.A. in English from UConn, and a Master of Library Science degree from Eastern Connecticut State University. He regularly leads workshops on Tableau data visualization software, and has worked with instructors in Economics, Journalism, Geography, and Statistics to incorporate data visualization into their courses. He is the coordinator for the UConn Library’s federal documents collection and regularly helps researchers using Census Bureau and other federal datasets, Congressional materials and other government documents.


Recent Works

  • Learning Tableau: A Data Visualization Tool (accepted for publication in Journal of Economic Education). Tableau Public profile 



Bayonne, Phara

Phara Bayonne is the immediate past President of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association-Connecticut Affiliate (BCALA-CT) and is currently the library director at the Jeremy Richard library, UConn Stamford Campus. She holds a Master of Library Science (M.L.S.) from Pittsburgh University as well as a B.A. in English from Boston University. Before coming to the UConn Libraries, Phara worked as a reference librarian for the Ferguson Library, Stamford’s Public Library for several years.


Areas of Expertise 

  • Community Service
  • Library Learning Commons
  • Social Media
  • Information Literacy
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Marketing & Outreach


Professional Affiliations 

Bennett, Michael J.

As Head of Digital Imaging and Conservation, Michael J. Bennett also manages the University of Connecticut Library’s Digital Still Imaging Lab where archival, special collection, and museum objects are captured. Working at the intersection of digital imaging, digital preservation, and conservation, his research interests include technologies that focus on digital capture, post-processing, and 2D and 3D data formats.


Areas of Expertise

  • Digital Imaging Systems
  • Still Image Data Processing
  • 2D and 3D Data Formats


Recent Works


Professional Affiliations

Bleiler, Richard

Collections and Humanities Librarian. Liaison to Departments of English, Linguistics, Philosophy, German, and Medieval Studies. Acting liaison to Department of Sociology.

Bustamante, Stephen

Steve Bustamante has vast experience in circulation/reserves, and interlibrary services. He has over 2 decades of UConn library experience starting at Storrs, and moving on to UConn Hartford, and then UConn Waterbury campus where he currently works. This has given Steve a unique perspective on UConn operations across campuses. He has also served as liaison to academic and staff support departments. He is now offering video/video editing support through UConn Waterbury.


Areas of Expertise

  • Video Production
  • Video Editing


Rainbow Diversity Club, UConn Waterbury