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Colati, Gregory

Greg Colati is the Director of the Digital Preservation Repository Program, as well as the head of the Connecticut Digital Archive, a statewide preservation-oriented digital repository service for libraries, archives, museums, and memory institutions. Mr. Colati has more than 20 years of experience in archives and cultural heritage institutions. He is currently an adjunct Professor UConn’s department of Digital Media and Design and has taught courses in archives management/digital repositories at Simmons University GSLIS, the University of Denver and for the Society of American Archivists. Greg’s current research focuses on connecting digital libraries and cultural heritage education, machine learning and handwriting recognition in historical repositories, and preserving non-traditional forms of scholarly expression.

 

Areas of Expertise 

  • Digital Libraries and Archives
  • Digital Preservation Research in Scholarly Expression
  • Research Data Management

 

Dryden, Nancy

Nancy Dryden is a Research & Instruction Librarian at the Stamford Campus, providing support for various departments. Nancy is responsible for information literacy training in the First Year Writing program and is a liaison to the Psychology and English departments. She began her library career as a cataloger and retains her interest in collections as she performs collections maintenance in a variety of ways, systematically deselecting material and working with two inventory programs. Nancy has done research on chat analysis and assessment and is now training in online instructional design. She received her Master’s in Library Science (MLS) from Case Western Reserve University and her B.A. from the College of Wooster.

 

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Eshelman, Kristin

Kristin Eshelman is the archivist for multimedia collections at Archives & Special Collections. She is responsible for managing collections of special archival materials including photography, film, sound recordings, and artists’ books. In 2015, she became archivist for the Northeast Children’s Literature Collection as well. Kristin has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington College and a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Arizona. Postgraduate education in photography led her to a career in photo archives. From 1992 to 1995, she trained at the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona. She served as Photo Archivist for the Kansas Collection and University Archives at the Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas from 1996 to 2001.

 

Areas of Expertise

  • Preservation of special formats
  • Photograph collection care and management

 

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Foti Gemmell, Brooke

Brooke Foti Gemmell specializes in communications design, art, and photography. As a UConn alum, she earned her BFA in Studio Art with studies in Photography, Video Art & Communication Design and a minor in Digital Arts. Brooke also studied Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins in London. She was previously a Hilla Rebay Fellow in Trinity College’s Studio Art Department in Hartford, CT, where she coordinated programming for the Broad Street Gallery and opened her first solo book exhibit, entitled Long Road Home. Before taking on the role of Design Technologist, Brooke worked as a multimedia Archivist Assistant for the U. Roberto (Robin) Romano Papers at UConn’s Archives & Special Collections Department. Brooke has since been parked at the intersection of art, communication, and research; with a talent for solving visual problems and creating engaging resources for users, Brooke continues to guide the visual identity of Greenhouse Studios and its projects as a Design Technologist.

 

Areas of Expertise

  • Art & Creative Direction
  • Digital Video Production
  • Visual Design (Graphic, Publication, Web & Interactive)
  • Photography Scholarly Communications Design

 

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Professional Affiliations 

  • AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts)

Giard, Kim

Kim works in the Administrative Services unit with responsibilities for coordinating public room reservations and management of the Research Carrel Program for the Homer Babbidge Library. Kim is also the contact point for library staff and students on student employment, payroll inquiries, and time and labor. Kim brings exceptional customer service support to staff, students and Library patrons, and you can occasionally find her filling in at the reception desk welcoming visitors to the Dean’s office. Prior to coming to the Library, Kim worked as the assistant to the Head of the Department of Physics. Kim is a big fan of big dogs (German Shepherds are her favorite), plants, and is a self-proclaimed tree-hugger.

Goldstein, Shelley

Shelley is the Library Director at the Waterbury Campus Library and the contact person for instruction, reference, and acquisitions. She is an instructor for First Year Experience (FYE) classes, providing support to incoming students to ensure comfort in using the library. She also works closely with the Waterbury community and welcomes outreach opportunities. Shelley serves as a reviewer for various scholarly journals and holds a Masters in Library Science (M.L.S.) from Southern Connecticut State University and a B.A. in journalism from New York University.

 

Areas of Expertise

  • FYE support
  • Plagiarism prevention strategies
  • Citation assistance

 

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Grigoreas, Steve

Works the iDesk and manages physical reserves. Previous experience as HBL Stacks Manager, Community Borrower Program Coordinator, and Collection Development Special Projects Coordinator.

 

Areas of Expertise

  • Course reserves

Guardiani, Patricia

I was hired in 2013 as a part time (nights and weekends) Building and Grounds Patrol Officer. I enjoyed working with my security team, the staff, and the public for almost 6 years. During that time I was fortunate enough to start broadening my duties which lead to a new opportunity and I now work full time in the mailroom and facilities. I oversee receipt, security, distribution, and outgoing mailings for all mail services items coming through the Homer Babbidge Library. I also love to work with the students as their supervisor, training Facility and Mailroom student employees. I coordinate workflows to meet project timelines for all facilities-related student projects in the Homer Babbidge Library and I love the challenge in doing so with the help of my wonderful students. My students and I also coordinate the physical organization and maintenance of collections and art housed in the Homer Babbidge Library.